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2 The Sun, Wednesday, May 22, 1991 {)PINION Sheridan tackles Homespun Humor street upgrading Faced with petitions signed by several hundred Sheridan residents, the budget committee last week increased funds to repair city streets next year. We think it was a good decision. The original budget proposal submitted by city manager Bruce Peet allocated about $80,000 for street work. Last week, the budget panel boosted that amount by $20,000. Funds for street work have been a hot topic of debate at budget committee meetings this year. Some members of the committee think the city should be spending even more money on roads, arguing that the virtual lack of street projects dur- ing the past decade has created a huge backlog of work. A citizen's committee that looked into road projects last year estimated it would cost more than $1 million to tackle the major street projects in the city and suggested asking voters to approve a bond measure to finance the work. Those pushing for more road funds have sug- gested the city cut other expenses and use those savings for more asphalt or road grading. While we appreciate the strong support for street work we think the city council would be ill advised to start cutting money from other budgetslike the library or parks funds--to come up with more street funds. Over the next decade, thanks to more state gasoline taxes generated largely by the federal prison, the city will have a good chunk of money for street repairs. That's good news, indeed, for city residents who have suffered the bone-jarring potholes and gravel roads in the city for too long.-- G.R, Memoria! Day '91 r00tes are tmportant We urge local residents to take part in one of the Memorial Day services scheduled next Monday in the West Valley. The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Willamina and its Auxiliary will once again sponsor the services, starting at 9 a.m. in the Grand Ronde cemetery then at 10 a.m. in Willamina and 11 a.m. at Green Crest Memorial Park in Sheridan. The services last about a half-hour. The VFW color guard will offer a 21-gun salute as part of the tribute to those who have died in the service of our country. This Memorial Day we should also remember those who served so valiantly in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. Those who gave their lives in that effort and those who served there deserve our special thanks.---G.R. What really causes those pot Sheridan teachers push for librarian Teachers and staff at Sheridan High School have petitioned the school board to restore a librarian position eliminated in 1987 for budgetary reasons. A statement and petition calling for restoration of the position, signed by 21 members of the high school staff, was presented by James Salter, teachers association presi- dent, at a board meeting May 15. Nearing the end of its budgeting process, the board took the request under advisement. The petition was a notice to the board that the high school staff has not abandoned its desire to see a full-time librarian on duty at the school. "We remind the board of directors that this issue has been raised before, and that personnel posi- tions...have been added in the mean- time," the statement read. "The high school staff is already on record as being nearly unanimous in their support of replacing the media specialist position.'" The board eliminated a librarian's position in the 1987 budget emer- gency. A single librarian spreads her time among the district's three schools; aides in each school fill in when she is not present. The situation is unsatisfactory, the teachers said. "The importance of this position makes it no longer fair or feasible that it he covered by the present staffing accommodations," the peti- tion said. "We feel that it is import- ant that the library be covered by a certified staff member." The position was eliminated for budgetary reasons only, and the need for a librarian was never in question, the statement said. "Indeed, the need for a full-time media specialist at the high school has continued to increase since the position was lost," the statement said. Restoration of the librarian's position would allow the school to resume instruction in use of the library for general information, research and recreational reading purposes, to resume teaching for the yearbook, to provide technical sup- port and equipment upkeep for computers and related services, and to provide a resource and support for school staff. "It is not reasonable to place the responsibility of maintaining three full-time 0ibraries) on one certified person," the statement said. "We applaud our certified and classified staff members' efforts in this endea- vor, but they are being unfairly overburdened, and have been so for four years." The statement provided no cost estimate for restoration of the posi- tion. "I realize the fierceness with which you want this," said