Sherman County eNews #63


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Play-offs, March 4
  2. Sherman County Lions Welcome Guests & New Members, March 7
  3. OSU Extension Master Food Preserver Certification Course
  4. Ratification of ODF&W Grey Wolf Decision Passes Oregon Senate
  5. Commentary: Other Peoples’ Money is No Way to Finance Health Care
  6. Commentary: Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected
  7. Links

1. Sherman High School 1A Basketball Play-offs, March 4

Congratulations, Sherman Boys, on your win!  73-56

Tonight! Sherman Boys vs. Nixyaawii at Baker High School 8:15 p.m.

2. Sherman County Lions Welcome Guests & New Members, March 7

LionsInternationalLogoOn Monday March 7th, Sherman County Lions will welcome guests to their monthly meeting. It will be a luncheon meeting at the Senior Center. Pick up your lunch and bring it with you to the side room where the club meets.


President Geremy Shull has recruited 6 new members who will be expected to attend this and future meetings.  Members include: Anne Shull, Jeremy Mark, Kyle Blagg, Ryan Thompson, Wes Owens and Mike Smith. They will be settling on a service project to improve the county. Several members of The Dalles Lions club signed up to visit that day. If you enjoy a happy crowd of Lions looking for ways to follow our motto: We Serve,” come and join us!

3. OSU Extension Master Food Preserver Certification Course


Master Food Preservers (MFPs) are trained and certified community volunteers who assist OSU Extension Service in providing up-to-date food safety and preservation information to Oregonians. Participate in this hands-on, comprehensive training and gain skills in a variety of food preservation methods. Successful volunteers will complete a certification exam at the end of the course and contribute 48 hours of community service. Space is limited to 15 people.

Applications are due 04.08.2016 and are available on-line at:


Where: ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH 101 W. 10th Street, The Dalles, OR

When: TUESDAYS STARTING 04.19.2016   9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

7 WEEK CLASS 4/19/16—5/31/16


How: $125 course fee, scholarships available

Contact: Lauren Kraemer 541-386-3343 x38258

Applications accepted on-line:

4. Ratification of ODF&W Grey Wolf Decision Passes Oregon Senate

ORStateFlagSalem, OR – Last night, the Oregon Senate took the final vote on a bill to ratify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist the gray wolf as an endangered species. Senator Hansell carried HB 4040A on the floor and urged its passing.


“It is important that we honor this agreement between ranchers and the environmental community,” Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena) said.  “This bill ratifies the decision made by ODF&W last November and follows protocol established for delisting Grey Wolves in Oregon.”

HB 4040A explains the history of the Canadian Grey Wolf throughout Oregon and proclaims the legislature believes Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife followed the law in making the delisting decision on November 9th, 2015.


“It was a privilege to work with ranchers, farmers, ODFW and people from across Oregon who have come together to find solutions to the growing wolf population,” said Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove). “We were able to uphold the Oregon Wolf Management Plan agreements and we will continue working with the community to ensure that the Oregon Wolf Plan works as it was intended and agreed upon. Sen. Hansell carried the bill in the Senate through a very difficult climate and in an intensely heated session and worked the bill in a very wise and accomplished fashion. Legislators in both chambers came together and helped move this bill through.  Special thanks to Committee Chairs Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) and Sen. Chris Edwards (D-Eugene).”

“I am pleased this bill passed in the Senate today,” Senator Hansell said. “I worked closely with ODF&W, ranchers, and the environmental community to make sure this bill made it through the session.  I would also like to acknowledge my colleague in the House, Representative Greg Barreto.  Representative Barreto’s leadership in the House was pivotal for the success of this bill.”

“I congratulate the work Senator Hansell and Representative Barreto did on moving HB 4040A through both chambers of the legislature.  This bill is the most important bill for rural Oregon to pass this entire session,” Senator Ted Ferrioli, Senate Republican Caucus Leader (R-John Day).

HB 4040A passed out of the House with a 33-23 bipartisan vote, including Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).  The bill passed off the Senate Floor 17-11, including President Courtney (D-Salem).  The bill now heads to the Governor for her signature.

