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2 The Sun, Thursday, November 27, 1980 Some ons to ankful Reprinted fromTheSun pleasure in the simple+ things Nov. 22, 1979 associated with a family--like a Perhaps because there are so big Sunday morning breakfast. many serious problems In the .For my country. It may sound world--from the tensions in Iran corny to include this on my list by to inflation at home--it may especially on Thanksgiving when appear that Thanksgiving thisiwe celebrate the first harvest but year should be cancelled. How can we be grateful in such a time as this? you might ask. Well, frankly, we've wondered ourselves but after a few minutes of thought we came up with the following list, by no means an all-inclusive one. ,,For my parents, those living and dead. They truly helped prepare me for the real world, not an imaginary one without prob- lems. For my teachers in school. Their patience and understanding helped me see a world bigger than my immediate family and friends. For my health. Although some mornings may be difficult to cffmb out of bed, generally, I've been blessed with good health. MOdern medicine takes care of when I'm i11. '::1For my family. Perhaps this should be the first on the list; it often is. The more years that pass, it seems the more I find the Pilgrims in New England, I think it is more than fitting to do so. We still enjoy living in one of the few countries in the world built on the principles of the dignity of man and that guaran- tees all Americans basic free- doms. For all those who help others. From the people in this area who have worked to relocate "boat people" refugees to those who work with local scouting activities and the 4-H club. Without such people the world would be in a lot worse shape. For all those who do their jobs well. Where would we be without the truck drivers, the mill workers, the ministers, the butcher, baker or candlestick maker? As I said before this list is not .the last word on the subject. Maybe you can come up with one of your own as you sit around the food-laden Thanksgiving table. --G.R. Si ns impo A designation that Highway 18 from Bellevue to Grand Ronde Is a "scenic highway" could spell doom for business signs along the road, including Sheridan's two wooden entrance signs. It seems strange to us that this same stretch of highway has also been used as fhe boundary for the "Economically Lagging Area" designation recently approved by the State Economic Development Commission. On the one hand, the State Highway Department could hurt the local economy while on the other hand the State Economic Development Commission is trying to help the area attract new jobs. State lawmakers were invited to a meating Monday in Sheridan to review the problem. Previously county officials had been invited to meet with a group organized by the Musgraves, owners of Wes- tern Deer Park and Arboretum. County sign codes and state regulations, it appears, don't match up. And there is confusion over whtch governmental agency has the final say. One thing is clear, however. The local businesses along the state highway need their signs to attract passing motorists. And Sheridan's entrance signs, a landmark along the highway for many years, should not be removed. If the county and state agencies disagree, they might as well put up another sign on every business: "Closed due to government regulations."--G.R. United Way at 63% United Way of Yamhill County has collected 63% of their $12,48,Sgoal, according to JoAnn Frink, campaign director. A total of $83,327 has been turned in which is $9,000 behind the total of donations recieved at this time last year. This year there are 53 volunteers and loaned executives canvassing the county for donations. Seven of those volunteers have finished their assigned accounts. This year's goal represents an 8% increase over last year. Yamhill County United Way serves seventeen agencies. Allocations are as follows: + Santiam Girl Scount Council ....................................... $9,900 Newberg Human Resource Center ............................. $12,000 Displaced Homemaker & Widowed Services .................. $1,500 Salvation Army ....................................................... $8,000 Willamette Council of Campfire .................................. $9,350 American Red Cross ............................................. $14,630 Makin' It Program. ................................................. $I,000 Brothers of Yamhill County ................................. $250 ""':;: b,,:.. ";" ...... tl. MORE ON PUD It appears to me that PGE's victory cry on the PUD measure, penned by Yamhill County District Managers Roger Meyer (Sheridan) and A.C. Moffat (Newberg), was warranted and justified horn blowing. It is, after all, no small task to persuade people to vote against their own best interest. Sure, money helps in such an undertaking, but let's give credit where credit is due. The simple truth of the matter is that PGE utilized a very effective strategy. Notwithstanding, the implica- tion of the PGE letter to the contrary, the "battle" over the PUD issue has probably not yet been fought. Accordingly, it might be of some interest to your readers to know something about the origin of PGE's strategy. Following the Three Mile Island accident, utilities, reactor manufactures and interested engineering com- panies, formed a "Committee on Energy Awareness." During the summer of 1979, this committee prepared and distributed a detailed manual designed to show utilities and other corporations how to "generate" citizen groups. (Yes--"GENERATE"-- that is the word they use for the creation of supposedly spontane- ous grass-roots citizen groups.) Although the manual focuses on the promotion of nuclear energy, its strategy, (as everyone now knows), works very well in other areas of vital concern to the privately owned utilities. Some quotes from the manual should illustrate the point: "The energy industry is dis- covering that citizens with pro- energy [or anti-PUD] + ffleseages are often more effective spokes- people." "Industries return on a small Investment of supporting citizens' activities can be extremely high." "It is often necessary for the corporate participant to initiate, implement and help sustain citizen action while allowing the groups to develop their own identity. The corporate partici- pant should help provide the humor, Ideas, linkages, resources and a sympathetic shoulder. Done with care, a touch of empathy, and a creative flair, corporate participation can help a citizen group multiply and Influ- ence decision makers." (Voters in this case!) For a job well done, I say hats off to PGE, PPL and the public relations firm they hired (Winner /Wagner and Associates of Los Angeles). For those of us who would like simply to get an engineer's feasiblity study made, they certainly have proven them- selves an able and resourceful opponent with which to reckon!-- Martha G. Barkus, Grand Ronde = FINAL BATTLE? What a proclamation! "Tues- day, Nov. 4, the "final battle of a war was fought." So reads PGE's Sheridan District Manager's Let- ter to the Editor, Nov. 13. Let's remember that this was a first effort experience. Ca n+!t be true that so many people, who experienced such a near PUD victory, will simply give up? Or could it be, instead, that Mr. Meyer's "final battle" proclama- tion is simply wishful thinking on behalf of PGE?--Jessle Clements Willamina @ Continued from #age 1 any money or people to do the work because of budget cuts. The problem stems from an October commissioners ruling that 52 brigdes scattered throughout the county must have load limits reduced. This action came in the wake of an inspection of county bridges by the Highway Bridge Repalcement (HBR) pro- gram. County surveyor Ralph Blan- chard explained to commissioners at the time of the order lowering the limits that the old off threemiles down the road at the intersection of Doane Creek Road and Sawtell Road, but if children are notwaiting when the bus comes by, the driver does not wait. This causes problems because the children could end up hiking back home after waiting for a bygone bus. "We can't carpool because of the split-shift at school," Mes- saris laments. "What the hell are we paying taxes for. The people out here are ready to secede from the county and build the damn bridge ourselves." One :lent, Continued from Page 1 and unfortunately a continuation of high unemployment levels. It is almost a certainty that Yamhlll County's unemployment level will remain well above the 1979 level and will most likely top the 1980 level throughout 1981. It is difficult for some people to feel very optimistic during times like these, but Yamhill County had listed the mobile home Industry as one of its growth industries. What of the future? Within the next two or three this stry will seen in Sen,a ,.= By Jack Zlmmermsn Associated Oregon Indul With convocation of the Oregon Assembly barely than a short six weeks seasoned Salem watchers eyeing two pre-session with more than passing One involves Gov. Vic biennial budget proposals other is the likely new power bloc in the Senate. The gubernatorial course, is the blueprint lawmakers use in requirements for their responsibilities--raising and spending same. That mean that they just rubber the Governor's budget. estimates of agency needs collective ,Jpinions of writers, based on agency and revenue estimates. subject to change and his proposed budget challenged during the process. Governor's budgets are tionally announced well vance of the beginning legislative session and proposal likely will be public in early December. The other develo remain speculative until kers actually convene and even become apparent suspected development has operating for weeks or couple of months. This speculative concerns the potential for Senators to+ flex muscle been traditionally bound by leadership in that chamber. Specifically this involves about nine Democrats with liberal --abetted by two or three similar persuasions from and Eugene. Speculation about possibility arises because election of Sen. Fred (D-Klamath Falls) to four-time Pres. Jason leader of the Senate. not to run for re-election Senate seat and ran fully Instead for State Heard began his quest to be successor during the 1979 tive session and achieved Illl when Senate Democrats two days after the election. The uninitiated might why the speculation that liberals may achieve new under Heard, a rural that they didn't enjoy Boe--also necessarily philosophies of these two duals as much as it horse trading Heard maY had to Indulge to get a maj( his Democrat peers to presidency. Legislative leaders cornl bargain their way to bestowing other powers porters. And those other often committee