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2 The Sun, Wednesday, December 30, 2009 [' In Other Words Welc 'twen I was cruising the web looking for Something to write about 2010, I considered writing about 2010: The Year We Make Contact," a 1984 movie that flopped, I found out that Nostradamus may have predicted a comet is going to collide with Earth between 2010 and 2012. I also read an interesting dialogue on how to say, "2010." Is it "two thousand ten" or "twenty ten?'; I guess it's up to you. Then I found this, and felt it was worth sharing: Clinton Vining A Year of Time... Steven B. Cloud, - Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2 "...Though even thinking on'the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea---especially at the beginning of a new year. "As we look into 2010 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 sec- onds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life. "The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak--every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day. "Another important thing about time is that you cannot stopit. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on. "And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yes- terday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year s block of time, but we real y have no guarantee that we will experience any of it. "Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stew- ards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God. "The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the win- dow, or will you make every minute count?" We at The Sun wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Be safe. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 230 Dirksen Senate Office Build- ing Washington, DC 20510. Phone 202-224-5244 U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, B40B Dirksen Senate Office Build- ing, Washington, DC 20510. Phone 202-224-3753 U.S. Rep. David Wu - Oregon-lst Dist., 2338 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone 202-225-0855 District Office: 620 SW Main Street, Suite 606, Portland, OR 97205. Phone 503-326-2901 or 1-800-422-4003. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon-5th Dist., 1419 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515-3705 Phone: 202- 225-5711 Governor Ted Kulongoski, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Phone: Governor's Citizens' Representative Message Line 503-378-4582. Sen. Brian Boquist - Dist. 12; 900 Court St NE, S-305, Salem, OR 97301. Phone 503-986-1712 E-mail: sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us Rep. Jim Thompson - Dist. 23; 900 Court St. NE, H-388, Salem, OR 97301. Phone 503-986-1423. E-mail: rep.JimThompson@state.or.us Rep. Jim Weidner - Dist. 24; 900 Court St. NE, H-387, Salem, OR 97301. Phone 503-986-1424. E-mail: rep.jimweid ner@state.or.us. Oregon Legislative Information and Citizen Access: Phone 1-800-332-2313. Yamhill County Commissioners: Kathy George, Leslie Lewis, Mary Stern, Yamhill County Courthouse, 535 NE 'Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 503-434-7501. Polk County Commissioners: Ron Dodge, Tom Richey, Mike Propes. Polk County Courthouse, Dallas, OR 97338- 3174. Phone 503-623-8173. The S ___=..~___ ~ = Postal # ~_ o~='pA ' 493-940 Clinton Vining EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Periodicals postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATE (one year): $29 in Yamhill/Polk County. $39 out of area. Payment must be received by noon Friday for subscription to start with the following Wednesday's edition. DEADLINES: Letters to the editor, society and church news, press releases, general -- Noon Friday. Legal notices, display -- 5 p.m. Friday. Classif.ied display -- Noon Monday: Classified ads--5 p.m. Monday. Phone: (503)843-2312. Fax: (503)843- 3830. E-mail: news@sheridansun.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR. 97378. / By Steph Larsen vide jobs and generate tax introduce yourself to someone tween visits to the store. Guest Columnist revenue. Without a local gro- new in town, or catch tip on lo- There are times when I csry, the revenue that our cal happenings with the cash- worry about nothaving access A small grocery ,store an- food purchases generate go ier. to'quality produce, or that the chors one end of Main Street elsewhere. Not all small towns are as grocery distributor will some- in the town the Center for Ru- Having a grocer,) store also lucky as we are. The lack of a day choosenot to deliver to my ral Affairs calls home. helps attract new residentA to a grocery store means residents town's store. But for now, I" If you live in a rural corn- town. Similar to a school, apost have less access to healthy choose to support my commu- - munity, you understand that our office, restaurants and fresh- fruits and vegetables, nity by shopping locally. ~, grocery store is arguably one of churches, a grocery store makes and the elderly and others the most important businesses a community a more attractive without reliable transportation Steph Larsen works for The. I in town. Our store means more place to live. " Will tend to buy their food at Center for Rural Affairs, which than just ready access to healthy Grocery stores can also be convenience stores with more was established in 1973 as an food. socialplaceswhereyounminto limited selections or go for unaffiliated nonprofit corpora- Rural grocery stores pro- neighbors in the produce