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Continued from page 10 there are places where you can get a greater return, if you deem that to be the most important thing. What I am saying is, you have to give some value to the fact that you live here, that you want to see better housing in your community, and that you have the ability to do it -- because if these aren't important consider- ations for you, you're prob- ably not going to do it purely on economics. To answer the second ques- tion, what we have discov- ered is that if you upgrade the property, the type of renter you get tends to be a little more capable of paying that kind of rent. My experi- ence has been that if it's clean and efficient, most renters will appreciate that. If the housing is of a nature that is minimal, you're probably more likely to attract people who don't have the ability to pay any kind of rent. We've experienced that. So it be- hooves the landlord to up- grade the property so he can attract more capable renters. That doesn't always happen -- sometimes you get a per- son who is of a mind simply to use up the property and take advantage of the owner, and give it back to him in worse shape than he found it. Usu- ally, though, having the place improved allows you to charge more rent, and therefore get a renter who's going to take care of it better. The other thing I've expe- rienced is that I don't think we have sold a property through Halfway Realty where the owner did not make a substantial profit. We've never sold one at a loss, even one that's been trashed. That doesn't happen with anything else I know of. It won't hap- pen with automobiles, or farm equipment--it's the one area where there is no deprecia- tion, even though an owner, renting a piece of property, can depreciate it. So there are other benefits to owner- ship that come into play, which need to be plugged into the formula. But my concern is more in the spirit of the thing: that people come to understand if we want to keep our commu- nity growing and prospering, for whatever purpose -- for our children, for ourselves, whatever -- we need to in- we want a clinic, we need to invest in that clinic. A lot of times people say to me, "Well, I would do what you are doing if I had your money." Which I find a little offensive. My response is, probably not. Unless you have that attitude --- unless a fire- fighter has an attitude of serv- ing; unless an EMT has an attitude of serving -- there isn't any amount of money that will motivate them to do that. Either it's there or it isn't there. My concern is, as the community changes -- and it is changing -- that people continue to have tl at spirit of wanting their com- munity to prosper. I don't think the goal in life is to accumulate -- to come out financially better off than anybody else. My feeling is, it's what you leave behind that counts. I'm talking about things that have to do with human relationships. The fun of building just adds to the excitement of the whole thing: the fun of seeing the commu- nity prosper-- the fun of see- ing your neighbor do better, to have a job, to be happy -- you don't put an economic value on those things. Yet those things will come be- cause of the economic effort I've been talking about. I mentioned earlier that our community is changing. One of those changes is that most of the property being sold is not being sold to people within the community. It's being sold to people outside the community. Maybe it's because they're the only ones with the capital to do it-- I'm not sure. As we have greater and greater change, what happens is, when you drive down town you don't know everybody any more. Pretty soon you get so that you don't know whether or not you should wave; and you may not speak to people because you don't want to offend them, because they're not part of what you're used to in the community. So we begin to question peoples' motives as to why they're here. The un- certainty begins to develop our fears. I imagine the first pioneers who came here, because they had to work together, knew each other pretty well. Now as people come in with capi- tal, they don't necessarily have to be part of the commu- nity. We have to be the ones that draw them in. The whole idea of commu- nity is fascinating to me. It isn't what the community is made of as far as the real estate is concerned; commu- nity is a state of mind -- it's how you and I relate to each other. We think of our family