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There's no room for the homeless If you think the problem of the homeless is just a big city dilemma, think again. Recently, an unemployed man came before the Sheridan city council to protest the city's stated intention of evicting him from a travel trailer in a friend's backyard. He testified that he couldn't find any apartments for rent in the city and without the trailer he would be living under the bridge. , This man's plight has forced the city council to look into the lack of low-cost housing in the city. Currently, it's against the law to live in a travel trailer. The lack of sanitation and potential fire dangers are two of the major reasons cited for the city's restrictions against travel trailers. These reasons seem sound, indeed. Some city councilors have expressed concern about making it any easier for low-income people to live in Sheridan. Housing restrictions, in their opinion, can keep the so-called "rif-raft  from living in the city. At the same time that the city is dealing with the homeless issue, the city council is also consid- ering rules to place manufactured housing (once known as mobile homes) on city lots. It's likely there will be some objections raised about allow- ing such housing next to traditional stick-built homes. In truth, however, the new manufactured homes would be an improvement on some of the older homes in town that seem beyond repair. We think the council will have an easier time with the manufactured housing issue than it will solving the needs of the homeless here. Perhaps that's because the courts and legislators have ruled that cities cannot discriminate against manufactured homes. The homeless, however, don't have well-paid lobbyists working for them. It's a good time to deal with the homeless issue. Remember, there was no room at the inn, either. But we wonder if the city would allow a family with a new. baby to live in a stable.--G.R. Homespun Humor Boxes in attic store family By Linda Fink One week to Christmas and, as usual, I'm not ready. With the children away at college, you'd think I'd have plenty of time to make preparations, but I don't. I have filled the hours with all sorts of activities, the most disruptive of which has been cleaning the attic. It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, so much stuff was stacked at the top of the attic stairs I couldn't even get up there anymore. It seemed sensible to sort, give away and throw away. And it might have been if I hadn't started the project so soon before the holidays. And if the attic were six times smaller with ten times less stuff. Sorting many years of accumu- lated junk must be done with great speed and little deliberation. Once you start reminiscing, you're done for. I whipped through the boxes of bedding, stacks of magazines, and cartons of old craft projects. What a relief to throw out partially finished macramed and crocheted objects that had given me much anguish in the making and were ugly besides. Then I came to the stuffed ani- mals and the project stalled. How could I throw away Kevin's old sock monkey, ripped and shredded though it is? When Kev was a toddler, he dragged Monkey every- where. My eyes fogged over and once again I saw that blond-headed tyke scampering through the house with his monkey in tow. And I certainly couldn't toss Froggie, even though one eye is missing and his green coat is gray with dust. I remember all the times Steve asked me to find Froggie before he would go to bed. I think Kevin used to hide the little stuffed animal from his brother. Or maybe it was Steve just so he could stay up longer. Or maybe it was Kevin's frog and Steve hid it. Hey, I know one of the kids loved that frog and I'm not throwing it away! Then came the toys. The wooden puzzles we built for the kids when they were little. The toy chest Johnny made (and the kids carved graffiti on). Memories came flood ing back and progress ended. I must finish the project--we can't wrap packages until I liberate the wrapping paper or trim the tree until I clear a path to the decora- tions. Maybe I'll work on the newer accumulations. It shouldn't be so difficult to throw away wires and switches and pieces of radios and stereos that mark the boys' older years. Although it could be danger- ous. There are bottles of suspicious looking powders. And sharp objects. Memories of the teen years include chemistry projects gone awry and my terror that the kids would blow themselves up before they could grow up. Better to wait until the boys come home and let them help. (LET them? Oh I am funny, aren't I?) Another problem with this attic cleaning is that the cleaner the attic the messier my writing room. Since I feel guilty stashing the happy memories in the rest of the house, I've been relocating them into cor- ners of my writing room until the Portland may foot bill for cutbacks in timber harvests Portland-area taxpayers may wind up footing the tax bill for severe reductions in rural Oregon's timber economy. And they will probably be surprised when they do. That is a conclusion of Jim Rein- muth, dean of the University of Oregon College of Business Admin- istration in Eugene. "I don't think people understand very much about the nature of the forest products industry and how it impacts the economy," Reinmuth says. "It is not clear to me that people