May 29, 2015 Column

By Miles Hutchins

Whose job is it anyway?  Who is responsible to fight the litter problem we see on our streets and sidewalks?  And who is responsible for providing education, housing, health care services and more for our veterans?  These two issues are on my mind because of the proliferation of plastic bags, milk cartons, plastic and paper food containers strewn about our neighborhood and nearby environs.  And because of the proliferation of ads asking for private donations to support our returning military forces seems strange to me, since our military is supposed to have its own version of medical care, clinics and hospitals. 

First things first.  We know the litter problem is created by thoughtless acts of tossing debris on the sidewalks and streets.    Here's an idea for high school students, contact the city public works people and set up an area near your school, or home, for litter patrol.  Here's an idea for all  of us, quit littering, use a bag or box in your car to stash debris, then dispose of it properly.  It really is everyone's job to fight litter.

Now about veterans and their families.  There is obviously a need for support when the vet returns home.  The ads featuring Gary Sinise and others, do a good job of pointing out the need.  COVO, and other veterans based organizations do what they can, and the Veteran's Affairs medical clinic in Bend does a really good job, from what I hear.  Did you know that veterans have their own medical care program?  And their own hospitals?  They have for many years.  Seems to me it is in need of review on many fronts.  There are just a few VA hospitals in Oregon, none in Central Oregon. Yet we have very good hospitals here.  John McCain brought up the issue when he was campaigning for President a few years back.  He suggested a vet be given a card allowing him access to medical care anywhere in the country.  The implication was that the VA hospital system was out of date.  With the recent VA "scandal" about waiting lists being manipulated, it should be even more on the front burner for reform.

In addition to health issues there is the need for education and housing support for returning vets.  That seems to me to be a responsibility of all of us, the taxpayers of the nation for whom the military person served. To protect us and our national interests.  Why should people like Sinise beg us to donate when the issue is really a national cost that should be borne by the entire nation? 

What I envision is a more perfect world.  I know, I am a dreamer.  With Congress spending most of its time campaigning for reelection and very little time actually working in D.C.,  the most universally praised element of our population, the veterans among us, are getting the shaft.  Congress will not approve spending to cover the benefits. But they will suggest an even larger budget amount to buy more weapons of war.  Even more than the military folks are asking for. As  Ike famously said many years ago, "beware the military industrial complex".  By the way, a study of our history in this country shows that veterans  have many, many times over the years been denied promised benefits.  Some things, sadly, never change.

 So, Sinise and others help raise money for our vets and their families.  Too bad they have to do it, but bless them for doing it.


May 27, 2015 Preview

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of what you will get from this week's Spokesman. Available at a variety of places including Country Nook, The Buggy Stop, Shari's, Logan's Market, and Valero Gas. 

Redmond Reefer Madness

This week we highlight the effects, both potential and already known, of Measure 91 which legalizes recreational marijuana use and retail stores in Oregon. Redmond doesn't plan on seeing any retail marijuana stores, see the story for why.   

Ridgeview begins playoff quest

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The Ridgeview softball team begins what it hopes is a run in the Oregon 5A softball playoffs. The Ravens come well armed with a pair of aces and a sterling catcher. See this week's Spokesman sports.

Joyco Sales opens gift shop in Redmond

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Joyco Sales, a whole sale distributorship opened a gift shop and warehouse in down town Redmond during the month of May. See Story in this week’s Spokesman.

May 27, 2015 Edition

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May 27, 2015 Obituaries

Vera Louise Bussett Case, of Redmond
Oct. 10, 1931 - May 13, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219
Services: Celebration of Vera's Life will be held 11:00 AM Thursday May 28, 2015 at the Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 OR-HWY 126, Powell Butte, Oregon 97753.
Contributions may be made to: Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 OR-HWY 126, Powell Butte, Oregon 97753, 541-548-3066.

Kimdel Monroe Owen, of Redmond
Jan. 12, 1958 - May 16, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015 (Time to be determined) at Redmond Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 945 SW Glacier Avenue in Redmond, OR.

Craig John McGarraugh, of Redmond
Aug. 26, 1946 - May 18, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to: A charity of one's choosing.

Douglas Richard Anderson, of Redmond
Jan. 5, 1944 - May 17, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Celebration of a Life lived will take place at a later date.


May 23, 2015 Column

Spokesman Book Shelf Column, Flash Fiction

by Julie Bowers, Redmond Community Librarian

I hope you will never say, “I don’t have time to read.” If you do ever make such an inflammatory statement within earshot of readers be prepared for a trouncing. Try to maneuver the conversation to another topic before anyone can observe that you have plenty of time to watch Hoarders or cat videos.

Still, time is a finite commodity. There may be times when you are unable to read a long novel or biography, but no time crunch is so extreme as to require the abandonment of reading.

Extreme busy-ness is often accompanied by high levels of stress. Among the many benefits of reading, relaxation is one of the most striking. Research from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex found that of all the methods of relaxation tested, reading was the most effective. After only six minutes of reading, subjects physiologically showed lower levels of tension than those who took a walk, had a cup of tea, listened to music, or played video games. As the Telegraph reported at the time, Dr. David Lewis, who conducted the test, said, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.”

Here are some books that will keep you reading with the smallest possible investment of time.

Some of our favorite internet sensations share their distinctive short-form observations on the state of humanity in book form. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh features dysfunctional vignettes from the author’s life, made moving and hilarious by purposefully amateurish drawings. Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, has three titles in the library’s graphic novel collection. The newest, Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, is also available as a downloadable ebook. Even some internet cats have books in the library collection, including Grumpy Cat, the LOLcats, and Maru.

Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction (Continued) edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas contain wonderful stories, each less than 2000 words, or about six minutes of reading. Stories in Sudden Flash Youth edited by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Budman are less than 1000 words.

Still too long? Check out Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. According to editor Robert Swartwood hint fiction, by definition,” suggests a longer, more complex story.” They are thought-provoking, sometimes funny, but often viscerally upsetting. Though each takes only a few seconds to read, you may find it difficult to stop. Another collaboration of similarly succinct stories, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by HitREcord is just fun.

Don’t even have time for that? Six word memoirs are three second reads. Smith Magazine collected six word memoirs in book form, under the apt title Not Quite What I Was Planning. The book is available at your library. A follow up book, It All Changed in an Instant, is available to checkout or to download as an ebook. Just visit your library’s Digital Download page.
It’s a short step from reading these memoirs and stories to writing them. The Redmond Public Library has a bulletin board in the teen area where customers can post their originals. Or tweet your creations #DPL6words.

Here’s my six-word memoir: I always read, no matter what.

Julie Bowers
Redmond Community Librarian
Deschutes Public Library


May 20, 2015 Edition

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May 17, 2015 Preview

Straw Propeller spins into Gourmet Market

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Redmond gourmet food manufacturer Straw Propeller has continued to grow by leaps and bounds into its fourth year. See the Spokesman Front.

Redmond Athletes compete in the district track meet

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Ridgeview’s 4x400 relay narrowly missed a trip to the state track meet, but several other Redmond athletes will compete in the state  track meet this week in Eugene. See Spokesman Sports.

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Brent Yeakey will be among the Redmond area athletes competing in the state track meet this week.