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2"rheSun. Weane.y. Januan/.1991 PINION Prison problem The cartoon at the right pokes some fun about the latest federal prison inmate who walked away from the minimum-security camp a few weeks ago. The inmate knocked on a few doors in a Sheridan residential area before finally being brought back home: To counter the bad publicity, Bureau officials plan to make a public relations blitz in the next few weeks. They want people to know the kind of inmates who are staying at the minimum-security camp and why they don't pose a threat to life and limb. They also want people to know that they make several head counts every day of inmates to make sure nobody is loose--or if they are that they haven't been gone for long. As they deliver their talks to service clubs in the community Bureau officials will probably be asked if they can require inmates to wear uniforms that clearly identify them as convicts. They probably will also be asked if anything more is being done at the prison camp to decrease the risk of escapes. In the meanwhile, it's unlikely that local residents will want to wear khaki slacks or coats around town until things settle down at the prison camp.--G.R. LETYERS .... ] ............................... UNHOLY ALLIANCE Among the various reasons George Bush is giving to justify his war with Saddam Hussein is that Saddam is, as Barbara Bush puts it, a "terrible man." George Bush himself made that a focus point in a TV interview with David Frost (Jan. 2) and quoted Amnesty Interna- tional (A.I.) to drive the message home. After all most people around the world have a lot of respect for A.I.'s integrity and credibility. As I pointed out in my letter of two weeks ago, George Bush is very selective in whose naked aggression he finds offensive. Likewise he is very selective in whose human tights abuses he finds objectionable. Syria, having accepted the U.S. arrangement allowing it to, in fact annex parts of Lebanon is now an anti-Saddam coalition member in good standing. According to A.I. "routine torture" in that country by Syrian authorities includes electric shock, beatings (sometimes with metal cables) water immersion and bondage. The A.I. report coveting the last part of 1990 notes that both Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian authorities have engaged in torture. Another A.I. report "Torture in the Eighties" gives some truly repulsive methods of torture by another anli-Saddam alliance member in good standingm namely Turkey. This report of the 1980s also has a section on torture in Egypt, which became a consent- ing partner in the alliance when the U.S. forgave their multibillion dollar debt. Americans need not only to be aware of George Bush's very, very selective reading of Amnesty Inter- national  reports, but to also ask themselves if any good can come from this unholy alliance that our president has forged. Fritz Mishler, Willamina WAR OR PEACE? The question of war or peace in the Middle East is now moot, but there am some issues that still need to be addressed. Our consumption of oil is irrele- vant. We in the U.S. could be self-sufficient; we would still be fighting. Oil is vital to the rest of the world; under Saddam's control sup- ply or denial could reward friends and punish enemies, and the wealth from its sale furnish the sinews for more wars. Nor are sanctions salvation. As a relief worker in Ethiopia observed, "'I never saw a starving soldier." The brunt falls on non-combatants, made worse by Arab custom of the women and children eating what the men leave. Furthermore, Saddam Hussein has a high toleration of pain inflicted on his subjects; he does a great deal that way himself. Their sufferings would not move him, assuming they actually suffer; Iraq is practically surrounded by people who have practiced smuggling. Iran dislikes lmq but loathes the West; it could easily sell Iraqi oil as Iranian and use the money to purchase whatever Iraq wanted, while main- raining the appearance of enforce- ment and neutrality. The longer sanctions are tried, the more oppor- tanity for leaks. The Palestinian issue is a red herring. It would not exist if the other Arab states had been willing to receive those Palestinians who wished to emigrate or were refugees, but they have consistentlyNaud cynically--refused, pmfcning to keep the Palestinians wreehed and oppressed as a lever against Israel. The conquest of Kuwait had no more to do with Palestine than the attack on Iran. However, the case is illustrative. No one has given Israel powerful reasons for changing its behavior; so it has not changed. The use of some sort of force, and the threat of and belief in its use, are a legitimate part in negotiations; indeed, lacking it, diplomacy is often as meaningless as legislation without enforcement. Which is not to condone the idea that someone who wants something may just up and grab iL (Nor, having grabbed it, should he be allowed to "negotiate" a "solution" that gives him more than he would have gotten by negotiating instead of grabbing. But that is a side issue.) That being so, keeping an army of draftees for the express purpose of preventing us from going to war could well prove counter- productive; aggressors would