10th Annual Antique Car Tour Hood River – Mosier Twin Tunnels – Rowena, July 13
Times-Journal Transfers Ownership of 133-year old Printing/Publishing Business
State Senator Alan Olsen’s Letter to His Constituents
Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution
Rarely Perfect the First Time
Half of Border Patrol Workforce Reassigned to Humanitarian Support Duty, 100,000 Migrants Slip into U.S.
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
Horace: “It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.”
1.10th Annual Antique Car Tour Hood River – Mosier Twin Tunnels – Rowena Crest, July 13
The tenth annual Antique Car Tour from Hood River, through the Mosier Twin Tunnels, to Rowena Crest and return trip is open to all vehicles 1949 and older. A maximum of 80 vehicles may participate. The registration deadline is June 30th and may be done so by contacting Jeanette Kloos at FHCRH@comcast.net or 503-227-5638. This rare opportunity is sponsored by Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
2. Times-Journal Transfers Ownership of 133-year old Printing/Publishing Business
Notice to Interested Persons
Business Ownership Change
As of July 1, 2019, Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC, doing business as The Times-Journal at Condon, Oregon under the ownership of McLaren and Janet Stinchfield, will transfer ownership of the 133-year old printing and publishing business to Bighorn Press LLC, Stephen and Renee Allen. Bighorn Press will continue to operate the weekly newspaper, maintaining the banner of The Times-Journal. Ownership and management of the business by Bighorn Press LLC will begin as of July 1, 2019. As of July 1, 2019, all responsibilities of the operation of The Times-Journal will be that of Bighorn Press LLC, and all debts incurred in the name of The Times-Journal as of July 1, 2019 will be the responsibility of Stephen and Renee Allen, Bighorn Press LLC, P.O. Box 746, Condon, Oregon 97823. Signed, McLaren and Janet Stinchfield, P.O. Box 321, Condon, Oregon 97823. Published in The Times-Journal June 13, 20 & 27, 2019
3. State Senator Alan Olsen’s Letter to His Constituents
Posted here with permission.
From Senator Alan Olsen (R):
To my Constituents,
Yes, I am no longer in Salem working on legislation. A simple reason for that is the Majority Party has no intention of letting us “work on Legislation”. There is no bi-partisanship. It is a take it or leave it proposition.
This started early in the session when we raced through rent control, passing in on the floor in a matter of days. There was very little discussion and certainly no consideration of alternatives or amendments. It was passed as the Majority wanted it. Good bill, bad bill, no one knows but without considering all options, the outcome may well impact renters in a very negative way.
We continued by extending a temporary tax that was to expire this year, at least that is what the voters’ pamphlet stated. We extended the tax to 2026 and increased it from 1.5% to 2.0% on small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees. The question asked was, “How does this make health insurance cheaper?” The answer was, “We need the money”.
As we got deeper into the session, the legislation got worse. Bills banning popular items we use every day were passed.
The Governor took $108M from the kicker and continues to want to overturn our voice by keeping all the Kicker. The Majority Party passed a Gross Receipts tax, called the Student Success Act, to provide funding for education. Unfortunately, they only put $800M more into the school fund with none of that money coming from the Gross Receipts tax. Schools will have to come hat in hand requesting additional funding in the form of grants without any expectation of receiving those funds.
Remember, the Gross Receipts tax, is a tax on corporate sales not on corporate profits so that even if a company loses money, they are held liable for this tax. This tax was turned down by voters in 2016 by a large margin because Oregonians knew that this was a tax on a tax on a tax and would certainly drive prices for goods and services through the roof. In fact it will cost a household an additional 4% for goods and services per year. Does your salary go up by 4%?
The Super Majority passed this without a single Republican vote.
The necessity for leaving was predicated on the refusal of the Majority Party to amend the Cap and Swindle Bill, HB 2020, whose goal is to reduce CO2 while costing Oregonians $550M in the first year alone while providing “imperceptible” reductions in CO2 as stated by their own experts. This bill would put a $.22/gallon tax on your gas and diesel affecting the pocketbooks of all Oregonians, particularly rural Oregon, my district to be certain, where commuting is not a choice but a necessity. The bill did offer a small rebate on your taxes at the end of the year, but this was only a cherry on a mud pie. Gas prices in the future, by their own experts will rise as high as $3.00/ gallon. They called these increases in prices an “incentive” for you to drive less or invest in a new electric car. Either way, it is your hard-earned money that they are spending, and I thought this to be entirely wrong.
This bill will cost a family of four approximately $600/year on top of the additional 4% you will be charged, as mentioned above. Enough was enough.
We are one of the greenest states in the nation. Can we do more? Yes, but not to the tune of $550M in the first year. There are alternatives, but the Majority Party would not hear of it. They have “friends” that are counting on this largess. Don’t believe me, just read the bill and see who gets the money. Not the road fund, for certain.
