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2 The Sun, Wednesday, September 25 1991 (00PiN i01,4 Willamina vote Homespun Humor raises concerns It's tOO hot tO be, uh, cool We hope the' recall election in Willamina in which one council member was ousted and the other survived will put an end to the ill will that has been blowing so strong in town lately. The recall was prompted by the hiring of a new city police chief earlier this year. Some of the 'hiring practices appeared to have been mishan- dled by a former mayor who has since resigned and the police committee chief's background and raised many questions. hearings delving into the on-the-job performance One thing seems clear in the aftermath. Willa- mina needs to carefully review its policies and procedures in both hiring staff and in evaluating them once hired. It's fortunate, in our opinion, that the city is walking away from this mess without a costly lawsuit over the "Foley affair" but we doubt if the city will be as lucky in the future. We think the recall also shows once again the need to see if the Yamhill County sheriffs depart- ment can provide law enforcement services in Willamina. We've heard that the city can't afford the sheriffs fees but we really wonder if Willa- mina can afford not to contract with the county. The recall also shows what a mess it can be to have a city that lies in two counties. Voters in Polk County we understand got their ballots about a half-week earlier than those who live in Yamhill County. Ironically, the Polk County ballots were received prior to an in-depth report in The Sun By Linda Fink Forgive me, friends, but I cannot think funny when the thermometer hovers at 90 degrees. Especially when it insists on doing that two days after a frost nipped the leaves on my squash vines. (Remember, I write this column a week before you read it.) Turning hot immediately after nearly ending my garden bounty was just too cruel. With or without nighttime frost, daytime hot weather fries my brain. With or without daytime hot weather, nighttime frosty weather freezes my brain. Thus, you see, in the winter my brain is too cold to work; in spring, it is overcome by spring fever; summers are too hot for thinking; and in autumn my brain cells are preparing for their winter hibernation. I have an excuse for every season. Due to brain inertia, I am giving you excerpts this week of other people's wit. I'm not worried that you will like these other humorists so well that you will ask that they replace me--they're all dead. H.L. Mencken: A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. George Bernard Shaw: Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad. Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an intemational reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. Jonathan Swift: I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth. Thou hast a head, and so has a pin. It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out. We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another. James Thurber: He fell down a great deal during his boyhood because of a trick he had of walking into himself. Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone? While he was not dumber than an ox he was not any smarter. Mark Twain: Adam and Eve had many advan- tages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething. Only presidents, editors, and peo- ple with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we." Thrusting my nose firmly between his teeth, I threw him heavily to the ground on top of me. To eat is human: to digest, divine. Oscar Wilde: Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. George Ade: Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry. She was a town-and-country soprano Of the kind often used for augmenting the grief at a funeral. Fred Allen: California is a fine place to live in--if you happen to be an orange. He dreamed he was eating Shredded Wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone. I like long they are taken by me. To conclude, here weather witticisms: "Hello! We heard but just thought you were bad weather." Arthur Baer. "Everybody talks weather but nobody does about it." Charles "Don't knock the tenths of the people conversation" ... (or column)... "if it didn't in a while." Frank ('Kin') Hubbard... (wi$1 Linda Fink). In case you'd like to I found these them memorized for have a photographic so I'm lying. The quotes The Dictionary of tations, edited by Evan don't have them only because my brain i cold. Or lukewarm. And I J (Can't Remember bed) Linda Fink is a reside# Ronde. about the recall and Polk County voters voted by a larger margin to oust Gary Wooden. Again, we hope Twila Hill and the rest of the city council can put this divisive issue behind them and turn their attention to making Willa- SCHOOL BOARD mina a better place in which to tive.