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2 The Sun, Wednesday, March 20, 1991 OPINIO N AuCoin is right Homespun Humor News flash/Save those cfi on handgun bill Congressman Les AuCoin has finally bitten the bullet on gun control. In a column in The Washington Post this week he comes out in favor of the so-called Brady Bill which would require gun buyers to wait seven days before they can take home their handguns. AuCoin, an astute politician who hopes to some day sit in the Senate, has had a 100 percent rating from the powerful National Rifle Association in his 16 years in Congress. His rating surely will plummet with his new stand. But AuCoin says in his article in the Post that he's become convinced leaders of the rifle associa- tion "are out of touch." He adds: "Most of the people I represent are now more concerned about gun violence than they are about whatever inconvenience may be caused by a 7-day waiting period, which can prevent felons, drug addicts and the mentally disturbed from buying guns." The gun control bill is named after James Brady, press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was seriously wounded when the president was shot in 1981. Congress failed to vote on the bill last year but House Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash, has promised a vote this year. The rifle association will be aiming both barrels against the measure. We hope AuCoin can help convince more mem- bers of Congress that the gun control measure is needed. Law-abiding citizens should not object to having to wait for seven days (for a background check) to purchase a handgun. AuCoin also wants to see restrictions on the sale and manufacture of assault weapons. We think such legislation is also overdue. Neither proposal will restrict our "right to bear arms." The bills, we hope, will make it more difficult for would-be criminals to kill, injure and terrorize the rest of us.--G.R. Brick plant idea is worth studying We applaud the Willamina city council's action to try to reopen a brick plant in the city. The plant would provide area residents with jobs that are being lost in the timber industry. It also would restore an industry that brought fame to the town. Willamina brick was once considered among the best available in the Northwest. Yamhill and Polk County commissioners along with the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments are working with the city in seeking a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service for a feasibility study to open a new brick plant. Ironically, the grant request was announced earlier this month in The Sun on the same day John Hampton reported his decision to auction off the equipment that's been sitting idle in the closed Conifer Plywood mill for the past year. Hampton had hoped to entice a timber-related industry to lease the plant but found little interest. Perhaps the mill, built in 1939, could be con- verted into a brick plant. It has a rail line right outside the loading docks, and it's certainly big enough. A spotted owl story Bird of contention between environmentalists and loggers, the northern spotted owl, has been listed as threatened because of its shrinking habitat, old-growth forests in the northwestern U.S. Now the bird may mate itself into extinction. In two cases it has bred with the more common barred owl. The offspring is called-unofficially-a "sparred owl." The barred owl seems to adapt easily to logged areas and has expanded its range from the East Coast to the West. Sparred owls may be a quirk of nature. If not, they could mean the disappearance of the spotted owl. from National Geographic I I u IIlU I 'o,,,n:e ...... -SUN -- ill .... 7--1 -- George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Rondo postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday. Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. I [ IIII I I I I I I I III I I By Linda Fink Some people save coupons. I save newspaper clippings, hoping to some day cash them in on humor columns. Occasionally the fascinat- ing tidbits I've collected do turn into Homespun Humor columns. More often, they languish on my desk for years waiting to inspire me. Clippings used to languish in my file cabinet, but as their numbers grew, they spilled out onto the top of the cabinet. Then they slithered onto my desk, a chair, and the floor. My family is concerned that the mound of clippings may someday overflow my writing room and migrate into the rest of the house. In the interests of public safety and my family's sanity, I am giving you some of these tidbits bare naked, as it were. They would eventually make great stories, I know, but I may not live long enough to discover what those stor- ies are. 1. "Robber's holdup fails as pistol fires in pants." I don't know what became of this poor guy. Back in July of 1989 he tried to rob a gas station. After demanding money, he put his pistol into his belt. The weapon fired, and the man screamed and mn away. I know there's a story here somewhere. 2. January 26. For several years now I've been trying to let people know the significance of that date, but January always passes me by before I remember. The 26th day of the first month of the year is the day raccoons traditionally mate. Now you know. 3. Colorado man claims North is his country. Robert Brewster of Longmont, Colorado, filed suit in November of '89 in U.S. District Court. He says his family was given most of the northern United States by the king of England in colonial times and he wants it hack. Brews- ter's territory, according to Brewster, extends coast to coast from Eureka, California to New York City, and north to the Canadian border. So far as I know, he has not won the lawsuit, since neither I nor any of my neighbors have been evicted. 