Sherman County eNews #82


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, March 23

  2. Library Program: Legendary Folksinger & Storyteller, April 5

  3. Oregon’s Public Safety Career Fair Looks to fill 500 Vacancies

  4. Benefits to Personal Growth

  5. Commentary by John Stossel. Kindest Cuts (federal budget)

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

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update


March 23, 2017 – Sherman @ Umatilla starting at 3:30, bus departs at 1:00

2. Library Program: Legendary Folksinger & Storyteller, April 5

Legendary Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller will perform at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, April 5. Adam’s acclaimed sing-along program, “Tribute to Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer” tells the story of the man who wrote “This Land is Your Land,” one of the most widespread English language folksongs. Refreshments will be served, all ages welcome. For more information: 541-565-3279 or

3. Oregon’s Public Safety Career Fair Looks to fill 500 Vacancies

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

4. Benefits to Personal Growth

A few days ago, we talked about the possible selfishness of personal growth. Today, let’s add another angle to the discussion about whether pursuing personal growth is, indeed, selfish.

In Lou Tice’s mind, there was no question about it. Lou believed that we must have a caring relationship with ourselves before we can expect others to do so. But being interested in personal growth doesn’t mean that you are selfish. Quite the contrary.

In his book, “The Psychology of Romantic Love,” Nathaniel Brandon wrote that, “The first affair we must consummate successfully is the love affair with ourselves. Only then are we ready for other love relationships.”

You see, no matter how concerned we are about others, we are ultimately responsible only for ourselves. If we feel inadequate and victimized, then we have no power to offer another person security and strength.

Self-development means being the best you can be and giving the best you can give. It means asking yourself, “If I were living with me, would I want to stay around?” Then, depending upon your answer, you change what you need to change without making a big deal about it.

You see, although there are tremendous personal benefits to self-development, it is perhaps in your relationships that a commitment to personal growth will bring you the most gratifying changes. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Commentary by John Stossel. Kindest Cuts (federal budget)

“Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.”

But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences.

Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like holding elections and allowing companies (especially U.S. companies) to operate without interference. The young nation of Israel could be propped up with money for its military defense and infrastructure projects.

But today, the U.S. sends money to friends and foes alike, and it’s hard to know what those countries do with it. Israel gets billions of dollars — but we give even more money to Israel’s enemies.

Money we give to impoverished nations seldom reaches the poor people we want to help. The funds routinely go to the kleptocrat governments that made those countries such horrible places to live in the first place. Our gifts prop up authoritarians, making it easier for them to avoid free market reforms.

We’re just as dumb about spending at home.

The Department of Education doesn’t teach any kids. It imposes standards on local schools that make it harder for them to experiment. It hires bureaucrats who do endless studies — instead of letting competition show us what teaching methods get the best results.

The Department of Education also promotes government-subsidized student loans that trick students into thinking that no matter which school they pick, no matter their major, they will graduate with useful, marketable skills. Many go deeply into debt just when they should be getting a start in life.

The Department of Agriculture tips American elections. Presidential candidates promise farm subsidies to try to win the early Iowa primary. Politicians say the subsidies will rescue struggling small farms, but they rarely do. Most of the money goes to big, well-connected agribusiness. They shouldn’t get subsidies any more than other businesses should.

The so-called “war on poverty” has now cost almost $22 trillion, about three times what we’ve spent on all America’s wars. Yet poverty endures, even as markets and technology should have eliminated most of it.

Before the war on poverty began, Americans were steadily lifting themselves out of poverty. The well-intended handouts increased dependence and stopped that natural progress. They perpetuated poverty.

Obviously, some federal programs do help people. When you spend trillions of dollars, some of it will be put to good use.

But that doesn’t mean the Economic Development Administration, “Essential” Air Service, Community Services block grants or even Meals on Wheels deserve a penny more of your taxes.

“There is no magic money tree in Washington,” the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards reminds us. At, he lists many more programs that ought to be cut. Even when programs do good things, he says correctly, “It is more efficient for the states to fund their own activities — school and antipoverty programs — because doing so eliminates the expensive federal middleman.”

Having our money back means being able to pay for things we choose as individuals — including helping out the poor more effectively than the government.

Finally, even areas where Trump wants to boost spending, like the military, should be cut. We spend more on defense than the next seven nations combined — China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France and Japan.

Are we less likely to be attacked because of it? Less hated? No. Often, our expensive “defense” puts us in harm’s way.

Trump and Paul Ryan do deserve credit for demanding that spending increases be offset with cuts elsewhere. But it’s a tragedy that they didn’t use this moment to try to cut more, and to cut the biggest unsustainable spending: Medicare and Social Security. Not addressing those entitlements today will mean more suffering for the poor and the elderly in the future.

Do the humane thing. Keep hacking away at that budget.

~ John Stossel is the author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.”  

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