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2 Sheridan Sun, Sheridan, Oregon, Thursday, May 31, 1979 words are empty, because their actions are contradictory." Department of Treasury offic- ials opposed the reforestation bill during hearing lest month despite support from both environmental groups and the timber industry. Department of Treasury offi- cial opposed the reforestation bill during hearings last month despite support from both en- Editor's Note: The following is a guest editorial from the Veterans Administration in honor of Vietnam Veterans Week, May 28-June 3. Anybody here remember Vietnam? Of course, you say. Da Nang, Saigon. The Mekong Delta. My Lai. And all those other strange names that kept coming up in the h~li~. -.. For millions of Americans - perhaps most of us - the war in Vietnam was never much closer than those headlines and the nightly news clips on television. It was a war halfway around the world, one that was never declared; a conflict that just seemed to grow behind our backs until, one awful day, there it was, full scale. No one went to that war with banners flying and bands playing, and those who went anonymously came back the same way. The longer it lasted the more unpopular it became, and its unpopularity seemed to rub off on the very ones who were most intimately caught up in it. ,Ib en It's time for dramatic and drastic action by the federal leaders of this nation if anything more.than the mildest lip service is to be paid toward solving the Inflation situation afflicting this country's currency. Embraced by private industry, the president's wage and price guidelines have been endorsed and to a degree adhered to by major corporations. However, the result has been to provide a rop a By Steve Ymight The Oregon Wage and Hour Commis- sion recently decided to allow employers to pay teen-agers less than the regular state minimum of $2.30 an hour. According to one commission spokesman, this is an experiment being tried for the summer months to see if lower wages will increase teen-age employment. "Young people should have no problem finding work if they present a good appearance, a positive attitude, and a willingness to work for a "wage no human being could possibly survive on," said Jeremy Sl~ncer, a board member of the Oregon Wage and Hour Commission. "If this doesn't work, then we'll try guns," commented an agitated Ed Woodruff, a U.S. Labor Department official. "All those kids care about is disco dancing and snorting coke. They've got to be taught responsibility--the real world stinks, and it's time they found out. ' ' money for reforestation. This area, like many in the Northwest, is heavily dependent on timber-- for jobs and the overall economy. It's time to let the Carter Administration know where we stand on this important bill. Write a letter today to President Carter and Senator Packwood or send a telegram urging action on Senate Bill 100. --GR Perhaps the most demoralizing part was what didn't happen. Nobody said "thanks." Nobody said, "We're proud of you. Even though the war was unpopular, we're proud of you for being willing to serve your country." Well, that's changed. This year America can make up for the lack of an official thanks. The week of May 28 - June 3 is - officially "Vietnam Veterans Week." commen ary By Sere C, dma SALEM--Oregon election law re- quires full and open disclosure of the sources of all political contributions in excess of $50. The intent of the law is simple: given the rather sticky relationships that can and do exist between political contri- butors and contributees, the full disclosure law purports to subject that relationship to public scrutiny. Doing so, in theory at least, keeps Oregon from becoming a state of purchased politicians. Unfortunately, the law is easily circumvented: simply form a Political Action Committee (PAC), give it an obscure name and declare the committee as the source of contributions to the , candidate of your choice. For a tighter Last week, the Senate somewhat reluctantly endorsed SB 794, which would help restore the intent of the full disclosure law. If enacted into law, SB 794 would require the filing of the name and address of any interest group contributing to a Political Action Committee if the interest group represents more than 30 per cent of the committee's contributions or 25 percent of its membership. Under the bill'sprovisions, an interest group could be any group of people with the same profession, employer, club, labor union or stock company. According to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Frank Roberts, D-Portland, SB 794 could go a long way to helping voters understand which interest groups are guarantee of anonymity, launder the financing a candidate. contrtbution through another PAC, which .... Roberts says the bill is aimed at may aim be ~f your own creatiod. " , ~'~'~olitical action committees "whose names don't tell you who they represent." Consequently voters would know, for example, that the Bipartisan Committee for Effective Government is a PAC comprised of employees of the Portland Gas and Electric Company (PGE) and presumably would help finance candi- dates with a pro-nuclear stance. They would also discover that the Committee to Build a Better Oregon is channeling the contributions of members of the state's Homebuilders Association. And that COPAC, DOPAC, LUPAC, and FIPAC represent, respectively, the cable television industry, dentists, life in- surance underwriters and the forestry industry -- which is also represented by the Oregon Evergreen's Association. Oregon's voters probably never sus- pected the existance of one of the more lucrative PAC's -- the Great Oregon Pie Committee. The secret to the Great Oregon Pie its name and its initials. The avowed purpose is twofold: quest for the Great Oregon the way for possible official state pie) and fundi~ Republican" candidates. Assuming the committee "mostly Republican" it managed to raise a total campaign funding. It's been somewhat more its pie selection process. Last evening work session of Judiciary Committee was request for legislation