board chairman Ken Knutson, "but we've had three budget meetings and it wasn't presented to us. At this point in the process, I think we can only take it under advisement." Salter said that the concern hadn't been raised before this year due to uncertainty about Measure 5. But, he said, the district's financial pie- ture had recently become clearer due to legislative action and revenue estimates. By Linda Fink Potholes are mysterious phenom- ena. Even scientists don't know why they form. Of course there are lots of theories. The most popular theory is that water collects in depressions, freezes and expands creating a deeper depression. Wrong say the People Who Should Know. Instead, the first tiny ice crystals that form in water-saturated soil in the winter "somehow create a suc- tion" that draws adjoining water droplets. As the droplets freeze in turn and the crystals grow, they continue drawing water and driving aside anything they touch. The force can be tremendous, say the scien- tists Who Dreamed Up This Theory---enough to crack concrete. Baloney. It never freezes in Laos and yet the roads we drove on when we lived there there were a maze of potholes. My theory is that ground sprites live happily beneath the surface until the ground is paved over or driven over. Annoyed, the sprites push upward, cracking asphalt or spewing gravel in all directions. Once the surface is breached, water collects and the sprites use these water holes as swimming pools. As more and more sprites dis- cover the pools, they work together to enlarge them, making deeper, wider pools to accommodate more, swimming sprites. We don't see the sprites because they are invisible. Well it makes sense to me. Whatever the reason, our 500- foot-long driveway has become, in the last few months, a maze of potholes. Avoiding them was fun at first. By swerving just fight at just the right moments, you could make it all the way to the garage without ever dropping into a hole. But no more. Now to avoid the potholes, you'd have to drive over the trees lining the drive. But our potholes are little league I'LL SURE BE GLAD WHEN THE GULF WAI I$ t'IIN :1 U5 AND WE CAN FOCUS ON/.,.ESS V/I:;;f..E'drt"LOCAL ISSUES t ,,LIKE ? eo compared to the craters in Bunns- ville, a residential area of Grand Ronde. It is rumored that whole cars have been swallowed by the Bunns- ville potholes, and I have no reason to doubt it. I've watched one grow this spring from the size of an ordinary goldfish pond to full regulation Olympic swimming pool size. The neighbor- hood kids scuba dive in it. Residents are considering putting in a bid for the Olympic Summer Games. They'd better hurry. In a few more years the roads in Bunnsville will be canals. Since we have no desire for a 500- foot canal, we'll spread gravel on our driveway before it meets the same fate as the roads in Bunnsville. Eventually, the sprites will start throwing rocks again, and new pot- hole/sprite pools will form. Sprites are determined little creatures. Once they have a good thing going, as they do in Buunsville, there's no stopping them. Then again, maybe sprites own stock in gravel and asphalt compa- nies, and keep us repaying and regraveling roads to keep their in- vestments growing. Greedy little things. If we could communicate with the cmatum, we might be able to work out a deal. We could offer to pay them rent to use the land heads in return for intact--sort of a deal. It's worth a try. Just the savings in shock My husband has a theory. He says roads grammed with as appliances are built destruct right after the expires, so roads are need repair in time to employed. Anyone have a I'il give a free trip down way to the person with my opinion) pothole SPOTTED OWL PROMPTS A POEM My grandson came home from work early one day a few weeks ago because an owl had been seen in the area and all work must be sus- pended until the species of the owl could be checked out. Yes, it was determined that it was an "endangered Northern Spotted Owl," and there was another owl in the area. The logging crew was not even allowed to take out the logs that already were cut until the nesting season is over. This deplorable situation makes me very angry, and here is my response to it. "I spotted an owl, Indeed I did." "What kind of an owl?" someone said. "Well maybe it was that notorious fowl, Known as the "endangered North- em Spotted Owl." Yes, at all costs it must be protected Anywhere and everywhere it is detected. Shut down all activity in the areas. Loggers, go home and sit on your derrieres! Who cares if families starve and freeze? Those owls must raise their fami- lies in peace. Then next the sawmills will be shut down. Then no more construction in or out of town. Factories, too will close their doors. Ships will sit idle near the shores. You can't get a job to "save your soul." Everyone will have to "go on the dole." But, no jobs, no taxes paid, no money to give. It's a real problem, where