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2 The Sun, Wednesday, March 30, 1994 Homespun Humor It's easy to understand why some kids think it's okay to punch or kick other kids, use obscene language or hurl racial remarks at others. That's the example they see at home from their parents and, of course, television. But such violent conduct must not be tolerated in our schools. That's why we are pleased that Dr. LeRoy Key, Sheridan's new schools chief, showed the courage of his convictions by asking his school board this month to adopt a new policy dealing with children who display serious violent behavior. Frankly, we were dismayed that Myna Deck, board chairperson, took Key to task for the policy, arguing that it appeared the schools were "wash- ing their hands" of the problem. In response, Key said that was exactly what he intends--to turn violent students over to the police and other agencies who are better equipped to deal with them. Key pointed out the policy is aimed at serious incidents, not the everyday pushing and shoving that occurs in schools. We think the policy is long overdue and encourage the school board to adopt it and make sure it's enforced properly. If you don't think illegal drugs can affect your life, read on... Sgt. Roger Conley of the Yamhill County sher- iffs office told the Willamina city council recently about a vehicle stop one of his officers made. By Linda Fink This is the sad story of Clean-Up, a duck. Clean-Up was a survivor-- until last week. Of the five baby Pekins I raised last summer, she was the only one to figure out how to avoid the pondside predators. The other four ducks were eaten soon after I turned them loose on the pond. Somehow, Clean-Up survived. She came into my milkroom every morning and every evening to eat the grain the goats spilled while on the milkstand. At first she drove me crazy with her quacking. But Clean- Up gradually learned to shut up or get thrown out. Soon after I arrived at the barn for each milking, Clean-Up appeared, or rather her head appeared as she pushed up the flap of the cat door. Reaching as far as her neck would allow, she picked up all the grain she could reach, then wiggled and shoved until her plump body squeezed through the hole. Snaking her bill back and forth across the concrete, Clean-Up gleaned every single speck of grain, artfully dodg- ing under the milkstand whenever a goat came in. Between spills, Clean-Up sat under the stand and waited patiently for the next messy goat. Clean-Up performed a useful service on the farm. I had less sweeping to do and the milkroom attracted fewer mice. Besides, she was fun to watch. As an only duck, Clean-Up sweet- quacked her way into the company The vehicle was spotted driving erratically on Highway 18. The driver and his partner were snorting "coke"---a street word for cocaine. They told the deputy they were doing it to stay awake on their drive from Seattle. Conley used the story to warn about more drugs coming into the West Valley from the metropoli- tan areas. Sheriff's deputies, he said, are taking more classes to learn how to properly obtain search warrants and more drug-related arrests will be made, Conley said. ...... We hope both the Willamina and Sheridan city councils agree to help pay for a detective from the sheriff's office to work exclusively in the West Valley on drug problems and other investigative work. It would allow patrol deputies to spend more time on the streets and send a strong signal to those who think small towns are "easy pickins." THANK YOU I want to personally thank the community of Sheridan for their outpouring of generosity during Goodwill's Good Turn Day. The event was a tremendous suc- cess because local neighborhoods responded to our call for donations. Hundreds of volunteers played an important role in this year's event by collecting and transporting the donations. Local scouts, the East Portland Rotary Club, the Oregon National Guard and several independent trucking companies all deserve thanks for a job well done. With that kind of team, it is no surprise that the event was a success, collecting almost 350,000 pounds of dona- tions. These donations provide jobs and training opportunities for people with disabilities and other voca- tional disadvantages. Last year, donations from the community en- abled Goodwill to provide jobs and services to 1,992 people with disa- bilities. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us carry out our mission. Thank you. Michael M. Miller, President, Goodwill Industries Letters to the editor need to be signed. Deadline is Friday. To FAX letters, call 843-3830. SPORTS COVERAGE SHOWS BIAS This letter is in response to the unfair and highly biased coverage of Sheridan sports as compared to Willamina sports. I want to get this clear right away, I do not want less coverage of Sheridan sports, I only want equal coverage for both schools. I am very proud of the Sheridan girls basketball team for their accomplishments at the state tour- nament. But I think that two full pages of coverage is not fair to the Willamina wrestling team specifi- cally and Willamina sports in gen- eral. As everybody knows and should be proud