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2 The Sun, Wednesday, July 3, 1991 I Freedom: It's our birthright What are we celebrating July 4th? In a word, freedom. Freedom is our birthright as Americans. As citizens, whether we are natives or immigrants, we are guaranteed under law certain "inalienable rights." They are listed clearly in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to a Constitution that was adopted by some very tired delegates on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia. (We are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights this year since it took several years to pass them.) Freedom is also messy. To paraphrase some clever person: "Democracy is the worst form of government--but better than the rest." Freedom doesn't automatically mean everything will work in our complex society. But the Founding Fathers, who had a good understanding of human nature, put in enough "checks and balances" into our form of government to make sure that even a president cannot overthrow its democratic foundations. Freedom also means we, as citizens, have to work hard to keep our society functioning. We have to keep up on the news so we can vote intelligently about local, state and national issues. We have to take part in our government itself by standing for election to school boards, state legis- latures and even Congress. We also have the right and responsibility to tell our elected officials how we think they are doing. Freedom is a gii most of us take for granted. Immigrants who have crawled through rat infest- ed tunnels to reach freedom near San Diego, Calif., or those who risk their lives on small boats to escape Castro's Cuba probably understand this better than the natives. Freedom also means we don't have to agree with prevailing opinion--whether we're talking about Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf or whether it's fair that more than 25 million Americans are not covered by medical insurance. Freedom doesn't depend on age. Actually, we think the younger generation expresses itself with more freedom--from those "wild" haircuts to the "far out" jewelry and clothes they choose to wear. Ironically, there's a certain lock-step conformity about it, though, since they all seem to dress alike (just like their parents tend to do!). Freedom, we think, also means making a com- mitment to become involved in your local com- munity. It's more than just griping about the city council at the coffee shop. It's actually attending the boring city council meetings and speaking up or writing letters to the editor or rallying your neighbors to urge action or oppose something. Frankly, we are constantly amazed by the level of commitment and volunteerism we see in the West Valley where people roll up their sleeves for everything from Little League and Girl Scouts to summer festivals and downtown projects. Freedom, finally, means remembering. And that's just what we will all do on July 4th. That's why we get those goosebumps when the "rockets red glare" in the nighttime sky and we hear--like the first time--The Star Spangled Banner. Happy Birthday, America!--G.R. SCHOOLS. Continued from Page 1 In other business: District budget. The board voted to adopt a 1991-92 budget totaling $4,424,391. Final budget changes included adding $2,592 to fund an early-bird Spanish III class in conjunction with the Willamina district; $2,089 for drug and alcohol counseling; an additional $6,000 for computer lease/purchase totaling $13,00@ $3,000 to replace lockers; and $4,000 to purchase a new telephone system for the district. Habitat naturalization. The board voted to allow conversion of a plot of fow-lying unused land behind Chapman Grade School for a habitat study area. Proposed by teacher Pauline Elliott, the land will accommodate habitat aas such as a wetlands environment, stream- B I! il J forest environment, grassland and cliffside environments. Habitats will be planned, tested and built by district students, with advice from the state Fish and W'ddlife Depart- ment, Elliott said. Resignations. The board accepted the resignations of sixth- grade teacher Etienne Tschanz and fourth-grade teacher Brenda Holou- bek. The board also granted a second one-year leave of absence to Marcia Yonker for health reasons. Textbooks. The board adopted district social studies textbooks for grades 1-12 and took a f'wst look at new social studies learning goals proposed by a district curriculum committee. Board officers. Cliff Yoder was elected board chairman and Myna Deck vice-chairman for the 1991- 92 fiscal year which began July 1 and ends June 30, 1992. +. ^ SLIN ..... i-++i  i "i .......  ....... i-- tit " " it '""' George Flobertson EDITOR and PUBUsHEFI POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second daes poetage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Rondo postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADUNES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, ClaSblfied Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: SeI address changes to The Sun, Re. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378 \\; PINION I00H00Ks.TRooFs.I Ghost tour by The ghost towns of Polk are the subject of a July sponsored by Chemeketa ity College's Dallas Center. Participants will leave keta's Salem campus at 8:1 Saturday, July 20, and stop Dallas Center about 9 &m. embarking on the tour. conclude by 4 p.m. ! The river town ol Eola A •" • Broadmead will be i to Buell, FoR Hill, Grand J Salt  and Harmonyy al[, scheduled. The $20 fee includes tion and lunch. Enrollment.Lawre ited to 36 people. Early regl Wdter, is recommended, i For registration informatiY s the Dallas Center at 399-52ba_ ,ide, ation's J an Vrka p Y Were eli have tried to maintain radio ow NEW CITY HALL IS BAD IDEA It is like a broken record. Think about it. They need a new city hall, we get to hear that over and over, until the city council agrees it is a good thing for the town. We heard that some four years ago about how great a feAeral prison would be for Sheridan• I guess if you call higher water and sewer rotes it has done some good. City council is talking about get- ting a $390,000 state loan to build a spray irrigation system. What would be wrong with the federal govern- ment paying for that, then use the spray system to urigate their lawns they want green. The population explosion they are talking about is the inmates at the prison. They talk about up-toMate water and sewer systems with capacity for additional growth. Pretty sure they are referring to the Buck Hollow dam project. They will not worry about the homes and so on that project will destroy. Now about the improvements on the streets and other needs Sheridan should have• Ask people around town how many years we have heard that promise. When will Sheridan city council get realistic, improve the streets and other needs the town should have first, before they think of a new city hall. Beth Wolfe, Sheridan BBQ HELPERS THANKED I would like to thank all of those people who helped make the chicken barbecue during Phil Sheri- dan Days such a success. Lloyd Ballentyne and Anne Cooley effi- ciently coordinated workers to sell the dinners. Thanks to them and all of you who willingly donated your time to help it run smoothly. Jim Anderson did a great job with his third year in coordinating the entire project to purchase and direct his crew that produced such delicious chicken. This one of so many projects happening during the weekend of Phil Sheridan Days alerted me to the fact that it is so dependent on volunteer help to make it happen. Thanks to Corinne Ivey for another successful Phil Sheridan Days celebration. I hope everyone lets her know how much we appre- ciate her hard work and will come forward next year to help as a volunteer. Mary Mize Chicken BBQ Co-chairman WHAT HAPPENED TO AMELIA ERHART? . What really happened to Amelia Erhart? There seem to be many theories. Let me add mine along with a few facts. On July 2, 1937, I was a Quartermaster aboard the U.S.S. Swan. We were a station ship on plane guard duty halfway between Honolulu and Howland Island for her flight. The U.S.S. Ontario was stationed halfway between Lae, New Guinea, and How[and Island and the Coast Guard Cutter Itaska was anchored at Howland Island where Amelia was supposed to land for refueling. The weather was good and the seas were calm. Everything was ideal for the flight. We Were advised by Radio New Guinea of her departure. She (Amelia) was scheduled to contact "the station ships every half hour during the flight so we could moni- tor her progress. In spite of the many conflicting reports to the contrary that have been issued and the books that have been written theorizing everything under the sun and mes- sages galore, no contact was ever made with Amelia by any of the three station ships until the one and only final message was received, OUT OF GAS - GOING DOWN - 157 NORTH HOWLANI This was a morse code, kyed message that could have been sent from anywhere by anyone. The Lockheed Electra Amelia was fly- ing carried 27 hours of fuel. The final message was received only 17 hours and 37 minutes after her departure time from Lae, New Guinea. This left over nine hours of flying time unaccounted for. How could her plane he out of gas?. Why hadn't she contacted us previously as scheduled in her flight plan? Was the 157 in the final message miles or degrees?. These were our ques- tions at the time. Her (Amelia's) plane, the Lock- heed Electra was billed as a flying laboratory. It carried the latest in radio, communication and naviga- tion equipment (some of it top secre0. Captain Fred Noonan, Amelia's navigator, was one of the world's best and Amelia was no novice pilot. She could have flown the scheduled route with just her compass as she had flown many times before. Amelia was an experi- enced navigator and operator her- self. Her plane also had a radio direction finder on board which would have allowed her to hone in on our radio signals, which were plentiful, had all else failed----a fact that has never been considered. A massive search, which we were a part of, was conducted over an ocean that was a calm as a mill pond for 30 days. No trace was found. Now for some conclusions. It was a known fact that Japan was plan- ning to conduct a war in the Pacific for purposes of expansion. It was also a known fact that Japan lacked the communication and navigation technology needed to conduct the war they were planning. This was common knowledge at that