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2 The Sun, Wednesday, October C) PINION Oops, tax bills offer few treats Oregon's tax structure, we think, resembles Halloween. There's lots of tricks but few treats. Measure 5 clearly isn't going to solve our problems. Many homeowners are finding out their tax bills are actually going up again this year. Meanwhile, commercial properties and utilities are getting a big treat---lower tax bills. The $25 per $1,000 of assessed value cap on property taxes is a good idea, but it fails to take into account increases in valuation Another thing that hasn't happened yet are significant cuts in state spending as a result of Measure 5. Sure we were all "treated" to news reports about massive cutbacks but they failed to materialize. The only cure for significant property tax relief is a sales tax. But Oregon voters won't approve this tax unless it clearly will reduce property taxes and will be spent on our public schools. Relying on the income tax and property tax-- and now the Lottery--to finance state and local government isn't working out very well. A sales tax should exclude such basic items as food and prescriptions and should not be allowed to be increased without another statewide vote. We hope Gov. Barbara Roberts's recent efforts will result in submitting a sales tax to voters--one that will pass this time. It's a little spooky thinking about our state's future without a sales tax, a tax that is based on our ability to purchase merchandise, not on how much someone says our property is worth.--.R. Ban on log exports won't solve problem only if I want to sell it overseas. By the same logic, why not lax the export of all goods, and use the money to subsidize domestic indus- try of all kinds? Furthermore, it won't be the over- seas customers who will pay that tax--it will be the Oregon tree grower, who will be forced to accept a lower price on his logs in order to sell them in the fast place. Another false conclusion that DeFazio leaps to is that this tax somehow will result in increased timber supply. He's wrong. Private tree growers are not going to harvest their trees if only to sell them at a discount. Better to leave them on the stump until the market improves or until the domestic price equals the export price. That could be months or years, depending on world condi- tions. Meanwhile, our domestic mills will continue to starve from a log shortage due to public timber harvest reductions and spotted owl- caused setasides. Every member of the Oregon congressional delegation claims that we must provide incentives to pri- vate tree farmers, so that they will make a reasonable and fair profit on their crop, and will reinvest that profit by replanting their land for future timber harvest. In my opin- ion, a tax of any kind is not an incentive to do anything, except maybe look for another line of work. Eighty-one percent of the private timber harvested in Oregon is sold to domestic mills. A tax on the remaining 19 percent will do little to change that ratio, but it definitely will do great damage to Oregon's private tree growers. I believe the most tragic part of this whole shabby business is the danger that our lawmakers will lose direction and won't stay focused on the main problem--the total harvest level from public forests. That is where the solution lies, Mr. DeFazio, and I implore you to work with the rest of the Oregon and Washington delegations to construct a fair and equitable equation to accomplish it. We private tree growers on both sides of the Columbia sincerely want to help in this process---but you're not making it very easy for us to do so. By Neil Westfali Chairman, Forestry Committee Oregon Farm Bureau It's time somebody blew the whistle on Peter DeFazio. Recently, our Fourth District Con- gressman announced with great fan- fare and media hype that he and a few colleagues had introduced a bill io put a 10 percent tax on the exPort of privately grown timber. His accompanying statements, both ver- bal and written, were replete with false innuendos, misstatements of fact, inaccurate statistics and outra- geously crude and rude accusations against our overseas trading part- hers. I grow trees for a living. I have invested thousands of dollars and thousands of hours in growing and nurturing my crop. When it's time to harvest, I would like to get the highest return that I can. But DeFazio would deny me that right, and would have the federal govern- ment dictate that my logs can't be sold at their highest price, or that I have to pay a 10 percent tax to sell them for export. DeFazio claims that most of the money that is raised through this taxation will go "to help communi- ties and workers who are being squeezed between record log exports and shrinking federal timber supplies." DeFazio conveniently ignores the fact that private log exports do not contribute to the shortage of timber from federal and state lands. Nevertheless, he wants to tax private timber to help subsi- dize those unfortunate mills which in the past were solely dependent on public timber. This kind of double- dealing is patently unfair, and has never been allowed in our country's 200-year history. Let's not start now. Another