Finally, when a piece of legislation has $10M built into it to help those that lost their jobs, that means a lot of jobs will be lost because of this legislation.
Other items on the docket included:
- Limiting the peoples’ opportunity to file initiative petitions,
- Drivers’ licenses for illegals, which we the people voted “no” in overwhelming numbers in 2014,
- Taking the full kicker,
- Rebooting property taxes to real market value and taxing on 75% of that
- and a plethora of just bad legislation that will overturn the will of the voters.
Without the ability to make substantive changes to legislation, I felt the only option left was to deny a quorum for taxation without representation.
Our forefathers did the same thing in Boston Harbor when they dumped the tea into the bay. They had no voice, so they made a statement. No taxation without our voices being heard. It is the statement I am making today in absentia. I am willing to work with the Super Majority for all Oregonians, if they will listen.
4. Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution
Old dirty diesel engines may soon be on their way out
SALEM — Diesel exhaust from heavy-duty engines is one of Oregon’s biggest air toxic problems and can be solved by replacing old polluting engines with newer diesel engines or with trucks and equipment that run on cleaner fuels like electricity. In a 44 to 15 vote in favor of HB 2007, the Oregon House has chosen to accelerate this critical transition.
“We have known about diesel’s pernicious impacts on human health for decades,” said Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Legislative Director of Oregon Environmental Council. “Today’s landmark vote signals that the Oregon House cares about Oregonians’ hearts, lungs and brains, all of which are harmed when diesel engines are allowed to pollute our communities.”
The vast majority of Oregonians are breathing diesel exhaust at unsafe levels, with 19 counties across Oregon exceeding the state’s health benchmark. Diesel pollution contributes to cancer risk, as well as heart disease and heart attacks, asthma attacks, reduced lung growth in children, birth anomalies and autism, male infertility and more. Children are most vulnerable and so are people who work with diesel and who live by highly trafficked roads.
HB 2007 will start diesel clean-up in the tri-county area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties) by requiring:
- Engine standards for diesel-powered trucks: By 2023 all medium-duty (e.g., delivery vans, garbage trucks) and heavy-duty trucks (e.g., big rigs) will be required to run on a 1997 or newer engine; and by 2029 medium-duty trucks will need to run on a 2010 or newer diesel engines, as well as publicly owned heavy-duty trucks. Trucks can also comply by switching to cleaner fuels or trapping pollution with special filters.
- Phase-out of resale of old diesel engines: After 2025, medium-duty truck owners will not be able to purchase diesel engines older than 2010, and heavy-duty truck owners will not be able to purchase diesel engines older than 2007.
- Clean construction: State-funded construction projects costing $20 million or more in the tri-county area will require 80% clean equipment, and construction equipment owners will be encouraged to display a sticker that shows the emissions profile of the engine.
- VW settlement funds: Approximately $53 million will assist the trucks and equipment subject to clean-up, prioritizing applications that support cleaner fuels, and grant applicants running minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veteran owned businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, or emerging small businesses.
- Future success: A task force will develop new funding strategies to support businesses across the entire state in upgrading their fleets.
“HB 2007 and previous diesel clean-up bills have gained broad support from doctors and nurses, public health and environment advocates, faith leaders, and groups representing vulnerable communities across the state,” said Chris Hagerbaumer, Deputy Director of Oregon Environmental Council.
“When this legislation passes the Senate and is signed by the Governor it will launch protections for 44% of the state’s residents.”
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5. Rarely Perfect the First Time
Today, let’s talk about how to handle those inevitable setbacks that occur, from time to time, in your quest to be a better human being. When it comes to changing our behavior, it is the rare person who gets it right the first time – or the second time… or the third time…
You know we talk quite a bit about affirmations because they are a purposeful way to help people change for the better. (Now, affirmations are just positive, emotionally charged, present-tense statements describing a desired end-result in the future.) For example, an affirmation you could make if you want to be a more loving person is, “I truly enjoy treating all people with respect and courtesy in every possible circumstance.”
So, what happens, then, when you are driving to work and another driver cuts you off, glaring at you as if you had no right to be on the road in the first place? In the past, you have responded by making a very disrespectful gesture, calling out an extremely discourteous name – and then feeling terribly guilty. Do you give up in disgust and say, “Well, obviously, affirmations don’t work, so why bother?”
Not at all! You see, before you made your affirmation, you probably would not have even noticed your disrespectful behavior as being anything unusual. Because of your affirmation – your promise to yourself – you were instantly and uncomfortably aware that this isn’t how you want to behave. You say to yourself, “That’s the old me talking. The next time, I intend to respond courteously, no matter how much I’m provoked!”
