Sherman County eNews #84


  1. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

  2. Sherman County Lions Monthly Meeting, April 4

  3. Letter to the Editor: Questions for Sherman County Judge Candidates

  4. Petition: Pledge to Obey and Enforce Federal Immigration Law

  5. Proclamation: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2018

  6. Proclamation: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14

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

I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are yet to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my eyes. As I felt, so they had felt and were to feel, as then, as now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father’s hand, and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all up and down the line that stretched from time that was to time that is, and time that is not yet come, raised their hands to show the link, and we were as one. ~ How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn.

1. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

And the week of April 9-13 is National Work Zone Safety Awareness week

Startling statistics (distracted driving): On average, in Oregon…

  • A distracted driver causes a crash every 2.5 hours—almost 10 crashes each day.
  • Distracted driving causes one in every 12 serious injury crashes in Oregon. 

Startling statistics (work zones): On average, in Oregon…

  • A work zone crash occurs every 17 hours.
  • An inattentive (distracted!) driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes.
  • Four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers and their passengers.
  • Fines double 24/7. Workers or not.

 Help us mark the month of April and the week of April 9:

  • Think about your one and only job when you’re behind the wheel: driving. #DriveHealthy: Hands on the wheel, mind on the road. Put your phone in the glove compartment or hand it to a passenger.  
  • When you’re a passenger, don’t let your driver drive distracted. Ask for their phone—you can answer, instead. Or put it in the glove compartment!
  • Pay attention all the time you’re driving, but especially when you see orange signs, barrels, cones and barricades. Stay alert in work zones.

2. Sherman County Lions Monthly Meeting, April 2

The Sherman County Lions will be holding its monthly meeting this coming Monday April 2nd at the Sherman County Senior and Community Center in the large meeting room at 12:00. Topics to be discussed include an update on progress for the new baseball fields located on the Sherman County School Districts property in Moro and potential partnerships and best use of Lions funds to serve its mission. Please join us for lunch and a discussion on how Lions can continue to serve our County. Welcome to all, Mike Smith Lions President

3. Letter to the Editor: Questions for Sherman County Judge Candidates

To the Editor:

Sherman County eNews’ issue #78 on March 26th editorial entitled “Let’s Ask Our Candidates for County Judge” listed a series of questions to the candidates.

As one of those candidates, I would like to say that they are very worthwhile to ask and I am glad to answer those or any other questions our citizens feel are important to make an informed decision as to who should serve as Sherman County Judge.

I will be working hard to meet with as many voters as possible and am glad to discuss questions and views on the position. Please feel free to invite me over for a chat to your home or ours or meet at a public place, call me at 541-306-1202, e-mail me at, write to me at P.O. Box 127 Moro, Or 97039 or private message me on Facebook.

I hope I can talk to as many citizens as possible.

Mike Smith
Candidate for Sherman County Judge

4. Petition: Pledge to Obey and Enforce Federal Immigration Law


Whereas, the subject of illegal immigration enforcement in America is a matter of preeminent importance to each and every local, state and federal taxpayer and,

Whereas, it’s a fact that illegal immigration touches our lives in many ways: And without a doubt, a portion of the true costs of illegal immigration is in the local, state, and federal taxes we pay;

Whereas, a majority of Americans agree that the reason we have illegal immigration is that past federal, state and local enforcement efforts have been “grossly inadequate,” and;

Whereas, a modest estimate of the total net cost to American taxpayers each year is $113 BILLION.

Therefore, I, the undersigned taxpayer, call upon you to pledge that you will do everything in your power to uphold the rule of law and obey and enforce all laws against illegal immigration.

~Judicial Watch Petition Form

5. Proclamation: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in this community. The goal is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).

Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005). On campus one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher & Martin, 2007).

The theme of this year’s campaign is EMBRACE YOUR VOICE. The campaign informs individuals on how they can use their words to stop sexual violence before it happens by promoting safety, respect and equality. Our words shape the world around us. Whether you speak out against locker room talk or help someone better understand these issues, your voice is powerful and necessary in this conversation.

Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with kids.

I join advocates and communities across the country in taking action to prevent sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and each day of the year is an opportunity to create change for the future.

/s/ Gary Thompson, Sherman County Judge 3/21/18/

6. Proclamation: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14

Whereas, Americans are the victims of 20 million crimes each year, affecting individuals and communities;

Whereas, years of investment in crime victims’ rights and services have developed a system of victim response that can help victims recover from crime;

Whereas, reaching and serving all victims of crime is essential to supporting thriving communities, because those who receive holistic services and support are more likely to remain invested in their communities;

Whereas, dedicated victim service providers are working every day to meet the needs of crime victims, yet there are still too many victims without meaningful access to rights and services;

Whereas, many victims face barriers – such as isolation, distrust of authorities, language limitations, lack of transportation, or cultural barriers – that keep them from accessing the services and criminal justice systems that can help them recover from crime;

Whereas, we must make a dedicated effort to expand the circle of those prepared to respond to victims and link them to the resources that can help them recover;

Whereas, engaging a broader array of healthcare providers, community leaders, faith organizations, educators, and businesses can provide new links between victims and services that improve their safety, healing and access to justice;

Whereas National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime – especially those who are challenging to reach or serve – are afforded their rights and receive a trauma-informed response; and

Whereas, Sherman County is hereby dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for justice for all victims and survivors.

Now, therefore, I, as County Judge of Sherman County, do hereby proclaim the week of April 8-14, 2018, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week,

And reaffirm this County’s commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that assists all victims of crime during Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year; and to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to those community members, victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice and peace.

/s/ Gary Thompson, Sherman County Judge 3/21/18.

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

bird.owl3Patriot Post: Resurrection Day Meditations

Judicial Watch: Immigration Law Petition Form

Prager University: Let Kids Be Kids

American Thinker