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2 The Sun, Wednesday, September 4, 1991 C)PINION Willamina recall Homespun Humor vote fails test Voting in favor of recalling members of a city council, we think, should be based on more than personalities. Unfortunately, the Willamina recall election, in our opinion, comes down to just that. Those promoting the recall of Leon Alger and Gary Wooden say the two council members over- stepped their authority in asking for the resigna- tion of former police chief Dutch Foley. We think Alger and Wooden acted properly. In fact, we think they should be commended for taking a firm position after receiving information that raised questions about Foley's past perform- ance in other jobs and his work in Willamina over a two month period. The recall, in our opinion, is based on Foley's charisma. Few will question his charming person- ality but at least one instance of harassment reported by a female employee in downtown surely overshadows any amount of charisma. The recall also revolves around Gene Taylor, the city's former mayor who quit over the Foley imbroglio as did Charlene Brown, city recorder, who reconsidered her decision after Taylor left office. Clearly, the Foley ease is a complex one as an in-depth report on Page 3 in today's edition can attest. One thing is clear, however. Councilors Alger and Wooden are having a difficult time defending themselves because most of the case is veiled in confidential files. The way the Foley case ended it's unlikely if we will ever really know any more details about his performance as W'fllamina's police chief or even about how he served as a law enforcement official in other communities. We think the Foley case and the ensuing recall effort show once again why Willamina needs to contract with the Yamhill County sheriff's depart- ment for police services. Isn't it time small-town politics is taken out of law enforcement?--G.R. Age brings hardened By Linda Fink Have you noticed how much smaller magazine print is than it used to be? If you haven't, you're not as old as I am. Ten years ago, I could read the small print on the bottom of product guarantees. Now I can't even tell if there is any. Most newspaper print is still legi- ble, but that's about all. Everything else has been miniaturized. Proba- bly the fault of computers. Although strangely enough the print in the dictionary I have used for many years has also shrunken. I can barely make out the definitions. Perhaps the hole in the ozone layer is shrinking print. It couldn't be my eyes. Just because I'm a tad over forty doesn't mean my eyeballs are hardening, for goodness sake. I never could focus close-up (although "close-up" used to mean inches instead of feet.) Maybe my arms are shrinking. If I could just get the print far enough away I could focus on it. But then it's too far to decipher. Okay, so my eyeballs ARE hardening. When I was at an over-forty friend's house a few months back she handed me something to read. As I stretched my arms out as far as possible and squinted, my friend said, "For heavens sake, Linda, put on my reading glasses." I protested but she insisted. When I looked at the manuscript through her glasses I gasped. "Is THAT what I'm supposed to see?" I had no idea words could be so big and legible. I went right out and bought myself a pair of glasses... and promptly lost them. Several times. People who have worn glasses all their lives and wear them full time are at an advantage over those of us who are newcomers and part-timers. Full-timers don't put their glasses down when they go to the kitchen to check supper on the stove and then forget where they left them. I've tried leaving my glasses on when I'm reading and must jump up and do something. This is a mistake. Looking through reading glasses at objects across a room brings on vertigo Since mine are half glasses, I try to look over them, but I can still see the room blurring below which makes me careen drunkenly and feel nauseous. Bifocals, I'm told, are the answer, but I don't see how that could be. If I look down at the floor I'll be looking through the magnifying part which will make me dizzy and I'll fall over. You see the problem. One solution would be to wear the glasses on a string around my neck so they are always available.., and in the way. Or I could buy seventeen pairs and position them strategically around the house, in my purse, in the car, etc. But I don't see why I should have to. With all the marvelous things medical science can do these days-- from splitting genes and cloning plants to taking hearts out of dead people and putting them into living people to make them live longer--it seems it would be a simple matter to make aging eyeballs de-harden. Really now, how difficult could it be to convince eyes to focus close-up again? I wonder if other animals have this problem. One reader of this column thinks birds do. When I wrote a few weeks ago about the swallows swooping over our pond Fair tax levy The Yamhill County Fair is asking for a three- year serial levy that will generate nearly $100,000 a year to help operate the fairgrounds and make improvements. We think the levy deserves a "yes" vote. The levy will add 5 cents to the property tax rate in Yamhill County. That will mean an increase of $2.50 per year for the owner of a $50,000 home. The county fair board has done a great job in recent years, turning the fairgrounds into a year-round facility with the help of some state Lottery grants and lots of volunteer support. We still are concerned about the financial reports about the county fair and the fairgrounds. We hope the three-year levy, if approved, will correct the fairs financial problems and, with strong management, allow the fairgrounds to be used more and more by county residents and visitors.--G.R. REUNION. Continued from Page 1 llll "talked for hours," Shepherd said, and met within a few days. They also discovered some startling coin- cadences. Sallie has sons Scot and David, and daughters Kim and Kay. She- pherd's son is named Scott, her daughter is Kimberley Kay and Scott's best friend is David. "It's amazing. Our lives have run a lot alike," Shepherd said. 