Official State Pie. To assist the process, potential contenders were Needless to say, le trouble digesting the testimony. In Yamhilt County there are 1,700 Vietnam era veterans. Polk County has 1,870 Vietnam era veterans, according to the Vet- erans Administration. We should all join the Congress and President Carter in observing it for what it is - a chance, at long last, to express a nation's appreciation to the nearly ten million men and women who served during the bitter years of the Vietnam Era. We owe it to them. Let's pay the debt. el ceiling on earnings more than a ceiling on prices. Organized labor has even settled for wage increases within the guidelines or very close to them. But the answer to stopping our rapidly Inflating currency from further erosion of its value lies with the federal government and not with private Industry. The starting point for inflation is the insatiable demand for more dollars -Dallas Itemizer-OI)server Reaction to the teen-age wage drop varied among teen-agers from mild disgust to complete nausea. "Why don't they go all the way and make us wear chains?" commented Sharol Johanson, 16, of David Douglas High School. "I wouldn't make my kid brother work for that--and I hate his guts," said Bob Wilson, 17, of Sunset High School. Woodruff said if the wage drop experiment for teen-agers proves to be a success, further changes may follow. Among those mentioned: --No time off allowed for sleeping, eating or going to the bathroom. --No breathing during business hours. --No extra pay for overtime. --Refusal to work overtime is grounds for immediate dismissal. --Employers may use whips on slow workers. [Steve Knight IS a Iocni writer.] by Genle Mmrehm The cowboy cried. I cried, too. I looked around at the more than 3500 people seated in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton Hotel and saw that they, also, were crying- as were the photographers and TV cameramen. Like me, they were having to brush away the tears before they could focus their cameras on the triple amputee cowboy up there on the stage receiving the President's Trophy for the I-Iandi- capped American of the Year. The cowboy was a Vietnam veteran. I think we must have all been crying over the same things: for great dreams brought to a sudden halt, for the birth of courage conceived in the womb of those broken dreams, for the pain of perserverance for the perplexity of life and trauma itself, for patriotism and love of country and what that love cost in human life and suffering, and just for the sheer guts of the man being honored who refused to be overcome by it all. I watched the handsome 31 year-old soidier-cowboy, wearing a western plaid shirt, jeans cut off at the stump of his legs and folded over, Stetson hat in his lap, a black patch over his right eye that is gone forever; and I thought, ironically enough, of Phil Sheridan Days. Not so ironic, after all, as I listened to the speaker, Max Cleland, also a triple amputee and director of Veterans' Administration, tell about the handi- capped American, James Brunotte: "The man we honor with the President's Trophy has already lived the equivalent of two complete lifetimes. When he was six years old he got polio. Doctors said he would never walk again. But he forced himself to walk. The doctors said he would never ride a horse again. He forced himself to ride...and not just ride, but race. He was in Vietnam. A heavy artillery shell exploded. Doctors said he could not live. But he did. He lost both legs, his left arm, and the sight of his right eye, in a split second. Again, everybody shook their heads. Fo/" sure, he would never ride horses again. Never? He invented a special saddle. Once again, he rode horses, the way you see in Western movies. He and his horse were as one. Then, one day, a teenager with cerebral palsy begged him to teach him how to ride a horse. Everbody said it couldn't be done- that the kid would fgll right off. But the teenager did learn and he did not fall right off. Then our award winner decided to open a ranch for disabled people in Creston, i e Calif., where they could ride horses and relax as they gained confidence in themselves. What's more, this ranch would be free. It'll never go, everybody said. But it did. Then our award winner decided that the whole country ought to know what he was trying to do so that others could set up similar programs. Nobody will listen, people said. Nobody? He and his wheelchair criss-crossed the country many times, speaking to groups everywhere. Nobody will listen? People did listen. So, as you can see by now, we honor a man who has erased the word 'never' from his vocabulary." And, as the President's Trophy was awarded and the United States Color Guard presented the colors with the t Jim Brunotte, a cowboy-soldier playing of our National Anthem, I kinda choked up, I guess...when he and his dad put their Stetsons over their hearts and his wife took hold of his stump of an arm. I thought, as I said before, of Phil Sheridan Days...of the colorful parade made up of riders on horses bearing the flags of our nation and state, the marching high school bands that make the heart beat proud, the captivating children's entries, the beautiful queen and her court (Jim met his wife in a parade), and the mounted part of the parade where anyone with a horse and a yen to ride can. I thought of the strong cowboys who pit their strength against that of wild bulls and horses; and I thought that they might like to know about the cowboy named Jim Brunotte. I think tc Jim, lest we forget. come to Sheridan, Ore., parade. He travels with his and three pretty little blonde Also his dad who pushes wheelchair. They'll touch with their teamwork, VII But you'll not see his mother: from the shock of learning about son's tragedy in the war. Some of you may want cowboy who has just nation's highest award (and ever given to a war President to a handicapped His address is: Jim Brunotte, Ranch, Highway 58, Creston, 93432. (Genie Mar Is a regular The Sheridan Sun, Washington, D.C.) tl i t IIIIII honored by President Carter, stands with his father and