Sherman County eNews #334


  1. Second Hand Made Going-Out-of-Business Fire Sale, Nov. 24-25-26

  2. Veterans Suicide Prevention – Be There

  3. Guides Along the Way

  4. Letters to the Editor: Sharing My Opinion

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

1. Second Hand Made Going-Out-of-Business Fire Sale, Nov. 24-25-26

Second Hand Made will be holding a HUGE Going-Out-of-Business/Fire Sale at the Wasco School Events Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 24, 25, & 26th.
There will be a great selection of items that survived the fire in great shape, and items will be priced to SELL! You are sure to find something you just can’t live without!

2. Veterans Suicide Prevention – Be There

Downloadable file: #BeThere

Veterans Affairs continues to emphasize #BeThere as a way to spread the message that suicide is preventable and YOU can help stop suicide.

Through a partnership involving Veterans Affairs and Johnson & Johnson, actor Tom Hanks has voiced a Veteran suicide prevention public service announcement video. 

70 second version:
30 second version:

3. Guides Along the Way

Who do you listen to? Who do you allow to guide your growth and development? Today, let’s talk about the value of good guides.

Ancient humans used the stars to help them travel beyond the boundaries of their settlements. Many people who are blind rely on a guide dog to see what they cannot. If you wanted to explore the African or Amazonian jungles, you’d probably seek out an experienced leader. Whenever you are entering unfamiliar territory, it can help enormously to have a guide, one you can trust and count on for good advice.

Children rely on their parents, parents have trusted friends and family members, and nations look to their political leaders for guidance and direction. Sometimes we turn to professionals, such as counselors, clergy, and teachers to help us sort out options and find the best path. Ultimately, we are looking for guides we can trust to have our best interests at heart.

Who do you listen to? Who do you turn to for guidance? These are very important questions. Often it is not so much what a guide can tell us that influences us, but it is their attitude, toward us and toward life, that is our best teacher. And sometimes, it is the questions they ask of us – whether we like the questions or not – that provide us with the springboard we need for our own growth.

Make sure your guides believe strongly in your ability and right to be self-determining, to make your own choices. Seek out those with experience to share, and enough wisdom to allow you your own experience as well.

Look for people who don’t overwhelm you with advice, who listen carefully and with compassion, and who don’t label or judge you. These are the people in whom you can safely place your trust, and who will help you get where you want to go. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Letter to the Editor: Sharing My Opinion

To the Editor:

I write today to share my opinion of Sherman County resident Mike Smith.

I was raised in Sherman County, but spent nearly 20 years away before being able to move home. Mike Smith was one of the first people I met who worked for Sherman County when I returned home. From the first time I encountered Mike I was impressed with how friendly, approachable and forthright he was. Mike was a County Commissioner at the time.

As a new resident of the county I asked Mike about all sorts of county business, programs and objectives. The most impressive thing about his answers were that if there was a dissenting side to his opinions or fundamental stance on an issue, he gave me an answer that included both sides of the issue.

Mike embodies the fundamental attributes that I learned to love about Sherman County people growing up here. Mike was not born here, but he has chosen to make this his home. In doing so he has made our County and our community a much better, and much better represented place. Mike is exceedingly honest and transparent. I have never once deviated from the belief that Mike, through his actions and presence is 100 percent committed to bettering our County as well as the regional community. This can readily be seen through his hard work for Frontier Telenet. The Frontier Telenet meeting notes posted most recently in this publication show many of his accomplishments.

Very rarely have I met men or women who have the mettle and conviction to put their job and other people in front of their own personal desires or needs. Mike makes that short list for me folks. I would trust him with any aspect of my life and my community. Mike is my friend and I would endorse him for anything he may chose to do in the future. Mike has integrity. If you have questions I suggest asking him. I have no doubt that you will receive the most thorough answer that he can provide.

Solomon Jacobsen

Rufus, Oregon

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

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