Sherman County eNews #264

 

CONTENT

  1. Elaine Kalista, Recitation of the Rosary, Funeral Mass, Oct. 7 & 8

  2. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update:

  3. Healing the Earth Unity Round Dance, Oct. 22

  4. More Substantial than Luck

  5. Community Bank Week, Oct. 10-14


1. Elaine Kalista, Recitation of the Rosary, Funeral Mass, Oct. 7 & 8

flower.rose.star·       Recitation of the Rosary – Friday, October 7 at 5 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church,

·       Wasco Funeral Mass – Saturday, October 8 at 11 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Wasco Community Potluck to follow in the Parish Hall


2. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

sports-volleyballSherman County JV Girls are not attending the Tournament this weekend at Fossil.

 

 


3. Healing the Earth Unity Round Dance, Oct. 22

Everyone is invited to the Healing The Earth Unity Round Dance in The Dalles hosted by Columbia River Indian Center. This free event will be held Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. to 12 midnight, Wahtonka Community School campus, 3601 W. 10th St. and Sunday, October 23, 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Join together in a spirit of healing and unity, honoring of elders and cultural sharing through dancing, music, drumming, a Friendship Feast, salmon bake and more. There will be educational activities for children and adults alike. For more information, contact Lana Jack 541-965-1679 or Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 541-296-8600, ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


4. More Substantial than Luck

Do you consider yourself unlucky? Ever feel like fate has dealt you a bad hand? Let’s experiment with another way of looking at things.

Did you ever feel cursed by fate? You know, as if something – bad genes, bad parents, childhood trauma, wrong color, wrong body, wrong side of the tracks (it really doesn’t matter what) – has ruined your chances to succeed in life?

If you do, there is something very important you need to understand, so you can take yourself from feeling like you do to where you want to be in the future. Here it is: None of those things are holding you back. But something is, and it’s far more powerful than a crippling disease or poverty.

What is holding you back is your belief about what you are worth and what you can do. Henry Ford said it as well as anyone: “If you think you can, you’re right. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” It all starts in your mind. Fortunately, you can change your mind.

Sure, it’s a big plus to have loving parents and good looks and lots of money. But you don’t have to have them to succeed – to do and have what you want in life. (Let’s face it. Monetary or material successes have never guaranteed happiness. “Good looks” is certainly someone else’s opinion, which we are free to ignore.)

The one thing you do need to accept is responsibility: for choices you make or don’t make, for how you respond to what happens to you, and for developing yourself to achieve more of your full potential. Once you let go of your excuses and accept responsibility, you also assume control. It is taking your life off of autopilot, taking the wheel and charting your own course.

You take charge of your own life, and if you still believe in it, your own fate. And you know, it’s the most amazing thing – you also start to get “lucky”! ~ The Pacific Institute


5. Community Bank Week, Oct. 10-14

(Salem) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 10-14, 2016, as Community Bank Week to honor local banks and the large effect they have on Oregon communities.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve.

“Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks,” said DCBS Director Patrick Allen. “These bankers lend to Oregon families, farms, and communities. They are educating their customers about financial matters and investing in their local communities to help them flourish.”

Oregon’s state-chartered community banks held $32.8 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2016, compared to $19.4 billion a decade ago. Loans outstanding totaled $24 billion or 92 percent of total deposits. Nationwide, 55 percent of small business loans and 75 percent of agricultural loans are held by small and medium-sized community banks even though their share of total banking assets is less than 20 percent.

Members of the Independent Community Banks of Oregon (ICBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department’s Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and dfr.oregon.gov.


 

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Sherman County eNews #263

CONTENT

  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar


1. Classifieds (new or corrected)

FRIDAY CLASSIFIEDS:

Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes.

THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

CONGRATULATIONS, SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HALL of HONOR INAUGURAL INDUCTION CLASS: Dale Coles (posthumously), Shirley Fritts, Nell Melzer, 1989 State Championship Basketball Team (the first in school history) and generous donors, Walter and Helen Bruckert (Scholarship Fund), Charles Davis (Education Fund), and James Weir Memorial Fund! A very special, splendid event, classy in every way! Lots of smiles! We loved it! Thank you, Superintendent Owens, Sherman County School staff, Hall of Honor Committee and Booster Club!  ~ Larry and Sherry

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS: 

EMPLOYMENT:
COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SPECIALIST. The Tri-County Community Corrections Office has an opening for a part-time Community Corrections Specialist / Community Service Coordinator in Moro, OR. Minimum requirements are as follows:
• Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
• Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License or immediate ability to obtain one
• Must have a driving record free of any convictions that may indicate an inability to operate a public vehicle safely
• Must have no criminal record and be able to pass a background investigation
• A minimal requirement of a high school diploma, preferably supplemented by college or business school training and two years responsible office experience, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.
• Must be skilled in use of current computer and software technology, telephone, copy and fax machine, computers and other general office machines. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
• Must be willing to travel as required to attend state trainings and meetings
• Must acquire and maintain LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) certification
• Must acquire and maintain an Oregon Notary Public certification
• Will be required to transport and monitor community service workers within Sherman County when needed as part of the Community Service Coordinator responsibilities/duties.

The beginning salary for this position will be $18.75 per hour, 16-20 hours per week, with possible advancements after a probationary period and performance review. An application, a complete job description and list of minimum requirements may be acquired by contacting Tina Potter at 541-565-0520 x2. No applications will be accepted after 5 P.M. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The statements contained in this announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job. They should not be considered an all-inclusive list of work requirements or qualifications. Tri-County Community Corrections is an equal opportunity employer. 10/21

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at asseusawest@asse.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30

FOR SALE:

THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historic property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner. Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   10/21

COMMERCIAL BUILDING :: JUST LISTED:: $81,700
702 EAST 1ST STREET RUFUS OREGON
MLS# 16225949
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

4900+SQ FT Commercial Concrete Building
150’X200′ 30,000 SQ FT Lot
Large open areas and 5 separate rooms with exterior entries
Unlimited possibilities. Off exit 109 of I-84. Rare Commercial Building in Rufus.  12/16

COMMERCIAL BUILDING :: JUST LISTED:: $65,000
1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/16

HOME. 3 BR/ 2 BA $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may be less than rent in this tidy, well kept mfg home located at 101 Sixth Street in Moro, OR

Master Suite has walk in closet; Nice deck and beautiful yard. Covered parking and a good size shed for your tools and toys. Come Home to Moro, excellent schools, friendly neighbors and a great community. Please call Ruby Mason- 541-980-9104- with questions or for a personal tour. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. Windermere GTRE- 541-386-3444.  10/14
DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp. 0/0 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES’ FREE MOBILE APP.  Sherman County businesses can now be found with your mobile phone! The John Day River Territory, a regional tourism marketing group representing Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant counties, has developed a mobile app through MyChamberApp that lists businesses and helps you map your way to them (information is listed under John Day River Territory in Oregon). To download this free App see

http://co.sherman.or.us/agri_business.asp.  0/0
SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us  0/0 

NEWSPAPERS

FREE:

cat.grayBARN CATS. Free! – Call Gladys at 541-565-0598. 11/25

 

 

 

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Just ask!

WANTED:

LOST OR FOUND: 

FOR RENT:


2. Calendar (new or corrected)

clock.793OCTOBER

1-30 Gilliam County Historical Society Wednesdays through Sundays 1-5 p.m.