aisle, longer periods of time be, tion. By Karla Kay Edwards system, but all failed. Efforts to egon legislators passed House under current regulations, if a Guest Columnist secure reforms in the legislature Bill 2229, which allows (but parcel consists of merely 51% did provide some modest does not require) counties to ofsoil in those classes, thenthe Oregon's land use regula- changes, but the overall rural reassess their very restrictive entire parcel is considered tory system was established zoning system is still in place, rural land zoning and bring farmland. An 80-acre parcel under Senate Bill 100 in 1973, Then, in 2000, a new ap-some flexibility to land uses, could consist of only 41 acres and the land use Goals of the proach was used. Measure 7 primarily by allowing more of so-called farmable land. Land Conservation and Devel- was placed on the ballotland divisions and rural dwell- What can be done with the opment Commission (LCDC) amending the constitution to ings. other non-farmable 39 acres? were adopted in 1975. Under require just compensation for This would increase prop- This regulation should be re- the land use system, LCDC landowners who lost property erty tax revenues and provide visedto allow more uses onthe forced counties to zone over value due to downzoning of much-needed economic ben- 39 acres that are unproductive, 96% ofall rural land in the state their property after they ac- efits for counties, without any such as allowing a home for a into highly restrictive "farm" quired it. This measure passed adverse impacts on farm and family member or to sell the and "forest" zones, without re- but was ruled unconstitutional forest operations, home on its own parcel. gard to farm and forest produc- by the Oregon Supreme Court But Counties still will have House Bill 2229 includes tivity, economics or the prop- for technical reasons. So, in to comply with land use laws some overarching principles erty rights of the landowners. 2004 Measure 37, a statutory and LCDC Goals and rules, that provide justification for Basically, it was zoning to pro- approach, was introduced and which will be barriers to modifying state policies, in- vide open space. This zoning is passed. It, too, required all lev- change. This is where addi- cluding sustaining "a prosper- still in place, els of government to compen- tional work needs to be done to ous economy" and equitably For example, about 16 mil- sate landowners for lost prop- allow counties to secure signifi- allocating "the benefits and lion acres are zonedinto hi~_ly erty value due to zoning re- cant benefits from the process, burdens of land use planning." restrictive "Exclusive Farm strictions imposed after they Some Goals and rules need to Despite the bamers to secur- Use" zones; but less than 5 mil- acquired their propel-ty or to be revised to allow more flex, ing rural land use reforms un- lion acres are farmable, and waive the restrictions, ibility, der House Bill 2229, landown- only 2.8 million acres are pro- Most recently, the state leg- One area that needs to be ad- ers should actively urge county ducing agricultural crops. The islature drafted and enacted dressed is criteria for designat- commissioners and planning remaining 11 to 13 million Measure 49, which was re- ing agriculturalland. Currently, commissions to take advantage acres are generally unsuitable ferred to and passedby Oregon lands that have a soil classifi- of the process. Counties that for farmingand useful only for voters. Unfortunately, Measure cation of I-IV in western Or- choose reform can reveal the grazing at best. CJrazing gener- 49 took away much of the re- egon and I-VI in eastern Or- extent of rural land miszoning ally provides a very low return lief Measure 37 provided for egon (as defined by the USDA and reduce barriers to sensible on aper-acre basis. Much acre- landowners. Natural Resources Conserva- land use. age within the 9 million acres This 36-year history of over- tion Service) are to be desig- zoned "forest" is also nonpro- regulation, unsuccessful reform nated "agricultural land." Karla Kay Edwards is Ru- ductive or low:productive, efforts and measures being This should be revised for ral Policy Analyst at Cascade Worse yet, over the years, the passed and then challenged, the following reasons. Much of Policy Institute, Oregon's free state legislature and LCDC overturned or decimated has this land has little or no value market public policy research forced counties to impose more frustrated landowners. It is very for agriculture. There are many organization. She has heldpo- and more reslrictions on dwell- difficult to bring about broad, factors other than soil quality sitions of leadership innamer- ings, land divisions and other sweeping changes to land use that should be considered in ous organizations focusing on uses.- laws in the current political cli- designating agricultural land, agricultural and rural indus- Since the passage of Senate mate. such as water for irrigation, tries and issues, including the Bill 100, three initiative mea- But now there may be an op- weather and infrastructure. Fresno (California) Farm Bu- sures (in 1976, 1978 and 1982) portunity to make some There is much variation in ag- reau, Washington Cattlemen's were launched to overturn the changes on a county-by-county ricultural capability of rural Association and the Oregon statewide land use planning, basis. In the 2009 session, Or- land throughout the state. Also, Department of Agriculture. i