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C} pl N I ON It's time people Homespun Humor are counted, too Home message center fails Last Friday's timber rally in Portland showed once again that peoplemill workers, truckers, loggers and their familiesmmust be considered along with the northern spotted owl. It also showed a growing frustration about the , way preservationists have been winning the day. The rally was held just before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's final public hearing to consider an 11.6 million acre spotted owl reserve. (You can submit comments on the agency's proposal until June 5 by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastside Federal Complex, 911 N.E. llth Ave., Portland, OR 97232-4181) The agency's proposal is simply unacceptable. "It is not based on good science, and it does not consider the needs of the nation or the well-being of this region's forest communities," says The Evergreen Foundation, based in Roseburg. Many people who spoke at the rally mentioned the absurd decision in a Seattle federal court the day before. In that decision a federal judge ruled that 66,000 acres of already approved timber sales on Forest Service lands cannot be harvested until an owl management plan is in place. That court decision is likely to mean the closure of still more mills in the Northwest. But there are some positive things happening, too. Sen. Bob Packwood, in a letter read at the timber rally, assured timber workers he is "on your side" and told them he has introduced a sweeping bill (along with Sens. Hatfield and Gorton) to "put people in the equation" when the federal Endangered Species Act comes into play. It's time people are counted, too.--G.R. Flawed federal study threatens timber jobs By Jim Sellers Oregon's forest industry is not debating whether the northern spot- ted owl should be protected. Oregon Forest Industries Council members are committed to obeying the law. In fact, by the end of this year just two of our members will have spent in excess of $1 million to survey for owls. Our concern is how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is going about protecting the owl. It appears as if the agency has taken a random walk through Ore- gon, Washington and northern Cali- fornia. Consider: We were told by Jack Ward Thomas and others that private lands would not be dramatically affected. Now, 3 million acres of private lands, nearly 4,700 square miles, are proposed as critical habi- tat areas in three slates. That is an area larger than Lane County. We were told that the owl could live only in old growth. Yet pro- posed critical habitat in Douglas County covers 15,000 acres of Gre- gory Forest Products timberland near Glendale, all of it planted since 1960. That is only one example. We were told that his would be a rational process. But playgoers who attend the opening of "The Taming of the Shrew" next month in Ashland's Elizabethan theater will be sitting in proposed critical habitat. Opening night in Ashland may be habitat for theater critics, but it's hardly critical habitat for owls. Traditionally, we have relied on public lands to preserve habitat and on private lands to preserve wildlife. The commitment of landowners to preserving wildlife helps to explain why Oregon pioneered the nation's first Forest Practices Act in 1971, and why the industry is trying to strengthen the forest practices law in this year's Oregon legislative ses- sion. True, the Fish and Wildlife ser- vice is saying that private lands will be affected only if they have a federal connection. Many private lands have that connection however, just by using adjacent public lands as right-of- ult I way. One company, Willamette Industries, found it had a federal connection because it was securing its logging cables on adjacent BLM lands. Even if there is no clear federal connection, the formal designation of privately owned lands as critical habitat opens landowners to the threat of costly delays and needless lawsuit Even as one federal agency is forecasting rapid growth in domes- tic timber demand, another federal agency is proposing to take away timber supply. Make no mistake: The loss of timber supply will mean hardship for people far beyond the boundar- ies of rural, timber-dependent com- munities. A reduction in timber supply will mean a loss of jobs in metro areas such as Portland, where more than 80 timber-related companies do business, and anywhere that timber families buy groceries, cars, cloth- ing, theater tickets, haircuts and the other trappings of daily life. A reduction in timber supply will spell the loss of timber taxes that help to build roads, operate schools and underwrite the Forest Research Laboratory at Oregon State Univer- sity. A reduction in timber supply will mean that even if families manage to find lumber to build homes, there is no guarantee they will be able to afford it. A reduction in timber supply will force us to rely on environmentally inferior materials that are not renewable, recyclable and biode- gradable, materials that also con- sume more energy than lumber in their manufacture. The Fish and Wildlife Service can designate critical habit for the owl, whose numbers seem to increase with each new survey, without sacrificing livelihoods of people, without threatening support for edu- cation and without robbing families of affordable, environmentally sound home-building materials. Jim Sellers is public affairs director for the Oregon Forest Industries Council, a division of Associated Oregon Industries. ._.TH, , ........ ,) 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 your): 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. One good thing about never fin- ishing the remodeling is you need not worry about jabbing things into the unfinished walls. Our telephone nook is still wearing bare drywall, although the bareness is totally clothed in notes tacked on top. We finally ran out of room for notes so we bought one of those blackboards that uses colored pens instead of chalk. When you're done with a note, you can wipe it off with a rag, a great improvement over dusty chalk and erasers. There are, however, a few problems. First of all, we rarely erase the notes on the board. When someone calls, we must identify an old mes- sage, wipe it off, then write the new message, which is usually illegible -- the second problem. Although none of us have terrific handwriting, our writing can usually be read, so I was at a loss to figure out why the notes on the board were such a mess. Maybe, since I am right-handed, I answer the phone with my right hand and then use my left hand to write messages. I'm not ambidextrous so the messages come out messy. Why, you're probably thinking, wouldn't she transfer the phone to her left hand? Good question. The answer? When someone starts talk- ing on the telephone I'm afraid to switch ears for fear of losing some- thing pivotal while the receiver is whizzing past my nose. So ask the caller to wait a second, you say. Good idea, but I doubt I could remember it when someone calls. I cannot do two things at once. Listening, remembering and writing are THREE things. Quite beyond my capabilities. To be honest, I'm not sure I could say, "Hold on a minute, please, while I switch ears." Why, the caller might wonder, didn't I answer with the correct ear in the first place? Or am I suggesting that I actually keep two separate ears, one for off-phone use and one for on-phone use and didn't have time to change ears before answering the telephone? How odd. You see my dilemma. The caller will think me either stupid or crazy. The only way to make my com- ment sensible would be to explain the whole right-handed problem, which the caller is not in the least interested in hearing, wanting only to leave a message that "The win- dows John ordered are in" or "Please ask John to call me back. My number is..." I could ask the caller to wait a minute without specifying why, but that seems rude. Even if a caller graciously asked if I have something to write with, giving me the oppor- tunity to say, "No, I don't. Hold on a minute, please," so that I could change ears, I wouldn't because, you see, I DO have something to write with. The colored pens are always next to the board. It's not so much that I'm honest as that I'm not quick enough at dishonesty. My yams do not leap out of my mind and mouth. They unwind slowly. Unable to think of a fast lie and unwilling to risk ridicule by admitting the truth, I am stuck scribbling illegible messages with my left hand. Why the rest of the ,di, INCr " -i'HIS A P'RFEC T mAY . family leaves illegible messages is more problematic. I can't believe they would worry about appearing dumb to callers. They don't seem to worry about how they appear to anyone. My guess is they are busy doing something when the phone rings and not anxious to take time out for messages. So they write in a hurry. Steve, in particular, is unwilling to lake the time to ask a caller to spell his or her name. Although Steve can spell "ratiocinative" and "orgu- lous" with no problem, names elude him. The other day a message appeared on the board for me to call "URP," as nearly as I could decipher. Since I had no idea who Urp was, I searched out Steve, who must have taken the message while I was in the barn. "Who am I supposed to call?" I asked. "It's on the board. I think she said 'Stacy'." "I don't know a 'Stacy'." "Well, she insisted on spelling it for me, so it must be right." "It looks like U R P to me." Steve sighed and disengaged him- self from the book he was engrossed in. "Let me look... Oh, yeah, now I remember. She said Stacy but spel- led it L L R E. I think. "L L R E," I muttered, then faster, "LLRE. LUREE. I know a Loree, could that be it?" "Yeah, could be." And it was. From Stacey to Loree. Good thing Steve was home. I never would have made the transition from URP to Loree." NEWS FLASH: The phone rang LEERS i TOURISM REQUIRES SERVICES, TOO Since taking office in January, it has been my goal to stimulate new ideas and the way people think about government. I have some very specific ideas of my own, yet I feel it's important for all of us to be involved in the decision making process that will better the way county government operates. On occasion, I have pre- sented ideas to the Visitor's Associ- ation that were, for the most part, not received very warmly by the members. Now that you have been able to absorb the concept of the direction I wish to develop, allow me to reiter- ate the reasoning behind this approach. First, since government does not have a "direct" benefit financially either at state or local level, the cost of tourism should be the burden of those that are the direct beneficiar- ies of it. Although we don't have a sales tax at the present time, we