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2 The Sun, Wednesday, April 20, 1994 Homespun Humor The Sheridan city council could help the city's long-term livability by requiring builders to pay development costs for new parks, streets and storm drains. Currently, the city's development charges only cover water and sewer systems. Park costs were once included but they were eliminated in a new ordinance. We think it's a sad oversight not to include the three items since new developments add a strain to parks, streets and storm drainage systems. Yes, it would cost builders a little more to do business in town and the argument could be made that they will go elsewhere if costs are too high. Developers who argued against development costs in Lincoln City said the same thing but that city didn't cave in. It doesn't appear that the charges have hurt that coastal town's building boom. The Sheridan city council should consider hiring its own building inspector soon if the number of housing developments being proposed in the city actually get off the ground. At last count, there are plans for a ll7-1ot manufactured home subdivision, a 30-lot housing project and a 100-lot development inside the city limits. And that's not all. There are dozens of homes and apartments being built around the city and, yes, even some commercial and industrial projects taking shape. With this amount of building activity, we won- der if the city should continue to contract this service out to Yamhill County. Perhaps the city's building inspector could also make fire inspections of commercial and industri- al properties. The quality of Sheridan's housing projects will del nd to a large de ee on the quality of building inspections. We. think-the city should take over- this job by hiring a competent inspector. You still have time to register to vote in the May 17 primary--but you better hurry. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. April 26. Fill out a post card in one of the local post offices and send it back to the county in which you live. Then you can vote in the May election. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PRAISED I would like to thank all who attended and participated in last Monday night's "informative" Wil- lamina school board meeting for being professional in their conduct. Much good can come from adver- sity and I believe that will be the case as the school board and super- intendent review the recommenda- tions made by the "kids" commit- tee and others. I hope they will have the courage to quickly address and resolve any unsettled issues. The last month or so has been like the "refincr's tire" for the board and superintendent. I sense an increased desire for cooperation amongst themselves, and the com- munity has become involved. We have a good district with a lot of good teachers and administrators. We all need to feel safe expressing our views without fear of reprisal. Open and honest dialogue within a district keeps employees happy, and happy employees are productive employees. And the same goes for the superintendent, board and citi- zens. It is my hope that the current level of interest can be maintained in our district. Couple that with a spirit of cooperation and much can be accomplished. Walt Mendenhall, Willamina LET'S WORK ON THE REAL PROBLEMS Kids today are facing some pretty tough problems. Twenty-five years ago the biggest problems in our schools were gum chewing, smok- ing and the dress code. Now it's substance abuse, AIDS, homeless families, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, violence in school and suicide. You read about these things everyday, you hear it on the news and no one bats an eye. Yet let an administrator get moved down the street half a block and we clutch our hearts and cry out in pain. We must remember that not every student in our schools are 4.0 schol- ars or star athletes. Our school districts are facing massive budget cuts and while we strive to pat a few on the head and wish them well, how many will we lose through the cracks because there was no one to listen? Where lies the real issue? Eileen Holsclaw, Willamina GIRL SCOUT LEADERS THANKED Girl Scout Leader's Day is April 22 and we would like to thank the following leaders for their support and for making Girl Scouting poss- ible: Judy Anderson, Teresa Harper, Donna Lux, Donna Halverson, Diane Moon, Mary Lou Borrego, Kim Ivey, Tina Walker, Cathy Endi- cott, Cheri Meneley, Carolyn Schussman, Mary Mize, Mary Ann Lord, Laura Stutzman, Eleanor Ash- man, Fawna Austin, Lauren Cram, Carolyn Payne, Denise Pelzer, Rosalie Smith and Mary Cook. Mary Ann Lord, West Valley Rainbow Roses service team leader THANK YOU A great big thanks goes out to Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde citizens for their support during the Girl Scout cookie sale. Booth sales and individual sales brought the total to 5,037 boxes sold in the area. Over $2,300 stays here with our local girls. Thank you for all your support. Mary Ann Lord, West Valley Rainbow Roses, Girl Scouts cookie chairman By Linda Fink You know, it would be handy to have a third ann. I could use it to scratch my nose when two arms are occupied with carrying groceries. (Have you ever noticed how your nose always itches when your arms are busy doing something else?) If there were a perfectly unselfish person around, I could ask for an arm. That person would gladly rip one of her arms out of its socket and hand it to me. Of course, no such person exists. Most of us are willing to lend a hand, but not quite so literally. Yet we often ask each other for things just as unreasonable as an arm and get mad when we don't get them. Most commonly, we ask other people to do what we want them to do or believe the way we believe. Often, they don't. So we sit down and figure out what goals we have in common, figure out what methods we can use to further those goals, then shake hands and go do it. Ha! ha! Just kidding. Actually we say, "You pigheaded blockhead! Why don't you listen to me?" This results in the other person saying, "You pigheaded blockhead! Why don't you listen to me?" Then we both stomp off and whoever has the most power goes ahead and does what he wants, to hell with the other guy. The other guy is wrong anyhow. The other guy is always wrong, have you noticed? Or both people may try to recruit more people to their position. Sometimes this is called a family feud. Or an internal organizational So people may know what can come of hate. By-Tmvis Moore ..... Staff Writer, The Sun Leslie Aigner told an audience of nearly 100 about his experiences in concentration camps during World War II last Tuesday night in McMinnville. Aigner and his wife Eva told the crowd they felt they needed to tell their stories to let young people know what can come out of hate. Leslie was 15 and living in Cze- choslovakia with his family at the start of the war. His family was forced to flee as the Nazi movement grew and his father's business license was taken away. Leslie moved to Budapest, Hun- gary. One day a Hungarian Nazi came to the family's door and told them to be packed and ready in 48 hours. The family was loaded on a cattle car 48 hours later and its destination was the Auschwitz concentration camp. As Leslie went through the gates of the camp he saw perhaps the most famous of war criminals, Dr. Josef Mengala. Mengala separated the prisoners. If he pointed to the left, it meant you would be a worker. If he pointed right, it meant the gas chambers. Leslie got to go left. His mother and sister went to the gas chambers. Leslie said he faced a myriad of dehumanizing conditions in his five months at Auschwitz including watching several Jewish prisoners commit suicide by running into the electric fences and watching Rus- sian prisoners being executed. With emotion in his voice, he described seeing dead bodies being burned in an open pit. After having a pitchfork thrown through his ankle by a Nazi guard, Aigner spent time in a hospital where he narrowly escaped death. Aigner knew he couldn't go in front of Mengala again in his condition so he saved up two portions of bread and used them to trade places with a prisoner that was about to be trans- ported. Aigner went to southern Germany to help build aircraft hangers. He could barely get through the story at this point. "A Jewish prisoner fell into the foundation where cement was being poured," Aigner said. "But the SS guard wouldn't stop (pouring the cement). I can still hear his screams to this day." conflict. Or war. This sort of thing happens with animals as well as people. One of my goats wants more of the hay so she bashes her neighbor out of the way. The neighbor either goes some- where else to eat or bashes back. Goats are not into talking things over. However, goats don't bash each other because of differences in color, religion, or opinion. People do. We are unique for bashing our neighbors, literally or figuratively, for what they look like or believe. And we all do it. "Did you see the makeup she was wearing? Someone should tell her she looks like a whore." "I don't want anything to do with him, he's a redneck." (Or liberal or fundamentalist or whatever the speaker thinks is the wrong thing to be.) "Eyebrow rings! I would never date anyone with eyebrow rings. What a weirdo." We know that our way of looking or thinking is clearly superior. Therefore, we are superior. We place people who are not like us in