'Tin expecting to find a lot more coinci- dences." The sisters began immediately to plan a family reunion. Their brother Gary, Shepherd learned, had a daughter in Lake Oswego and a son in Los Angeles, and worked as a long-haul truck driver. His schedule was hard to predict, but Sallie had called him with the news and he was eager for a meeting. Arranged by Gary Lenocker, the family reunion took place Aug. 1 in Wilsonville and included nieces and nephews Shepherd had never met. "It was wonderful, just great," Shepherd said. "My husband said that looking at Gary was like look- ing at Dad's ghost." Her brown-eyed brother--the eyes come from a French Canadian grandmother and only two others in the family have them--is impishly mischievous, Shepherd learned. "If we'd grown up together, I know we'd have been in trouble all the time. He's just got that look in his eye." Joy Shepherd of Sheridan, left, with half-brother Gary Lenoc- ker and half-slater Sallle Nlcoli at reunion last month In Wilsonville. Until April, Shepherd had never mat her siblings. and wondered why some skimmed the surface and others nearly drowned selves, the reader suggested splashers were not trying to impress their had assumed, but rather aged birds who need could be righL I've always assumed that dogs are less willing than approach strangers because more experienced and wada: may just be because they up close. That puts a new light on bark viciously and back may not be afraid--they middle-aged. They'll back the victim is in focus. attack. For some mason, the over-the-hill birds flying half blind and dogs unable on the food in their me. At least I have the wearing glasses to correct sight. If I could just where I put them. Linda Fink is a local Grand Ronde. Current forest debate misses point, puts preservation ahead of people, sci By Dick Posekany As a 40-year professional forester, I fear for the future of our forests. My fear is that we will continue to bend to the popular temptation to "save a tree," leaving our children a poorer standard of living because we refused to follow sound forest- management practices. Contrary to what one might be led to believe, we in the Pacific North- west have successfully melded the philosophies of the preservationist John Muir with the practical Gifford Pinchot. We have locked up a good portion of our Pacific Northwest national forestland--only about half is man- aged for timber--while perma- nently protecting more than 7,000 square miles of old-growth forests from logging. (These numbers are before the northern spotted owl setasides.) Most people know about forests only by what they learn from the media, which understandably tend to report flurries of charges and countercharges. When people hear the facts, however, claims that our forests are being liquidated by greedy timber barons quickly dis- solve. Here is what some of the current debate is missing: Oregon is blessed with being able to create new wealth from the soil. Selling timber and agricultural crops, unlike providing services, creates capital from both the raw material and the value that oregoni- ans add to it in milling and manu- facturing. We should continue to tap this uncommon--and renewable-- source of wealth. It built our state, The logger is often portrayed as the environment's enemy. Not so. When the logger fells a tree, this isn't an act of industrial vandalism. Instead, the tree is cut under slrict state laws and is the first step to creating useful, beautiful and evir- onmentally sound wood products for millions of consumers like you and me. The logging practice known as clearcutting mimics nature by clear- ing a site where Douglas-fir trees can get the sun they require to grow to maturity. Nature clearcuts forests with f'we, windstorms, bugs, even volcanoes. When Douglas-fir trees are selectively cut or die from old age, forests become dominated by shade-tolerant hemlock, true firs and other shorter-lived, lower-value species. The forest industry cannot provide many of the forest products in every day demand unless we use older timber. For example, our mill at Mill City must have timber 60 to 150 years old for the manufacture of kiln-dried lumber used in laminated beams, trusses and other specialty products requiring unusual quality and strength. Some mills need timber 200 years and older to manufacture forest products (paneling, window sashes, etc.) where appearance and the abs- ence of knots and blemishes is critical. Most younger timber pro- I I011/T KNOW/I///Y YOLt'RE LEAVINO--THIS IS YOUI HOETOW --EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK YOU EE YC I R'EZ.I 7"1 V: . ,, ,, vides more ordinary products of less value. If timber becomes less availa- ble, homes will be made from more costly building materials that are also less friendly to the environment (such as concrete and metal). The result could be that fewer homes will be built, which would also harm the furniture, appliance, paint, the floor-covering, landscaping and other shelter-related industries located nationwide. Our humanitar- ian attempts to shelter the homeless would be diminished. True, we could import wood from overseas. But most foreign- grown wood is lower quality, costs more, worsens our balance-of- payments deficit, can introduce dis- ease and insect, and may accelerate Third World deforestation and other L00T-0000RS ARTICLE CLARIFIED In an article printed in your paper on Aug. 14 several misstatements were made. 1. I did not call a "Town Hall" meeting. Based on comments that I had received from various commun- ity leaders it became apparent that the city hall chambers would not be large enough to house those desiring to attend the meeting. 2. The meeting was a regularly scheduled council meeting and was adjoumed to the VFW hall. Gene E. Taylor Dallas The Sun encourages letters. They must be signed and include a daytime "telephone number. environmental problems. Nor does it create jobs for Americans. We can do better here at home where we have the expertise and tough regula- tion. Some businesses have jumped on the "politically correct" envir- onmental bandwagon, such as giv- ing away seedlings or promising to plant a seedling for each hamburger sold. The irony is that these efforts, although good PR, are of little consequence compared with more than 100-million seedlings planted each year in Oregon alone. Like you, I support the animated debate we are having over how we care for our public and privately owned forestg But let's be careful not to put preservation ahead of people, popu- lar notions ahead of science or catchy slogans ahead of sense. Oregon forests are  nurtured. Oregonians the wealth the forests today and renew for Americans can continue to desired products and an standard of living from My fear--it should gonian's fear, as well--is advocates of any-cost will be permitted rule the science of management. Dick Posekany of Timber and Land Frank Lumber Co. at Mill came to Oregon in receiving his forestry Iowa State UniversiOt Got a gripe? Or do you have a compliment to Or would you simply like to share your thoughts particular topic? The Sun welcomes letters to the THE O ....... II I I II George Robertson EDITOR and PUBUsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Sheridan, OR 97378. 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