Sherman County eNews #262


  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


  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<>, 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<>.

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<> 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,

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

Commentary. Victor Davis Hanson: From Greek Tragedy to American Therapy

Opinion. Cal Thomas: A Taxing Situation. 

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


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