understand that wood houses come from forests, Further, it isn't clear to me that when people see a pile of 2x4s at Fred Meyer that they associ- ate them with trees." If it is unclear that many con- sumer products come fi'om wood, it is presumably even more surprising that more Oregon county- government revenues come from timber taxes than from property taxes. Consider the numbers for fiscal 1989-90: Timber taxes produced $238.8 million in county revenues, or nearly $4 million more than the $234.4 million raised by property taxes. "An overwhelming portion of these timber revenues support schools, road improvements and law enforcement," Reinmuth adds. "Decimating county budgets would create an even more signifi- cant problem in Salem if we expect the state to bail out these counties and school districts for the funds they would be losing," he says. In Douglas County, for example, Reinmuth says property taxes would have to rise so much to offset timber-revenue losses that they would exceed the Measure 5 tax limitation. "People in the Portland area think they are totally immune from the issue of timber receipts, but they aren't. If the state is responsible for maintaining schools, and if a reduc- tion in timber receipts pulls receipts out of school budgets in Lane, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties, then the state will be required by law to make up those lost revenues. "Since most of the people live in the greater Portland area," Rein- muth continues, "they will bear the burden of paying for schools in this part of the state." The amount of that burden would depend on how severely timber harvests, which produce timber taxes, are cut back. A total loss of timber revenues would cost 19 of Oregon's 36 county governments at least half of their budgets, according to Associa- tion of Oregon Counties data. Reinmuth also points to wood's environmental superiority. And he says we ought to harvest wood at home where harvest practices are environmentally sound rather than contribute to third-world deforesta- tion. "Unless we assume some respon- sibility for the effect of what's happening outside this country when we tie up this country's well-managed forests, we're being irresponsible," he says, "We need to remember that Northwest forests in particular are the best-managed forests in the world, and that we replant by a multiplier of five to one for every tree harvested." I George Robertson EDITOR end PUBUsHER 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, Willamtna and Grand Ronda 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. attic is dust free and ready reoccupied. I'm now and must jump from the across the boxes to my desk. I would flunk a course on organized. In all fairness to myself, I hauled a carload of attic load of attic junk to the dump. bad that was such a small tage of the total attic contents, But eventually I WILL sorting. And I have great that there will be plenty the attic for all remaining tions, old tax returns, extra and memories, neatly arranged I have learned two lessons this experience. One: don't cleaning the attic just mas. Two: when you find dusting off memories, keep happy ones and throw the out. (After researching the of the nearest hazardous waste  posal site.) Linda Fink writes and her home in Grand Ronde. A PRAYER FOR PEARL HARBOR Instead of reciting what I was doing at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, I thought it would he more appropriate to say this prayer which I wrote that morning. Dear Lord: On this day, Dec. 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor day, we wish to say a special prayer for all the dedicated service- men who gave their lives for us and our country. To all of the surviving families and to the living veterans who were maimed and crippled for life, we give a special thanks to you for your bravery and dedication in fighting for us and saving our United States of America. Amen. Roseada Smaii, Sheridan VOTE URGED ON LANDFILL EXPANSION For the past several months, the Yamhill County Board of Commis- sioners has been forming a 30-year solid waste management plan. The cornerstone of this plan is to allow Riverbend "Landfill to expand from a local county dump to a major regional landfill with a 30-year capacity to dispose of garbage from any county, state and country. Recently, Riverbend Landfill Co. merged with Sanifill, Inc., a Texas- based, multi-state garbage burying business. Riverbend is franchised by Yamhill County to dispose of local garbage and is now applying to Oregon Department of Environmen- tal Quality (DEQ) for a regional operator's permit. If DEQ approves this application, Yamhill County government will lose control of the amount of garbage imported, and the citizens of the county will be exposed to tremendous health, environmental and economic liabil- ities. Currently, the river and groundwater are at considerable risk of being contaminated by toxic lea- chate generated by the dump. The nauseous odor has already damaged the air quality in the vicinity. And, as the garbage piles up over the next 30 years, downwind residents of McMinnville will eventually be affected. (Riverbend also owns 93.5 acres adjacent to the present dump and 62 acres directly across the river.) Hosting a regional landfill is a major land-use decision that should include public hearings, impact studies and a county-wide