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PINION IIII 1 Homespun Humor !West Valley loses The perils of losing a high-toch kid in new state plan ,, ,.,nda ,ink moving all over the place -- waving needed to call Kevin a few times, out howtouse.yourmodem I never thought I'd suffer from the my arms, beating on the screen... I am resentful that I must ask your modem to call and ask Residents of Canyon Road in rural Sheridan will be in two different state Senate and House districts--if the latest plan submitted by the Secretary of State is approved by the Oregon Supreme Court. We think that's kind of ridiculous. Yamhill County Clerk Charles Stern told The Sun on Tuesday that the latest plan will put his residence on Canyon Road in Senate District 15, the seat now held by Republican Jim Bunn of Newberg. A neighbor on the east side of Canyon Road will be in Senate District 2, the seat now held by Republican John Brenneman of Newport. It's even more confusing when you talk about the House districts. Two of them make up one Senate district. The City of Sheridan would be in a newly created district now just called "XXX" while rural Sheridan north of Highway 18 would be in District 4. i The 'XXX' district would include the southern : part of Yamhill County and the northern part of Marion County. Sheridan's interests, in other  words, would be lost in the shuffie.--G.R. d !County fails test i,n Sheridan case We're pleased the Sheridan city council will appeal the Yamhill County Planning Commis- sion's ruling that would allow Jim Sehmitz to operate a business out of his home on NE Center Street. Sehmitz has been in a running feud with the city for many years. As Ted Aaron, a veteran councilman, pointed out at a recent council meet- ing Schmitz has come up with all kinds of excuses for not being able to clean up the mess on his property. First, he was too busy working in Dallas. Then, when he lost his job due to the company's closing he argued that he didn't have the money to do the cleanup. So for years neighbors along Center Street have put up with the mess. And the city has dragged " Schmitz into court several times under a cumber- : some nuisance abatement process. He currently is : under another court order to remove the junk. Frankly, we cannot understand the county planning commission's logic in approving his request. Especially since both the Sheridan plan- ning commission and the city council both recom- mended against it. : We've been told that the county planning board never even considered the city's official position. Now it will cost the city some more money to appeal the ruling. We can only hope that the = county commissioners have the political backbone : to deny Schmitz's request and, at the very least, consider the findings of the city council and city planning commission. "0100$ II[ [I I II I I James (3. Hanson James O. Hanson, 59, of Grand Ronde, died Aug. 10 in Salem. He was born Dec. 12, 1931 in Rugby, N.D., and taught in the Sacramento school district until |987 when he moved to Grand onde to retire. : He attended Linfield College and Uated from Oregon State Univ- in 1958. He served in the y from 1953 to 1956 during the rean conflict. ,/ , He was a member of BPOE. He joyed reading and visiting the regon coast. : Survivors include his mother, $osephine Hanson of Eugene; lirother, Roger Hanson of Grand Ionde; sister, Carol Kelp of Eugene; fbur nephews and one niece. : Services will be held from 1 to 5 ikm. Sunday at the Hanson family in Grand Ronde. Contributions ay be made to Foothill High School in Sacramento, Calif. Arrangements were made by |lowell -Edwards- Doerksen mor- tuary, Salem. Florence M. Leedy ; Rorence Mildred Leedy, a former West Valley resident who arrived in Oregon by covered wagon, died Aug. 3 in Sheridan. She was 85. " She was born Nov. 1, 1905 in :'ueblo, Cola The family left Pueblo covered wagon and traveled to Grant County where they lived for a Few years on a cattle ranch. They II II moved to the Redmond area and later to Alsea on the Oregon Coast. In 1916 they moved to what the family referred to as "the home place" in Olalla where she attended three different schools, riding to school on horsehack. She married Oran B. Manley on Aug. 22, 1922. The couple moved to Willamina in the Gilbert Creek area in the late 1920 They had nine children. In 1940 the fmnfly moved to Hopeweil and then to Tfllamook County in 1943. They moved hack to the Willamette Valley in 1948. Mrs. Loedy worked as a nurses aide or practical nurse, f'mst in nursing homes and later in private homes. She retired in 1967 but cared for patients in their homes after retiremenL She was preceded in death by four husbands, Oran B. Manley who died in 1971, Rennie Blake, Don Mosser and Ernie Smith. Two sons, Frank and James, also lneceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Harry Alcorn of Pendleton; chil- dren, George Manley of Ban&m, Wesfley Manley of Grand Ronde, Joy Stuivenga of Sheridan, Jessie Silcox of Shelton, Wash., Oran Manley of Vancouver, Wash., Mel- issa Mathis of Winston and Verna Manley of Ridgefield; 20 grandchil- dren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held Aug. 7 in Grand Ronde Seventh-day Adventist Church. empty