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    6A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL February 18, 2015
Chatterbox
COMMUNITY BRIEFS
The
Taste of Creswell
Getting the picture
BY BETTY KAISER
For the Sentinel
W
e all like good news. It makes
us happy and hopeful. On a lo-
cal scale, most of us celebrated when the
UO Ducks won the Rose Bowl in 2014.
Yea! On an International scale, news that
the Ebola crisis is on a downward trend
(despite new cases) brings hope where
there was none. Kudos to all those who
persevered to stop this plague.
No one likes bad news. It would be
nice if we could just ignore the barrage
of negative stuff coming across the air-
waves. Nice but not realistic. Currently,
a respected anchorman on nationwide
television is under fi re and in danger of
losing his job for not being completely
truthful. Here in Oregon, our Governor
has been under fi re for ethics violations
and resigned under pressure.
On the International scene we have
constant, overwhelmingly bad news of
undeclared warfare, kidnappings, mass
killings, property destruction and star-
vation. Like you, I have many questions
but no answers about these power plays
and atrocities. We can’t ignore this stuff,
nor can we solve the problems. What do
we do?
Shortly after the Brian Williams hub-
bub broke loose, a “Blondie” cartoon
caught my eye. It gave me a little per-
spective on human nature. The scene:
It’s a snowy day. Dagwood and his
friend Herb are briskly walking to work.
Their conversation goes like this:
Dagwood: “Days like this remind me
of being on the veranda at The Grand
Hotel in Fiji.”
Herb: “When was that?” (Silence)
Dagwood: “Well, technically, this re-
minds me of a photo I saw in a travel
magazine a long time ago…but you get
the picture.”
Well, I get the picture about Williams.
All of us from time to time tend to em-
bellish the facts. Maybe it’s shaving a
few years off our age. Making our job
description sound more important than
it is. Coloring our hair. Upping our
school GPA. Making our children sound
like brainiac angels or whatever. You get
the idea. We all do it.
The NBC anchorman belatedly con-
fessed that he embellished being in a
helicopter hit by a grenade in 2003. Ac-
tually, it was the helicopter ahead of his
that was hit. Oops! Now Williams has
been suspended for six months without
pay and it remains to be seen if he will
come back as anchorman. I have my
doubts.
Frankly, I did not lose any respect for
him over this. I believe that initially he
was caught up in the moment and that it
may have felt like his chopper was hit.
Unfortunately, he never clarifi ed his ini-
tial statement with the truth. Millions of
viewers will not calculate that the ma-
jority of his career has been honest and
straight arrow. They have lost complete
trust in him due to this falsehood (and
possibly others).
Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber’s
personal and political life has been un-
der fi re for months. His fi ancé, Cylvia
Hayes, served as the state’s fi rst lady.
As a paid consultant outside govern-
ment, it was alleged that her relationship
with the Governor was helping her land
contracts for her business. This, among
other things, chipped away at his cred-
ibility. At fi rst, the Governor refused all
calls to resign, saying, “I have broken
no laws.” He abruptly resigned Feb. 13,
stating he had become a liability to the
offi ce. No doubt there is more to come.
The above battles are mostly political.
They are sad situations but not hopeless.
All concerned will emerge with their
egos bruised and battered but live to
work again. There are solutions. The fol-
lowing scenarios are real life and death
battles. Wanton killing and power grabs
characterize many areas of the world.
The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) is a huge topic of concern
all around the world. This barbaric ter-
rorist group is trying to establish a con-
servative Islamic state to encompass the
Arab world. An empire. They fi nanced
their war against Infi dels by taking over
Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq and
seizing more than $400 million from
city banks to bankroll their evil empire.
How evil? Well, women and children
who did not fi t the mold were the fi rst
victims. The United Nations reported
ISIS systematically killing, torturing
and raping the families and children of
minority groups in Iraq. Their meth-
ods included mass executions of boys,
reports of beheadings, crucifi xions of
children and burying children alive.
ISIS’ goal is to rule the entire world
by fear. Their horrifi c beheading of hos-
tages from the United States was fol-
lowed by the gruesome beheadings of
Japanese hostages and immolation of a
Jordanian pilot captive. ISIS loves pub-
licity and toys with the captives’ family
emotions. The young American woman
who was evidently ‘given’ to their leader
was still killed. The end is always death.
Scary stuff.
And what is really going on in the
Ukraine? I get it but I don’t get it.
Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Russia’s
land grab history, Russian troops and
tanks are pulverizing buildings in the
Ukraine. Helpless citizens are living
underground in rubble and starvation.
Why is Putin doing this? Because he
can. He’s power hungry. Can anyone
stop the madness? Nope. No one wants
to start a war with nuclear-armed Rus-
sia. That’s the way it looks to me. What
do you think?
“The world is going to hell in a hand
basket” (i.e. deteriorating rapidly) was
one of my dad’s frequent comments
during times of war and economic hard-
ship. Looking at the events of this era
I can only agree that things don’t look
good. The hope is that future genera-
tions will serve and not destroy their
fellow humans.