4. "Woman solves fishy problem." Sheila Nickerson advised readers of Alaska Sport Fish Currents, a state- published newsletter, to cook fish in a dishwasher. She wraps a piece weighing 10 pounds or less in two sheets of foil, then runs the machine through a cycle or more. "The reason I use the method is that when you cook in a dishwasher, there is no odor whatsoever," she said. "I've always disliked the scent of salmon that just hangs in the house for hours, or days." Home economists were not thril- led with her suggestion. Neither was the General Electric vice president who called to tell her, "We design dishwashers to wash dishes. We design ranges to cook food." Still, there have been no reports of food poisoning from dishwasher- cooked salmon. One woman, how- ever, misread the instructions and put a salmon in her clothes dryer. She later told the machine's manu- facturer there was a lingering fish smell in her laundry. 5. Skunks are not music lovers. Music students at a high school in Nelson, British Columbia, complain that when they play their instru- ments, skunks living under the music room counter with blasts of pungent musk. "It's really hard to concentrate, especially when you have to take a big breath," says 12th-grade flutist Moira Freeman. 6. Gasoline fumes exploded in a house north of Salem when the owner rinsed his clothes in gasoline and then put them through the wash. The explosion broke two windows, one in the living room across the house and one in another room around the comer. Wayne Tursen works at a mushroom plant and gets tar on his clothing. He routinely rinsed his clothes in a bucket of gasoline, wrung them dry, then put them in the washing machine. But this time, the vapors from his clothing exploded when Tursen turned on the laundry room light above the machine. There's a moral here somewhere, if I could just put my finger on it. 7. Jamie Buchsbaum of Cincin- nati, Ohio, dresses dead cock- roaches and markets them through his company, Cockroaches Unlim- ited. Buchsbaum's collection of celebrity roaches includes Pete Roach', Elvis Proachley, and Santa Roach and his eight tiny roachdeer. Elvis Proachley is outfitted with a tiny guitar and a jumpsuit, which says "Elvis Lives" on the legs. I don't know if Buchsbaum has sold any of his cockroach creations. Sorry, there was no address listed. Try Cockroaches Unlimited, Cin- cinnati, Ohio. There can't be more than one. 8. "Virginia police respond after tomato calls 911." Deputy sheriffs received an emergency call to Linda and Danny Hurst's home in Blacks- burg, Virginia. They guns drawn, searching had called dispatchers Every time the dis back, the line was busy. dispatcher hung up, she: another call. And anoth The police, upon house, discovered the bright, red, overripe hanging over basket, dripping jmce pie's answering deputy Milton Graham tomato juice the telephone's dialing dialed the sheriff's think I laughed at the of the Killer Tomatoes," For those of amusing in any of these and wonder why the hecl J this much newspaper on about them, I ha clipping for you. The Association for Humor dedicated to helping who suffer from no "Fifteen percent of the America today are according to the founder t "and another 15 percent and that's no laughing As for me, I now insurance to protect people who are humor learned about this from yet another Insurance covers groans, glares and the fruits and vegetables. cost $10. The stack of cli shorter. My family Linda Fink is author The Goat Lane. SCHOOL BOND FORUM COMMENTS CLARIFIED Them comes a time in every persons life when he/she feels the need to become involved in com- munity events, whatever they may be. What is the price of community involvement? Must a person be depicted as a total loser in order to ask questions and gain answers to questions which will directly impact him/her financially? I think not and want to clarify the fact that I am a supporter of the Sheridan School District and all of the other struggling districts throughout Ore- gon who are indeed in dire straits. People do need to get involved, but at what cost? I will definitely think twice before doing so again in this community. Being an alumni of Sheridan High School and a taxpayer in the community, I attended the forum presented by the Sheridan School District pertaining to the ballot measure requesting $2.6 million for repairs and remodeling. After asking for more specific detail than what was provided by the informational flyer and forum invi- tation, I was followed out of the meeting by Lawrence Monical, a reporter for The Sun. Mr. Monical indicated he wanted my name and asked why I was "calling the school district repre- sentatives liars." I explained to Mr. Monical that I was indeed asking for more specific details as opposed to questioning the validity of the infor- mation provided and indicated I did not wish to give him my name as he was incorrect in his perception of .me and why I attended the forum. Today, I read in The Sun that I was an "onlooker who implied distrust from the back row" who "com- plained" about the costs of roof repairs "but offered no other esti- mate." I was unaware that I would be expected to submit estimates or claim to be an expert so as not to be considered a "complainer." I may not have been as articulate in asking questions or voicing concerns as other district patrons but feel the personal opinion submitted by the local newspaper for all to read was very unfair, entirely out of line and totally uncalled for besides the fact that I had indicated I did not want my name in the paper and did not call anyone a liar regarding the information given. ', I still do not feel an error in something as important as a request for hard earned dollars is something to snicker about and wondered what happened to the "tour of the build- ing" which, according to The Sun, was to occur at the meeting but never did. Ken Eisele, Sheridan For the record, a tour of the building did occur after the forum. Secondly, a