of, Willamina has won first place in state for the last three years in wrestling. For this amazing accomplishment they got only about a half page of coverage. This does not seem fair. I know that most people assumed that the wrestling team would win state, but it was just as hard for this team to win the title for the third year as it was for the Sheridan girls basketball team to place third and make a very respectable showing at the state tournament. Like I said before, I don't want less coverage for anybody, but only fair coverage for everybody. Trevor Aaron, Willamina I,, George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde postal addre~, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. Payment must be ~ived by 5 p.m. Wednesday for subscription to start with the following ~esdays edition. DEADLINES: N~dday - 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. POST~ER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. EGGS,.. III Partnerships are developing to help towns deal with loss By Gov. Barbara Roberts Nobody knows better than the families and workers who live in Oregon timber communities how much impact the timber and wood products industry's downsizing has had on our state. Those communities are going through a very difficult and often painful transition as they work to develop new jobs and new indus- tries to replace the lost timber jobs. If all of us work together in a new way, we can turn this timber transi- tion into an opportunity. We have a chance not only to help the families and workers in hard-hit communi- ties as we work to create a healthier Oregon economy, but also to pro- duce a new level of partnership between Oregonians and their gov- ernment. There is no quick and easy answer to help those struggling towns. We must help these communities diver- sify their economies and develop businesses and industries to re- employ their workers. Leaders at every level---federal, state, county and local--have now committed to work together to pro- vide investments those communities need. Together, we can make sure of our Pilgrim geese, although they were four times as big as she. Wherever the geese grazed, so grazed little Clean-Up. The geese tolerated her. She adored them. When mama goose began setting on eggs, everything changed. Papa goose decided Clean-Up was a threat to his family and attacked. At first, Clean-Up couldn't believe what was happening. She kept com- ing back, tipping her head this way and that while uttering friendly duck chatter, trying to ingratiate herself. Papa goose stretched out his long neck and chased her away. One day while everyone was swimming on the pond, Papa goose grabbed Clean-Up by the head and nearly drowned her. Was he trying to breed her, I wondered? Waterfowl mate on water and the female often is submerged temporarily. But geese mate for life, and Papa had a wife. Could he be an adulterer? I was horrified. As it turned out, neither love nor lust was on Papa goose's mind. Murder was. When Clean-Up finally squirmed loose and came up for air, the goose grabbed her with his bill and ripped feathers out of her neck as she frantically tried to swim away. Clean-Up scrambled up the bank and kept her distance from the geese for a time, limping and shaking her head in pain. But later, the ever hopeful duck made tentative concil- iatory gestures when the once- gentle Pilgrim geese grazed near. Papa goose grabbed the poor duck by the head again and might have killed her if I hadn't come scream- ing to the rescue. This was really too much. Maybe, I thought, Clean-Up would stay away from the suddenly vicious geese if I put a Muscovy duck with her. The Muscovies were, at that time, confined to the yard around our house, where their job was to eat slugs. (They are now locked in a pen since they expanded their job description to include shredding iris and tulip leaves.) Clean-Up was not impressed with the stranger I brought into the milkroom during morning milking. The Muscovy tried to make friends, but Clean-Up turned her back on him and went about her business of tidying my milkroom. She was bonded to geese. When I turned the two ducks out together, Clean-Up went toward the pond, the Muscovy toward the other Muscovies. He paced back and forth by the fence separating him from his friends. The Pilgrim geese spotted the forlorn and foreign duck and, far from inviting him in for tea, attacked. Again I went screaming to the rescue as the Muscovy smashed himself through the woven-wire fence while four geese pummeled him. The geese simply would not toler- ate any other creature in their neigh- borhood. I would have to catch Clean-Up and pen her with the Muscovies. But Clean-Up was too wary for me. 