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

7 Recitation of the Rosary for Elaine Kalista  5  St. Mary Catholic Church, Wasco

8 Genealogy Jamboree 10-2:30 Discovery Center

8 Mass of Christian Burial for Elaine Kalista 11 St. Mary Catholic Church, Wasco

9 CASA Fun Run

9 Maryhill Museum, Historic Roads & Sam Hill: Drive the Maryhill Loops Road

9 2nd Presidential Debate

10 COLUMBUS DAY

10 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 7

10 Frontier TeleNet Special Meeting of the Board of Directors 9 a.m. Condon

10 Back to School Night @ Sherman County School for K-12 – 5:50 p.m.

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 10-12 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Watershed Council Meeting 11:30 Burnet Building, Moro

11 Sherman County Medical Clinic’s Flu Shot Clinic 3-6 Moro

12 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

12 Kick Back & Craft Night 5:30 Second Hand Made, Wasco

13 National Weather Service Open House 10-4 Pendleton Airport

15 Fall Table Runner Class TBD Second Hand Made

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

15-16 Oktoberfest to Benefit The Woolery in Arlington

17 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 2 Condon Fire Hall

17-21 Sherman County School District Homecoming Week

19 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

19 3rd Presidential Debate

19 Library Book Club Meeting 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11-1 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

26 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

26 Tapping with Orice Klaas 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

27 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Building

27 Regional Economic Development Strategy Meeting 8:30-11 Stevenson, WA

28 Bingo Spooktabular 7 Second Hand Made

29 Sherman County Historical Museum Boots, Beer & Brats: Festival of Volunteers!

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 HALLOWEEN

NOVEMBER

2 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

3 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2

8 ELECTION DAY

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Sr. Center

9 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

9 Kick back and Craft Night 5:30 Second Hand Made, Wasco

14-17 Association of Oregon Counties Conference, Eugene

11 VETERANS DAY

16 Sherman County Job Club 11-12:30 Burnet Building, Moro

18 Bingo Night 7 Second Hand Made

19 Artists Marketing Workshop 1-4 Call 541-387-8877

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

21 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

24 THANKSGIVING DAY

DECEMBER

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

21 First Day of Winter

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

31 New Year’s Eve

Sherman County eNews #262

CONTENT

  1. Back to School Night @ Sherman County School for K-12, Oct. 10

  2. Editorial: Frontier TeleNet, Process & Transparency

  3. Public Comment Opportunity on Goal 5 Rule Amendment, Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces

    Resources

  4. Keeping Your Word

  5. Editorial. The Horn News: [Terror alert] 44 Afghani soldiers missing in U.S.

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


“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)


 1. Back to School Night @ Sherman County School for K-12, Oct. 10

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School

Home of the Huskies

The staff at Sherman County School would like to cordially invite you and your student(s) to attend our “Back to School Night” on Monday, October 10, 2016

The evening will begin at 5:50 p.m. in the cafeteria.  You will have the opportunity to meet teachers in their classrooms.  This time will allow teachers to review student and class expectations, explain grading procedures, and those with 7th-12th grade students will receive a course outline.  While time constraints will not permit this to be an evening for discussion of individual student progress, our Parent/Teacher conferences on November 9th–10th will provide plenty of opportunity for this purpose. 

5:50 p.m. – 6:10       

Introduction + Hamburgers, chips, and refreshments in the cafeteria.

6:10 p.m. – 7:00       

Visit classrooms.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 10, 2016. 


 2. Editorial: Frontier TeleNet, Process & Transparency

constitution-wethepeopleFrontier TeleNet is an ORS 190 organization jointly held and operated by Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam counties to provide public services. Our county judges and North Central Education Service District superintendent are members of the board which contracts with Rob Myers for general management.

These public servants work for us with our money and are expected to be ethical, legal, impartial and transparent in their performance. 

Rumors inspired a look at Frontier TeleNet’s meeting minutes, 2015-current, and those of their partners, Sherman County Court, Gilliam County Court, Frontier Digital Network, Frontier Regional 911 Agency and North Central Education Service District (NCESD); Sherman County School District and City of Condon Fiber Committee minutes; East Oregonian legal notices; The Times-Journal; and relevant websites.

Our representatives are on record, “Frontier TeleNet is a wholesaler of bandwidth, and individual Internet Service Providers must purchase for retail.” And, “Windwave was paid to install the (Sherman County) lines and have total use of it … Frontier TeleNet makes the final decision of who can use or purchase rights of fiber in the Sherman County line.” 

