Sherman County eNews #204


  1. Ted and Betty Sabey Acknowledged for Decades of Sherman County Fair Service

  2. Editorial: Bravo to Sherman County School District

  3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  4. You Never Know…

  5. Commentary: America’s Long March toward a Secular Socialist Democracy

  6. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Health Care Insurance & Emergency Response Funds

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

1. Ted and Betty Sabey Acknowledged for Decades of Sherman County Fair Service

applause1The Sherman County Fair Board extends a sincere and hearty expression of appreciation to Ted & Betty Sabey for their many years of volunteer service and dedication to the Sherman County Fair and the Oregon Fairs Association.

Ted first became a Sherman County fair board member in 1980 and Betty volunteered as the Kitchen Division superintendent in the Open Class building, and a few years later she became the open class building superintendent.  Ted and Betty were honored as Grand Marshals in 2005.  Their over 30 years of service have not only been at the county level but also at the state level.  Ted served on many committees (Betty always at his side) of the Oregon Fairs Association (OFA) and on the Oregon Fairs Foundation Board. In 2001 – 2002 Ted served as state president of the OFA, and was honored in 2003 with a Distinguished Service award.

Ted & Betty traveled thousands of miles across Oregon to attend every county fair and fairs in other states as well, making many lifelong friends.  You can ask anyone in the fair industry, new members or a veteran, if they know who Ted is and they will all say, “O yes!” and jump right into a great story about Ted.

The Fair Board members thank and acknowledge Ted & Betty for their commitment and hard work in serving Sherman County and wish them the best in retirement road trips. ~ Board Chair Bryce Coelsch, Vice-Chair Shandie Johnson, members Bert Perisho, Rick Jauken Jr., Jennifer Zimmerlee, Tom Rolfe and Amanda Whitman and Secretary Beth McCurdy.

 2. Editorial: Bravo to Sherman County School District

pencil.sharpWe congratulate new school board members who recently pledged their oaths of office, and commend experienced board members who kept their oaths while providing thoughtful and informed services for our children. We commend the school district team – board members, staff and Superintendent Owens – for successful educational and athletic programs. We’re very fortunate to have their services.

We follow their work as it is recorded in board meeting minutes with interest and appreciation, having been in their shoes, and consider the minutes a measure of their process, transparency and effectiveness.

Nearly a year ago, local chatter inspired a look at the 2015-to-current board meeting minutes of these partners, Sherman County School District, North Central Education Service District, Sherman County Court and Frontier TeleNet.

A lot can be gleaned from meeting minutes: personalities, opinions, attitudes, how well members are working together and how well informed… and how thorough the minutes. We’ve given a lot of thought to those records, especially ones that show one steady stream of NO votes made without explanation, clearly an insult to fellow board members who didn’t deserve it and shouldn’t feel they have to put up with it.

Leading up to completion of new construction at the start of the school year, the NCESD minutes show that Supt. Waltenburg reported that he and the Sherman County School District superintendent were “working well together.” Over several years, Sherman County School District board members were deliberating and making decisions on a wide range of subjects, working well together with Superintendent Wes Owens.

It’s a rare opportunity and an extraordinary work load for a school superintendent to oversee completion of a new building and extensive renovation of an original structure while carrying out his usual tasks. One has to appreciate that he also engaged in uncounted weeks of research on fiber optic telecommunication and the sale of the Grass Valley school. We were especially impressed by his extremely well-researched information and options as presented for the board’s consideration.

Mr. Owens is sincere in his desire to do what’s best for Sherman County’s kids and for Sherman County. He brings exceptional management skills to diverse programs and projects. We are most fortunate to have his services.

We’re quite sure that compliments are rarely heard by our school board members and administrative staff. We appreciate them for serving for the right reasons, for supporting their remarkable staff, doing their homework and governing as a team!

The school board will be in session tonight! It’s a good time for the silent majority to show up to express support and appreciation.

3. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Tuesday July 11 at 10:00am – Summer Reading Program
ages 0-4 Home Sweet Home
ages 5+ Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Thursday July 13 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday July 13 at 6:00pm to 8:15pm – The Shack
A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Rated PG-13
Run Time: 2hr 12min

4. You Never Know…

How much of our own behavior do you think affects those around us? Sometimes, without us ever knowing, what we say and do has a profound influence on how others see themselves and their paths through life. For proof, the following is a story from a husband and father:

“For a very long time, I have been struggling with how to talk to my son, who is now 8 years old.  Despite being a great kid, he has a very negative self-image and is an unforgiving perfectionist. In the past, my reaction to some of his behavior has been very negative and deconstructive and usually leads to outbursts and very negative self-talk. During the class, I had an ‘Aha’ that my negative reaction to his behavior was helping create a bigger problem.