and how will we live. Those owls can move further into the woods, So we can have jobs and live as we should. Mrs. lla V. Burger, Grand Ronde CANCER TREATMENT QUESTIONS ANSWERED Prior to my going into th hospital on May 13, I wrote a letter to my church about what's been going on with my cancer. It answered ques- tions some of the people didn't know about and some they've won- dered about. I hope this will help. I get out of the hospital Wednes- day night (May 22) and do not go back to the doctors for 1 1/2 weeks. Then I'll get another chest x-ray to see if the chemotherapy is working. I pray it is. Dear friends: The chemo pills I was taking at home did not work. So on April 22 (through April 24) I went into the hospital for chemo IVs. I got one unit of blood before starting treat- menL This prevents exhaustion and gives me strength to fight back. The chemo IVs are given with other medications plus regular IVs. I did really well and did not get sick at all. Since April 7 they have a new medicine out now that tells your brain that your stomach won't he sick. And so far it works. On May 6, I'll get two units of blood. The evening of May 12 (Mother's Day and Heidi's 9th birthday) I go hack into the hospital for my second treatment of the new chemotherapy. I had an x-ray May 3. My first treatment of the new che- motherapy has maintained the tumors' size. This second treatment needs to change it...if it doesn't I'll be put on stronger chemo medi- cines. Considering all the horror stories I've heard about chemo, radiation and cancer, I feel very blessed that I am doing so well, maintaining weight, staying positive (well, most days) and keep God close. My family, friends and relatives have been super. The meals every- one brings has helped so much along with your love and prayers. Some of you have come in and helped clean house. All the support and offers from you on keeping my girls when needed has been terrific. Thanks to each and everyone of you. You're all special people. The Jordans Bob, Theresa, Robyn, Heidi Sheridan SO-CALLED SCIENTISTS STUDY SP(YFrED OWL All of the so-called ientists involved in the spotted owl discus- sion so far are government employ- ees. They have no monetary invest- ment in private enterprise or any- thing else, no work ethic, no com- prehension of what it is like to earn a,, living in the real world. I would like to hear from some "private enterprise scientists" who live in the real world, discuss the spotted owl issue and tell us how we are deslroying the environment when we plant more trees than we harvest, raise food for spotted owls and pay taxes to support these government trouble-makers in a manner they have become accus- tomed to so they can bite the hand that feeds them. Government scien- tists, bah humbug! Bill Jolley, Sheridan WHERE WAS MISSING MONEY? Now that the state auditor has found a misplaced $340 million, it makes me wonder how many "mis- placed" tax dollars are never found. Who does the misplacing, and will they be charged with embezzle- ment or at least attempted embez- zlement? $340 million can't merely be misplaced; it has to be planned. This act is a very good example of the great need for Measure 5 and any other tax limitation that we can use. The crooked so and so's have to be stopped. $340 million may not seem like much to our governor or some politicians or bureaucrats who get those fabulous annual takes, but to some of us who would not get that much in thirty thousand years, it's a whole heap of loot. Ed Pierce, Willamina COUNTY RAISES I am a long-time McMinnviUe and a of the Yamhill County I think the missioners budget of short. A $2,516 raise is to bring their salary up plus insurance, expenses, and other nice Providing they Yamhill County ager with her $2,670 raise.i she does manage indoor outdoor park. With this "tight been dealt, the data courthouse received a not to forget the $1,500 the three maintenance courthouse. Please don't wrong--I'm wage fort fair day's If our commissioners working for us, let's may have had good speeches and promises, they are tightening the wrong priorities. I'm sure their its budget because they pie to different ance their budget. Their pockets are are losing. I'm in favor of keeping our YamhiU grounds for us now and future generations to Candace M. The Sun welcomes letters to the editor. We request that typewritten and not exceed 300 words. We reserve the right to letters. All letters for publication must be signed with a telephone number attached. Deadline is 5 p. m. Friday for the week's edition. THE 0 George Robertson EDITOR and PUBUsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheddan SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, DEADLINES: Neon Fdday - Letter to Editor, Society and releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noo Classified Ads, Classified Dis#ay. Phone nuraoer (503) POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Sheridan, OR 97378.