----G.R. NEEDS NEW POLICY As a Sheridan school district LRS taxpayer, former school board mem- ber, and concerned citizen of Sheri- ....................................... dan, I attended the last school board A TRIBUTE TO popping corn or playing dolls. One, meeting to voice my concern over THERESA JORDAN with thumb in mouth, was napping the plans of the Sheridan superin- Theresa Jordan has bid us fare- away peacefully. Theresa was indeed tendent of schools to move out of well, a sad one, no doubt. We who in her proper place there among the the Sheridan school district. are left behind, awaiting our time to little ones. These were a charge for In the past, the school board has answer that call which comes inevit- her to take care of; her own dear been adamantly opposed to any ably to each of us, mourn her ones, husband Bob and the boys and administrators living outside of the leaving. But, aerie of us would, have little girht_herblassed family,  , gn ..llgly t e$1puragefl her suffer mcke: h' :i:tiful nurtured ,:ln ways,.  Dive:ha I fell person, happy, loving, generous and Theresa was very close to God; not tle"iresenfs 'IacF0fern kind. She had a tremendous love for just in her church life but in her way over the issue and;lackof foresight children which set her apart as one of life. for the problems that will evolve is of God's truly chosen people. I don't believe Theresa would an irresponsible position. Theresa was an important person want deep mourning at her stepping Who will be the "authority" to in our community. She loved and into eternity. I think she might say contact after school hours or on supported her church. She stood up "yes" to these words of an anony- weekends if there's an emergency for what was good and right for all mous writer. "Do not stand by my on any of the grounds and none of of the people in our community. Sbe grave and weep. I am not there. Ido our administrators live in the dis- was willing and anxious to help not sleep. I am a thousand winds trict? where there was a need. It was she that blow. I am the diamond glint on How can our administrators go to who, in 1986, organized the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened the voters and ask their support for "Neighborhood Watch Program" to grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. school levies, when they themselves protect our little ones from harm on When you wake in the morning's aren't taxpayers in the district? their journey home from school, hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of What's more important to the For years, Theresa operated a quiet birds in circling flight. I am education of our children: improved, licensed day care center in her the soft starlight at night. Do not bigger and better facilities or a home. I visited her there and stand at my grave and weep. I am caring, locally involved staff of enjoyed the contentment and love not there. I do not sleep." I am sad administrators and teachers? which abided always. The little to leave, but I've cherubs to keep. If an administrator lives out of the ones, "cherubs" she called them Fern Eberhart, district and petitions for a student one time, were hopping about like Sheridan exchange so their Own children can attend in their "employment" dis- Banned Books Week trict, the taxpayers end up subsidiz- ing part of the cost. If their children attend schools where they live, what points up problem kind of confidence will the public have in the education of the district? I would ask you or your readers if you share any of these concerns to By Toni Rose Sheridan Librarian Somebody decided something for you recently. In fact, it was decided without your knowledge in some cases, and in others it was decided with much public outcry. Either way you didn't have much to say about it, and that's a shame. Without your consent, library books were removed from shelves in schools and public libraries in Ore, gon and either disposed of or hidden away. If you feel that this decision was made for your own good, think again. "An insult to one's intelli- gence" was enough reason to pull Larry King's Tell It To The King off library shelves. Where's Waldo, the popular children's puzzle hook, was pulled because "on some of the I I I I I pages there are dirty things." The week of Sept. 17-23 we as Americans celebrate Constitution Week, and to back it up libraries across the nation will designate Sept. 28-Oct. 5 as a time to cele- brate our intellectual freedom. Ore- gon libraries are calling it Banned Books Week. At the Sheridan public library banned and challenged books will be prominently displayed along with copies of the "Library Bill of Rights" and information on these challenges on your freedom to choose books for yourself and your children. Drop by and Say "hello" to Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, The Clan of the Cave Bear and many more of your favorites that somebody has decided you should not be allowed to read. ..........  ..... f-- --T--rl ..........  -Si-iTT---i  i George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER / POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage 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. