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2 The Sun, Wednesday, March 1, 1989 FIGURE 4. Distribution of Property Taxes Sheddon: t 986-89 County (13.4X) eSD (37 x .... c. (Io.9x) Otl~_r (0.4X) (S7.OX) Re sm The pie graph above shows vividly where your property tax money goes if you live in the City of Sheridan. The graph was part of a presentation by Bruce Peet, city administrator, to the city council last week. It marked the opening of talks about asking voters to approve a new tax for the city. What the graph shows is that the city receives slightly less than 11 cents out of every $1 in property taxes paid by Sheridan property owners. The bulk of the tax money goes to schools--57 cents from the Sheridan school district, 6.5 cents for Chemeketa and 3.7 cents for the Educational Service District. The fire district, at just over 8 cents, and Yamhill County, at nearly 13.5 cents, make up the rest of the dollar. Peet used several other pie graphs and charts to make his case. And the council seemed in general sympathetic about asking voters to dig a little deeper. During the course of the discussion quite a bit was said about how the city's tax rate has dropped since 1977 and is one of the lowest among cities in the county. While that's true it's only half the story, however. The city jettisoned the fire department during the past 11 years so the taxes paid for fire service are now being levied by another taxing district. Still, the initial presentation by Peet and the council's first reaction to it are positive steps in bringing the City of Sheridan into the 21 st century. How can a city operate with a tax base dating to 1916 and still do a good job in providing services to local residents? No wonder there's not enough money for more police, better streets, more parks and the other countless things a city can and does provide--providing there's enough money, of course. It's too early to support a tax base proposal, of course, since no specific amount has been determined yet. We hope the city's budget committee, however, will come up with an amount--and perhaps even more importantly tell voters exactly how the money will be spent. City residents might just be willing to support a new tax base under those conditions. --G.R. leanup egins. Several strong steps were taken last week by the Sheridan city council to help clean up the town. First, the council reinstated the municipal court. Police officers can now cite people who violate city ordinances to this court. A lot of citations are expected to be issued in coming weeks to help clean up the incredible amount of junk found on property in the city. Second, the council listened to dozens of ideas from local citizens who are forming several committees to handle long-range and short-range cleanup projects in town. The list includes everything from painting the bridge (owned by Yamhill County) to even helping local businesses paint their buildings. Third, the council (at the insistence of new Councilman Bob Jordan) will tackle the tough issue of city streets at its next meeting. Jordan is especially concerned about a street near the city's park that is still unpaved. It leads into the city's only new housing development and its poor condition has cost homes sales. Fourth, the city council has recommended against renewing Benny Huie's liquor license until the restaurant/tavern "cleans up its act" as one member of the council put it. These steps, we think, show the city council is taking a strong lead in the cleanup campaign. We hope local citizens will support this effort--and even pitch in to help. --G.R. .... 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Homespun Humor Iu ese rem By Linda Fink With half the people in town suffering from the flu, and the other half worrying about coming down with it, I thought I should tell you a secret for staying or getting healthy. Unfortunately, I don't know one. Some folks swear by mega-vitamin therapy. However, they seem to be sick as often as the rest of us. A friend of mine insists that certain little pills, placed under the tongue, will ward off illness. She has her pills by her bedside right now. From the looks of her, she forgot to use them. Then there's Jim Wakefield, of Nashville, Tenn., who takes a daily 7 a.m. dip in an unheated, outdoor swimming pool every day. Fifty-five years old, fit, trim and healthy, Wakefield was interviewed as he stepped out of the pool onto a snowy deck, air temperature and reporter quivering at 38 degrees. Wakefield has been swimming every day for 20 years. He may have found the secret to good health, or he may just be one of those super- healthy people, (like my husband), who could breathe in germs all day and never get sick--swimming or not. Personally, I wouldn't recommend swimming in an unheated pool in the middle of winter. Most of us would suffer from cardiac arrest--and that's not healthy. So what can we do about the flu bug? Not much, except suffer. But someday, other bugs or plants or animals might conquer the obnoxious critter. Modern medicine has recently found critters that heal. Some of these critter healers were discovered centuries ago and are t-=;-~t revived. Like leeches. That's right, leeches. Just ask Joe Farmer. He was probably just as grossed out about having leeches suck his blood as the next person until last year, after he crushed his foot in a forklift accident. The reconstructive surgery ran into problems--blood wasn't circulating properly in the transplanted skin. So Farmer's doctor, chief of plastic surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and no quack, applied leeches. The hungry little critters started Farmer's blood flowing through the graft. Thanks to them, his foot healed and he avoided a second operation. Ah, the marvels of modern medicine. And consider the livesaving rosy periwinkle. That little plant is a native of the island of Madagascar. Natives used it in folk medicine, but modern doctors laughed until someone, about 25 years ago, extracted a drug called 'vincristine" from the plant. Thanks to vincristine and the rosy periwinkle, children with leukemia now have a 95 percent chance of remission. Those odds are enough to make a lot of kids smile--childhood leukemia used to be fatal 99 percent of the time. Have a cut that won't heal? Smear catfish slime on it. Arab fishermen do. (Be sure you use an Arab catfish, though. The American varieties have ordinary slime.) Biochemists Richard Criddle and J.M. Hassan, after hearing reports of miraculous healing, caught the venomous, 3 foot long, Persian Gulf catfish and analyzed its slime. Lo and behold, the yucky stuff turned out to contain antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents, a coagulant that helps close e ROCH CHARMET Here was a quiet, unpretentious