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Novembe ,,,.sun w,,n,,., PINION , ;T: Let's share our blessings today It isn't difficult to come up with a list of things to be thankful for. Good health, family, friends, a job, the Blazers all come readily to mind. And it's just as easy to come up with ways we can help those who are less fortunate this Thanks- giving Day. We can: --Donate some food or money to the West Valley Food Bank. ---Clean out our closets and turn over those unused clothes to the community self-help pro- grams runby our local schools and the 7th Day Adventist Church. --Write a check to United Way. The money will be used for some mighty good programs like Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Henderson House, a center for abused women. --Give up just one meal during the holiday season and donate that money to the Sheridan Information and Referral Center. It will be used to make sure the local needy have enough medicine or a warm blanket during the winter. ---Stuff a few bucks in that envelope from PGE or Northwest Natural Gas to help someone less fortunate buy enough heating fuel. If you'd rather, drop off a cord of wood to one of the local service dubs for a needy family. --_Make sure you take at least one tag off the Pree of Giving" in Sheridan and Willamina this holiday season. Those presents you give may be the only ones these youngsters receive this year. It's long overdue U.S. Forest Service chief Dale Robertson de- serves a pat on the back. After seeing his agency spend up to $150 million a yeiar defending timber sales, Robertson said last week he plans to overhaul the process by which the public may lodge appeals. Hallelujah! How bad has the appeal process become? Ro- bertson told a Senate subcommittee: "We may have a timber sale that's 99.9 percent perfect. There's one little point we're weak on--that's what we get nailed on." The nearly 1,400 appeals filed last year tied up 1.8 billion board feet of timber sales--enough to keep dozens of mills operating in the Northwest. The appeals process is clearly being abused-- only six out of every 100 appeals are upheld. Still, environmentalists defend them, claiming they are needed to prevent overcutting of national forests and mismanagement by the Forest Ser- vice. Fortunately, Rebertson's request for a new appeals process seems to have been well received. We urge Sens. Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood to support his proposal: The needed changes in the appeals process won't solve all the problems of the timber industry. Spotted owl habitat and log export issues still need to be resolved, but at least some appeals lawyers will be packing their bags.--G./L Other s say'. Blame Greenspan Alan Greenspan might be robbing you without your knowing it. He is the FFdeml Reserve Board chairman who had decided to reduce interest rates to warm up the economy. A result is that banks and savings institutions immediately reduce interest paid on savings proportionmly. If the Fed's funds rate drops from 9.75 in 1989 to a current 5.25 percent, them is no choice by the banks but to drop the amount paid to people who have stashed a little money away. What's wrong is that we live with a constant thing called "inflation" that Alan Greenspan can't control with a simple annonncemenL The loaf of bread or bag of groceries you bought for one price last year has gone up 5 percent this year. But the bank that used to pay 6 percent interest on your savings now has to cut it to 4 percent. What this means is that you are actually losing money on savings, because next year the principal, plus interest, will buy less than the principal alone would buy this year. That is not a good thing in a country where the economists tell us one of the nation's serious problems is that the people aren't saving enough. It doesn't mean people should just stash the money under the mattress, because then in a year's time it would have deteriorated in value by the whole amount of inflation. More likely the investors will look for places to put it where the return will exceed the inflation rate, and that isn't in low-interest savings. THE 0 The Hood River News [ SUN_ George Robertson EDITOR and PUBUsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second dass 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, S6ciety 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, Re. Box 68, Sheddan, OR 97378. I I I Homespun Humor Aren't there cookies in Pitt By Linda Fink Living here in rural Oregon, I tend to think of places "back East" as cosmopolitan and sophisticated. Although I've never been to Pitts- burgh, the city in Pennsylvania where our son Steve's college is located, I imagine it to be a big city, full of big city