5. Commentary: Other Peoples’ Money is No Way to Finance Health Care

dollarbillAs a society we want everyone to have access to medical care that currently costs about $9,231 per capita. Yet, many families are paying $12,000 to $15,000 for family health coverage with deductibles so high they cannot afford to see a doctor, have an MRI or a small procedure performed on them. A better way to reform health care is to allow Americans to buy an affordable plan that meets their needs and allows enough money left over to see a doctor and pay cost-sharing. It will also require better solutions to provide more efficient care to America’s sickest residents.

6. Commentary: Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

Why political professionals are struggling to make sense of the world they created.

By Peggy Noonan Feb. 25, 2016

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump, they say.

I had such a conversation again Tuesday with a friend who repairs shoes in a shop on Lexington Avenue. Jimmy asked me, conversationally, what was going to happen. I deflected and asked who he thinks is going to win. “Troomp!” He’s a very nice man, an elderly, old-school Italian-American, but I saw impatience flick across his face: Aren’t you supposed to know these things?

In America now only normal people are capable of seeing the obvious. But actually that’s been true for a while, and is how we got in the position we’re in.


Last October I wrote of the five stages of Trump, based on the Kübler-Ross stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Most of the professionals I know are stuck somewhere between four and five.

But I keep thinking of how Donald Trump got to be the very likely Republican nominee. There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time. I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.

They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.

Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions. One issue obviously roiling the U.S. and western Europe is immigration. It is THE issue of the moment, a real and concrete one but also a symbolic one: It stands for all the distance between governments and their citizens.

It is of course the issue that made Donald Trump.

Britain will probably leave the European Union over it. In truth immigration is one front in that battle, but it is the most salient because of the European refugee crisis and the failure of the protected class to address it realistically and in a way that offers safety to the unprotected.

If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years’ experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration—its impact on labor markets, financial costs, crime, the sense that the rule of law was collapsing. But the protected did fine—more workers at lower wages. No effect of illegal immigration was likely to hurt them personally.

It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either. The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment—another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.

Mr. Trump came from that.

Similarly in Europe, citizens on the ground in member nations came to see the EU apparatus as a racket—an elite that operated in splendid isolation, looking after its own while looking down on the people.

In Germany the incident that tipped public opinion against the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policy happened on New Year’s Eve in the public square of Cologne. Packs of men said to be recent migrants groped and molested groups of young women. It was called a clash of cultures, and it was that, but it was also wholly predictable if any policy maker had cared to think about it. And it was not the protected who were the victims—not a daughter of EU officials or members of the Bundestag. It was middle- and working-class girls—the unprotected, who didn’t even immediately protest what had happened to them. They must have understood that in the general scheme of things they’re nobodies.

What marks this political moment, in Europe and the U.S., is the rise of the unprotected. It is the rise of people who don’t have all that much against those who’ve been given many blessings and seem to believe they have them not because they’re fortunate but because they’re better.

You see the dynamic in many spheres. In Hollywood, as we still call it, where they make our rough culture, they are careful to protect their own children from its ill effects. In places with failing schools, they choose not to help them through the school liberation movement—charter schools, choice, etc.—because they fear to go up against the most reactionary professional group in America, the teachers unions. They let the public schools flounder. But their children go to the best private schools.

This is a terrible feature of our age—that we are governed by protected people who don’t seem to care that much about their unprotected fellow citizens. And a country really can’t continue this way.

In wise governments the top is attentive to the realities of the lives of normal people, and careful about their anxieties. That’s more or less how America used to be. There didn’t seem to be so much distance between the top and the bottom.

Now it seems the attitude of the top half is: You’re on your own. Get with the program, little racist. Social philosophers are always saying the underclass must re-moralize. Maybe it is the overclass that must re-moralize.


I don’t know if the protected see how serious this moment is, or their role in it.

7. Links

Has Oregon’s Constitution Become an Inconvenience?

The Rise of American Authoritarianism

First They Came for the iPhones

The Abilities of This New Generation of Robots Will Amaze You

Pacific Aviation Museum, Ford Island, Hawaii

Another Vietnam 1965-1975

Mashable informs,inspires and entertains the digital generation

Attitude is Everything. Former SR-71 Pilot Brian Shul, Butterflies to Blackbirds…. a video done by a former fighter/SR-71 pilot is 50+ minutes long.  If you are too busy to watch it, I suggest that you watch it in parts (stop it and come back and watch it later).  You will see some fantastic photos. Many lessons about life learned here.  He truly knows about today being the first day of the rest of his life and he lives it.

Glimpses Inside Marine One