nest syndrome. When my kids left home, I knew I'd have plenty to keep me occupied -- goats, garden, writing, husband. But now that the second and last son is about to leave for college, I'm beginning to panic. I'm not the only one. The phone rings more and more often for Steve. "He hasn't left yet, has he?" asks the caller anxiously. "No, you have until August 20," I console. The problem is not that Steve has many mothers who will miss him; the problem is he has many com- puter accounts who don't know what they'll do when their comput- ers misbehave and Steve is thou- sands of miles away. I'm just one of them. Sure there are other people who are computer consultants. However, they don't speak English. Some speak a high-tech form of Japanese. The rest speak supposedly English- derived computerese. Both are equally incomprehensible. Just try asking most computer experts why the little blinking thingy on your screen quit blinking and won't move. After a deep sigh, the expert will say, "Do you mean the cursor?." "No, I'm the curser and I'm and cursing. Nothing works." Then the expert says something in computerese. You understand not a word and turn the dumb thing off in disgust, thereby losing all the data you just spent eight hours typing in. When you turn the blasted thing back on, it works. But you suspect it will die again if you spend another eight hours typing everything back in again. That's when you call Steve. He says, "The computer crashed. Ever- ything you've ever typed in this year is gone, gone, GONE!!! "Just kidding. I'll come see what can be salvaged." I've been known to call Steve out of high school to come salvage my data. Although usually he can diag- nose the problem over the phone and tell me what keys to punch. His ability to solve computer problems over the phone is the only reason I am allowing him to go all the way to Pennsylvania to college. He must, however, give me every phone num- ber on campus with detailed times when he might be near which phone. Son Number 1 had the same restrictions when he went to college in California. However, Steve quickly took over the role of resi- dent computer expert so I only anyone for help. I have long prided myself on being able to read and follow directions. Granted, I have trouble opening cereal boxes but that's because the instructions lie. "Press here" means "Press here if you are Godzilla or Superman, oth- erwise take a knife and stab." However, no one can understand computer manuals. They are written by those same experts who speak Japanese computerese and who can- not write. They cannot write because the only way they know to communicate is through computers." This leads to bizarre instructions. Take the MTE "quick reference card" for example. MTE is the trademark for a particular piece of modem software. (Modem software - program that allows computers to talk to each other across phone lines). "MTE was designed to be as easy to install and use as possible. But no matter how hard we try, something unexpected always comes up. That's why MagicSoft maintains a 24 hour Technical Support BBS. If you have any problems using MTE, simply adjust your settings to No Parity, 8 Data Bits and MNP Enabled and use your modem to call: 312/953- 2366." In other words, if you can't figure use your modem. Now I ask does this make sense? No, why everyone calls Steve. They could call the store they bought the software but would get either 1) a expert who does not speak (see above) or 2) a salesperson. Haven't you ever wondered all these computer came from? After all, ten years J nobody bought home corn I'll tell you where they came the used car lot. Two w ks t the guy trying to explain why payroll program keeps paying employee $5000 a week ,va cars. He knows as much computer software as your dog. Maybe less. He will either try to bluff you using words he's heard but understand "Your byte parity downloading terminal or he will refer you to a expert who charges $200 an and doesn't speak English above again). Thank God for Steve. And phone lines. I just hope my doesn't die while Steve's in middle of an exam. Or a shower. takes long showers.) I think I have a high-tech empty nest syndrome. REBIRTH OF CIVILITY LEADS TO PROGRESS Civility, according to Webster, is the "art of government." Civility is described as kindness, courtesy, consideration and decency--which are all lacking in our governments today. Civility has become a lost art in the United States because we no longer practice what we preach. Look at the record. Crime, cor- ruption, fraud and deceit are every- where; thousands of our RO.W.s are languishing in prison and labor camps throughout the world; thou- sands of our loggers are being put out of work; our farmers are totally demoralized; businesses are in a shambles; ingenuity is shackled by over-regulation; drugs have become our chief commodity. Our once proud nation is on its knees waiting for the salvation of more free trade agreements and some new world order which is nothing more than a lot of bull. A lot of built All we really need in the U.S.A. is a rebirth of civility plus a little common sense, a little ingenuity and a lot of freedom to make it work. It is called progress, which we haven't