Notable and disappointing is the lack of process, transparency and collaboration in the planning, development and implementation of the fiber optic telecommunications system and limited public comment. Records suggest little interest in working with other entities and political and personal aspects of decision-making. We found no public record that anyone was authorized to protest or appeal the work of a partner organization and surprisingly few references to Requests for Proposals, Requests for Qualifications or contracts.

It appears that Frontier TeleNet did not anticipate or keep pace with fiber competition.

In June, the Sherman County School District board members engaged in thoughtful deliberation as they considered two proposals, one from Frontier TeleNet, before contracting with NineNet Consortium for fiber Internet connectivity, selecting the best possible services for students, although Frontier TeleNet fiber runs by the school. The E-Rate reimbursement, so important to Frontier TeleNet funding, follows the telecommunications provider.

Last month the City of Condon Fiber Committee received four responses to its request for proposals from potential providers of fiber optic high speed broadband, including Frontier TeleNet.

We have concerns about government competition against private enterprise. We like to think of the fiber highway as open to the public with Internet Service Providers, much as our roads are funded and regulated by the government, constructed by private companies and open to us for commerce and travel. It is believed that at least one Internet Service Provider’s access to a facility was blocked.

Curiously, before a need, position description or compensation range were established in open session, an August advertisement with extremely specific qualifications and short application period for a new position, Executive Director of Marketing, for Frontier Telenet, resulted in the perception of a predetermined outcome and one applicant, Connections, LLC, later confirmed to be Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith. Frontier TeleNet minutes for September 28th are not official until the board meets on October 17th. 

Recently, a menu of questions was posted on Sherman County eNews for subscribers to ask Sherman County candidates for commissioner. The questions regarding the fiber telecommunications system are relevant for all three counties.

Ask the questions! Support and appreciate people who exercise integrity, legal process and transparency in their duties as public servants. 

~ This also appeared on the editorial page of The Times-Journal as An Observation, on October 6, 2016


3. Public Comment Opportunity on Goal 5 Rule Amendment, Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) organized a citizen Rule Advisory Committee (RAC) to consider revisions to the Goal 5 Rule “Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces,” as it pertains to historic resources. Meeting details and information regarding the process and related documents are available on the DLCD website here<http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/Pages/Goal5HistoricResourceRulemaking.aspx>, including an agenda and staff report for the meeting, listing of the members of the RAC and instructions on how to comment on the rule revision. A general fact sheet is available here<http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/rulemaking/Historic_Rule_FAQ_20160819.pdf>.

The rule revision was requested by the Governor’s office due to discrepancies between jurisdictions in how the Goal 5 Rule is applied and potential conflicts between the federal National Register of Historic Places and local land use processes, among other items. The RAC was authorized by a unanimous vote of the present members of the Land Conservation and Development Commission at their July 22nd meeting in Boardman, OR.

Please direct both questions regarding the process and comments for consideration by the RAC to Rob Hallyburton, Community Services Division Manager at rob.hallyburton@state.or.us<mailto:rob.hallyburton@state.or.us> or at Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, 635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97301-2540.


4. Keeping Your Word

faceblwhHow good are you at keeping agreements – with yourself? Have you given much time to this question? It deserves a closer look, and we’ll do that today.

In their book “Life 101,” John-Roger and Peter McWilliams pointed out that the agreements we make are always with ourselves – although sometimes they include other people. In that sense, they’re like relationships. All of our relationships are with ourselves, but often they include other people as well. We ourselves are the one common denominator in all of our relationships.

Now, your word is one of the most precious things you have, but many people think very little of breaking it. This is a mistake for two reasons. First and most obviously, it weakens your credibility with other people. But even more importantly, it weakens your credibility with yourself.

When your innermost picture of your credibility, trustworthiness and reliability is weak, you can’t help but act in ways that reflect it. So once you make an agreement and give your word, do everything in your power not to break it. A broken word, like a broken cup, can’t hold much for very long. 

