Sherman County eNews #72


The Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents “Peter & Wendy”- March 15 & 16

Beware of Universals

Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

Opinion. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

1. The Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents “Peter & Wendy”- March 15 & 16

The Missoula Children’s Theatre performances of “Peter and Wendy” will be held on Friday, March 15th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 16th at 3:00 pm and will be presented in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.  We have 55 of our k-12th grade students performing in this production. These students have put in many hours of work on this production this week.  Please come and support our kids.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

2. Beware of Universals

One of the most important ways we communicate is with language. However, if our language is fuzzy, our communications will be too. And when communications are fuzzy, misunderstandings abound.

If you want to communicate effectively, you’ll also want to make your language as effective and clear as it can be. One way to do this is to be very careful about using words known as “universals” or “absolutes” – words like “always,” “never,” “all” and “every.”

Now, universals are fine, when they’re true. If you say, “Everyone must die someday,” or “All the people in our family have brown eyes,” you are talking about facts. But what about when you see an old person struggling with a walker and you say, “Gosh, it’s awful to be old!” Or you read about an elected official who’s been convicted of fraud and you say, “Politicians are all crooked.” In both cases, you have moved from a specific truth to a general untruth. You have generalized from particulars, and in so doing you distort a fact that is true, into an opinion that isn’t.

So, the next time you hear a universal term, ask yourself, “Is this a fact or an opinion or a generalization?” Watch and listen closely to those running for office, especially when they talk about their opponents or the state of affairs. Are they stating facts or a cleverly worded opinion? The same goes for news outlets or anyone attempting to grab the spotlight. It is vital that all of us sharpen our critical listening skills.

Listen for the words “all,” “every,” “always,” “never,” and “none,” and let them serve as red flags for you. Ask yourself, “Is this strictly true? Are there exceptions?” If you avoid these universals except when they are really true, you will dramatically improve your communications, as well as create a better sense of trust in you by those who listen to you. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Wasco County Pioneer Association Annual Meeting, May 4

wheel.wagon1The Annual Meeting of the Wasco County Pioneer Association will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The Meeting will be held at:
The Fort Dalles Readiness Center
402 East Scenic The Dalles, Oregon 97058
on the Columbia Gorge Community College Campus (East of Sorosis Park).

Doors are open and Registration begins at 9:30
Come early so that you can view the Historic Picture Boards
Lunch is at 11:30am
Annual Meeting and Program to follow lunch at 1:00pm
Annual Dues: $12.50
Lunch is $15.00
The Public is welcome at this meeting.

The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Old Wasco County on January 11, 1854. The Dalles was designated the county seat with the creation of the county, and has been its only location. At the time of its creation old Wasco County was the largest county in the United States, consisting of 130,000 square miles that stretched from the Cascades to the Rocky Mountains.

When Dakota Territory (including present-day Wyoming) was created in 1861, Idaho Territory in 1863, and Montana Territory in 1864, the parts of Old Wasco County east of the present Oregon boundaries were ceded to those territories.  Other counties were formed – Baker in 1862, Umatilla in 1862, Grant in 1864, Lake in 1874, Crook in 1882, Morrow in 1884, Gilliam in 1885, Sherman in 1889, Hood River in 1908 and Jefferson in 1914.

The Wasco County Pioneer Association Celebrates Old Wasco County every year on the first Saturday of May!

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

cow.blueOpinion. Cows are not the enemy.

Rural Population Trends

Grocery Store Prices Rose for the First Time in 3 Years in 2018

No-till and Strip-till Are Widely Adopted but Often Used in Rotation With Other Tillage Practices 

Commentary. Give the border patrol a break.

Study reveals 5 biggest regrets people have before they die

Oregon Now Has A 2nd Measles Outbreak To Deal With

5. Opinion. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

Cal Thomas, The Patriot Post: “For young people who weren’t alive during the Cold War and the horrors that came from socialism and its evil twin, communism, the notion that they can get free stuff from the government is addictive. Having sacrificed little for their country (members of the military excluded), too many young people have bought into the idea that rich people and big corporations are evil because they have ‘stolen’ money from others, especially the poor. … Ironically, one of the top issues for Generation Z is the national debt, now at $22 trillion. Have young people considered that socialist programs will significantly add to the debt? Apparently not, because to them, it seems that feelings are more important than observable results. … Ronald Reagan said: ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.’ Will this be the generation that fulfills his prophecy? Much is riding on the 2020 election.”