Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9
Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101
Becoming a Life-Long Learner
Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size
How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?
History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Taco Feed to Benefit Sherman High Volleyball Team, Feb. 9
The Sherman High School volleyball team will be hosting a Taco Feed during the basketball games on Friday, February 9th. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm. $5 a plate.
2. Maps: Oregon county results for Measure 101
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, voters approved Measure 101, which preserves a hospital and health insurance tax that helps pay for low-income Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan. More than 1 million voters, or about 40 percent of Oregonians who are registered, participated in the special election to approve up to $320 million in health care taxes. About 62 percent supported the measure. About 38 percent voted no. While the state as a whole overwhelmingly approved the tax, the results varied a lot from county to county.
3. Becoming a Life-Long Learner
If all of us are born with a natural and active curiosity, how come so many of us grow up resisting learning? And, why do so many people look at learning as an unpleasant and difficult experience, when all of us come into the world as active, eager learners?
Well, we turn off to learning – because that’s what we learned to do. If our parents taught us, through words and action, to expect failure, disappointment and boredom from life, we believed them and behaved accordingly.
If there wasn’t anything in our educational environment to counteract these mistaken beliefs, they became etched into us even deeper. Then, we learned to protect ourselves from the pain of disappointment by pretending not to care or by distracting ourselves with easily obtained comforts.
However, by using the proper tools and techniques, we can unlearn those negative ideas and put positive ones in their place. We can test the usefulness of our beliefs, and, if we choose to, we can change them. As an added benefit, many studies have shown that active learners live longer, stay healthier and, most importantly, have a richer quality of life.
We can become lifelong learners, open to the world of possibilities all around us, and open to expanding our own body of knowledge and understanding. With today’s availability of on-line courses – many of them free – so much more is within our reach. Healthy brains actually crave new input, and actively create new neural pathways when given the opportunity.
What do you think? Does a lifelong learner sound like something you might like to be? Let’s give our brains the opportunity to grow every day! ~The Pacific Institute
4. Oregon School Boards Association Opposes House Bill 4113 re: Class Size
A new bill made public Jan. 22, 2018, on behalf of Oregon’s teachers union seeks to make class size a mandatory subject of collective bargaining. The Oregon School Boards Association is taking a strong stand in opposition for the same reasons it did in 2017, when a similar bill failed to pass.
Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director, said House Bill 4113 would undermine local control and create an unfunded mandate that could lead to school boards having to cut services and school days to meet class-size restrictions. He said such attempts at restricting class size had proved to be failures in California and Florida.
“If you make class size a subject of collective bargaining, it will be a budget buster for school districts,” said Green.
Based on estimates from the Oregon Department of Education, lowering class sizes by three students would cost an additional $575.6 million in the 2019-21 biennium. That translates to hiring roughly 2,600 new teachers, according to ODE estimates, at a time when the Legislature is struggling to even maintain current service levels.
Green suggested that legislators instead focus their attention on the broader picture of paying for a first-class Oregon school system, as they have signaled their intention to do through the Joint Committee on Student Success. (https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/courtney/Documents/PR-jointstudentsuccess-FINAL.pdf)
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges.
5. How Many People Were Fed for What That Sports Car Cost?
~ excerpted, undated, unattributed.
“A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said, “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.”
“I replied I am not sure; it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who made the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur, Illinois at Caterpillar who made the trucks that haul the copper ore, it fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer, and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. But, I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed…”
6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Observer Reports on January Weather, 1922
~Contributed by Chris Sanders
January 6, 1922
The cold weather of the last 20 days is continuing with little sign of a charge. Farmers report abundance of snow in the stubble fields, but that the seeded areas have not the snow covering all would like to see for protection of the winter wheat.
January 13, 1922
Autie King, who has a crushed rock sub-contract on the Sherman Highway under Bauers & Beaurs, was looking over the proposition this week. We understand that the disposition of farmers to charge for rock for this work was not considered as a factor when the bids were figured.
January 20, 1922
Tuesday night was the coldest on record this winter for Sherman county. Official records at the experiment farm were 8 degrees below zero during the night and 4 below at 8 a.m. Other places in Moro where instruments were not so well protected went as low as 17 below. Grass Valley reported 22 below at several places in that city. Shaniko reported 10 below as the coldest for the night.
January 20, 1922
Wilber Woods from Weston, has been visiting with his parents last weekend. One feature of his visit was a “snow” ride Tuesday via auto to his farm in the Monkland district.
January 27, 1922
The King company of Portland, sub-contractors under Bauer and Bauer, have installed a rock crusher at DeMoss and will begin work as soon as weather permits. Their contract calls for rock surfacing the two sections on each side of Moro, to Wasco and Grass Valley.
January 27, 1922
D. Emery, superintendent of construction for Bauer & Bauer, was a caller at this office Thursday. He said the very first break in present weather conditions would see highway construction begin at many different points between Wasco and Moro. The road is now officially closed by the state highway engineer department and it would be well for the public generally to heed the weather signs and not allow their cars to become mired in the cuts and fills along the new grade.
January 27, 1922
Samuel Lancaster, the engineer who built the Columbia river highway, claims that the hard pack of frozen snow and sleet will remain on the Columbia river highway until next August unless it is removed by means other than the process of nature. Eric Hauser, owner of the Multnomah Hotel and a large contractor, had made an offer to remove the obstruction at cost and his offer will probably be accepted. Engineers seem to be agreed that a greater damage will result if not removed than the cost of the work would amount.
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