had for a long, long time. Bill Jolley, Sheridan WE'LL MISS YOU You were but a haby, four months old, many years of love and devotion was your future. What we ask, you willingly gave The short time we had you, you gave us much joy. The day you saw me fall from a truck, you were the first to arrive to help with licks. An aggressive 3000 pound bull didn't deter your courage when I needed help. You couldn't get access into the bull corral through the fence railings, so you dug a hole under the bottom fence rail to get into the pen to protect me from the bull. A backhoe couldn't have dug a faster hole. That hole will stay there forever. What if you would run through the house snitching items that did not belong to you, nobody's perfect. Forget the rawhide bones, your favorite sport was standing on your back feet twirling a swivel chair around and around. Baseball was your favorite sport. As a fielder, you never missed running after those balls, picking them up and running them to the pitcher. You learned that the cat belonged to us and you should not chase it. You understood our body lan- guage, our voice tones, our moods. You could distinguish a friend from a foe. You barked only when neces- sary. Chasing cars was never your game, always a lady. They say your breed can't be a cow dog, but you were becoming a great cow dog. Yesterday when I went to Mill Creek to pick you and the boys up from swimming, I stopped on the bridge, honked the car horn twice like we had prear- I I1 P NiT PAY/4/,4,t' A Pl/V%E FOR THIS SHAI;>E,, HE PAll::> /II4E A DIAAE -rE) TAKE IT f L I-lAVE YA EVER SEEN A GARAG E CLEAN I1:> UP so 00=AxT- z tl ranged. No boys came running, but you came running full speed to the car. You always wanted to please us. We'll miss your leg hugs, your 45 pounds in our laps touching us cheek to cheek, your paw always touching someone in friendship. A few minutes before you died, you decided that maybe you could teach the 4-H lamb to lead where us humans had failed. You grabbed his lead rope and proceeded to lead that stubborn creature. All you asked for was "Good Cindy" and a pat. As a wolf-dog hybrid your breed has a bad reputation, we were going to write a book about our experiences with you, to let others know that this breed can have the intelligence and courage of a wolf, love and devotion of a dog. Three nice young boys had great plans for you, 4-H Dog Program, obedience school, shows, swim- ming, teaching you to pull a cart, a skateboard, etc. Many years had we looked for a dog like you, only for you to be needlessly killed by a hit and run driver in front of these boys. I hope the bearded men in the car that was speeding and deliberately killed you as you stood on the side of the road with these boys, has more respect for human life. They could have hit one of the boys, will it be a child next time? Bye Cindy, we will all miss you. Linda Hall Sheridan DISAPPOINTING STORY ,Your article on the Riverbend Landfill issue (The Sun, Aug. 7, 1991), was very disappointing not only from a journalistic viewpoint, but also from the perspective that in this country our.citizens are allowed to interact in the decision making processes of local government. This is otherwise known as democracy. As it is so obvious that your article was not an attempt to report the story but to provide a one-sided point of view in order to sway public opinion, why was it not confined to the editorial column? Belittling the public for being involved in decision making and fabricating statements in order to raise the slakes of controversy is beneath the lowest form of any journalistic principles, and puts your paper on the level of the tabloids. Although I do not represent any- one but myself in this particular issue, I believe that many would agree that the consensus is not to close the landfill down, but to have viable public input in the decision- making processes so that the con- cerns of the public are made known and are addressed by local govern- ment. With environmental disasters confronting us on a daily basis, the public's concern is more than sub- stantiated. Your attempt to discredit good, well-meaning, concerned citizens of Yamhiil County is nothing less l disgusting and warrants a apology, ff local government should be to as a "bitch fesL" then power to them. Let the begin. David M. COSTS CLARIFIED Thank you for the extensive ' erage of the Riverbend issue. I believe rill will provide us with much interesting and hentnd dehate.  have one small correction to to the front page mlicle in ]  7 issue. The article indicated our transportation costs increase by 100 percenL The figure here would be closer percent. Sorry about the standing. Garbage prices in the metropolitan area are likely to $20 per month for one can service this year. The Portland  is currently hauling much of trash to the Arlington site. Darol West County Sanitary ^ George Robertson EDITOR and PUBUsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADLINES: Noon Friday. Letter to Editor, Society and Church releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday. Legal Notices, Display. Noon Me Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, Re. 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