Out with the Negative, In with the Positive
OSP Increases Patrols, Urges Motorists to Travel Safely Through the Holidays
Paid Work Experience, Business Internship Program & Professional Development
Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving
City of Moro Announces New City Administrator
OP-ED: Tax Reform for Oregon’s Middle Class
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white. ~ Irving Berlin.
1. Out with the Negative, In with the Positive
We have spent the last couple of days becoming aware of the negatives in our thoughts. Are you having trouble getting some of those negative thoughts to go away?
No one, not even the most optimistic person in the world, can think positively all the time. If we pay any attention to the daily news – and that is so easy to do – keeping negative thoughts at bay can be a real challenge. But successful people know how to get rid of their negative thoughts fast when they do appear.
Here’s a great technique that originated with Matt Oechsli, a therapeutic hypnotist:
First, identify the thought that is bothering you. Most likely, it is a fear of something. Is it failure? Rejection? Incompetence? Could it be illness or catastrophe? Being able to put a name to the problem is huge, as it brings it down to a manageable size and gives you a target.
Secondly, interrupt the problem thought by visualizing a candle flame and taking a long, deep breath. You cannot concentrate on two opposing thoughts at the same time, so you will find your fear diminishing, and the deep breathing triggers a relaxation response.
Third, eject it. As you exhale, imagine that you are breathing out the fearful or negative thought. See the candle flame flicker and go out as you blow it away with your breath.
Finally, replace it. Put a positive affirmation in its place, drawing a positive picture in your mind of what you want to think or feel. Then, repeat that affirmation several times.
Remember: Identify, Interrupt, Eject and Replace. It will take some practice at first, but this is a technique that can help you learn how to take charge of your thoughts, and at the same time, you will be taking charge of your life. ~The Pacific Institute
2. OSP Increases Patrols, Urges Motorists to Travel Safely Through the Holidays
OSP will be increasing patrols during the holidays running December 13th through January 1st, 2018.
OSP emphasis will be on the Fatal 5 driving behaviors, which lead to serious injury and fatal crashes. Those are Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving. OSP is asking motorists to report dangerous drivers and those believed to be impaired.
AAA projects a record-breaking holiday travel season this year with about a third of the population traveling for the Christmas and New Year holidays! That adds up to a whopping 107 million Americans including more than 1.3 million Oregonians. The vast majority–91 percent–will take a holiday road trip. AAA expects to rescue more than 901,600 drivers nationally and 12,000 in Oregon over the holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires, lockouts and vehicle tows. Make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter driving conditions. Pack an emergency kit as well as food and water for you and your passengers, including your four-footed family members. Bring extra jackets, gloves, blankets and warm clothing. And don’t blindly follow your GPS–if it directs you to a road that doesn’t appear to be maintained or well-traveled, turn around!
As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time. Know your route and the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripchceck.com
3. Paid Work Experience, Business Internship Program & Professional Development
Mid Columbia Producers in conjunction with other businesses throughout the Gorge have put together paid work opportunities and internships. Please feel free to send this on to students, unemployed individuals or people looking for a career change. Please direct interested parties the website www.gorgeworks.com.
Interested in exploring jobs with career potential and getting paid in the process?
Gorge Works offers access to multiple paid work experience opportunities for the Summer of 2018 in the Columbia Gorge through one convenient application process. See https://gorgeworks.com/paid-work-experience-positions/.
Host an Intern: Columbia Gorge businesses are welcome to apply to be part of this nine-week summer internship program. See https://gorgeworks.com/host-an-intern/
Professional Development: Our host sites will provide on-the-job training that gives you a head-start on a path to a lucrative, life-long career. Additionally, we at Gorge Works believe in providing skills that can be used in a range of environments. Weekly professional development sessions will be facilitated by local experts. Sessions may include the following topics or others:
- Workplace Expectations
- Project Management
- Professional Presentations
- LEAN 101
4. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving
Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Updated 12/2017:
- ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
- Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
- Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
- HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
- Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
- Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
- Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
- OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
- Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
- Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
- Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
- Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
- Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
- Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
- Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
- Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
- Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
- Your church.