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843.2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. I II I I I I II I discuss them with Mr. Grabenhorst and the school board members and encourage them to reconsider their decision. Jim Anderson, Sheridan THANK YOU West Valley Jaycees would like to express our thanks to all those who donated items for the garage sale for local cancer patient Theresa Jordan. The sale was a huge success as $325 was raised for her. Items which did not sell were donated to St. Vincent De Paul store in McMinnvflle. A special thanks to Doris Alvord for the use of her farm and for the help she offered. Corinne Ive Sheridan THANK YOU Judy and I would like to thank all of our friends and customers for your support and patronage the past three years. We encourage you to continue this support in the future to the new management of Hometown Drug in Sheridan. Gerry Rahn, Sheridan LETTER ON ROAD ELICITS RESPONSE ', In a recent issue of your paper Polly Comuntzis of Beaverton was very critical of the county's deci- sion to fix a portion of Loganberry Lane and not to fur the entire road. She asked the Board of Commis- sioners to explain the "cost effec- tiveness" of having county equip- ment there and not completing the entire road. The answer is very simple. We were able to use the chip seal process on 2.18 miles of this mad at a cost of $8,895.26. This process was used on that portion of the mad because the base was in good enough shape to benefit from the chip seal treatment. The remaining .75 mile of the road, just prior to entering on Polk County's graveled portion, was too far gone! To adequately fix that short stretch of the road would cost $35,258. This portion of road con- tains three residences'. The Board of Commissioners was recently approached during one of our informal sessions by two of the residents residing on that portion of the mad. It was the initial intent of the board to regrind the road, return it to gravel and ask Polk County to take over the maintenance of that section--to which they agreed. The residents, however, requested us to leave the mad "as is" rather than turning it back to gravel. The county simply doesn't have enough money to adequately main- taln all of its roads. Estimates show that we have about 20 percent of the funds necessary to bring all our paved roads up to a fair or better condition. Last year, after extensive public hearings, the board approved the Road Maintenance Plan that was recommended by the Road Improve- ment Advisory Committee and m outside consultant. That plan calls for more money being spent on bigh volume roads and consequently less money spent on the low volume or less travelled roads. Our pan was viewed by con- cerned citizens who wanted assur- ance that we would get the most "bang for our buck" when it comes to mad maintenance. All roads are considered in our yearly evaluation process now through different points of criteria, such as average daily traffic count and level of maintenance required. We don't want to "throw darts" at the map on the wall or see who can pack our meeting room with the most people as the method to form our decisions. It's not only a point of being more effective, but being better stewards of your tax dollars. The decision on this issue is consistent with our current plan. If the people of the county don't agree with the adopted plan, then the board needs to hear that and we will re-examine the plan. Otherwise, the public works directory will continue to implement the plan to the best of his ability. Dennis L. Goeeks, Chairman Ted Lopuszynski, Commissioner Debi Owens, Commissioner JOB OPENINGS HELP WANTED: Two persons to serve on the Willamina City Coun- cil. Must be dedicated and willing to give freely of your time at least seven nights a month. Must be prepared to be abused, lied to and lied about from all quarters and whenever the whim strikes. Expect any efforts to protect the city from liability and lawsuits to be misun- derstood. Must also be willing to accept apathy from the silent majority and recall campaigns by the misin- formed who are not writing to serve and not interested in the truth. Expect no disclaimer from the employer of your detractors and no support from ity because they Don't rely on I may come too late. Must be willing to lessly while pain family. It comes with No experience necessff skin is a plus. No prestige. No glory. P council meeting for committee meetings. City Hall. A THANK To the sponsors of Safety Rodeo: The importance of cannot be emphasized Sheridan Scouts and ters (Coast to Coast, Rotary) did an forcing this message by Bicycle Safety Rodeo o, Sept. 14. Thank you for us to focus more on skills. Deadli Every remind our dear advertisers - about our We like to print all releases that are as letters and, of ing. But, we can't handle t that comes in the door That's wby our releases and most Friday at 5 p.m. Letters-to-the editor are encouraged. They Letters are subject to editing, and we request typewritten and limited to 300 words.