time. During the following years (1937- 41) Japan made rapid strides in modemizing their communication and navigation technology. There can be little doubt about how Japan acquired the needed technology. Amelia's plane was apparently seized or captured in Lae, New Guinea, or shortly after take-off and flown or taken directly to Japan or one of the mandated islands where it was disassembled and copied, thus giving them the capability to conduct World War II. (Lae, New Guinea, was under the control of the Japanese government at that time.) This is the only obvious conclu- sion one can arrive at after taking all of the facts into consideration, because otherwise Amelia would as scheduled in her flight l/fOphies, resorted to some of the t.allin eqmpment available• g on • "'a)n. "x What happened to Ame,apn. "' and Fred Noonan is yet roac determined. Maybe they !e 1 expendable in order to bring[ ago, the war that Roosevelt scene the want at all costs. ina How do I know? I was t to 1 read the radio log and helprous the ship's log of the U.S.S. S to 1o July 2, 1937. The rest is histeer b Bill bking Sh)n ha HEBERT MEMORIAI- wI DEA, ut I FANTASTIC I l d o An open letter to the Krtig t Club: -"" jat Red I want to congratulate you tl tn f, fantastic idea for the "Art"  and'," Memorial Plaza. Not only. serve as a momorial  ,'th e it will enhance the C'ty nev and give it a needed added e lad uon. hl:s e Sheridan is my home h faml graduated from grade aria high school there. So I am toe [ favor of anything that will s home a boost.--Who might move back. i5 in t Please send me two order k .... .Ymlng for bricks  .• • J= result Leonard E. ]that h • Y ev [Where to writing i o .-.,, +lem. i Senme Office Bldg., Washingtoag 1001 • 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. |$" District office: Room 107, Pioemer[ J, house, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Polalass 97204. Phone 326-3386. | ._ . U. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 I ucrtaln Senate Office Bldg., W,hinOIOl elec 20510. Phone (202) 224-5244. Jst an District Office: Suiw 240, 101 S. to St., Portland, OR {)7204-3210. Pho. z0. | above Fiml Dtd Congmsmnan L Coin, 2159 Raybum House OffKj Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (20, Pen no os. i Ola District offioe: 2701 N.W. Vau0ht ^_ - 860, Portland, OR 97210. Phoett. ˘11CC 422-4003 or 326-2901. i It wil Yamhlll County Commlmmrr nnis Goeck& Ted Owlns, Yamhill County & Evans, McMinnville, OR 97128. 472-9371. Gov. Barbara Stew Salem, Homespun Humor Freedom can be celebrated every By Linda Fink The Fourth of July has been one of my favorite holidays ever since I moved to Grand Ronde. Partly because it is the only holiday in Grand Ronde when the weather is nearly always warm. (I'm not bet- ting on this year, however.) Before we moved here fourteen years ago, Independence Day was most often spent hauling hay, which may be why it didn't top my list of fun times. Actually, it is still often spent hauling hay, but now, no matter how busy we are, when dusk comes we head for the Wiilamina fireworks display. I remember how surprised we were the first year. We couldn't believe a town the size of Willamina could have such an impressive display. Many things about Willamina have surprised me. One of the most surprising is the tolerance people show toward each other. I'm not kidding. Many outsiders think of Timbertown USA as the home of "redneck" loggers. I did, before I moved here. Then I learned that those "redneck" loggers might also be artists, musicians, historians, archaeologists, or botanists. More than that, they are tolerant of diver- gent viewpoints. Seriously. I've learned it first hand. The same person who disagrees adamantly with me one day may agree with me just as adamantly about some other issue the next day. In my early years here, I assumed those people screaming at me because of my stance at a school board meeting would hate me for- evermore, I was wrong. Some of them strongly supported me the next time I voiced an opinion. After I began writing in this newspaper, a few people hollered at me for one or another of my opini- ons. Some hollered so loudly I thought they'd be lifetime enemies. Again I was wrong. Those same people often wrote or called later praising something else I'd written. People in this community have learned to separate issues from per- sonalities. Best friends may and often do hold totally opposite politi- cal philosophies. That doesn't hap- pen everywhe In some places, people with opposite political philo- sophies shoot each other. I've lived in many areas of the United States, and I have never felt as free to voice a minority view- point as I do here. People here are so goldanged independent that every one of them holds a minority view- point on one issue or No one in Wtllamina or else in the West Valley asks are a liberal or a your house suffer from a physically cially debilitating disease. simply set to by side with people they been cussing out at the council meeting. Tomorrow, when I anniversary of the United States declared pendence from Great be celebrating the type ence that gives individuals dom to speak out in with each other and the unity that brings them help each other. Or I will if we're Shoot those fireworks high!