vote for approval. However, our commis- sioners have repeatedly ignored legitimate public pressure to limit importation of out-of-county gar- bage and have denied requests for a democratic process in the decision to expand the landfill to a regional capacity. Unlike our local county govern- ment, Oregon DEQ does recognize our genuine concerns and involve- ment, and will provide a public hearing before Riverbend's permit, which expires Jan. 30, 1992, is renewed as a regional landfill. Watch for the time and place of this hearing. A county solid waste manage- ment plan that endorses a 30-year regional garbage dump on 100 acres of prime farmland excavated 40 feet deep and mounded 130 feet above Holiday singers Stephanle Smith, Rebecca Nixon, Anna Leno and Shawnee Thompson, members of the High School choir, sing during a performance at Chapman Grade School last week. members are available for home performances this weekend. Call the high school at 843-2162, ground level on the flood plain of a river is grossly irresponsible and amounts to an environmental disas- ter. The landfill operator is the only beneficiary of such a plan. At an Oct. 16 information meet- ing, a Riverbend official stated that if service is restricted to Yamhill County exclusively, our household rates for one can per week would increase $45 a year. That would be 87 cents a week well spent and a small price to pay for a county landfill under local control. The citizens of Yamhill County should demand a vote on an issue of this magnitude. Michael R. Westphal, McMinnville LIBRARY IMPROVES If you haven't noticed lately (maybe you should), look at some of the good things that have been happening to our City Library as of late. Under the able and energetic direction of Toni Rose, a lot of good things have been happening. The activity and use of the library has increased since Toni took over and I think a lot of this credit should be laid at the doorstep of one person, namely our Librarian, Toni Rose. Toni with her assistant, Mrs. Kathy 'Henderson, has taken her management skills into the arena of our local bookshelves and made something happen. The library is now a friendly place to visit and Toni has made you feel that she is there to help. And help she does. This is reflected in the dramatic increase in the circulation of our books, periodicals, tapes and etc. To give you an example of the increased activity in our library, I would like to compare the August 1990 figures (1,689 books checked ou0 to August 1991 (2,490 books checked out). Some other accomplishments include a Spanish to Literacy pro- gram, arrangement of bookshelves to control mischief corners, the acquisition of a new Macintosh computer, proposals for new restrooms, the fixing of the roof, a current attack on the termite prob- lem and a working volunteer pro- gram. Assisted by board chairman JOYC e Sheriff's reports Sheriff's Reports Grand Ronde Dec. 6:22721 Spirit Mountain Rd., report of violation of restraining order. Dec. 7:48480 SW Hebo Rd. Report of possible burglary. Unable to locate. Rural Willamina Dec. 7: Highway 188 at Houser Road. Assist motorist out of gas. Dec. 7:21955 McKibben Rd. Assist state police at motor vehicle accident. Dec.' 10:22601 Willamina Creek Rd. Assist Willamina police. Willamina Dec. 7: Hill Street deadend, suspicious vehicle. Rural Sheridan Dec. 6: West Valley Farmers mill. Auto parts found along railroad tracks. Dec. 6:32345 Savage Rd. Suspicious circumstances. Dec. 6: Richard Meyer Fogle, 35, 22659 Houser Rd., charged with giving false name to a police officer, failure to display a driver's license. Arrested and lodged in Yamhill County jail, $3,500 bail. Dec. 7:19940 SW Rock Creek Rd. Report of trespasser. Dec. 11:9320 Steel Bridge Rd. Assist Polk County at scene of domestic dis- pute. Dec. 11:27901 Beawr Creek Rd. Juvenile male charged with menacing, cam/ing weapon with intent to use. Cited and released. Sheridan City Dec. 5:123 NW Gardner St. Suspi- cious person. Dec. 7:135 S. Bridge St. Found proper- ty. Dec. 8: Sheridan substation. Assist woman seeking emergency shelter. Dec 8:243 NW Lincoln St. Assist person locked out of car. Dec. 9: South Bridge Street at SE Sheridan Road. Traffic control at scene of Shipman and ieu, Fern Eberhardt, Sharon Jim Thompson, Toni Rose author of this article, the obtaining its objective to viable entity in the Cit Why don't you try a visit to library--it's a nice ex Bob Sheridan City utility pole fire. Dec. 9:737 NE Center St. stray dogs. Dec. 10: E. Main Street at Drive. Investigate non-inlury Heather C. Hill, 16,929 E for driving without insurance, yield right-of-way. Dec. 10:617 SW Monroe St. disturbance. Dec. 10:135 S. Bridge St, hit-and-run. Handled by civil raise. Dec. 10:44 SE Edison St. vandalism. Garage door Police reports Dec. 1: Brian Dean Morris, 30, NE 85th Dr., Vancouver, Wash., speeding. Dec. 2: Assist Yamhill Dec. 2: Bruce Elkhorn Dr., SE, Salem, cited for ing. Dec. 2: Cherry merit. Dec. 2: Cherry Street, repod glary. Dec. 3: Willamina Drive, dog Dec. 3: Roy Edward Durham, SW Dent Rd., cited for speeding, without insurance. Dec. 4: Willamina High SchoOl, of reckless driver. Dec. 4: SE Adams Street, dog plaint. Dec. 4: SW Hill Drive, dog Dec. 4: NE Fourth Place, criminal mischief. Dec. 5:112 W. Main, report ter. Dec. 5: Highway investigate motor vehicle Dec. 10: Investigate report abuse.