- Sherman Basketball Schedule Update
- Husky Hygiene Hustle at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School, Feb. 5
- Democrat Debate and Town Hall Meetings, Feb. 3, 4, 11 & March 9
- Republican Debate Schedule
- Commentary: The Government Keeps the Rural West Going
1. Sherman Basketball Schedule Update, Feb. 6
~ Audrey Rooney, Sherman County School District
This Saturday, February 6th the Girls JV will start at 2:00 (2 quarter game only), Boys JV will start @ 3:00 (2 quarter game only), Girls Varsity @ 4:00, Boys Varsity @ 5:30 vs. Spray/Mitchell in Spray. Our depart time is still at 10:45am from SJSHS.
2. Husky Hygiene Hustle at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School, Feb. 5
-Meghan Belshe, ASB Secretary
It is again the battle of the classes as each class competes to bring in the most hygiene items to be awarded class points as well as earn a root beer float party if their class wins. With all of the excitement going on here at school, we would like to extend our welcome out to all of our community members! There will be a table for community members to donate their spare, unused hygiene items set up in the gym lobby as our basketball teams take on South Wasco County on Friday, February 5. We accept anything, small or large, and will be taking everything that we receive to the Sherman County Food Bank. We hope to see everyone on Friday!
3. Democrat Debate and Town Hall Schedule Feb. 3, 4, 11 & March 9
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 CNN New Hampshire Democratic Town Hall 8pm ET (7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT) Live Stream: CNN.com Aired On: CNN Location: Derry, NH Sponsors: CNN Moderator: Anderson Cooper Candidates: Clinton, Sanders Notes: This is a town hall event, not an officially sanctioned debate. Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-democratic-primary-debate-schedule/#07JgllVMlGik6L8r.99
Thursday, February 4, 2016 MSNBC Democratic Debate 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT) Live Stream: MSNBC.com Aired On: MSNBC Location: University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH Sponsors: MSNBC Moderators: Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow Candidates: Clinton, Sanders Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-democratic-primary-debate-schedule/#07JgllVMlGik6L8r.99
Thursday, February 11, 2016 PBS Democratic Primary Debate 9pm ET (8pm CT, 6pm PT) Aired On: PBS Location: UW-Milwaukee in Wisconsin Sponsors: PBS Moderators: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff Candidates: TBD
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Univision Democratic Primary Debate Location: Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida Sponsors: Univision, The Washington Post Candidates: TBD
4. Republican Debate Schedule
Saturday, February 6, 2016 The Republican National Committee has released the list of officially sanctioned debates. Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-republican-primary-debate-schedule/#QxX2EQMSpPvGDEBm.99
5. Commentary: The Government Keeps the Rural West Going
The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico, Russia, Spain, England, France and Native Americans.
The federal government lets loggers, ranchers and other businesses make a subsidized living off public land, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. The fees ranchers pay for grazing on federal land are considerably below those charged by private landowners. The government loses money on nearly all timber sales on public land.
Now that we’ve gotten this off our chests, let’s sympathize with the hardworking people of the rural West, losing a beautiful way of life to harsh economic realities. The growing poverty in the sparsely populated high desert of south central Oregon is shared by communities far from the region’s booming cities.
The good folks of Harney County certainly did not deserve this invasion by outsiders. They are entitled to resent the closing of the refuge along with threats against neighbors working there. The disruption spread through the community.
It’s true that the federal government owns massive amounts of Western land. It’s true that tighter environmental restrictions have curtailed some economic activity on this property. And we must recognize that many local complaints about federal management of the land have merit.
But a federal retreat from the rural West would spell economic disaster. Thinking people throughout the West understand this. In Harney County, government paychecks account for 60 percent of earned income.
Consider this headline in The Missoulian newspaper: “Rural western Montana counties struggling mightily with loss of federal funds.” This happened during the 2014 budget wars, when Congress failed to renew the Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self-Determination Act. Gone was $300 million in subsidies for roads, schools, government jobs and other programs.
Rural Westerners might ask themselves why so many of them buy into the “government is evil” philosophy. The conservatives they send to Washington have made common cause with Easterners eager to save their taxpayers some dollars.
Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases.” One was “if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
You don’t have to be a small-government conservative to question the trainload of subsidies that keep many rural economies moving. If a shoe factory in Massachusetts can’t make a profit, it closes. Why are the rules so different for Western agricultural businesses?
It’s easy to blame environmentalists and ignore the biggest killer of logging jobs: automation and a large forested landmass called Canada.
Rural areas benefit from the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes program — whereby Washington sends money to counties with large tracts of federal land that local governments can’t tax. (The fairest of subsidies, the funding was cut under sequestration.) Some suggest changing the program to direct more money toward the poorer communities.
A wildlife refuge is itself an economic asset. The federal government pays salaries and other costs of maintaining an amenity that also brings in tourists.
Do the state and local taxpayers care to bear these costs? Or would the plan be to let industry pay for the right to savage the land, except for the nicest vistas, which would be sold to billionaire “ranchers”?
An estimated 47 million bird watchers in America spend $40 billion a year on their passion. Having a federal wildlife refuge in your community seems not a bad deal at all.
As Reagan said, “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”
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