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2 The Sun, Wednesday, October 26, 1994 Ill l Homespun Humor Bob Jordan is the only candidate on the ballot for Sheridan mayor. He deserves to be elected. Jordan was decisive enough to file as a candi- date before deadline instead of resorting to a write-in campaign like the other two candidates-- current mayor, Val Adamson, and political new- comer, Tina Zander. Even more important, Jordan has shown over the years he can work with people. He's served on the city council, city planning commission, West Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Phil Sheridan Days board of directors and the federal prison task force. In every instance, he rolled up his sleeves and did a lot more than just show up at meetings. If Jordan has a fault, it's his inclination to get be involved in too many projects. If he's elected mayor, he should concentrate on city affairs and give up some of his other volunteer work. Some people think Jordan might just be a caretaker as mayor. We thought so initially but after talking to him we realize he does have a vision for the city and wants to see it continue growing at a steady pace. He has some interesting ideas to make the town more livable--for example, creating a spillway on the South Yamhill River just east of downtown to provide a park for area residents and visitors. Jordan understands the need to correct the city's drainage problems. He sees no reason why most of the storm water on the north side of town should drain into culverts near the city park before being dumped into the river. Jordan also wants the city council to take a new look at its street plan. He prefers spending more money to fix existing streets for the next few years rather than spend $200,000 every two years on a major project. It seems like a sensible approach to preserve streets before they are beyond repair. He also wants the city and school district to work together to develop recreational programs for local youths. But he candidly says a swimming pool needs to be put on backburner for a while. Jordan doesri't see any need to make a clean sweep at city hall and he vows to keep the sheriffs department as the city's police force. Jordan says the city must also develop new water resources since the state will eventually prohibit taking water from the South Yamhill River. He suggests the city again look into developing holding ponds near springs north of town. ' Overall, Jordan likes the way the city has been By Linda Pink Last week, I complained about the weather, so I can't do that again. Especially since the weather has finally straightened up and started doing what it's supposed to do-- rain. But I'll find something to complain about. Like coupons. I hate coupons. Shopping is awful enough, if you ask me, without adding the horror of coupons. I used to dutifully clip coupons and promptly lose them. Or forget to take them with me to the store. I don't clip anymore, but still I get coupons--in the sack of cat food, in the cereal box. You name it, it comes with a coupon that I will never remember to take with me when I buy that item again. Worse yet are the coupons that you redeem by mailing someplace. For a 29 cent stamp and a several cent envelope and too many minutes of precious time, you get a $1 rebate on an item that didn't work as well as the brand without the rebate that was 50 cents cheaper. But I mail them in anyway. Recently a feminine hygiene pro- duct came with a refund offer. So I carefully enclosed the coupon in a thick envelope and mailed it from a town where no one knows me. I was brought up to keep personal things LET - SKI P IVESS THEI E! personal A few weeks later, here came a postcard, mind you, not a sealed envelope but an out-there-for-all- the-world-to-read postcard. This postcard was really a check for $1.50, with a border proclaiming in giant capital letters: "THANK YOU FOR USING TAMPAX TAM- PONS AND PARTICIPATING IN THIS REFUND OFFER." I hate coupons. Don't delude yourself that cou- pons save consumers money. Kel- logg's, the nation's leading cereal maker, admits that their frequent price increases are to cover dis- counts and promotions, including coupons. You coupon clippers may spend less than coupon-phobes like myself, but you still spend more than you would if companies quit issuing those nefarious pieces of paper and just charged reasonable prices. There, now that I've got that off my chest, let's talk about wine festivals. Oh, this is sacrilegious, I know, but I hate wine festivals and wine-tasting tours. In one breath we say "Don't drink and drive." In the next breath, we say "Tour the county's wonderful vineyards and taste wine at every stop." I talked to a wine-tasting friend about this and she insisted that everyone travels with a designated driver and the servings are really tiny anyway. Do you know how much wine it takes to make some of us (me, for one) tipsy? One sip. And tipsy people don't have enough sense not to drive. Trust me on this. The Oregon Wine & Food Festi- val takes place in January, when the roads are often a mess. Such was the case in 1993, when I was feeling particularly irritable and cut an article about the festival out of the paper. "About 8,000 people made their way via icy roads to the Jackman-Long Building at the Ore- gon State Fairgrounds to take in the food, entertainment, crafts and, of course, wine." Nothing was said about how many of those 8,000 slid into a ditch on their way home. Or ran other drivers off the road. I know tourism adds dollars to the economy and the wine industry is a big tourist draw. But can't tourists think of something better to do than drive around the countryside sip- ping wine and nibbling cheese? Well, nibbling cheese is okay. Say, how about a cheese and goat's-milk tasting festival? Don't snort, please. I'll take goat's milk over wine any day. Most people, I realize, don't pre- fer goat's milk to wine (probab!Y because they haven t tasted fresh, cold, Nubian goat's milk) and don'] get annoyed by wine festivals ano coupons. But how about if your . ? favorite cartoonist qmt cartooning' Huh? I'll bet that would get your goat, wouldn't it? My favorite cartoon is "Calvin Hobbes." Bill Watterson quit draW" ing on April 3yd. However, reruns are keeping me and the rest of his fans going. He is scheduled to conae back from his leave of absence on January I st, oh happy day. My second most favorite cartOOn is The Far Side." Gary LarSon is quitting--not just taking time off, but quitting. Done. Finished. more cartoons. His last release will the side I live on. You may think these are pett concerns, but consider what dreadful future it would be with nn cartoons and a bunch of wine bib" bers weaving down the roads, PckI ets stuffed with "$1 offon yourn [, bottle of booze" coupons. Can Yo" blame me for being irritable? . Linda Pink is a Grand Run# resident and goat breeder. I o.m Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, I Hart Senate "O-'ff'lc'e-ildg-.:'~/ashi~J[ I ton, D.C I 3753 .~1 I District office: ~7, pi,o,%I I Courthouse, 555 -S.W. ~'amhill~I Iportland, P'h-oneI 1 3386. _ .... .~ ~_591 I US. Sen. Bob Packwood, f'~l i Russe,, Seoa e- Biag, W,F I I ington, D.C. 20510. Phone t="-'I 1 224-5244. _ ........ ~/,I District office." Suite 240, 101 ~t;] Main St., Port/an~ OR 97204-3a~1 Phone 326-3370. Q161 U.S. Rep. Elizabeth FurSe, ~El Cannon HOB, Washington,^~.~J 20515-3701. Phone (202) 22~{ DislldCt office: 860 Montg0tL'_~,3~.| Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, portl