as being important to us; well, the community is just as im- portant- it's an extension of our family. After all, that's where we gain our support. If you need medical services, it would be nice to be able to rely on your own community. And I think we may be get- ting away from that a little. I think that's what happened in communities like Bend, or any other community that has fast growth. Pretty soon you're not as aware of the people around you; crime be- comes an issue, and slowly the sense of community dete- riorates. Then we have to start putting up walls, lock- ing our doors, and becoming more aware of where our chil- dren are, and a lot of other things. That hasn't happened here yet. Our children can still run up and down the streets -- to me, that's a tre- mendous value. You can still say hello to a small child and not worry about having your motives questioned. We don't have that here. In a large community suddenly you be- come aware of all that, and I think it makes us suspicious of each other. We may be los- ing ground in that area. Thank You The Pine Eagle Health Fair committee wishes to thank the following people for their time and donations to the first health fair in Pine Valley: Bud Riggs, senior bus; Yvonne Riggs' Home Ec class, muffins; Deborah Mader, calligraphy; Coco Forte, art- work; Herb Curry, poster boards; Halfway Market and Old Pine Market, fruit; Pauline Smith, Nancy McCord, Mamie Lisle, Mary Cress, Madeline Engstrom, greeters; Elzena McEnulty, Judy Sanders and Dorothy Brewer, blood drawers; Tami Waldron, Jean Halladay, David Baker and Cliff Duvall, blood pressures; Julie Stromer and Mary Weir, Parent Resource Center; Bonnie Kugel, safety talks; John Higgins, St. Elizabeth Hospital'slab. And finally, thanks to Pine Eagle Clinic and the Lions vest in our own community. Club Community Center. If we expect our churches+to ................. , .................... ,,=,, ,,, ,,J Page 11 Hells Canyon Journal February 28, 1996 Natural Food Store and Vegetarian Dell Bulk Foods -Vitamins Organic Foods,Herbs Dried Fruits *Gift Packs Eastern Oregon's Complete Health Food Store Closed Saturdays 1907 4th St. Phone: ..~ o. Open for Lunch Only La Grande 963-7955 Juet, I I I 1124 Adams Ave. P.O.Box 927 La Grande, Or. 97850 l lll llllu I llll inlnnu Jack Leutenc~ frienbh9 phce on barn PHONE 963-5982 Church Dizctory brought to you courtesy of Grays WestPioneer Chapel and the Hells Canyon Journal PINE BAPTIST CHURCH School & Claude Streets P.O. Box 377, Halfway, OR 97834 Pastor: Shawn Thatcher 742-6690 Sunday Schoohl0:00 a.m. Worship: 11:03 a.m. PINE VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Comer of Church Street and Govar Lane P.O. Box 466K Halfway, OR 97834 Pastor:. Bill Shields Church Phone: 742-4412 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m, Worship: 11:03 a.m. PINE VALLEY CHRISTIAN CENTER Record Street P.O. Box 709, Halfway, OR 97834 Pastor. Kenneth L McGinnls 742-4421 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship:l 1:03 a.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, PINE VALLEY BRANCH Cornucopia Highway Halfway, OR 97834 Church Phone: 742-7676 President: Leonard Hill 742-5646 9:30 a.m. Sacrament SAINT THERESE CATHOLIC CHURCH Halfway, OR 97834 Pastor. Jim Logan Mass: 12:30 p.m. Sunday CHURCH OF CHRIST Towell Residence, Halfway, Oregon 97834 Phone: 742.2703 Worship 10:30a.m. Sunday Wednesday night Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. NEWBRIDGE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Richland, OR 97834 Church Phone: 893-6121 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Wednesday prayer hour youth grou~ 7:00 p.m. RICHLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH P.O. Box 288 2nd Street Rlchland, OR 97870 Church Phone: 893-6191 Pastor: Gordon Bond 893-6514 Sunday Bible School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Evening Youth Group 6:30 p.m., Wednesday RICHLAND SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH On the corner of New Bddge Road & Hwy 86 RIchland, OR 97870 Pastor: Martin Jackson Saturday Worship 9:00 a.m. Sabbal~ School 10:15 a.m. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2nd Street Richland, OR 97870 Pastor:. Bill Shields 742-4412 Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship 9:00 e.m. OXBOW CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP ", ,. CK)lptact: Bill Wilsdn: 742.4414 +, ~'sc~r:1~;~.", l(4"r': ~,r~l~ *+!00~:rh,*'M'r i++ ADS.PM4P2