Sherman County eNews #26


  1. Sherman County Driver Education Application
  2. HAVEN & the Teen Theater Troupe, Feb. 12
  3. ODOT I-84 Tanner Creek Bridge Repair February to July 2016
  4. Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 2016 Legislative Session Preview
  5. Commentary: What are elections for?
  6. Links

1. Sherman County Driver Education Application


It is that time of year to get ready for Driver Education!!! Forms and information can be found on: Click on Government then go to Driver Education. The forms: Driver Education Application and Driver Education Course Agreement. Fill out forms and with the fee, bring to the Sherman County Court House and/or to the Office at the Sherman County Jr/Sr High School. Forms will be at the School Office January 29th if you want to pick up one then. If you have any questions please call. ~ Paula King Sherman County Driver Education Coordinator/Instructor 541-333-2735

2. HAVEN & the Teen Theater Troupe, Feb. 12


HAVEN’s 3rd Annual Healthy Teen Relationship Summit


Join HAVEN and the Teen Theater Troupe to engage your community in having healthy and safe relationships! Learn more about what you can do to prevent Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in your community!


SUMMIT: 8:15AM-2:30PM


Register Now! – or call/text Taylor at 541-980-1128

Shandie Johnson

Sherman County Prevention Coordinator


3. ODOT I-84 Tanner Creek Bridge Repair February to July 2016

4. Sen. Ted Ferrioli: 2016 Legislative Session Preview           



As I recall, Oregonians were sold on the idea of annual meetings with the promise that the “short” session would focus on balancing the budget, making small legislative “fixes,” often referred to as “housekeeping measures,” and responding to emergencies that need immediate attention from the Legislature.

I’m sorry to report that the “short session” has become little more than a setting for the Majority Party to pursue an over-reaching agenda of tax increases, regulation, and ideological issues dear to the Progressives who rule Portland and to a great extent, the rest of Oregon.

Democrats have proposed an increase in the minimum wage from the current level of $9.25 to as much as $15.00 per hour in the Metro area, and $13.50 elsewhere in Oregon. This proposal comes on the heels of mandatory paid sick leave, and together they threaten to raise overheads to such a degree that the result will likely be layoffs and business closures across the state.

The minimum wage increase will fall particularly hard on rural communities close to Idaho and Nevada, which have much lower labor costs and much more robust economies. The Governor, Speaker, and Senate President favor this proposal, leaving House and Senate Republicans opposed to the plan and fighting for the survival of small business in Oregon.

Democrats are also proposing a “Cap and Trade” mandate that will raise energy costs for everyone including businesses and families, disproportionately hitting the poor, elderly, school districts and those on fixed incomes.

This concept puts the state government in charge of the fuel and energy costs, unfairly benefits alternative energy suppliers at the expense of consumers and traditional energy businesses, all with little or no measurable effects on carbon emissions, reduction of global warming or reducing the size of Oregon’s miniscule carbon footprint.

In addition to these anti-business measures, Democrats are proposing a mandate for affordable housing that will force construction contractors to build a certain amount of below-cost housing units for people of limited means, to be paid for by higher costs passed on to more traditional home buyers.

Democrats also propose to modify constitutional, voter-approved limitations on property taxes by changing the system from one based on assessed valuation to a system based on floating real market value. The changes would also allow local governments to increase the maximum constitutional caps through a voter-approved local option levy. These changes will raise local property taxes and further increase the cost of housing for Oregon families and fixed-income seniors.

Democrats are also working on a proposal that would remove an individual’s right to buy firearms based on a report that they pose a “danger to themselves or others.” The report can be anonymous and will not be checked for validity or accuracy. A 30 day “hold” will be put on the accused so they would fail firearms background checks. The accused will not be notified of the hold, and would only learn of the restriction if they tried to purchase a firearm. The “hold” could only be removed upon the report of a medical professional refuting the allegations, or by a court order lifting the “hold.” However, a new report could be filed every 30 days.

Oregon has many pressing problems like the unfunded PERS obligations. PERS premiums will increase by as much as 30 percent in 2016-17.

The Oregon Health Plan added more than 250,000 new enrollees since its inception, and health care costs are still spiraling out of control with no plan for sustaining vital programs.

Our schools have become a laughingstock with some of the worst attendance records and lowest graduation rates in the Nation.