You keep affirming it and visualizing it – day after day and time after time – until the new behavior becomes second nature, and you no longer remember being any other way. In fact, you no longer have to remind yourself to act better. The new behavior has become your new normal, and the old way just doesn’t fit you anymore. ~The Pacific Institute
6. Half of Border Patrol Workforce Reassigned to Humanitarian Support Duty, 100,000 Migrants Slip into U.S.
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With half of the nation’s Border Patrol workforce reassigned to provide humanitarian support for “vulnerable populations,” a record number of illegal immigrants have slipped into the United States and “disappeared into border communities,” the agency’s chief told Congress. The overwhelmed frontline Homeland Security agency has managed to apprehend a record 593,000 illegal aliens this year, but an additional 100,000 have made it through and remain somewhere in the country. The distressing numbers were delivered last week by Border Patrol Chief Carla L. Provost, who told a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security that the situation along the southwest border is a crisis that is putting national security at risk.
“The demographic shift towards more vulnerable populations, combined with overwhelming numbers, has caused 40 to 60 percent of Border Patrol agents to be pulled away from our border security mission to provide humanitarian support—that’s 40 to 60 percent of our frontline workforce that is not available to stop drugs, gang members, and dangerous criminals from entering our country,” Provost testified. She added that “100,000 individuals successfully crossed the border illegally and disappeared into border communities before agents could respond. This is the highest level of observed ‘got aways’ since Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This high level of ‘got aways’ is a direct result of agents being reassigned from the frontline to provide humanitarian support to the unprecedented numbers of individuals and families in custody.”
Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family units represent 66% of all inadmissible individuals and apprehensions along the southwest border, Provost said, adding that the never-ending flow of illegal aliens has shattered agency records with more than four months remaining in the fiscal year. “This year-to-date level exceeds the full-year apprehensions of any fiscal year in the last decade,” the Border Patrol chief told lawmakers. “We have also set an unfortunate new record of the largest migrant group ever apprehended—more than a thousand migrants illegally crossing the border together in El Paso, Texas, in late May.” Provost painted a scary picture of an understaffed frontline agency slammed by a crushing wave of illegal immigrants that appears to have no end in sight.
It’s not the first time Border Patrol agents, who are also responsible for preventing terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the U.S., are yanked from their crucial security mission. In 2014, when Barack Obama let an influx of illegal alien minors enter the country, the Border Patrol was forced to serve as a babysitting service. Judicial Watch obtained an internal document redeploying agents with “child care or juvenile teaching and/or counseling” experience to work at the various shelters that house the illegal alien minors. It appears the impact of that reassignment was not as severe as the current situation, which is deeply affecting a big chunk of the agency’s workforce. That makes military help essential, as Provost told federal lawmakers.
The Border Patrol chief confirmed that the deployment of U.S. Military personnel to the southwest border has benefited the nation tremendously. The National Guard is providing valuable air support in the form of light and medium lift helicopters as well as operational and surveillance support. Since President Trump deployed the military to the Mexican border in 2018, the Border Patrol has carried out thousands of apprehensions, seized thousands of pounds of dangerous drugs and performed multiple rescues, Provost testified. She revealed that this fiscal year Department of Defense (DOD) assistance has contributed to more than 87,000 deportable alien arrests, and the seizure of more than 24,000 pounds of marijuana, 228 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than $7,000 in currency. Additionally, the military’s surveillance support missions have contributed to more than 13,000 apprehensions and the seizure of more than 3,700 pounds of marijuana and $2,000 in currency. “Their support has made a difference in CBP’s ability to carry out our mission,” Provost said.
Amid a storm of criticism from open borders groups and the mainstream media, President Trump started sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border last spring after declaring a national emergency. There are currently thousands of active-duty service members assisting the Border Patrol though they don’t operate in a law enforcement capacity. As long as the nation faces this immigration crisis, Provost said she will continue to ask for much-needed military support. The surest way to improve the situation is for Congress to change immigration laws, the Border Patrol chief said, to dispel a widely believed notion that illegal aliens will be permitted into the U.S. if they come with children. Under current law, families are encouraged to make the trek north or send children on their own. Provost said families from more than 50 countries have illegally crossed the border this year, including 742 from African nations. Others are from Vietnam, Romania, Ecuador and Brazil. “I have repeatedly asked Congress to act, to address the outdated legal framework and broken immigration system that has caused dangerous mass migration with no end in sight,” Provost said. “Without legislative solutions, CBP expects the need for continued DOD support to help address the diversion of resources away from the border security mission to the current humanitarian crisis.” The Border Patrol chief reminded Congress that “border security is national security—there is no difference—and the crisis on our southwest border puts our national security at risk.”
7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
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