In that spirit, I offer this perspective
from the comic “Beetle Bailey”:
Beetle: “I don’t get it…mankind has
been at war since the beginning of time.
What’s wrong with mankind? Why can’t
we get smart and fi gure it out?”
Soldier: “Because every 30 years
there’s a new mankind.”
Now I get the picture!
Betty Kaiser’s Chatterbox is about
people, places, family, and other matters
of the heart. Contact her at 942-1317 or
via e-mail — bchatty@bettykaiser.com
O FFBEAT
Continued from page 4A
followed a more careful path.
That was the group led by Doug-
las County Sheriff C.F. Cathcart
and Constable George Quine of
the nearby town of Riddle.
Quine, the small-town cop,
was an amateur detective.
Carefully looking through the
evidence at the scene, he made
some very important observa-
tions.
First, he found a campsite
near the railroad tracks, the ash-
es of its campfi re barely cooled.
A close inspection turned up the
robbers’ discarded masks, made
from fl our sacks. And around
the campfi re ashes, he found a
set of boot tracks with a distinc-
tive pattern of nails in the heel.
Quine also learned, probably
from recovering a dud dynamite
stick, that the dynamite used
had been giant powder, a type
used by hard-rock miners.
Some of the passengers had
seen the lead robber’s face
through the thin fabric of the
fl our-sack mask and given a
pretty good description. After
hearing about it, a Riddle resi-
dent named Stilly Riddle report-
ed there were three men who had
been working at Nichols Station
— one of whom matched the
description — who had disap-
peared shortly after the robbery.
One of them, a fellow named
John Case, habitually wore a
white hat with a buckskin band.
The cops knew both men.
And, to a man, they immediate-
ly realized they had their perpe-
trator. The question was, could
they prove it?
They could — sort of. But
there would be another train
robbery before Case could be
stopped. We’ll talk about that
next week.
Those interested in local food
options are encouraged to attend
the fi rst-ever Taste of Creswell
event on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6-
9 p.m. at the Creswell Commu-
nity Center, located at 99 S. 1st St.
There will be live music, dancing
and appearances by the local Cre-
swell business community. The
event is free.
Fefafe at the Opal
Center
The Opal Center for Arts and
Education present Fefafe, an au-
thentic West African performance
troupe that presents the traditional
culture and sounds of Guinea,
West Africa on Saturday, Feb. 21
at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in ad-
vance or $15 at the door.
The name, Fefafe, translates
from their Susu language to
“Something is Coming,” and the
group performed at the Oregon
Country Fair in 2014.
After touring professionally
around the world, these Guinean
artists have recently settled in the
Eugene area.
Masons trade bikes
for books
The annual Bikes for Books
reading incentive program spon-
sored by the Cottage Grove Ma-
sonic Lodge #51 A.F. & A. M in
collaboration with South Lane
School District kicks off on Feb.
17 and runs through May 15. Stu-
dents in grades K-5 may partici-
pate in the program and could earn
a bicycle and helmet if the goal of
reading 13 books (at grade level) is
met during the eligibility window.
Students keep a record of the
books read and parents and teach-
ers are involved throughout the
process. Diffi cult reading or ex-
ceptionally long books can be
counted as two books with teacher
approval. Those students who
have completed reading 13 books
will have their name put into a
drawing for a bike and helmet.
The drawing will be held in late
May or early June with winners
being awarded the prize during
each elementary school’s end of
year assembly.
This year’s Bikes for Books
event is held in memory of
Ray Peckenpaugh. Those seek-
ing further information regarding
the Bikes for Books incentive pro-
gram may contact their elementary
student’s school offi ce manager.
Humor columnist,
author to donate
book to library
It’s been 16 years since Ned
Hickson began writing for Siuslaw
News as a sports editor and humor
columnist. In that time he has won
more than two-dozen awards from
both the Oregon Newspaper Pub-
lishers Association and Society
of Professional Journalists, and is
now a nationally syndicated fea-
ture with News Media Corpora-
tion.
In his book “Humor at the Speed
of Life,” he brings together his best
columns from over the years.
“These are the columns that
prompted the most emails, calls
and, in one case, a note tied to
fruitcake thrown through my win-
dow,” said Hickson, who will be
donating a copy of his book to the
Cottage Grove Library on Satur-
day, Feb. 21, as well as reading
some selections during a special
book signing from 2 to 3 p.m.
“Over the years, I’ve gotten lots
of great emails and letters from
folks in Cottage Grove who read
the Sentinel, so making a copy of
the book available at the Library
seemed like a perfect fi t,” said
Hickson. “I was going to say it’s
long overdue, but that doesn’t go
over well at libraries.”
In addition to reading excerpts
from his book, Hickson will also
have copies available for purchase
and signing.
“I truly believe humor brings
people together in a way noth-
ing else does,” Hickson said. “I
like knowing my book can bring
a smile to people’s faces. Even
without photos of me in my bath-
ing suit.”
The Cottage Grove Library is
located at 700 East Gibbs Ave.
For more information, contact
the Library at 541-942-3828.
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