be emholdened by our impotence, while our society would be further weakened by resentment of the injustices of conscription. Remem- ber the draft as it was, lower-income draftees in the lower ranks of college students with deferments or ROTC training, and all the other disloca- tions? It may seem unfair that top CEOs and Congressmen have almost no children in the services, but top CEOs and Congressmen tend to be between 50 and 70, and so rather unlikely to have children of the usual service age. (A historical odd- ity; as a role, the governing classes who made war provided a good proportion of the army that fought iL) Should our young people die for Kuwait? No one died for Danzigm but in the end a lot more people were killed because the Germans were not stopped early. We may buy "peace now" as an earlier genera- tion did "peace in our time" only to discover that it was only a tempo- rary loan with horrendously high interest. Should we wait and negotiate while the sanctions shred, while our present allies are fow.l to appease the new power in the region, while Saddam adds nuclear to chemical and biological weapons, while his ballistic missiles are upgraded to intercontinental ones? "Blessed are the peacemakers," yes, but the Bible also comments on those who say "peace, peace" when there is no peace. Jennifer Mueiler, Wiilamina THE WAR OF 1991 At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991 a war started between Iraq and the U.N. The reason the war started was because Saddam Hussein refused to leave Kuwait. The U.N. doesn't feel that's tight. One coun- try shouldn't take over another just because they want to. Another reason was because Iraq is rich in gasoline. If nobody does anything about it the oil prices will go up. Some people won't be able to pay for it. He would be making nuclear weapons and could destroy the U.N. I don't think Saddam should even be president, but it's not up to me. If I were him I would get out of Kuwait because I wouldn't want to start a war. Shannon Boatwright Willamina Elementary School (This essay was written by Shannon Boatwright, 9, a Willa- mina 4th grader. K00AKI 5L.ACK5 To hOO00WILb r Itt I :/. ///. :/ / %j:" .... I 1 Li Homespun Humor i Oh, the joys of lambing season! By Linda Fink My sheep are doing their best to keep my mind off the world situa- tion. They are lambing all over the place. They should be lambing in the jugs (lambing pens) but they decided to come all at once, as usual. Over and over I've explained to my ewes that I only have four jugs and they must take turns. Do they listen? No. Ideally, each ewe gets to stay in the jug for three days after her lambs are born. By that time, the lambs know who mom is and the ewes know who their babies are. At least that's the theory. Some babies either never figure it out or don't care. They'll nurse from anything that stands still. Fortunately, the calf that runs with the sheep is very gentle and doesn't mind having lambs sucking the hair on his legs. Our guard dog doesn't mind, either. In fact, Anna loves the atten- tion the lambs give her. She waits expectantly outside a jug while I dock mils and tag ears, then wel- comes the new arrivals to her flock by licking them from head to hoof all the while wagging her tail joy- ously. My ewes are accustomed to this strange sheep-sized dog so they don't protest very much when she mothers their lambs. Before we acquired Anna four years ago, coyotes took at least one fourth of our lamb crop every year. We have not lost a single lamb to predators since. I suspect we've lost the attentions of a few salesmen, however, as Anna occasionally leaves her flock to "welcome" guests. Even though she's friendly, many people seem reluctant to leave their cars while a hundred pound dog is nose to glass outside their car window. Thanks to Anna, we dm't see predators here anymore, but some of our neighbors still do. During the super cold spell this winter, one elderly neighbor called and said, "Could you come up and chase this bear away? I'm afraid to go out and get the mail." We grabbed the camera and tom up to her house, but the bear had left. We did find its prints and claw marks in the snow all around a car in her yard. Johnny thinks the bear's hibernation spot wasn't warm enough. It woke up, found the car and tried to get in to mm on the heater. My favorite dog/bear/coyote/el cetera story comes from a wonder- ful book I took out of the Willamina library a few weeks ago (and will return, hbnest, I didn't realize it was overdue) called Conversations with Pioneer Women. The "conversa- tions" are interviews made by Ore- gon's pioneer newspaperman Fred Lockley around the turn of the century with Oregon's pioneer women. Mary Emma Marquam Kelly tells of an experience she had as "a little tot going to school". Mrs. Kelly was born in 1854 in Portland. I was carrying our lunch in a basket, while Gus and Will were riding stick horses. As we went along the trail we met a big brown dog. It came up to us and sniffed at us. Gus hit him with the stick he had been riding, and said, "Get out of our way, you big ugly dog/" "It jumped to one side and made a funny face at Gus. I felt sorry for it, so I walked up to it and patted it on the head. As I patted it, it made bread with