little man who lived among the clouds, soared above rainbows and played with the stars. Over the length and breadth of the world, wherever there was a parachute center, the little Frenchman would become a part of that scene. His jumping was spectacular; he was meticulous about his gear--no one but Roch ever touched it. He was extremely knowledgeable and intelligent. Roch piled up statistics which were astounding, his last jump just short of 15,000. He didn't talk much, around outsiders at least, about his accomplishments. He was soft spoken and gentle in his demeanor. He came and went like a shadow. One came to know him by watching the sky. He became a human bird. Having him as a guest created the illusion that he really was akin to a world which we could not imagine. He possessed a rare sense of humor and enjoyed laughter. His French idiom added spice to conversation. I don't suppose many of us can say we really knew Roch, but any who watch the skies when the weather is good, the winds compatible, and a "jump" in progress, looked forward to watching Roch's beautiful performances. Somehow, we who are earth bound claim kinship to these human birds injured blood vessels, and a chemical something to that directs production of a glue-like Somewhere, on some material that aids healing, maybe our own), "If you put it on a wound," animal lives that testifies Criddle, "you can actually prevent or cure see the wound start to close over in stuffy noses, hacking the next two or three minutes." That general malaise. All sounds pretty miraculous to me. find it. Heaven only knows what other Unfortunately, miraculous creatures may dwell in plant or animal still the sea. Scientists have only recently when we get there ! studied the extraordinary glue that slimmer by the allows mussels to hang on rocks usedtolose aplant or to extinction at the despite buffeting waves. That super glue, they believe, may someday be millennium. Now we used to fill cavities, create a bond matelyfour per day. between teeth and gums, coat animals have become surgical incisions to prevent past 10 years than infections, and even repair small one thousand, And broken bones or tendons, getting any better. I hope they find something We may be stuck someday that eliminates all need for and other ailments. dentists. (Do sharks get cavities or Mother Earth gum disease? Maybe biologists disappearing with should analyze shark spit.) "civilization." What to ! Catfish, leeches, periwinkle Well, we could flowers, mussels--and now stinging we're in pain. ants. Eighty years ago, biologists release a natural observed South Americans lettingLaughter also fiercely aggressive ants sting them. muscles a When asked why, the natives replied circulation; fills the that the ant bites helped ease the oxygen-rich air; clears pain in their joints. Apparently, tory passages; allowing ants to crawl over arthritis hormones that sufferers and sting them never tissues; alt caught on in this country. Eighty tension in the years later, scientists developed a system; and method to grow cells from the venom and depression, glands of the South American emotions to physical stinging ants, paving the way for a better already. new arthritis pain reliever that After all, we may comes without the ants--a great cure the flu, or stop improvement, I'd say, over the disrupting native cure. shelter a flu Now if we could just find AIDS?) cure, but we it. Can't we? who dot our skies, from time to time. tion that has the anti-firearms coalS- Although we may not know them, we tion on the prowl again. agonize at those times when one of The State of Oregon is being tar- them fails to land successfully, geted by anti-gunners in this year's Roch's death was an unacceptable legislation. All citizens of this state one. He was such a perfectionist that must be aware and see that our con- for him to fail was something that stitutional rights are being upheld. just couldn't happen. But, it did. There are a number of firearms All we can say is that from time to owners in this state who are not time we were privileged to watch this concerned with the firearms issue. I superb jumper, this "bird" whosay to you that you best be concerned soared down from our skies. He was or laws will be passed that curtail part of us, a very special person and what firearms you could own. We we regretfully say "farewell, happy need a firearm preemption state law. landing, Roch, on this your final W=ltorC. Houston, jump." Sherkhm Fern Eberhart, Sherkhm Errand murder DERANGED Ac'r The killing of children in Stockton; trial to begin Calif., is a tragedy. When a deranged person drives a car on the sidewalk and kills several Jury selection started at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Yamhill County circuit people you can't blame Chrysler, court for the murder trail of Edwin Ford or GMC for that act. Neither Michael Errand. should you blame the National Rifle Errand is the 37-year-old Sheridan Association for acts of deranged man charged with the shooting death people, of William Bradway Muthersbaugh Travls C. Dieksen, Grand Ronde in Muthersbaugh's Willamina home on Dec. 9. AWARENESS wEEK Errand pled not guilty to the Awareness week, month or year.charge at a preliminary hearing Dec. Yes, we need to be alert at all times 15 where a tape recording of a 911 for drugs and what they do to the bo- telephone conversation between Er- dy and society as a whole, rand and a county dispatcher was Drugs and their needs create theft played. Errand admitted on the tape of firearms and other valuables, to shooting Muthersbaugh, but said Their uninhibited use creates a situa- it was in self defense. P bill ByJ Last Wednesda, legislation to punishment in our Corporal punishment understood to mean bodily pain as which is punisher. It does parental addition to physical punishment is fret panied by and embarrassment. I must admit, as Senate floor, that I vote for this kind fact, it is my these kind of of local government. however, was one has come in Oregon. The debate on the and informative. cited their teachers and forming their Because I am none had my experience as ! had received corporal l a youth. As I look deserved the remember the humiliation more beating. I believe that punishment in OregoO policy. Many Oregon I have already punishment. This grown out of a the harmful punishment and against teachers corporal become the 13th Facts and figures violence to teach a What are we saying when we allow discipline? We violence solves saying that physical i way to promote responsible Legislature is begets violence and this cycle. I know there are will disagree with issue, honorable disagree, I believe changed and we more discipline Got a Got a gripe? Or compliment to simply like to share Y any particular welcomes letters