Sherman County eNews #359


  1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  2. Editorial: Questions & Answers

  3. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Net Neutrality

  4. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #4

  5. Relationships as Opportunities to Grow

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

 “A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” —George Washington (1790)

1. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

2. Editorial: Questions & Answers

caricatureskNow and then questions that we can’t answer come our way while we are out and about in the community. We keep a list! We get the answers.

How many people work for the Sherman County School District?

(FTE – full time equivalent) Administration 2.00; Confidential/Business Office 3.50; Teachers 18.63; Classified 10.01; Total 34.14. Of these positions, 2.34 are grant funded. ~Wes Owens, Superintendent, Sherman County School District

How many people work for Sherman County government?

Currently Sherman County has approximately 60 employees.  This number includes full-time/part-time/hourly.  This number does not include the ambulance crew or seasonal employees. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer

How many people work for Mid Columbia Producers? How many areas or counties are involved?

75 FTE employees are based in Wasco County 4, Gilliam County 3, Umatilla County 5, Klickitat County 4, Deschutes County 17, and 42 based in Sherman County although some may work in other counties on a seasonal basis. ~Jeff Kaser, Mid Columbia Producers

Is Sherman County paying for a cell telecommunication tower in Cottonwood Canyon State Park?

It was presented as a safety concern for the Sheriff’s Department.  With so many people predicted to visit the park, they wanted something in place for emergencies.  Frontier Telenet said they could provide that, but of course they would need financial assistance.  The court approved $375,000 and it was thought Gilliam County was also providing funds. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer [Editorial note: Funding from other sources has not been confirmed.]

Why does the weed department need a boat? How much did it cost?

Currently our weed department administers a program funded by grants to survey for weeds along the Deschutes River on both sides in Sherman County and Wasco County.  It was determined that a boat would be extremely helpful to get to some of those areas. It is a 14’ raft costing $3,506.25. ~Debbie Hayden, Sherman County Financial Officer

We were led to believe that state funding was available for the circuit court space in the new building next to the courthouse. Did Sherman County receive that funding?

“Sherman County did apply for funding through a program that is a partnership of the OJD and AOC. In addition to working directly with Representative Huffman, information was prepared for the Court and submitted for consideration but the Chief Justice chose to pursue other options. (Sherman County) would have had to wait either 1 or 2 years without any assurance of success if we were to have reapplied so the decision was made to pursue self-funding as the principle source of financing.  Regarding the Circuit Court portion of the structure, many folks are unaware of the requirement through ORS 1.185 requiring counties to provide suitable facilities for the operation of a Circuit Court in the county. Sherman County wisely chose to take this statutory responsibility seriously while striving to provide for use by both Circuit Court and Sherman County.” ~Ron McDermid, Sherman County Facilities Committee

3. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Net Neutrality

American flag2The Internet has been the most powerful tool of the 21st century. It has allowed people from all over the world to launch an interesting idea or an innovative startup — regardless of whom or where it came from. The Internet sparked American innovation, leading to some of our nation’s most successful and well-known companies.

But the FCC’s recent proposal to dismantle net neutrality rules strikes a huge blow to that innovation and openness. It would pave the way for internet providers to block or slow down websites, or charge extra fees to get good-quality internet service.

As the FCC votes tomorrow on whether or not to roll back net neutrality, NOW is the time to make our support for net neutrality loud and clear. We cannot let the FCC Chairman turn the Internet into a place where big telecom companies can act as gatekeepers or toll collectors, and only the wealthy and powerful can play.

Make no mistake — if the FCC’s attack on net neutrality succeeds, the majority of Americans who use the Internet could be harmed.

I have called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his disastrous plans to repeal net neutrality and if the FCC goes ahead, I will be joining with my colleagues to do everything possible to overturn it. Consumers and entrepreneurs alike need a free, open and competitive Internet.

4. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #4

Q. The Wasco community preserved the Columbia Southern Railway freight station & passenger depot. The rails are gone. What happened?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

5. Relationships as Opportunities to Grow

What can you do when you want to improve your marriage or close relationship, but your significant other seems to be content with the way things are?

Marriage or other close relationships offer us unique opportunities to grow. Sometimes, though, conflict arises when partners in romantic relationships have different visions of what the relationship should be like and different ideas about the direction it should take.

If you think your close relationship could use some work but your partner doesn’t, what do you do? Well, for starters, you don’t start blaming them for disagreeing with you and neither should you assume that there is something wrong with you. What you can do, instead, is share your visions with each other. Can you describe, as specifically as possible, without blaming or judging, just how you see the problem? Can you describe, just as specifically, what you see the future as being?

Sometimes professional couples counseling can be a great help in opening faulty lines of communication.  But, whether you decide to get help or not, make sure you stay focused on a vision of how the relationship will look when it is fixed, and maintain a non-blaming, non-judgmental attitude throughout. It isn’t always easy, but if you can take the emotion out of the situation long enough, the situation becomes clearer and possibly easier to manage when decisions need to be made.

Remember that disagreement doesn’t have to mean someone is wrong, and conflict can lead to greater harmony if it is handled properly. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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GovTrack.US Sen. Ron Wyden

GovTrack.US Sen. Jeff Merkley

GovTrack.US Rep. Greg Walde

President signs Greg Walden bill to ensure military access to lifesaving medical treatments

Congressional Misconduct Database


Trump is Right on the Death Tax: A Lifetime of Paying Taxes is Enough

Universal Packaging

Brilliant Maps on Facebook

History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer: 1964 Flood.

Prager U.: Social Security Won’t Give You Security


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A Primer on Land Use in the United States

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