When you lovingly keep your word – that is, keep it strong, keep it dependable, and keep it true – you will know the power of accountability. And when you lend this power to a worthy cause that you believe in, its effect will be doubly powerful. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that trusting yourself is the first secret of success, but how can you trust yourself unless you honor your agreements and keep your word? Trust seems to be a rare commodity in today’s world, but it can be rebuilt. That rebuilding starts within each of us. ~ The Pacific Institute


5. Editorial. The Horn News: [Terror alert] 44 Afghani soldiers missing in U.S.

American flag2~ The Horn News, https://thehornnews.com/terror-alert-44-afghani-soldiers-missing-u-s/

For nearly two years, dozens upon dozens of trained Afghani soldiers have escaped from United States military bases and have lived illegally in our borders — and President Barack Obama’s administration has done nothing about it.

Since January 2015, 44 Afghani security forces have deserted training facilities on U.S. soil, a serious safety concern considering the Afghani military has been frequently infiltrated by Taliban militants.

The frequency of these Afghani desertions is “out of the ordinary,” says Defense Department sources.

That’s according to Reuters, who first broke the story and wrote the escaped Afghani’s are “embarrassing for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has spent billions of dollars training Afghan troops as Washington seeks to extricate itself from the costly, 15-year-old war. The disclosure could fuel criticism by supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has accused the Obama administration of failing to properly vet immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and has pledged a much tougher stance if he wins.”

The Obama administration bills taxpayers billions to bring an estimated 245 Afghani military personnel into the United States annually for extra military training.

Quick math says that approximately 10 percent of every Afghani soldier brought to the U.S. is deserting, roaming untraced through America.

Defense Department officials insist they vet every foreign-born soldier brought to the United States for training. However, this is little comfort to opponents, who note that failures in the vetting system are disturbingly frequent.

The Islamic radical behind the recent bombings in New Jersey and New York, the father of the Orlando night club massacre gunman, and one of the San Bernardino terror attackers had all been vetted by this same system before entering the United States from Afghanistan.

In 2014, an American general was assassinated by a Taliban militant that had infiltrated the Afghani security forces. Following the terror attack, The New York post reported, “US. military intelligence now fear as much as 25 percent of Afghan security forces are Taliban or al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers, which means we may be arming and training an army of some 87,500 enemy infiltrators with easy access to US personnel and intelligence. The massive infiltration puts the entire Afghanistan exit strategy at risk. The compromised Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) takes over the country’s security on Jan. 1, 2015.”

In the two years since, it would be foolish to assume none of them have made it to U.S. soil.

— The Horn editorial team


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

electricpowerlineAT&T plans to offer super-fast internet using power lines  https://www.cnet.com/news/at-t-plans-to-offer-super-fast-internet-using-power-lines/

Commentary. Victor Davis Hanson: From Greek Tragedy to American Therapy  https://patriotpost.us/opinion/45214

Opinion. Cal Thomas: A Taxing Situation. https://patriotpost.us/opinion/45195 

Proposed Oregon bike trail unnerves farmers http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20161005/proposed-oregon-bike-trail-unnerves-farmers

Profanity is a sign of inadequate vocabulary or unsound judgment — or both. Mark Twain once observed that “the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” It is never appropriate to use profanity, especially among people you do not know well. Instead, build your vocabulary by reading and studying so that you can express yourself simply and eloquently. When you expand the number of words you know, you also expand your mind, because understanding the words and their meanings necessitates understanding the concepts behind them. Make sure you allow time each day for study and reflection. ~ Napoleon Hill

Hillary  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/the-case-for-hillary-clinton-and-against-donald-trump/501161/ 

America is turning into a confederacy of dunces  http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/06/america-is-turning-into-a-confederacy-of-dunces-united-states-presidential-election-trump-civics-education/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ed%20picks%20oct%206&utm_term=%2AEditors%20Picks