conveniences. Imagine my surprise to learn that Pittsburgh is apparently lacking in a good many common commodities. Cookies, for instance. Steve called and begged us to please send cook- ies, ASAP. Also lip balm. His lips were drying out, cracking and fall- ing off. And a stapler. He and his roommate were both in dire need of a stapler. When I went to college in Illinois, the campus community had stores where students could buy things like cookies, lip balm and staplers. Surely things could not be that different in Pennsylvania? "Everything's miles away, Mom. Really. I don't have time to chase around trying to find things." And so, since school began in late August, I have mailed raingear, string, watch batteries, watches, ping pong paddles and balls, magazines, trumpet mouthpieces, lip balm, a stapler and lots of cookies. Among other things. The U.S. Postal Service would be money ahead to give deserving students scholarships to far away colleges. The local post office would make the money back many times over in four years of care packages from home. It doesn't seem to matter if the college is back East or in Oregon. It's where the parents are that counts. Years ago a Chicago friend, who was in her 20's at the time, stayed with us here in Oregon for half a year or so. Arleen's mother in Chicago was convinced that Oregon was a wild frontier. She sent her daughter everything imaginable, including bread. Even when the other items slowed to a trickle, the bread kept coming.., every week. Arleen's mother never did believe that bread was available in Oregon. Since she made delicious bread, I suspect Arleen never bothered to tell her otherwise. I know I never did. "Thank you so much for the bread; it's delicious," we would say when she called. "No, not much wheat is grown here. Mostly trees. Big trees that harbor bears and other wild, voracious animals. It's tough to get past them to go to a store. Sometimes we throw them stale bread crusts just to keep their jaws busy while we dash past." Hey, if people in Chicago want to believe Oregon is a wild and dan- gerous place, who am I to dissuade them? Maybe Pittsburgh is a wild and dangerous place and Steve doesn't want m dash past the muggers and druggies to go buy cookies and lip balm. He hasn't told me this because he doesn't want me to worry. Yes, that's it. And muggers and druggies hang out near the mail boxes at Carnegie Mellon too, because Steve, in his first year away from home, never writes. Of course I realize that when he needs cook- ies, he needs them NOW. A phone call is barely adequate. A letter would be no use at all, even if it were safe to mail one. How strange that Steve is able to attend movies at midnight and do other late night things without wor- rying about muggers. And strange that the university doesn't safe and easy for kids to home. They certainly make for them to call home, phones in every room. If I to Pittsburgh, I'm j problem to the attention Carnegie Mellon along with my phone bill. Truthfully, now, I don't sending Steve packages talk to him, and I'm not worried about his safety. it curious that so much more readily Oregon than in burgh. At times I wonder money, rather than things, available in Oregon. As money. Ah, but forgive my thoughts. Kids who attend close enough to come homo ends do so to see their parents, not to gather up cookies, lip balm and they need and take them school, right? Well, can't a mother Linda Fink is a Grand resident and raises goats. LETTERS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED The Sheridan Senior Mealsite needs volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to our home-bound seni- ors. At this time, I need a volunteer to deliver meals on Fridays to Wdla- mina. We also need volunteers to deliver meals when our drivers are ill or on vacation. Last week one of my volunteers delivered meals four days in a row. If you can help deliver meals we would appreciate it. Please call Rita Taylor at home, 843-3165 or 876- 4872. To all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this pro- gram possible: Thank you! Them is no way I can do it without you. The Senior Service Agency depends on yOU, Our volunl..r3. This program is needed to serve hot meals to our seniors who are disabled and cannot cook for them- selves and/or have no means of transportation. Hot meals are served at noon, 5 days a week at the American Legion Hall for Seniors. For many of these seniors, this is where they meet and visit and enjoy a hot meal. Rita Taylor, Sheridan Mealsite Coordinator BUCK HOLLOW DAM OPPOSED Outside of the personal reasons local people have for not building Buck Hollow dam we shodd be focusing our attention on tmader issues. We should be concentrating our energies on not using