myth that DeFazio and his friends are trying to promote is that the 10 percent tax will be paid by the foreign customers, thereby forcing them to "give us something in return for our logs." I have a real problem with that whole ridiculous statement. In the first place (and forgive me for sounding selfish here), those logs are not "our" logs, they're my logs. They are my private property, and neither Mr. DeFazio nor anyone else has the right to tax that property 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 Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. DEADUNES: 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, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. i | Where to U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hart Senate D.C. 20510. Phone District office: Room 1( Courthouse, 555 S.W. Portland, OR 97204. 3386. ItS, Sen. Bob Russell Senate Office ington, D.C. 20510. 5244. District office: Suite 240, Main St., Portland, OR Phone 326-3370. First District AuCoin, 2159 Raybum Bldg., Washington, D: Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 2701 Suite 860, Portland, Phone 1-800-422-4003 Yamhill County Dennis Goecks, Ted Debl Owens, Yamhill house, Fifth & OR 97128. Phone Polk County Mike Propee, C. Ralph Ron Dodge, Polk house, Dallas, OR Phone 623-8173 Stale Senator John R-Newport, State Salem, OR 97310-1347. 8176. State Relp, rosontatl D-Bay City, Oregon Hou santatives 1-1-367, 97310. Phone 378-8788. Gov. Barbara Robertl tel, Salem, OR 378-3111. Homespun Humor How do you give kids advice toda By Linda Fink Keeping my mouth shut is diffi- cult for me. It pops open at the most inappropriate times. I figure this is partly my children's fault. When they were very young, I felt it necessary to identify every object in the room to help them learn to talk. I read to them, discussed art and literature with them, and sang to them, after a fashion. Then they began speaking and, more to the point, asking questions. I spent every waking hour answer- ing "why?" Even if the fast ques- tion was "what's that?" the second would be "why?" ........ "Why is it called a pumpkin?" "Well, let's look it up." "Why do people go trick or treating on Halloween? .... Let's look in the encyclopedia." I kept hoping the encylopedic reasons I provided would discourage the pesky kids, but no. If they didn't understand, they simply reiterated "why?" until I brought the discus- sion down to their level. By the time my sons were in third grade, they were demanding more extensive and involved answers than our household reference works could provide. We spent hours researching their questions-- whenever their father wasn't home so I could say "Go ask your father." Throughout their growing up years Johnny and I advised, consoled, explained and did our best to answer their six thousand and one questions. Then they became young adults. Suddenly, we were supposed to keep our mouths shut. Listen, but don't comment. This is not an easy transition to make. Nor does it seem quite fair. After all, they are the ones who trained me to talk. Many a time I would have been happy to read the paper in peace and quiet but no, one of the two of them always had a question. "What are you reading? What's it about? Why?" But as they approached manhood and I expressed interest in what THEY were reading... "Why do ya wanna know?" If they bothered to answer at all. Now they are away at college and our conversations take place on the telephone and consist of them tel- ling us all sorts of things that are going on in their lives and me trying to keep my mouth shut. (Johnny doesn't have so much trouble. But he always was better at tuning them out.) Our sons are finally talking about things I'd LOVE to comment on, but can't. Where is the justice in parenting? I know in my head that adult children must make their own way and their own mistakes but my mouth would love to give advice. What's the point of living all these years and having all this experience if we can't share it? Now I know why so many elderly people bend the ears of younger people every chance they get. It's because they can't tell their children what they'd like to tell them so they tell everybody else. Oh sure, I COULD give my college sons advice.., and have on occasion. "Oh, Mom..." they say and change the subject. Nope, if you want to keep the lines of communi- cation open with grown-up kids, you have to keep your mouth shut, contradictory as this appears. Except, of course, when they WANT your advice. Unfortunately, they don't tell you. They expect you to know. And are hurt when you don't. "I thought you didn't CARE." Maybe some parents know when to speak and when to shut up but I don't and I can find no parenting manuals that elucidate. The parent- ing guides are strangely silent on how to relate to your children once they've grown up and left home. They don't tell you that you will continue to worry about everything that happens in their lives but that you will have no control over any of it. It's like being gagged and tied on the beach while your thrashing about in the you can't tell if swimming and thing. All my friends still at home tell just have to trust that them well and they'll choices," All