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2 The Sun, Wednesday, August 21, 2013 In Other Words As Americans we relish our personal liberties. We cling to the freedom to express our opinion. We like the right to dis- agree with those around us. We demand the right to choose - whether it's food in the school lunch line, the clothing we wear to work or school, what church to attend and who will be our doctor. We don't want the books, magazines or intemet con- tent at the library censored. We get angry if we feel our fight to own weapons is threatened. This list goes on and on. But at what point do my rights infringe upon the rights of others? Public opinion is mixed on the authority our elected offi- cials have given the National Security Agency. Should they have access to our cell phone conversations? Another privacy concem emerged re- cently at the WiUamina City Council meet- Marguerite Alexander ing. We know it is legal for someone to install security cameras and audio equipment for surveillance of their personal property. What if that equipment overlooks the neighbor's backyard and tracks and records the family's activities? Do they have the right? Is it right? Person after person, including parents and grandparents of the young children at the party, voiced outrage. What were the laws? Why weren't the police doing something to put a stop to what they considered inappropriate behavior? The city and law enforcement officers are looking into the laws. According to Hollis, the city attomey had been unable to find any state statutes against that type of conduct. No city ordinances are being violated. Some of the situations we face today were never a consid- eration in the past. Perhaps its a good time to enact new city ordinances to prevent similar situations from occurring. There are ordinances governing the height of fences. Should citizens be allowed to build taller fences? Maybe cities should allow for the installation of screening materials on the prop- erty line to block mounted video equipment from filming en- closed backyards. There has got to be a way to protect one person's rights while protecting the privacy of another. Something else came out at the Willamina City Council meeting - a theme that has been repeated at numerous meet- ings lately in both cities: If you see something going on that is not right or appears suspicious, report it. Law enforcement officers cannot do anything about something they know noth- ing about. I'm glad people are choosing to get involved, whether ex- pressing their concerns at city council meetings, attending Na- tional Night Out or showing up for community gatherings aimed at curtailing criminal activity. By working xwith law en- forcement and city officials, we can make our cormmunities a safer place to live. Now let's do it! Where to write your 'awmakers U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 223 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-3703. Phone (202) 224-5244. Local office: 911 NE 11th Ave, Suite 630, Portland, OR 97232. Phone (503) 326-7525. Website: http://wyden.senate.gov/ U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, 313 Hart Senate Office Building Wash- ington, D.C., 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. Salem Office: 495 State St., Suite 330 Salem, OR, 97301. Phone (503) 362-8102. Website: http://merkley.senate.gov/ U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon-5th Dist., 314 Cannon HO~, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-5711. Salem District Office, 544 Ferry Street, S.E. Suite 2, Salem, OR 97301. Phone (503) 588-9100. Website: http://schrader.house.gov/ U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon-lst Dist., 439 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515. Phone; (202) 225-0855. Fax: (202) 225-9497. Oregon Office: 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220, Beaverton, OR 97005. Phone 503-469-6010. Website: http://bonamici.house.gov/ Governor John Kitzhaber, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Phone: Governor's Citizens' Represen- tative Message Line 503-378-4582. Sen. Bdan Boquist - Dist. 12; 900 Court St NE, S-305, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1712. E-mail: sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us Sen. Arnold Roblan - Dist. 5; 900 Court St NE, S-417, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1705. E-mail: sen.AmieRoblan@state.or.us Rep. David Gomberg - Dist. 10; 900 Court St NE, H-371, S~dem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1410. Ernail: rep.DavidGomber~.or.us Rep. Jim Thompson - Dist. 23; 900 Court St NE, H-388, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1423. EmaJl: rep.Jim'l'hompson@sta~.or.us Oregon LegisleUve Information and Citizen Access: Phone 1-800-332-2313. Yamhill County Commissioners: Kathy George, Mary Stern, Allan Springer; Yamhill County Courthouse, 535 NE Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 503-434-7501. Polk County Commissioners: Mike Ainsworth, Craig Pope, Jennifer Wheeler. Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main SL, Dallas, OR 97338-3174. Phone 503-623-8173. City of Sheridan - City Council: Val Adamson (Mayor), Harry Cooley (Council Presideat), Roxie Acuff, Larry McCandless, Chris- topher Ehry, Rene Quinones, Sue Cain. 120 SW Mill Street, Shed- dan, OR 97378. Phone 503-843-2347. Fax 503-843-3661. www.cityofsheridanor.com City of Willamina - City Council: Corey Adams (Mayor), Rita Bailer, Allan Bramall, Ila Skyberg, Laude Toney, Gary Hill. 411 N.E. C St., Willamina, OR 97396. Phone 50;3-876-2242. Fax 503-876-1121. Sheridan School District Board of Directors: Larry Deibel, Harvey Hall, Judy Breeden, Terry Chrisman, Michael Griffith. 435 South Bridge St., Sheridan, OR 97378. Phone 503-843-2433. FAX 503-843-3505. SheridanSD-48J@sheridan.k12.or.us Willamina School District Board of Directors: Daniel Heidt, Clinton Coblentz, Craig Johnson, Laurie Toney, Linda O'Neil. 324 SE Adams St., Willamina, OR 97396. Phone 503-876-4525. Fax 503- 876-3610. = P0 ta. - O~A 493-940 Clinton Vining, PUBLISHER Marguerite Alexander, EDITOR POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Periodicals postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATE (one year): $32 in Yamhill/Polk County. $50 out of area. Payment must be received by noon Friday for subscription to start with the following Wednesday's edition. DEADLINES: Letters to the editor, society and church news, press releases, general - Noon Friday. Legal notices, display - 5 p.m. Friday. Classified display - Noon Monday. Classified ads- 5 p.m. Monday. Phone: (503) 843-2312. Fax: (503) 843- 3830. E-mail: news@sheridansun.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, PO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR. 97378. A view of Bridge Street looking north businesses in the downtown core. from the corner of Sheridan Road Photo contributed by the YamhlU County Historical Society in 1914 - one year after a fire destroyed Making it harder for public input won't solve the problems To the Editor: Reading The Sun article "Rules change for public com- ments at SFD board meetings" on August 14, it appears the Sheridan Fire District Board feels the best way to solve prob- lems at their fire department is to make it more difficult for people to speak out at their meetings. I suggest they solve their internal problems before people speak out about them. Why didn't the SFD Board al- ready know the reason for the extended times getting to fares was because volunteers were quitting? Why didn't they al- ready know there was a prob- lem with volunteers quitting. I've been told that three board members were told about the problem prior to the meeting in question. If they didn't I sug- gest they start doing the job they were elected to do. Home owner's property taxes include an amount for the Sheridan Fire District andwe all should ex- pect to receive adequate and prompt protection that we pay for. There is no excuse for any- thing less. If the board mem- bers don't feel they can handle the pressure maybe they should resign, like their fire-fighter volunteers have been doing. Terry Davis Sheridan Thank you for supporting 4-H and the Polk Fair To the Editor: Now that the 2013 Polk County Fair is over, we would like to take the time to thank the community for your tre- mendous support for 4-H. Thanks to the parents and leaders for helping young people gain new knowledge, skills and reach their project goals. We greatly appreciate our many donors. It helps us to honor our outstanding award winners ranging from fair pre- mium money to college schol- arships. It's so exciting to watch the smiles and elation as kids earn their first ribbon or win a trophy. Polk County Livestock As- sociation is tremendously help- ful as the sponsor of our Mar- ket Auction program and many of our fair awards. Their orga- nization and management makes it possible for youth to recoup much of the cost of rais- ing market animals. The Auc- tion wouldn't be successful without the many auction buy- ers. The profit from these ani- mals will be used to pay feed bills, purchase school clothes, supplies and college tuition and going right back into the local economy. Thanks to the Fa'arboard and management for the terrific job organizing the details. The su- perintendents do a tremendous job organizing :the barns, classes and jtidging. It takes hundreds of hours of prepara- tion to carry out the fair. Our new program year be- gins October 1. 4-H is open to all youth grades K to 12. We hope you and your family will join us in this grand adventure we call 4-H. It truly takes a village and Polk County 4-H is thankful to be part of your village. You contribute greatly to the many exciting, positive experiences and precious memories for our 4-Hers. Thanks for your part in helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Suzi Busler, Judi Peters and Pare Scharf Polk County 4-H Staff Great turnout for W.V. Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking To the Editor: West Valley Habitat sends a greatbigTHANKYOU to The Sun for the recent articles re- garding our Groundbreaking. It was great to have George Rob- ertson present on Sunday and we really liked the article he wrote. We had an excellent at- tendance on Sunday and credit that in no small part to the ar- ticle included prior to Sunday's event. We will keep The Sun posted about the progress of our construction and look forward to other articles. Bernie Turner, Coordinator West Valley Habitat SHS alumni scholarship fund continues to grow To the Editor: I enjoyed reading the news article about the Sheridan High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. Thanks for including it in your coverage. So far about $2500 has come :in'~ eno/lgti for ascltolarship, and we plan to raise an additional $2500 by the end of the year. Then, the sky is the limit for years to come as we invite alumni from other classes and community friends to donate. All the best to you and your co-workers, with thanks, Ed Brandt, Dallas Co-Chair, Sheridan High School Alumni Scholarship Fund Volunteers, local support make music festival a big success To the Editor: We would like to express our gratitude for the support of the many community members and businesses that helped to make our second annual Wild- wood MusicFest a great suc- cess. More than 50 volunteers pitched in to help prepare the property and work a shift dur- ing the festival. A few went above and beyond by taking on a role that kept them busy the entire time like Barry and Bran- don Ford, Don Schwarz, Jeanie Russell, Justin DeJager, Mar- gery Kendall, Jeremy Hubbard, and the dynamic trio from the Willamina FFA, Nathan, Tay- lor and Dylan. A big thank you to Hamp- ton Lumber for the donation of wood chips and the great dis- counts on lumber to help get our perimeter fence built. Hampton Lumber also helped organize a raffle of signed CDs donated by each artist, two tick- ets to next year's festival and other items that raised a little over $500 for our local Grand Sheramina Food Bank. PWOP donated'pressure treated lum- ber for the second year in a row to allow us to do the many projects needed to enhance the grounds. Corey Adams General Construction and Justin Strizke of his newly formed construc- tion company, Confluence Joinery LLC, were also hugely helpful in completing the con- struction projects. We are grate- ful to have the support of these local, community minded com- panies. Wildwood MusicFest was able to dOnate $500 to the Willamina FFA and with their complementary booth they earned another $600 in sales of ice, soda and snacks. Willamina High School Cheerleaders also had a face painting booth and managed the bouncy house and earned just under $300 and we were able to donate the rental of the bouncy house as well as $150 more for their fund-rais- ing efforts. We are also giving the music and arts programs at WHS $500 to help provide in- stmments or supplies that might not have funds available. Lastly, we are making a contri- bution to The Friends of Fam- ily Farmers, a non-profit orga- nization that stands up for the rights of small farms in the world of giant agri-business. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen and please drop by next year on Sunday as it is a day that is free to our local community and you can take a look at what we have been up to. Katie Vinson Kim Hamblin Wildwood MusicFest Letters to the Editor are wel- come. But they must be signed or they won't be published: Please provide a telephone number - for verification purposes only. The phone number will not be pub- lished. All letters are subject to ed- iting. Please limit length to 300 words or less. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Send your letters to RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR, 97378. You may also e-mail to: news@sheridansun.com. John E. ':Jack" Wells July28, 1927-Aug. 15, 2013 John E. "Jack"Wells, 86, of Willamina, died Aug. 15 in McMinnville. He was born July 28, 1927 in Blue Springs, Neb., the son of Theodore E. and Thelma G (Stauffer) Wells. Jack served in the US Army at the end of WWII. He married Margery Lou Miles on Sept. 24, 1949 in North Platt, Neb. Margery pre- ceded Jack in death June 30, 2006. Jack worked many different jobs over the course of his life. He worked in a plywood mill, as a stone cutter building a church arch in Boulder, Colo- rado as well as a working in an alfalfa mill. He enjoyed collecting coins and rock hunting as well as fishing and camping. He lived in Nebraska, Colorado and fi- nally settled down in Oregon. Survivors include his chil- dren, Stephen E. Wells of Grants Pass, Ore., SherrilynA. Varner of Crescent, Ore., David L. Wells of Molalla, Ore. and Mark E. Wells of Wil- lamina, Ore.; brother, Derry L. Wells of Grants Pass, Ore.; sis- ter, Beverly Young of Kelso, Wash.; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Willamina Christian Church with video history start- ing at 1:30 p.m. under the di- rection of Adamson's Funeral Home. To leave online condolences please go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. John August Johnson April 7, 1933-Dec. 21, 2012 A celebration of life for John August Johnson, a graduate of Wlllamina High School's Class of 1950, will be held at the all class reunion on SepL 7. A potluck begins at 12 noon at the home of Marilyn Rosen- balm, 385 SW Hill Dr. For in- formation call 503-876"-6773.