“Upon coming home from our training, I immediately told my wife what I had learned. The next morning, I committed myself to use the, ‘Stop it, you are better than that / Next time…’ approach with my son. As instances would arise, I could see that my change helped keep the situation calm and we had no outbursts the entire weekend. I felt the change was doing something, but I wasn’t sure if the kids even noticed.

“It was not until today that I figured out how much of an impact the change is having on my kids. My wife called me to let me know that she was walking by the bedroom where my two sons were playing and she heard the 8 year old say, ‘You are better than that.’ Knowing the changes I was trying to make, my wife immediately went into the room and asked what the boys were talking about. My 8 year old piped up and told my wife, ‘Daddy has changed. When we used to get in trouble, he would get mad at us and now he tells we are better than that. I really like that.'”

How many times have we said things or reacted out of habit, without giving thought to the words we use or the reactions we are causing? Like ripples in a pond when you drop a stone in the water, our words and actions spread out, far and wide. Perhaps it is time to do a little, “Stop it. I’m better than that,” on ourselves… and with family, with co-workers, friends, even casual acquaintances. You never know the effect you can have. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Commentary: America’s Long March toward a Secular Socialist Democracy

flag.starsBy Steve McCann, American Thinker

The United States is the only nation in the annals of mankind to be established on the basis of a political and social philosophy centered on natural, or God-given, rights.   Yet, within 230 years of our founding, America has been essentially transformed into another secular socialist democracy.  This metamorphosis is the end-product of a subtle but determined assault on that philosophical underpinning. 

Property rights are the bedrock of the American political system; without that foundation, there is no freedom.  The Founders held that property rights encompass not just physical property but also one’s life, labor and livelihood, as individuals own their own lives; therefore, they must own the products of that life that can be traded in free exchange with others.  They further believed that the primary role of government is to guarantee and protect these property rights, and further, that these property rights are natural, or God given rights.  Thus, the Declaration of Independence proclaims that Men “…are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights…That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…” 

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 6. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Health Care Insurance & Emergency Response Funds

American flag2Protecting Our Life-Saving Care

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sounded the alarm on the Senate majority’s new health care bill, projecting that the new health care proposal would throw 22 million Americans off their health care over time, and 15 million in the next year alone. Additionally, Jeff released a report

< >     based on the CBO’s projections, which found that older Oregonians would see an impossible increase in their premiums. The analysis found that Oregonians who are older, especially those who live in rural areas, would receive less financial assistance under the BCRA and would be hit by the bill’s “age tax,” and thus would pay premiums between up to 614 percent more than what they would pay under current law. That amounts to thousands of dollars more for health coverage every year. Jeff has been fighting for a health care system that provides affordable care to everyone who needs it, but this bill promises the opposite. 

Ensuring Affordable Nursing Home Care for Middle-Class Oregonians

Earlier this month, Jeff visited nursing homes in Klamath Falls and Portland and heard firsthand the impact the health care plan proposed in Congress would have on older Oregonians. All of the seniors he met, and over 60% of American seniors in nursing homes, rely on Medicaid to pay for their nursing home care. However, the new Senate health care proposal would eviscerate Medicaid, cutting funds by $772 billion. Many of these seniors have no more money, no assets, and many don’t have a family to support them otherwise. If this bill passes, they fear they could be out on the streets. The CEO of Oregon’s association of nursing homes estimates that if the bill passes, half of Oregon’s nursing homes would be shuttered by 2025.

A Common-Sense Fix to Ensure Rural Oregon Can Use Emergency Response Funds

For years, Title III of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program has been a key source of funding for public safety and emergency response in rural Oregon. However, the federal government has prevented Oregon counties from using these funds for emergency response preparedness, like training or purchasing equipment for search and rescue missions. Millions of dollars that could be used for emergency response are sitting in counties’ bank accounts, and without action, those funds will need to be returned to the federal government in October.

That is why Jeff has written bipartisan legislation that would ensure counties can use their Title III funding for a full range of emergency response activities, including planning and training. This bill represents a common-sense fix to a problem that has prevented many counties from using their full Secure Rural Schools resources where they are most needed in the community. This bill will help ensure that potential resources that could help save Oregonians’ lives won’t go to waste.

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

bird.owl.limbOregon lawmakers hail session of progressive wins, but big budget problems lurk ahead

 Editorial: A Democratic achievement to regret

 Kiplinger – business forecasts & personal finance

American Thinker

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

Pedal-Powered Rail Riding Comes To Oregon Coast

 Wheeler County, Oregon

 Solar Eclipse Lodging at OSU

Governor Kate Brown’s Oregon State Survey

America’s Long March toward a Secular Socialist Democracy