speaker at a public meeting needs to be identified when he or she is quoted in The Sun. BLM DEFENDS ACTION ON SPOTTED OWL Managers of public lands and resources must listen carefully to all constituents who hold diverse and often conflicting views. They must also have a "thick skin" so they don't oveneact to criticism, even when it's based on false informa- tion. Them are times, however, when assertions and misrepresenta- tions mislead and deprive the public to such an extent that understanding and informed debate on issues is undermined. Information presented at the Feb. 27 joint press confer- ences called by the Oregon Natural Resources Council and Headwaters is an unfortunate example. Spokespersons for these groups presented assertions that the BLM was over-harvesting timber on public land. They based their statements on what they termed as an "internal" staff document which they implied was hidden from the public and only recently was available outside the agency. In this case, the mysterious "internal" document was actually used widely in presentations made to a variety of publics during April, May and June 1990. Copies were provided to anyone requesting it. Headwaters sought and we provided a copy to them in July 1990. This type of press extravaganza makes great intrigue; but for the few who gain short term satisfaction, many others are mislead and thereby deprived of opportunities to affect decisions on their public lands. There is little doubt that most natural resource issues are complex and many are difficult to under- stand. Many biological relations are not fully understood and when social and economic relations are added, things really get compli- cated. I certainly can't fully explain the spotted owl and old-growth issues to the satisfaction of all who have a stake in these issues, espe- cially in one setting. I can, however, provide important information that was omitted or distorted in the ON'RC and Headwaters news release. I am confident that a more fully informed public can better help find solutions that will work in the long run. The BLM manages about 2 mil- lion acre# of forest land in western Oregon with about 1.7 million acres designated for sustained yield tim- ber management under existing land use plans. These existing plans pro- vide for an average annual allowable commercial harvest of 1.17 billion board feet of timber. These existing plans, and supplemental agreements with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, considered and specif- ically provided for habitat needs of the northern spotted owl. In antici- pation of, and since the listing of the spotted owl as a species, the BLM has also done more than required to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and comply with the Endangered Species AcL We are now in the process of developing new land-use plans to guide our management through the 1990s and beyond. After looking at a wide variety of alternative forest management approaches, we will select a preferred alternative and resulting timber harvest level that can be sustained in the long term. The law, as well as responsible stewardship, requires that our forest management be sustainable on sites that can support our planting and other reforestation activities. In April 1990, the Intemgency Scientific Committee (ISC) report, also known as the Jack Ward Tho- mas report, made proposals for protecting spotted owl habitat. The proposals included habitat conser- vation areas where no timber har- vest would occur and remaining areas where timber harvest would he limited. When the ISC report came out, I asked BLM resource specialists to determine what areas could con- tinue to he managed for timber production and what long-term sus- tainable timber sale quantity could be maintained if the full ISC pro- posal was implemented. Using our new geographic information system and automated information cur- rently being used for our planning, we determined that an average annual sale quantity of 604 million board feet of timber could be con- tinually offered on a sustainable basis. Before deciding what sale level should be offered just through 1991 and 1992, when our new plans are done, we considered several things. Although our current plans allow an average sustainable sale level of 1.17 billion board feet, less than that will actually be harvested because about 1 billion board feet, were turned back and later resold in the late 1980s and sales for 1989 and 1990 averaged only 950 million board feet. Because we also wanted to minimize the effects of sudden change in timber volume levels available to the Oregon communi- ties that depend on we asked our timber we could sell ing to protect the spotted and keep our options new plans. Using all this posed to BLM director' a sale level which came field managers that annual harvest of an million 1992. This level BLM to stay out of the ISC spotted owl tion area, out of owl habitat areas we and away from known pairs. While this level less timber to ides, the change in not be so severe. importantly, this sale carefully selected not preclude our options plans that will guide management over the The sale level formed of the Jamison strategY we are now proceeding. We will be closelY development of a very plan so that the can be considered We are also with the Fish and on any proposed may affect owl habitat. This is a time of l challenge in natural agemenL Almost a better understandi processes and most expect land when necessary to understanding. The nomic effects of ever, may not be as some. The necessary occur only when key institutions of our and support it. There is value in when it generates to make better going to biological needs for system and social needs for a healthy direct our efforts not polarization will require interests, the news emment agencies. Bureau of Land The Sun editor. All letters be published. 300 words.