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Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal June 6, 2001 Emergencies Derailed VFW Poppy Sales Dear Editor: I wish to apologize to the Richland residents for the lack of someone being in Richland for the Buddy Poppy sales as planned. Unexpected incidents came up that prevented the volun- teers from being there at the time planned, such as illnesses and doctor appointments with them and their family. They were very apologetic and tried to make other days during the time. But situa- tions prevented them from working in some time. Their problems were legitimate and they are dependable volun- teers. I will try to be on top of such emergencies in the future and make sure someone will be there when situations like this happen again. Please forgive. Sincerely, Jacqueline Stanton Buddy Poppy Chairman Term Limits Result in Rookie Legislature To the Editor: The U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution of 1857 guaranteed citizens the right to a representative de- mocracy. In 1992, Oregonians lost some of that right with the passage of term limits. In 1992, we Oregonians were led, by a group of out-of- state activists from Washing- ton DC, to believe we could limit terms of US members of Congress. The Washington group was called US Term Limits. USTL maintained the congressional seniority system gave members of Congress the power to direct "pork barrel" dollars to their home states, and make other states help pay for it. They argued in the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet that we needed to limit our own congressional delegation's se- niority and power. What they didn't tell us was that the right to limit congressional terms was not in the hands of Oregon's voters at all since the length of congressional terms is Federal, not State, law. It turned out we did not get what we voted for after all. Congressional terms, of course, remained unchanged. Instead we simply limited the terms and effectiveness o four own State representatives. No- where in the Chief Petitioner's arguments in the voters pam- phlet was this critical fact re- vealed. What have term limits done to Oregon ? They have taken away our vote, for one thing. Oregon's constitution provided for a citi- zen legislature made up ofpad volunteers. Our founders en- visioned these lawmakers coming from all walks of life, serving a few months and then returning to their homes and businesses to live under the laws they passed and to lien to their constituents. They were then to take those constituents' concerns back to Salem, and, on constituents" behalf, repre- sent them for as long as the constituents deemed their leg- islators effective. That was the vision. Term limits abridge that. They limit members of the Oregon House of Representa- tives to six years in office, eigh- teen months of actual legisla- tive experience, Senators to eight, or twenty-four months Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: (541) 742-7900 Fax: (541) 742-7933 emaih hcj @pinetcl.com Editor and Publisher - Steve Backstrom Staff: David Baker, Coco Forte, Cindy Thayer, Patti Walker and Heidi Young Correspondents: Marjorie Baker, Unda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrte Kvamme, Jan Mills and Sybyl Smith The Hells Canyon Journalis published weekly for $20.00 (Baker County) or $25.00 (other areas) by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. Periodical postage paid at Halfway, OR 97834. USPS Number:. 002-953. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, P.O. Box 646, Mem~:3er of the Oregon News[m~.r Publis~rs Association of actual legislative work. In doing so, these limits take away our right, our power, to elect representatives to remain in office if we choose. We have lost legislative ex- perience. We have lost accu- mulated legislative memory. Limits would be bad enough if our legislature met every year. But it doesn't. Our legislature meets for about six months every two years, making expe- rience even more critical. Who now has a handle on legislative history and memory ? To whom do legisla- tors go when they don't know how to get things done? Not other inexperienced legisla- tors, by and large, but to lobby- ism and staff. Since 1999 it is these people who have had the power in Salem, not the men and women we elected.. Oregonians were duped in 1992. USTI, targeted the US Congress with its ideas of term limits. But Oregonians ended up with an inexperienced state governing body, with legisla- tive power in the hands of lob- byists and agency bureaucrats. Voters were misled. Orego- nians were the losers. It is time to take back our right to vote for whom we wish. Victor Atiyeh Les AuCoin Mark O. Hatfield Barbara Roberts An Open Letter to Senate President Gene Derfler Dear Senator Defter: The Oregon Health Forum reports that you are opposed to liB 2800. I write this E-brief hoping that you will recon- sider your stance. This Bill does nothing but give the Health Division teeth to en- force regulations already in place preventing hospitals from forcing the employee nurses to work overtime. It is reported that the regulations are being fouted with impu- nit?/at this time. I don 't expect that your busy schedule has permitted you the leisure to read the report from the American Academy of Medicine that states 98,000 Americans die from prevent- able hospital accidents every year. Put another way, it is equivalent to 200 Americans dying every day when their airliner plunges into the ocean. A great many of those deaths are due to nursing errors and one wonders how many are due to nurse fatigue. Many nurses go home to do their housework and look af- ter their children. Ask your- ment to relieve the alleged self, how many of the younger nursing shortage? unmarried nurses would feel From a morepersonalpoint like socializing or dating after of view - both of us are getting a gruelling double shift and olderandgrayer. Weareboth what sort of quality of life can into the age group where we they expect in the future? It will be using hospitals more should surprise nobody that and more. I personally don't they are leaving the profes- wanttobecaredforbyanurse sion and will continue to do so whose abilities are impaired unless hospitals stop exploit- by fatigue. I wonder if you feel ing them and relax their pur- the same ? suit of profit in favour of qual- Kindest personal regards, ity. Is it likely that defeating HB 2800 will facilitate recruit- Euan Horniman, MD Portland Oregon Wilbur's World Hidden Talents Revealed by Wilbur Thureon Just lately, I have met several people visiting our fair town. Every one of them went out of their way to tell me we live in a nice place with nice people. They very well may have added talented people. I am forever amazed at the hidden talents and expertise that so many of my friends and neighbors possess. Since, by and large, they are also humble people, they rarely boast about their secret tal- ents. So I would like to take this opportunity to brag on one of my friends. In keeping with his humble nature, I will call him by a fictitious name; let's pretend his name is Buzz. Buzz is highly skilled in his trade. He is a fine man, enjoyable to be with, and he is a very capable storyteller. You don't need to spend any significant amount of time with him before the above-mentioned character traits are obvious. Buzz doesn't hide any of that. What may not be entirely obvious about Buzz, though, is his secret side. Along with his obvious talents, he has a hidden one-- Buzz is an accomplished magician. Like most stage magicians who have some gimmick to make them stand out in the crowd of other illusionists, Buzz is able to do things that very few other magicians have even considered. Some magicians use attractive stage assistants; Buzz, however, uses fish. Buzz can work more magic with fish and upon fish than any other magi- cian I know. This is just a partial list of his amazing tricks. Buzz can make every fish over his limit disappear faster than you can yell, "Get the net." He can shrink fish that are too large to be legal or he can just as easily stretch fish that are too small to be legal. He can cause fish to continue to grow even aider they have been in his freezer. Here is my favorite: Buzz can make the adipose fin on a steelhead, the one which marks the fish as a wild fish and therefore not legal to take, completely disappear so it appears to be a hatchery fish and legal to keep.. He is an amazing fellow. If you would like to learn his true identity and some of his secrets, for a small fee of just $5.00, I will introduce you. You will receive instructions as to where to meet in a plain, unmarked envelope. Follow the instructions carefully. It is up to you to convince Buzz to divulge his secrets; I am in no way responsible. And if you are from the Fish and Game, I don't know the man -- never have and never will. (Editor's note: Wilbur Thureon is a freelance writer in 11airway, Oregon. Email for Wilbur may be sent to hej~pinetel, com.)