Against a backdrop of plunging stock market values, stagnation in major economic sectors and disruptions in our global shipping infrastructure, the Governor has granted generous pay increases to state employees and will likely support massive tax increases to cover burgeoning state expenses.

Worst of all, the “short session” will provide little or no opportunity for citizens to personally engage in issues as public hearings will be limited largely to “invited testimony” and in most cases, held with a one hour notice before action on bills, most of which will have an “emergency clause” that prevents a citizen referral to voters.

I don’t believe most Oregonians envisioned this type of governance when they approved annual session and I don’t believe they support the way public participation is being squelched.

For a look at a much more positive agenda, please check our website.


Senator Ted Ferrioli

900 State Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

5. Commentary: What are elections for?

~ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 22, 2016, by Thomas Sowell

After months of watching all sorts of political polls, we are finally just a few weeks away from actually beginning to see some voting in primary elections. Polls let people vent their emotions. But elections are held to actually accomplish something.


The big question is whether the voters themselves will see elections as very different from polls.


If Republican voters have consistently delivered a message through all the fluctuating polls over the past months, that message is those voters’ anger at the Republican establishment, which has grossly betrayed the promises that got a Republican Congress elected.


Whether the issue has been securing the borders, Obamacare, runaway government spending or innumerable other concerns, Republican candidates have promised to fight the Obama administration’s policies—and then caved when crunch time came for Congress to vote.


The spectacular rise, and persistence, of Republican voter support for Donald Trump in the polls ought to be a wake-up call for the Republican establishment. But smug know-it-alls can be hard to wake up.


Even valid criticisms of Trump can miss the larger point that Republican voters’ turning to such a man is a sign of desperation and a telling indictment of what the Republican establishment has been doing for years—which they show pathetically few signs of changing.


Seldom have the Republicans seemed to have a better chance of winning a presidential election. The Democrats’ front-runner is a former member of an unpopular administration whose record of foreign policy failures as secretary of state is blatant, whose personal charm is minimal and whose personal integrity is under criminal investigation by the FBI.


Meanwhile, the Republicans have fielded a stronger set of presidential aspirants than they have had in years. Yet it is by no means out of the question that the Republicans will manage to blow this year’s opportunity and lose at the polls this November.


In other times, this might just be the Republicans’ political problem. But these are not other times. After seven disastrous years of Barack Obama, at home and overseas, the United States of America may be approaching a point of no return, especially in a new age of a nuclear Iran with long-range missiles.


The next president of the United States will have monumental problems to untangle. The big question is not which party’s candidate wins the election but whether either party will choose a candidate that is up to the job.


That ultimate question is in the hands of Republicans who will soon begin voting in the primaries. Their anger may be justified, but anger is not a sufficient reason for choosing a candidate in a desperate time for the future of this nation. And there is such a thing as a point of no return.


Voters need to consider what elections are for. Elections are not held to allow voters to vent their emotions. They are held to choose who shall hold in their hands the fate of hundreds of millions of Americans today and of generations yet unborn.


Too many nations, in desperate times, especially after the established authorities have discredited themselves and forfeited the trust of the people, have turned to some new and charismatic leader, who ended up turning a dire situation into an utter catastrophe.


The history of the 20th century provides all too many examples, whether on a small scale that led to the massacre in Jonestown in 1978 or the earlier succession of totalitarian movements that took power in Russia in 1917, Italy in 1922 and Germany a decade later.


Eric Hoffer’s shrewd insight into the success of charismatic leaders was that the “quality of ideas seems to play a minor role.” What matters, he pointed out, “is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world.”


Is that the emotional release that Republican voters will be seeking when they begin voting in the primaries? If so, Donald Trump will be their man. But if the sobering realities of life and the need for mature and wise leadership in dangerous times is uppermost in their minds, they will have to look elsewhere.

~ Thomas Sowell is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

6. SAIF Offers Free Agriculture Safety Seminars, Feb. 1-4

SAIF’s annual series of free, ag safety seminars — held all over Oregon — aims to reduce the number of work-related injuries. The next four seminars will be held in The Dalles (Feb. 1 in English; Feb. 2 in Spanish) and Hood River (Feb. 3 in English; Feb. 4 in Spanish). More info at

7. Links


Four Failed Federal Education Reforms

 E-cigarette Ads and Youth | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 Commentary: The Folly of “Taking Back” the West

Federal Land & Data | Bureau of Land Management

Cadastral Survey


Caucus | Definition

The American Thinker

Liberty Unyielding