All County Prayer Meeting, April 3
Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover
Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College
BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3
The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, April 3 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting; come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs
2. Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover
Would you like to change your luck for the better? If you do, throw away your rabbit’s foot and four leaf clover or whatever else you keep around to give you “good luck.” Today, let’s delve into the concept of “luck.”
Why is it that some people are successful at almost everything they do, while others seem to continually fail? Is it luck, or is something else going on?
What we normally attribute to a force called “luck” is simply the part of our mind that does not see the whole picture. No one creates any condition – health, finances, career, relationships – unless she or he has attracted it by patterns of thinking. As a poet once said, “We think in secret and it comes to pass; our environment is our looking glass.” It follows, then, that if we want to change our luck, we must change our patterns of thinking.
Just as the waves of the ocean create distinct physical formations of sand and rock on beaches, the waves of our thoughts create physical manifestations in our experience. Our minds are far more powerful than we can even begin to imagine, and each day, we are discovering just how powerful. When you see yourself as the creator of your own experience, your “luck” if you want to call it that, will change. You can toss the rabbit’s foot and recycle the four-leaf clover.
To make a long story short, you are lucky if you think you are. You are unlucky, if you think you are. The good news is that we have the power to decide which way to think. Perhaps you will find this idea interesting enough to explore in greater depth on your own? ~The Pacific Institute
3. Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27
The Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo, the state’s largest veteran resource event, comes to eastern Oregon for the first time this summer. The Expo, which has previously served veterans in Salem, Portland, Redmond and Medford, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Pendleton Convention Center.
The purpose of the event is to provide a one-stop shop for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life to learn about and access the full range of their earned benefits. The Expo offers resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation.
The annual Expo is organized by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and is hosted in different locations throughout the state.
“One thing we hear from veterans year after year with this event is that they’re blown away by all the benefits and resources they never knew existed,” ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick said. “Most come to the Expo with some idea of a few areas they want information in, but they always walk away with a whole lot more.”
This year’s event is being presented in partnership with Oregon Lottery, a longtime supporter of causes important to Oregonians, including public education, the environment and the veteran community.
ODVA invites government and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to veterans in Oregon to participate in this year’s Expo. We also welcome for-profit companies that are interested in hiring veterans to participate in the Veteran Career Fair that is held in conjunction with the Expo.
Interested organizations may request participation online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/orvetexpo19. There is no fee to participate, however ODVA reserves the right to limit participation based on space availability and the suitableness of services an organization provides to veterans.
For more information about the Expo, visit www.expo.oregondva.com.
4. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a constitutional amendment Friday to abolish the Electoral College.
Merkley, who flirted with a presidential run over the past 2 years, tweeted his announcement.
“It’s time to end the undemocratic Electoral College, and to ensure a pathway to full voting representation for all American citizens, regardless of whether they live in Portland or Puerto Rico,” Merkley said in a statement.
The bill would mean presidential races would be determined by popular vote.
Merkley has long spoken about how the current electoral system is “profoundly unfair” and has resulted in candidates who lost the popular vote to become President of the United States.
Donald Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million to Hillary Clinton in 2016. George W. Bush also had fewer votes than Al Gore in 2000.
Getting a constitutional amendment enacted is a daunting task. First, the amendment would need the OK from more than 2/3 of both the House and the Senate, then it needs to be ratified by at least 38 of the 50 states.
The state of Oregon has toyed with the idea of joining a number of states pushing for the abolition of the Electoral College… … …
5. BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating
Oregon Consumers Lose Money to Online Store
Portland, OR – March 29, 2019 – Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about Gearow.com, an online store that claims to be operating out of Buffalo, New York. Gearow appears to specialize in outdoor equipment and accessories.
Consumers across the United States, including Oregon, report placing orders with the site, and never receiving the items or any form of correspondence. There are complaints from 40 out of the 50 states.
After many customers filed complaints, BBB of Upstate New York investigated in December 2018. The BBB investigation discovered that all of the phone numbers associated with the company were disconnected and that the address listed on the website is that of a storage facility in Buffalo. However, as of March 2019, the website is still active.
Consumer complaints also included receiving fake tracking numbers and having to wait months for any type of package. Those who did eventually receive their order, determined the packages were actually coming from overseas, based on the postage. Because of the complaint activity, the company has an F rating with BBB. There are also 47 customer reviews for the company (all one-star reviews), and ten reports to BBB Scam Tracker. Because of the personal information consumers need to enter when shopping online, interacting with a phony and/or fraudulent website such as this one could lead to identity theft in worst-case scenarios. BBB NW+P encourages consumers to follow these tips: BBB.org/shoppingonline.
6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do