may have at some point. When you promote tourism and develop facilities, such as restau- rants hotels and sites, you increase the total value of properties within the county--but this only affects the tax rate which is charged per thou- sand. Yes, you do promote jobs with tourism. But no matter how the figures have been shown, the end result is low paying jobs. Of course TO TI-IE you can say you know people that manage or own a business which are grateful for tourism dollars, and they make a suitable living doing just that. Look at the impact tourism has on our roads, law enforcement and the basic services they require. Who pays for this?. The taxpayers within your community. It's really tough starting a busi- ness now-a-days and I applaud those people who strive to succeed. Yamhill County is beautiful and I think the people who live here are pretty great too: But at the same time I have to admit, I live here because of the population, size of the towns and the feeling I get when I drive through the country side. All I would like to convey is, until we have a better way, we need to request and encourage businesses, cities and those people who benefit the most from tourism to pay the hill. Debi Owens, Yamhill County commissioner A TRIBUTE TO BEV WILLIAMS It is fitting that Bey Williams should be complemented for tile exceptionally fine job she does with her recitals. It boggles my mind to contemplate all she must go through to put together that extravaganza. It must be like picking up quick silver to coordinate all of those darling little, tots. Each one was precious and the costumes, oh so beautiful. Bey Williams, herself, is a phe- nomenon. She is a bundle of joy and energy. Each year, she bounces in, gives the audience that Beverly smile and sits down at the piano. There is no music! But Bey just opens up the show and plays every single one of 43 numbers in the exact order in which they appear on the program. The finale said it better than words. The 100 plus dancers in a colorful tableau smiling at Bey with love and great joy were a testimony to the reality that for three perform- ances '"lhp Was Top". Bey Willi- ams, we salute you for a job well done. Fern Eberhart, Sheridan INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED AS LOBBYING GROUP The Friends of Buck Hollow was incorrectly identified as a lobbying group; see "School Board avoids stand on dam site at Buck Hollow," The Sun, May 22, 1991. The Friends of Buck Hollow is an alliance of diverse people with con- cern for the economic, ecologic, historic and intrinsic value of life in the Willamina Creek Valley of the Yamhill River Water basin. The Friends of Buck Hollow provides a community service of education that benefits the public within the restrictions of a nonprofit corpora- tion. Debbie Wefer, Recording Secrer3 Friends of Buck Hollow the just now and I am report that I answered with hand. So much for the theory. But I am in the room, not the kitchen message board is located. more, the phone in my writing room is not plugged in wall. The computer modem plugged in instead, as it Faced with either the one cord out and other one in or dashing hall to the kitchen and that phone, I chose the again, answered with my The call was for Steve. I message on the board with hand. The message is hand must have been the charge down the hall anxiety and nervousness knowing if I'd make it in time. Although my ri has unravelled, I like it the truth. It's humiliating to I that all those illegible a result of my being remember that the phone computer room is seldom up. If I plugged in that phone, I go back to writing notes on of paper and sticking them wall in the computer tunately, the wall is not bare d -- it's panelling. Besides, but me would ever see Maybe we need to forget messages altogether and answering machine on phone. What do you I'd forget to turn it on? DETROIT LAKE POOR Mr. Mendenhall's the proposed Buck Hollow voir could be comparable to Lake and would be an boon tothe absurd. (see "School stand on dam site," The 22, 1991). Detroit Lake has a ity of 455,000 acre feet compared to 84,000 acre Buck Hollow. Detroit's basin is 438 square Buck Hollow is 43 square Detroit Lake produces watts of hydro power with age water release of 2185 per second while no such could be developed at Buck According to the Dam Review Study Oregon Water Bureau of Reclamation, the uses for Detroit Lake control, hydro power, irrigation. Detroit's include fish and quality and recreation. identifies the primary uses, Hollow as flood conliol tion. Secondary uses for low include fish and recreation. Detroit Lake was not for municipal water needs J 277318 acre feet of water on a daily basis that is tracted" i.e. available for Hollow, on the other hand, told by government is solely for "potable domestic and industrial to the antici in the West Valley by Mill City is nearly stream from Detroit Lake lamina will be from Buck The population of Mill 1565 in 1950; it's now than a tackle shop and store carrying boating there has been no boon community during the following completion of J.L. LEADERSHIP BUCK HOLLOW The attitude of "wait what happens" is a classic of bureaucratic fence "School board avoids site at Buck Hollow," 22, 1991.) We need leadership school board chairman, sitting! What do you need to Mr. Mendenhall before longer neutral on the Reservoir site; your kin bulldozed when ties get underway? Patty