my kids have recently left "YES, YES, I FEEL WAY. IT'S CRAZY." The one thing that gives I is that some friends whoSe have been gone for several "It will get better, Linda, have to keep your mouth they're home and they're and less often the older But others say, "It'll They'll come back." Who would have when we were together for were asking, "Why do on pumpkins?" that in years the questions Now they are answering questions, and I'm left mouth hanging open. I have just one own before I shut my didn't anybody tell me like this, huh? Why?" Iran/Contra issues topic of college The risks of government secrecy in a democratic society is the topic of Christie Institute co-founder Rev. Bill Davis' talk tonight at Linfield College. "Government Secrecy: The Constitution in Crisis," is the title of the 7:30 p.m. lecture in Linfield's Wilson Gymnasium. A former student at the Jesuit seminary in Sheridan, Davis looks forward to returning to Yamhill County, according to Yamhill Valley Peacemakers member Holly Reeves. Davis will discuss the relation- ships among the Imn/Contra affair, the BCCI and savings and loan scandals, the indictment of certain CIA officials, and the alleged Rea- gan campaign deal with Iran to delay the release of American hos- tages known as the "October Sur- prise." Davis, deputy director of Christie Institute West in Los Angeles, holds master's degrees in both theology and philosophy. As a Jesuit priest, he has worked in almost every country in Latin America and is a frequent speaker on the moral and legal aspects of U.S. policy in the region. The Christie Institute is an inter- faith public-interest law firm policy center which crafts lawsuits and conducts investigations selected for their potential, to advance human rights, social justice and personal freedoms. As a principal investigator for the Christie Institute, Davis uncovers evidence, prepares witnesses and plans strategy. Following the death of Karen Silkwood, he was heavily involved in the Institute's successful lawsuit against Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation. He investi- gated the Charles Horman case in Chile,--which was the subject of the movie "Missing," starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Davis was also an official observer of the 1984 and 1990 Nicaraguan elec- tions. He is now a member of the Christie team investigating Contra involvement and U.S. government complicity in drug running, corrup- tion and terrorism. "Six months before the first reports of the Iran/Contra scandal aeamd in the press, the Christie Institute lawsuit, Avirgan versus Hull, was filed," said Reeves. "Named as defendants are many key figures later exposed by the scandal. The Christie institute has accumulated important evidence of criminal misconduct by high rank- ing government and CIA officials and their associates. Father Davis will give us the inside story." In the lawsuit Avirgan versus Hull, 29 members of a criminal racketeering enterprise have been charged with murder, drug traffick- ing, gun smuggling, money launder- ing and other crimes. The plaintiffs are ABC cameraman Tony Avirgan and reporter Martha Honey. Avirgan was among the two dozen people wounded during the 1984 bombing of a press conference in La Penca, Nicaragua. Eight people were killed dunng that attempt to assassinate 'ontra leader Eden Pastora. "What prevents officials from engaging in corruption and criminal conduct when they are beyond the scope of public scrutiny?" asked Reeves. "There have been more questions than answers ever since the Iran/Contra scandal first erupted. As new pieces of the puzzle surface, it is becoming obvious that the American people have been deceived." Davis' appearance lit ville is part of an tour coordinated by Valley Peacemakers stops in Portland, and Eugene. Sign pretation is available. Merchants to offer treats Participating merchants in down- town Sheridan and Willamina will treat youngsters to goodies on Hal- loween. Treats will be given out in both downtown business districts from 4 to 6 p.m. Some merchants will wear cos- tames for the day, too. Costumes for Sheridan merchants at 8:30 a.m. at Restaurant. A musicians from School and Sheridan is planned at 8:45 a.m. downtown. LETTERS LANDFILL NEEDS SOLUTION TODAY Remember when you were a kid and someone told you to sit still and sit on your hands? It worked for a while but we grew out of that form of control, or have we? The people of Yamhill County have decided not to support their fairgrounds, which brings dollars to the county, especially for the mer- chants and their employees. This is their choice, majority rules. How long will we sit on our hands and let Canada's waste and garbage to be brought in and dumped? When it turns to nuclear waste or just when it affects our pure water supply? If Mr. Koch chooses to sell out the county which has given him and his family such a good life, for the sake of a few dollars, are we to sit on our hands and coffee and tea? Let's sit down solution today. Candace M. WRITER HIS G I'm inquiring Frick, who lived at son, Sheridan. Her H.M. Frick. They had a Frick was my child my family 1941. I'm hoping this and put me in Fricks' daughter. there again in 3555 ao.i,