Sherman County eNews #161


  1. Sherman County Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10

  2. The Times-Journal, June 25, 2016, Mac’s Musings

  3. Editorial: Liberty Once Lost

  4. Presentation: Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial, July 9

  5. Goldendale Library Summer Book Sale, July 8-9

  6. The Muslim Agenda

  7. Commentary: Will Orlando Change Anything?

  8. Your Mind is the Only Thing You Control Exclusively

  9. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

“Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.” — Solon

1.Sherman County Job Skills Club, Wednesdays, June 8-Aug. 10

When: June 8-August 10, Wednesdays from 9:30-11am

Where: Sherman County Extension Office

Topics: applications, resumes, interviews, etc.

High school and college students on summer break are welcome.

Sign-up: Call Diane or Donitta (541) 298-4101

2. The Times-Journal, June 25, 2016, Mac’s Musings

dollars.coinsIn his weekly column, Mac’s Musings, Times-Journal publisher & editor McLaren “Mac” Stinchfield, published the budget “bottom lines” of regional entities, county courts, city councils and school and special districts. It’s a remarkable summary. “Total bill $195,753,834! That’s what it takes to operate the three smallest counties in the state. That’s a lot of money. That’s your tax money. In many cases even that is not enough to provide the services we would all like to have in our counties, communities and schools. Still, it is nearly 200 million dollars, an amount worthy of our attention!” See it for yourself.

3. Editorial: Liberty Once Lost

From The Times-Journal, June 25, 2016, Liberty Once Lost: “After pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, our Founding Fathers were very concerned that the American people remain vigilant to maintain the liberties that were won so dearly. As we sit back and enjoy our freedom in America, and this special day to acknowledge our independence, it can be difficult for us to imagine what it was like not to have those liberties. One can easily argue that we are slowly but surely losing those very liberties that our forefathers fought and died for.

“It was for this very reason that they warned us so many times about the dangers of tyranny, and the importance of not becoming lazy in protecting our liberties.They were painfully aware of how difficult it can be, or even impossible, to regain those liberties after they are lost.

“Which is why John Adams wrote this to his wife Abigail on July 7, 1775:

‘Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.’ “

4. Presentation: Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial, July 9

ColumbiaRiver.gorge-stampjpg-16f8d9ef4abd765cWasco County Historical Society invites the public to the Moody/Rorick House located at 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles,  Saturday, July 9th, 2:00 p.m., where Carolyn Wood will present a program on the Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial. This Celebration began in March and continues through the end of the year with events from Troutdale to Maryhill Museum.  The program is free with refreshments being offered.

5.  Goldendale Library Summer Book Sale, July 8-9

books.loveThe Friends of the Goldendale Library will be holding their annual Community Days Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Library’s Camplan Room.  Used books of all sorts are on sale, including novels, history, gardening, crafts, mysteries, children’s books, and much, much more.  Most paperbacks are priced at 50 cents, and most hardbacks at $1.00.  This year, for the first time, the Friends will hold a special “leftovers” sale on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information, call the Goldendale Community Library, 773-4487.

6. The Muslim Agenda


7. Commentary: Will Orlando Change Anything?

By Dr. Thomas Sowell

However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free dogma that “diversity is our strength.”

If there is any place in the Guinness Book of World Records for words repeated the most often, over the most years, without one speck of evidence, “diversity” should be a prime candidate.

Is diversity our strength? Or anybody’s strength, anywhere in the world? Does Japan’s homogeneous population cause the Japanese to suffer? Have the Balkans been blessed by their heterogeneity — or does the very word “Balkanization” remind us of centuries of strife, bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities, extending into our own times?

Has Europe become a safer place after importing vast numbers of people from the Middle East, with cultures hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization?

“When in Rome do as the Romans do” was once a common saying. Today, after generations in the West have been indoctrinated with the rhetoric of multiculturalism, the borders of Western nations on both sides of the Atlantic have been thrown open to people who think it is their prerogative to come as refugees and tell the Romans what to do — and to assault those who don’t knuckle under to foreign religious standards.

The recent wave of refugees flooding into Europe include Muslim men who have been haranguing European women on the streets for not dressing modestly enough, not to mention their sexual molestation of those women.

Smug elites in Europe, like their counterparts in America, are not nearly as concerned about such things as they are about preventing “Islamophobia.” Legal restrictions on free speech in some European countries make it a crime to sound the alarm about the dangers to the culture and to the people.

In the lofty circles of those who see themselves as citizens of the world, it is considered unworthy, if not hateful, to insist on living according to your own Western values or to resist importing people who increase your chances of being killed.

But if you don’t have the instinct for self-preservation, it will not matter much in the long run whatever else you may have.

America’s great good fortune in the past has been that Americans have been able to unite as Americans against every enemy, despite our own internal differences and struggles. Black and white, Jew and Gentile, have fought and died for this country in every war.

It has not been our diversity, but our ability to overcome the problems inherent in diversity, and to act together as Americans, that has been our strength.

In both World War I and World War II, the top commander of American troops who went into combat against the German army was of German ancestry — Pershing and Eisenhower, respectively. So too was General Carl Spaatz, whose bombers reduced German cities to rubble. Whatever their backgrounds, they were Americans when the chips were down.

Today, that sense of American unity is being undermined by the reckless polarization of group identity politics. That affects not only how Americans see themselves, but how others in our midst see America.

Some people demand American citizenship, as if it is an entitlement, while burning the American flag and waving the flag of Mexico. And the apostles of “diversity” and “multiculturalism” watch in silence. That includes the President of the United States.

Probably most people in most groups are decent. But if 85 percent of the people in Group A present no serious problems and 95 percent of the people in Group B present no serious problems, that means you can expect three times as many serious problems when you admit immigrants from Group A.

Unfortunately, there is remarkably little interest in the relevant facts about crime rates, disease rates, welfare dependency or educational deficiencies among immigrants from specific countries. Most debates about immigration policies are contests in rhetoric, with hard facts being ignored as if they didn’t exist.

Tragically, the massacre in Orlando seems unlikely to change that. Too many people have too much invested in their own particular position to change, especially in an election year.

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

8. Your Mind is the Only Thing You Control Exclusively

~ Napoleon Hill

Your mind is the only thing you control exclusively. Don’t give it away too freely through useless arguments. You may spend your time and your energy — both physical and mental — in pursuits that yield the greatest return on your investment, or you may fritter it away on activities that will never bear fruit. Since your mind is entirely your own domain, you may choose to use it to constructive ends, or you can waste mind power and time on useless arguments that go nowhere. There is a vast difference between a spirited intellectual debate and a petty argument. When you discuss concepts, your own knowledge is expanded through the interaction with another thinking person. When you allow yourself to be dragged into arguments about insignificant things, the result will be a dulling of both the mind and the spirit.

9. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


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