Sherman County eNews #259


  1. Halloween Decorations for Sherman Parent Teacher Organization Haunted House

  2. Congressional candidates to participate in live broadcast of debate on Oct. 5

  3. Letter to the Editor: Best Interests of Sherman County First

  4. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Program

  5. Floating All Boats

  6. It’s entirely possible to disagree with someone without becoming disagreeable

  7. Lecture: From Aphrodite; to Katniss the evolution of women in literature, Oct. 11

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

1. Halloween Decorations for Sherman Parent Teacher Organization Haunted House

Halloween.Haunt.HouseThe Sherman County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is asking for donations of unwanted Halloween decorations for their Haunted House taking place on October 26th in conjunction with the annual Trunk or Treat. Please contact Tionie Kock (541-993-3212) or Kelsi Phillips (541-639-5513) if you have items you would like to donate. Donations can also be dropped off directly at Sherman County School. Thank you!

2. Congressional candidates to participate in live broadcast of debate on Oct. 5

BEND — Incumbent Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District will debate during a live broadcast on Oct. 5. Independent Party Candidate Mark Roberts is also scheduled to participate in the debate.

The event is said to be the only one currently slated for the candidates. It is slated to last 60 minutes, and will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. local time from the studio of KTVZ Newschannel 21 in Bend on TV and online.

Questions from the public can be submitted online during the broadcast.

The 2nd Congressional District spans nearly two-thirds of Oregon including all 18 counties east of the Cascades, Jackson County and parts of Josephine County near Grants Pass.


3. Letter to the Editor: Best Interests of Sherman County First

pencil.sharpTo the Editor:

Regarding an earlier letter to the editor, a resident of Sherman County would have us elect our next county judge based solely on the years of experience a candidate has had serving on our County Court. If this criteria was the basis for all elections, consider the following:

  • We would have a President Hillary Clinton instead of President Donald Trump.
  • John McCain, with his many of years of political service, would have been president instead of Barack Obama.
  • We would not have had a President Carter, since we had President Ford doing the job.
  • No President Eisenhower?
  • Why would we vote for Knute Buehler when Kate Brown has governorship experience?
  • How many employees at the courthouse who are in elected positions, both current and past, had experience at the time they were elected to their position? (Justice of the Peace, County Clerk, Sheriff, Judges, Commissioners, etc.)

The great thing about the election system in the United States is that we can vote for the person we feel will do the best job, not the one with the most years of experience.   So when casting your ballot for our county judge, please take into consideration the candidate with sincerity, integrity, honesty, intelligence; one who will put the best interests of all Sherman County first.

Linda Krafsic


4. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Program

At the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor event on September 28th, friends and families of the inductees gathered to celebrate individuals and a group with a wide range of amazing accomplishments! At the dinner reception hosted by the Sherman Boosters speakers shared stories and information about those who were honored in this 3rd annual event. A professional photographer captured it for posterity and displays presented tangible evidence of achievement and success. Here’s the program…


5. Floating All Boats

A growth mindset, which has always been important psychologically, is a critical factor in economic well-being, too.

For five decades, The Pacific Institute has been working with the most forward-thinking business and world leaders to teach them the importance of a workforce with an efficacious, growth mindset. The concepts taught by Lou Tice have worked their way into mainstream American business culture. A book called “The Power of Self-Esteem,” by psychologist Nathaniel Branden, pointed out that a workforce lacking confidence in its ability to think and cope with life’s challenges won’t be very productive or competitive in a demanding global environment.

Branden reminded supervisors and managers to help employees stretch by supporting training and workshops, and to tolerate mistakes as long as people learn from them. He also counseled listening to employees because they have something worthwhile to say and asking for their help as ways to stimulate new ideas. In doing this, you are building confidence by giving lots of sincere compliments and encouragement.

What occurs, when this happens, is you are creating a workforce with a “growth” mindset, instead of a “fixed” mindset that fears change. Each individual, within the full spectrum of employees, is seeing each situation as an opportunity for growth. Change is sought, not feared. Personal development is vital, and not an afterthought. Personal development training for managers as well as for those they manage becomes a critical investment.