as much water in the first place instead of trying to increase our water supply endlessly. One very effective way to do this is to install organic toilets in the homes and businesses in the West Valley. Even if the government pur- chased and installed them the price would be far less than the cost of constructing a huge dam. Both the financial and environ- mental costs would be much less and the benefits would be tremen- dous. Immediately, in the local area, the river flow is increased and the water quality is improved. The need for building new sewage treatment plants is avoided, homeowners would have reduced water bills, natural fish runs are left intact and could increa. There is also a host of subtle and soul-satisfying consid- erations for everyone else. Since dams have a limited life- span,'as we are finding out in other parts of the country, let's skip that step and all the attendant destruc- tion and go on to what we really need to do and reduce our consump- tion of water. Let's keep the unique- hess that is Oregon for all to enjoy. Oregon has been a leader in envir- onmental issues before, and I believe we can and should do it again. Margaret Sanc Willamina We welcome letters to the editor. Please make sure they are signed and no longer than 300 word& Deadline for letters Is 5 p.m. Friday prior to publication. IF YOU REALLY . LIKE THE GUY, WHY DON'T" 00f'OU COOK 00I-IA00KSGIVtN00 DINNER ANI> INVITE HIM OVER.00 I WANTA ----- NOT A 00ugpeg Oregon's new forestry I to force sweeping chang By Jim Sellers What if people in Oregon's larg- est industry looked at their work through the eyes of the public?. What if they sought out public opinion, spoke with opinion leaders, talked with wildlife biologists and worked with lawmakers in both part0000 The result would look like the new amendments to Oregon's forest practices laws, which just went into effect across the state. "I've worked in this industry for more than 40 years and I've seldom seen anything to rival this change," said Oregon Forest Industries Coun- cil Chairman John Hampton of Portland who operates mills in the West Valley. Gov. Barbara Roberts called the new rules "a major new chapter in the evolution of Oregon's Forest Practices Act," one which "demon- strates that working together we can meet the needs of both the economy and the environmenL" Oregon legislators approved the new rules, governing more than 11 million acres of private and. state- owned forestlands, on a vote of 81-1. The scope of the new law might suggest that it came from an aggres- sive government agency or from environmental activists. Surprise: It was drafted by professional foresters who work for the companies that will now be more closely regulated. '.The new regulation includes: More protections for fish, which already received protection along 12,000 miles of Oregon Rules requiNdng loggers to leave more habitat--green trees, snags, downed logs,--for non-game wild- life. Reforestation requirements that not only require more seedlings to be planted faster, but also that the seedlings become a healthy young forest. New authority for the state forester to regulate logging and reforestation along 29 scenic high- ways to ensure that motorists see more green. For the fu'st time, limits on the size of logging units. In addition, an expanse of trees the length of a football field must be left between operations, and cannot be harvested until the new seedlings adjacent have been in the ground four years. LEERS TREE OF GIVING It's that wonderful time of the year. Giving, receiving, visiting those dear. What greater feeling could there be, than getting a name from our tree. The name is a child who lives in our town. A gift you buy turns a smile from a frown. Sometimes your gift is the only one they see. You can help make this year the best it can be. $o get a name from that tree. Buy something special, that's the key. You'll feel great, that we know. Those children's faces, they almost glow! Where: First Federal Savings and Loan (Sheridan) When: Dec. 2-20 The new rules come o those already found in oldest forest practices the Oregon Legislature 1971. Besides doing a bvtl meeting public will slow down the rate harvest on private and forestlands. New regulation will bly also cost more moeeY. State forestry officials enforcement would cost $3.5 million, of which tl will pay 40 percent. In addition, forest panics will face added For example, one mated an increase of per acre for logging. THANK On behalf of the tian Women's I flmnk the foe ous donations of ( November Guest Night: Ted Mayfield at SkY Pacific Parachute Auto Pans, Pine Tree M Ranch; Sheridan Drugs, nings, Carol Neal Blessings and Robert The many door the enjoyment of the nearly 240 who Patricia A. i l