'Tll get her when she comes into the milkroom tonight," I decided. She didn't come. The next morning I saw her cowering in the bushes near the creek, her head even more mangled than before. When I tried to catch her, she fled upstream. That was the last time I saw Clean-Up alive. The next day I found a few pieces of her by the bank of the creek. Attempting to escape goose beatings, she went so far upstream that she could no longer avoid streamside predators. The geese had the best intentions~ protecting their offspring--but, as my mother says, the way to hell is paved with good intentions. Harass- ing Clean-Up served no purpose. She was never a threat to goose babies, before or after hatching. I don't like the geese much any- more, They didn't understand or care that Clean-Up just wanted to be an accepted member of goose society. They tolerated her for a time on the outskirts of their society, but once the Pilgrims got it into their heads that she was after their children, nothing could change their minds. Geese are not terribly bright. I miss Clean-Up. I've lost more than a duck that cleans my milk- room; I've lost a character and a friend. I've also lost respect for Pilgrims, Linda Fink is a Grand Ronde resident and goat breeder. 1 Where to write... U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washing" ton, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224" 3753. District office: Room 107, Pioneer Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204. Phone 3386. U.S. Sen, Bob Russell Senate Office Bldg., ington, D.C. 20510. Phone (2~ 224-5244. District office: Suite 240 101 Main St., Portland, OR Phone 326-3370. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth 3' Cannon HOB, Washington, D 20515-3701. Phone (202) District office: 860 Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, OR 97210. Phone 326-2901 or 800-422-4003. U.S. Rep. Mike Kopetski, 1520 Longworth House Office Bidg,, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-5711. District office: Suite 340 E( Center Bldg., 530 Center St. Salem, OR 97301. Phone 9100. Yamhill County Dennis Goecks, Ted Loi Debi Owens, Yamhill house, Fifth & Evans, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371 Polk County Mike Propes, C. Ralph Ron Dodge, Polk house, Dallas, OR Phone 623-8173 or 370-2500. Chemeketa offers local classes those investments don't get tangled in the red tape of layers of govern- ment, with long delays and hoops that have to be jumped through time and time again. President Clinton has helped lay the groundwork for us. He responded to Northwest leaders by committing to a five-year economic recovery package for the region as a part of his national economic plan. This package will provide opportu- nities for additional federal loan and grant money to timber dependent communities in Oregon, Washing- ton and California. Over time, that investment can help our timber communities strengthen their econ- omies and develop new year-round, high-wage, high-skill jobs. But it is now up to us---Oregon's state and local leaders and citizens-- to make this package work. The president is committed to help, and has promised to remove some of the past barriers to make sure commu- nities get economic aid, and we are making a good start to solving the problems facing Oregon's timber communities. But it is going to take hard work on all our parts, and a continued willingness to work together in ways we previously have not, to help turn around the economies in these com- munities. Already, there ~e partnerships developing, early signs of a willing- ness by local leaders, state and federal officials, and Oregon's Con- gressional delegation and others to work together in new ways. Con- sider the following: The statewide panel coordinat- ing the recovery package in Oregon includes local, state and federal government leaders, sitting side-by- side with labor, industry, tribal and environmental representatives. They've proposed a new stream- lined process for communities applying for the federal funds, including developing a one-page application form. And communities that have already applied directly to federal agencies for these funds don't need to reapply. The federal agencies with the recovery package funding have made commitments to cut the time it takes to review loan and grant applications, which in the past have sometimes taken years. These are only the first steps in what could be a long road, getting government at all levels to work well together to help our communi- ties. I am committed to continuing to move forward, so this economic recovery package will be more than just a promise of help. But I won't pretend that I can do it alone. We have an opportunity now to come together for the sake of Ore- gon's timber-dependent communi- ties and the families who live in them. Chemeketa spring classes starting nowand there is enroll. Fitness Slimnastics meets day, Wednesday and Friday at Faulconer gym from 4:15 to p.m. Cost is $40. Beginning Computers Tuesday at Sheridan High from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $40 a $5 lab fee. Quilting meets Tuesday fror~ 9 p.m. at Sheridan High Cost is $36. Beginning Spanish II1 meets nesday from 7 to 9:30 Sheridan High School. Cost Oil Painting starts Friday at American Legion Hall from 9 to noon. Cost is $60. Senior receive a substantial discount. Call 843-2440 for more tion. Sheridan lists public meetings The city of Sheridan announced its public April. All meetings will be p.m. in city hall unless noted. April 5: Park committee. April 11: Planning April 14: Library 7:30 p.m. in library room. April 18: Council meeting. April 21: Budget committee'