Sherman Junior Hoops Weekly Clinics Begin, Jan. 6
Sherman County Prayer Warriors
Your Special Election Voters’ Pamphlet
156,000 Oregonians Signed Up for HealthCare.Gov Insurance
18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
A New Year’s Plea
Lord, let me stand in the thick of the fight,
Let me bear what I must without whining;
Grant me the wisdom to do what is right,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.
Let me be true as the steel of a blade,
Make me bigger than skillful or clever;
Teach me to cling to my best, unafraid,
And harken to false gospels, never.
Let me be brave when the burden is great,
Faithful when wounded by sorrow;
Teach me, when troubled, with patience to wait
The better and brighter to-morrow.
Spare me from hatred and envy and shame,
Open my eyes to life’s beauty;
Let not the glitter of fortune or fame
Blind me to what is my duty.
Let me be true to myself to the end,
Let me stand to my task without whining;
Let me be right as a man, as a friend,
Though a thousand false beacons are shining.
~ Edgar Guest
1. Sherman Junior Hoops Weekly Clinics Begin, Jan. 6
Sherman Junior Hoops Youth Basketball begins another year of weekly clinics on Saturday, January 6 at 9:00am in the Sherman County Elementary School gymnasium. Sign-ups will be accepted through that date. In addition to being open to first through fourth graders, this year Junior Hoops is also opening registration to kindergarten students. Sign-up forms will be available this week at the Sherman Elementary School front desk and can be returned on Saturday morning. For questions, please contact Ron McDermid at 541-442-5833.
2. Sherman County Prayer Warriors
Calling out to all Sherman County Prayer Warriors and those in need of Prayer.
If you would like to join the Sherman County Prayer Warriors Email Team please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include you on the email prayer chain.
You can send in Prayer requests to this email address, email@example.com or if you do not have email you can message 541 965 1227 and as a last resort call that number and I will send them out to the rest of the Sherman County Prayer Warriors Email Team.
3. Your Special Election Voters’ Pamphlet
Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State: The Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet for the January 23, 2018 Special Election was mailed statewide for delivery between December 27 and 29. I encourage you to study the arguments on both sides.
If you need to register to vote or update your voter information, you can do so on our website. The registration deadline for this election is January 2, and ballots must be received in your county clerk’s office no later than January 23. Please remind your friends and family how important it is to vote.
Our nation promises liberty and justice for all, so we want to encourage our recently naturalized citizens to participate in their democracy. The stories of new citizens who immigrated to the United States to build a better life for their families are inspiring, which is why I was honored to welcome immigrants into citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in Portland as my first public event as your Secretary of State. For those Oregonians who would like to read about Oregon elections in their native language, we have just launched online voter information in four additional translations—Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali, and Russian—in addition to the current languages of English and Spanish.
Our Elections Division is working hard to make your Voters’ Pamphlet as understandable and inclusive as possible. For example, my team worked closely with advocates for Oregonians with disabilities and victims of domestic violence and other crimes to update important language about voter access, rights, and protections in our elections process. If you ever have a question about your voting rights, please call the Elections Division at 503-986-1518.
As you read your Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet, you will see arguments submitted in favor and in opposition of the measure to be voted on. Sometimes authors purposely submit “Yes” arguments in the “No” column and “No” arguments in the “Yes” column. Oregon law requires the Elections Division to place arguments as submitted. If you notice arguments that seem to be in the wrong column, please be aware that this was not an error; it was the desire of the author who submitted the argument.
In closing, I want to reiterate the importance of voting in every election. Thank you in advance for fulfilling this important civic duty.
—Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State
4. 156,000 Oregonians Signed Up for HealthCare.Gov Insurance
(Salem) — The federal government today released new data showing that 156,105 Oregonians chose health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Dec. 15. This open enrollment period — for 2018 coverage — was half the duration of the previous year’s sign-up period, but Oregon’s enrollment total was the state’s highest ever.
“Serving health care consumers is the core of our mission,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “So, it is rewarding to see Oregonians are finding plans that meet their needs, and are successfully navigating the enrollment process.”
The enrollment total during the previous sign-up period, for 2017 coverage, was 155,430.
Oregon business, government, and nonprofit partners helped bolster health insurance enrollment. Before open enrollment, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, awarded competitive grants to six community groups and 31 insurance agencies. These local partners publicized the enrollment deadline and gave one-on-one enrollment guidance to consumers. The marketplace also implemented a vigorous, Oregon-based outreach campaign that included radio and television spots, online ads, and event sponsorships.
“Our work continues, even though open enrollment has closed,” said Flowers. “All year, the marketplace and our partners help people understand their coverage, navigate the insurance aspects of tax time, and update their coverage as their lives change.”
Oregonians who have health insurance questions can call the Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit OregonHealthCare.gov.
Oregonians who have trouble with their insurance company can find help from the marketplace’s sister division, the Division of Financial Regulation at www.dfr.oregon.gov or calling 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).
5. 18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do