stereotypedgroups, somewhere below us. The extreme result of one group's feelings of superiority over another happened in Nazi Germany. The Nazis convinced themselves that Jews were inferior. They convinced other people that Jews were respon- sible for the problems of their country. When the Nazis gained power, they began taking away the rights of Jews step by step. Finally, with all their rights swept away, the Jews were powerless to stop the Nazis from carrying their superiority complex to extremes. The Nazis treated the Jews like animals, herding them into cattle cars, killing them at will. Actually, the Nazis treated their dogs (or goats, if they had any) better than they treated fellow humans who happened to be Jewish. You and I would never do such things to another group of people, would we? Let's hope not. But if you look around the world today, a heck of a lot of people are killing each other because they have differ- ent backgrounds, different religious beliefs, different political opinions. what a way to settle arguments. How do people reach such a brutal point? where does discrimin- ation start and how can we stop it? The Anne Frank and Oregon Per- spective exhibits, opening Monday in Sheridan, look at those questions. The Anne Frank exhibit follows the life of an ordinary girl as that life changes, and ultimately ends, because of the rise of the Nazis in Europe. It shows us the conditions in Germany that allowed Hitler to come to power; the propaganda that convinced decent people to follow him. The Oregon Perspective exhibit shows us that even in Oregon, people have suffered discrimination over the years because of their gender, culture, race, economics or politics. We find all sorts of ways to divide ourselves up. It doesn't have to be like this. Both exhibits explore ways that people can and have stopped dis- crimination. They help us about what we each can do promote reconciliation rather divisiveness, tolerance rather intolerance. For the sake of all the Franks in the world today yet to come, let's stop opposing camps. I'!1 try to you just as you are, no matter ethnic background, religion, or who you boogie with. (I'!i try to look past the eyebrow nose rings and green sparkly all over your eyelids and the person behind those eyes.) Even if I happen to think ideas are kookie, you look you act strangely (in other you're not exactly like me), I'11! you be who you are without hassle. I may even try to where you're coming from. knows? We might get And no matter how much I will not expect you to give of your arms. But I might you'd scratch between my blades because I can't reach spot. A little higher. Ah, Thanks. You're not after all. Anne Frank sincerely that we're all, deep down, chaps. Even knowing the committed by the Nazis, wrote in her diary: "In spite everything, I still believe that, are basically good." Isn't it time we started that way? Linda Fink is a Grand resident and raises cham goats. Aigner got typhus and had to go to a hospital camp. When he came out of the sickness he awoke covered with lice and we!ghing 80 pounds. After this Aigner was sent to Dachau. He boarded a train and left for the concentration camp. The train was attacked by Allied planes mistaking it for a German supply train. In the attack prisoners on either side of Aigner were killed. He had to ride the resi of the way to Dachau with dead bodies all around. Two weeks after he arrived, U.S. soldiers liberated Dachau. Aigner called it the happiest day of his life. It was obviously difficult couple to tell their story, but felt it was important to tell it. "Younff people need to these things," Aigner said. ',If1 ple don't know what could these problems may spring up: where." Talk will focus on Japanese interment camp Two events are scheduled before the opening of the Anne Frank Community Exhibit in Sheridan next Monday. Carol Suzukawa will tell the story of her family's experience in a Japanese internment camp at 7 p.m. today in the Sheridan library. Her presentation will also involve a video on the subject. Two videos will be shown at the library on Thursday night, starting at 7 p.m.--"A History of the Civil Rights Movement" and "A Call to Compassion." The Anne Frank Exhibit and the Oregon Perspective Exhibit open Monday in Good Hall on East Main Street. exhibits will run from 9 ajn. p.m. each day through Admission is free. 28, will be a special night." 3PRING CEI 'I-AI NLY IS BURSTING TO LIFE.! o o *:" O 0 o eo Unemployment ........ :] _ .S I' benefits added Oregon'sbe eligibleunemplyedfor additionalWrkers bE~Ge~)detR2!~ygbO~yBr[~:HEsR ,$111~ POSTAL NOTICE: Pu n, 136 E. Mai~7 may unemployment insurance benefits, Sheridan, OR 97378. 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