In the final analysis, it is difficult to have a workforce that is any more confident than the individuals who comprise it. Remember, it’s not the machine that shows up for work every day – it is a human being. Let’s give each worker, regardless of job responsibilities, every opportunity to know they are integral components in the organization’s success. As the old saying goes, “A rising tide floats all boats.” ~The Pacific Institute

 6. It’s entirely possible to disagree with someone without becoming disagreeable

By Lawrence Mhiripi

These days, everywhere you look someone is fighting over something. Whether it’s politics, parenting, religion or lifestyle choices, people feel the need to speak out. But why do people feel the need to express themselves negatively? We’ve lost the fine art of civil discourse in modern society. We live in a world where people think they must act contentiously or stay silent on the issues that matter most. However, if there was ever a time to have important discussions, now is that time.

There’s a third course of action that is often overlooked. It’s entirely possible to disagree with someone without becoming disagreeable. Unfortunately, we’re really bad at doing just that. You don’t have to act like a jerk to get your point across, but you do have to think about these considerations.

Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion

Many of us espouse the misguided notion that, if given the same facts, all people come to the same conclusions. That’s both naive and reductive. Humans come from varying backgrounds, and we all have our own personality traits that shade our view of the world. We can learn the same information and still come to wildly different conclusions from our friends and neighbors.

Outside of moral absolutes, the truth is a relative thing. If we want people to acquiesce to our way of thinking, we need to stop acting like those who disagree with us are under-educated or misinformed. Don’t assume someone is ignorant of the issues simply because they don’t see things your way. It’s impossible to act civil and condescending at the same time.

Only informed opinions count

Before you share your view on the world, ensure you’re offering an informed opinion. One of the most powerful things you can learn is how much you do not know. No matter how brilliant we think we are, each of us has blind spots and gaps in our information. Before you assert your views, check that you are speaking within your area of study.

If you want others to take you seriously, you have to take yourself seriously first. It makes little sense to debate politics on social media if you haven’t watched the news in six months. Likewise, you can’t tell someone how to parent their child unless you are co-parenting right along with them. Understand the limitations of your viewpoint and your points of bias. Spouting off about something you don’t understand is how arguments start.

Focus on facts, not character

The second you attack someone’s character, you have lost the argument. If you can’t stay on point with facts and personal experiences, it’s time to stay silent. It’s never OK to disparage someone’s good name, no matter how much you differ in your opinions. Tact is not dead, and you don’t want to kill it. Besides, you can’t convince someone to adopt your stance if they hate your guts. It just doesn’t work that way.

Rise above personal attacks in public discourse, even online. It’s tempting to say something negative about someone you can’t see, but it’s still not OK. Remember this important rule: never say something online that you wouldn’t say face to face. Character assassination through social media is just as harmful as bullying in person.

Agree to disagree

The heart of public discourse is understanding, not winning. People are too diverse to ever agree completely on important issues, and even if they could, that would make a very boring world. Know when to step away and leave the conversation. If you push past the point of polite disagreement, you’ll only make enemies, and enemies never agree, no matter how valid the arguments.

Don’t avoid people who challenge your beliefs, either. Some of the best relationships are with people who help us grow. Disagreement is not a good enough reason to blacklist someone from your life. If you can’t act like adults and stay civil in your interactions, maybe it’s time to look at your maturity level.

Real adults know how to disagree with grace. You can stand up for yourself and your morals without sinking into arguing and name calling. Let’s bring the civility back into the public sphere. There are too many important issues to waste our time squabbling with each other. We need informed, intelligent adults to lead us into the future.

7. Lecture: From Aphrodite; to Katniss the evolution of women in literature, Oct. 11

The public is invited to a cultural bilingual lecture Thursday, Oct. 11: From Aphrodite; to Katniss the evolution of women in literature, hosted by Columbia Gorge Community College. The lecture by CGCC instructor Leigh Hancock will be about how women have been presented by male and female writers from the times of ancient Greece to the present. From Pandora to Mother Mary to Lady MacBeth, the lecture explores how women have been portrayed in the house, on the creative side, and their independence as human beings.

“Stories are powerful, in that they reflect, shape and challenge our sense of the world,” explains Leigh Hancock. “The role of women in our society has been defined, reflected, restricted, and (occasionally) challenged by the narratives we share about who women are and what they should be.”

The lecture will take place in Columbia Center for the Arts. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. In order to ensure that language is not a barrier to learning, there will be headset interpretation from English to Spanish, and childcare will be provided.

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

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