its paws, like a cat does, and purred as loud as a coffee mill. I said, "Why, it's a cat." Gus laughed and said, "It's a dog. Did you ever hear of a cat as big as that?" "It wanted to smell the lunch I was carrying, and kept putting its nose into the basket. I had to hold the basket over my head, and it reached up and the bottom of the basket v nose. Suddenly it its head up, listened, then gave a sudden jumP i on a snag, and ran up of a fallen tree, where look in all directions, lt i from the tree to the disappeared, and a Albert Kelly, Silas Kelly, son and their little met us on the trail. "We met a big brown I said, "It wasn't a a big cat." Mr. Kelly told us to the tracks of the cat. We i him where it had around us, and where it its claws in and out "making bread", They had guns and started after it. Mr. "That is the I have seen for a Thank God that nearly a quartsr that was hanging in my you children wouldn't tell about patting it head." I guess the moral of this jug your lambs and cougars well fed. EMMA SETH However does one commit a life- time of love and devotion to words?. How can one translate the essence of a .dear friend who lived one hundred years, to sentences which will recapture a very beautiful and beloved lady?. TO do Emma Seth justice is an almost impossible task. Thoughts, images and memories flash like lightening through my mind. I see Emma as calm, serene and delightful, content to be 100 years old and seeing so many of the people whom she had started on the journey to adulthood in her class- rooms. She lookedwith loving eyes at their children and a bit of nostal- gia crept into her manner. No real teacher wants her days of service to children to end. Emma Seth was love personified. Every child was a gift' a treasure entrusted to her care and guidance. Each one was fragile, out in the world for the first time when she taught fLrSt grade. Each step had to be carefully taken. She taught with skill and disciplined with compassion. Emma laughed with children, cried with the ones who hurt, and supplied the physical needs of some who were less fortunate. But always there was that special quality of love which was Emma Seth. I try to imagine what it must haw been like to have taught all of the grades in one room. It boggles my mind, It is testimony to the strong pioneer heritage which Emma Rid- geway Seth possessed that she not only managed this task well but took great joy in the experience. In her memories of 37 years of teach- ing she recalled with humor chopp- ing the wood for the stove in the classroom, bringing in water, doing all the janitorial tasks, to say nothing of the pranks kids can put together. All of these things she did lov- ingly, and for $45 a month. At one period in her life, when she was married, she was barred from the profession as were all who were married women. These were tough depression times. Fortunately that didn't last. A war took the men out of the classrooms. The true story of Emma Seth was written in the success of hundreds and hundreds of men and women who this day salute her with love and gratitude for her influence upon their lives and the fives of their children. I, too, am indebted to Emma for the love and knowledge she gave my children and the very wise counsel she gave to me as we shared thoughts from time to time. I would like to end with part of the poem she wrote about her years of teaching. "Your spirit bows in thankfulness. For the privileges you have had, How many little children, Have helped make your life gladt May God strengthen and direct All those who work with human clay, With mothers, fathers, teachers, preachers, And guide them all the way." Fern Eberhart, - Sheridan FOR THE RECORD I was not happy with the handling of a recent misD'int in your paper. In your Jan. 16 issue you reviewed the Sheridan school district board meeting. In that article you erron- eously stated that MicheUe LaRue had been granted maternity leave. We, at school here had a few good laughs about it, but to those parents and readers who don't know the whole story and only know Ms. LaRue is single, it was no laughing matter. Some of the conversations regarding Ms. LaRue in the com- munity have been less than compli- mentary. Now, we all make mistakes, but your acknowledgement of this mis- take was ridiculous and in no way helped clear up the misconception. I was the person granted mater- nity leave, which you stated in your correction hidden on the sixth page of your Jan. 23 issue. Where was the mention that Michelle the one mistakenly By the way you it would seem you have people continue Ms. LaRue had asked leave. Your correction front page and bold talking someones TO set the record LaRue is not not asked for name was accidentally article instead of mine. Sarah J. Sheridan Letters Got a gripe? Or a cam Or would you simply like thoughts on a particular welcomes your letters to the Send letters for The Sun, P.O Box 68, 97378. THIE O I ,, III IIIII I II I 71--- George Robertson EDITOR and PUBUsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina Ronda postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal DEADLINES: Noon Fdday - Letter to Editor, Society and releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, Re. Sheridan, OR 97378.