5. City of Moro Announces New City Administrator
The City of Moro has a new face in City Hall after the Mayor and city council members voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Erik Glover as the City’s new administrator at the December 5th council meeting.
Erik Glover is a Sherman County native and is a 2010 graduate of Sherman High School in Moro and a graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Agriculture Business Management. Erik brings business management and administration experience, as well as formal education in accounting, budgeting and finance to his role as City Administrator. Erik prefers the small town life and looks forward to getting to know and working with everyone in Moro.
The City Council also wants to thank Kari Silcox for her work as the previous city administrator, and wish her the best in her new role as manager/director of the Senior Center in Moro.
Please help welcome Erik to his new role, and make sure to stop by your City Hall and say Hello!
6. OP-ED: Tax Reform for Oregon’s Middle Class
By Representative Greg Walden
Pro-growth tax reform is on its way to hardworking, middle-class Americans. And it’s about time.
The biggest percentage of tax reductions next year will go to those earning between $20,000 and $50,000 a year. That’s according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. An eastern Oregon family earning the median income of approximately $50,000 a year will pay about $1,300 less next year. Over the next eight years that’s a savings of $10,400 for that family.
What does that mean across the country? A typical American family of four earning $73,000 a year, will see a 58% reduction in their federal taxes. That’s real relief.
Moreover, by nearly doubling the standard deduction, even fewer Oregonians will have to hire an accountant to search the 73,954 pages of the federal tax code only to discover darn few of the special interest loopholes apply to them. We’re closing the loopholes and making filing your taxes as easy as filling out a postcard.
For those who choose to itemize their taxes, I worked with my colleagues to maintain provisions important to Oregonians such as preserving the ability to deduct medical expenses, and a combination of both property and state income taxes up to $10,000 – helpful in our high-tax state. For students and teachers, I also successfully fought to maintain the deductions for student loans and teaching expenses.
The IRS should have new tax withholding tables in employers’ hands before February. Once that happens, taxpayers will begin to see more going into their pockets, and less going to the Washington, D.C. bureaucracy.
In addition to providing historic and meaningful individual tax relief to Oregon families, this measure is also designed to rekindle job growth. Few in Congress were job creators. My wife and I spent more than 20 years as small business owners in the Columbia Gorge. I can tell you from first-hand experience of growing a business and meeting a payroll, passage of this Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help small businesses, family farms and ranches, and those contractors with a truck and backhoe expand and grow.
Oregon’s breweries and wineries get substantial relief from the beer and wine excise taxes thanks to Republican Senate provisions I fought to include in the final bill. These savings will our let our craft brewers and winemakers reinvest more money locally in their businesses and our communities.
Globally, we’ll finally see American-based companies bring money home and invest it here, rather than look for ways to shelter earnings overseas. America had one of the highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world, resulting in lost jobs and American companies moving abroad. That all changes under this legislation.
Our plan makes the American economy more competitive, which will lead to more job growth and economic expansion. We’re finally giving American companies a better place to do business.
A spokesman for Intel, one of Oregon biggest employers, told the Oregonian newspaper that these changes “…can help level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers and make us more competitive in today’s global economy. The bill should also spur further investment in American manufacturing and (research and development).”
These tax reforms are boosting confidence in our economy. Last month, the National Federation of Independent Business confidence index hit an all-time high. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, optimism among manufactures also reached a new high. While the stock market will ebb and flow, a 5,000-point gain in the last year is both historic and welcome news to those with savings and retirement accounts, especially after the last eight years of slow growth.
Many factors affect the strength of the economy, including an available and trained workforce, international incidents and more. Congress and the President need to focus on rebuilding America’s infrastructure next. But after waiting 31 years for real tax reform, finally we have a law that brings tax savings to hard working Americans and makes us competitive again overseas.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes 20 counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon.
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do