Keep Oregon a journey,
not a destination
I grew up on a farm in Central Oregon outside Terrebonne, and I will live out my life there. I plan to care for my parents so they can stay in the log house they built.
I will be the next steward of that land, bringing along the fourth and fifth generations.
One of my neighbors has made a Measure 37 claim to subdivide his farm and sell it in bits, thus changing our small farming community forever. He is not the only one. There are several other local claims.
As a voter, I was led to believe that Measure 37 would compensate a few people who could not provide a home site for their kids or were denied a building permit for a parcel that they bought years ago with the hope of retiring there.
But the people making Measure 37 claims are using it to subdivide family farms into housing developments and destination resorts.
As an Oregonian, no matter where you live in this great state, you are seeing or soon will see the effects of Measure 37. The subdivision of our entire state is imminent.
This is a call to action. Ask yourself what you thought Measure 37 meant. Did you think it could be the subdivision of Oregon? Is it OK to make a claim and then sell out?
Make your voice heard by writing to the county commission and state claims administrator about Measure 37 claims in your area. You can find those claims on the county web site under "M37 claims."
If you don't write before a hearing, you will lose your chance to say something about that claim. Also, attend those hearings where the future of your neighborhood will be decided, and let your state legislators know how you feel.
Trying to learn more
about UFO incident
I am hoping that you or any of your readers can help me.
I was speaking with my family a few weeks ago and they mentioned that my grandfather, a longtime resident of Dallas, was working years ago at the local mill when many witnesses saw UFOs of some sort hovering above the mill for a long while.
It sounded crazy to me, but my Grandpa was not a wild kinda guy.
Can anyone pinpoint the date this occurred? I would like to research it further.
Apparently, back then it was common knowledge in the town that it had happened - so many people saw it in broad daylight.
If you have information, please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 503-871-5282.
Too bad: Travel series
not what it could be
Like most people, the focus of my life revolves around mundane matters.
Some are quite trivial. Such as television. We need more people to join me in complaining about the horrible waste of what should be an amazing instrument of learning and quality entertainment. But isn't.
I love travel and learning about people and places. I'd been waiting expectantly for the new series about 1,000 places to visit before you die.
The first show I saw was about Alaska. A pretty good subject to start with. And the photography was excellent!
But I've been to the "Last Frontier" many times, and know something about it. The producers of the show apparently don't.
The narrator called the Chugach Mountains the northernmost. Well, except for the Alaska Range and the Brooks Range, they are. He also pronounced arctic as "artic."
Several times he mispronounced the word Kenai.
The woman traveler kept calling orcas whales," even though her guide clearly stated they are the largest of the dolphins.
Also, she was a "fraidy cat" about almost everything - flying in a helicopter, bottle-feeding a baby moose, riding in a wheeled sled pulled by northern huskies. She'll be a lot of fun on all the adventures ahead.
Worst of all, however, was the traveling couple trying to say spontaneous and profound things. Very few people can do that, and this couple isn't among them.
I'll probably watch the rest of the series because of my interest in travel and good photography (but I'll be complaining all the while).
Documentary looks at
global warming swindle
For those who've seen and bought into Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," and even for those who still have questions, here's an insightful, professionally done (BBC) documentary about what's really going on - what's really causing global warming and the big-business/political agenda behind all the headlines.
Seriously, we all owe it to ourselves to be fully informed, rather than to swallow whole the hysteria that we're being spoon-fed.
On the internet, see http://video.google.com/videoplay and type in "global warming swindle" in the locator box. It's long (over an hour) but well worth watching.
are focus of group
The macula is the source of sharp vision that enables people to read, drive, recognize faces and distinguish colors.
When these functions are compromised by Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), central vision is limited or obliterated. Loss of central vision interferes with some of life's most pleasurable activities.
Fortunately, about 90 percent of vision is "peripheral," and ARMD, although leaving sight impaired, will not cause blindness.
The vestigial vision can be exploited by rehabilitation programs to enhance sight.
ARMD presents two groupings: dry (atrophic) or wet (exudative). Cause or cure of either type is not known but progress is being made, especially against the wet type.
Over 13 million Americans are affected.
Most every country in the world is working on a cure for ARMD. Canada, Australia, have been working on it for some time to find a cure.
By the age of 75, 25 percent of men and 33 percent of women have developed symptoms and the percentage grows with increased age.
In the 1970's macular degeneration was only a blip on the eye chart, a problem to relatively few. During the winter of 1978, a vanguard of macular degeneration sufferers met in Garden City, N.Y., to discuss their common difficulties.
They organized a not-for-profit corporation to promote education and research in this newly opened field.
It is difficult for persons to discuss their eye problems with fully sighted friends or relatives.
That is the reason for you people that have Macular Degeneration to come and join our support group.
We meet 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. every second Thursday of the month at Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St.
The next meeting date will be May 10. For more information: 503-838-0915.