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Another petition?
More than 600 people signed the petition to have the proposed
Main Street “destruction” project put on the November ballot.
However, only 423 of those people seem to have cared enough
to make sure their addresses were legible! What does this mean?
It means, for the moment, we won’t see the issue on the ballot
this November. What else does it mean? It means there were at
least 600 people who want this issue put to a vote.
The City Council, I’m sure, is now well aware there is strong
opposition to the plan. Let’s hope they act accordingly. It be-
came obvious once the issue was publicized repeatedly in this
newspaper that there is a concerned bloc of voters who feel the
issue needs to be scrapped. It’s amazing what happens when
public issues are made public.
I urge everyone who signed the fi rst petition to sign the second
one as well, and to make sure all their information is correct and
is legible! Another way to make your voice heard is to remember
which City Councilors voted in favor of the original plan and to
vote those folks out this November. Ripping up historic Main
Street from Highway 99 to River Road would certainly benefi t
anyone who runs a business east of Highway 99, but it would
cost the rest of us money.
Matt Emrich
Cottage Grove
Black heroism
As I follow the black leaders of this country (past and present)
and the countries in Africa and other parts of the world, the one
thing I can say is that they have more bravery than most people
— here they are protesting that “one of their own” has been mur-
dered by a police offi cer, and the black community has demon-
strated its heroism to our children and our children’s children.
Martin Luther King worked to put black people’s rights equal
with whites; there never have been leaders like King and Barack
Obama, to my mind. It gives me pause to think how many peo-
ple need to know that there is equality for all in an otherwise
tyrannical world.
I have never seen a time in this country when the president has
put poor black people fi rst — and the physically challenged, too.
We owe this to our black leadership — I hope there is always a
Martin Luther King Day and an Earth Day.
Mary Ann Crumley
Cottage Grove
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delhelm Odermatt is not, of
course, an Irish name. And the
portly, jovial Swiss monk who bore it
had not a drop of Irish blood in him, so
far as he knew.
But he had come to visit this group
of Irish Catholics to make his pitch for
a donation to help save his monastery
from an untimely foreclosure after a
loan had been called in. And when
in Rome, one did as the Romans did,
right? So when he stepped up to speak,
Father Odermatt tried his best to look
Celtic as he introduced himself — as
“Father O’Dermatt.”
It’s a story you’ll hear occasionally
if you have occasion to spend time
with the Benedictine monks and broth-
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ers of Mount Angel Abbey and Semi-
nary today, and it may very well have
been completely made up by one of the
more witty seminarians there. But if
so, it was completely in keeping with
the spirit of Father Odermatt. He was
exactly the kind of fellow you’d expect
to deploy a line like that — not as a de-
ception, but as a joke to break the ice:
“My name is Odermatt. But, you can
call me O?Dermatt.”
Odermatt is not much heard about to-
day. But most Oregonians know about
Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary,
with its magnifi cent hilltop campus
that looks out over the heart of the Wil-
lamette Valley from atop a lone cinder-
cone butte, just outside the town of Mt.
That abbey and seminary owe their
existence to Odermatt — who, despite
Faye Stewart, East Lane Com-
his honorary title of Titular Abbot, nev-
er actually did hold the top job there.
Odermatt was born in 1844 in the
German-speaking Swiss town of En-
netmoos, on Lake Lucerne, and took
orders as a monk in the Engelberg Ab-
bey in Switzerland at the age of 21.
From very early in his career as a Bene-
dictine monk, he showed a level of gre-
gariousness and joviality mixed with a
seemingly limitless energy and zeal.
So it wasn’t a big surprise when he
volunteered to join an older monk in
a journey to Missouri to found a new
satellite priory there. And, a few years
later — chafi ng under the staid and un-
imaginative (as he saw it) leadership of
his partner — it again wasn’t a surprise
when he volunteered to lead an expe-
dition to the West Coast to help slake
the spiritual thirst of German and Irish
immigrants there, at the invitation of
Oregon’s new archbishop, in 1881.
Eventually Odermatt set his sights
on a lovely 200-foot-high hill jutting
out of the valley fl oor, overlooking
miles of fertile farmlands and drenched
in quiet pastoral beauty, close by a vil-
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lage called Fillmore (which was later
renamed Mt. Angel).
The only problem was, unlike some
of the less picturesque locations they’d
looked over, the church didn’t own or
have a claim on any of it.
No problem. Odermatt went into
full fundraising and dealmaking mode
— and not for the last time, either. He’d
sounded out the owners of the hill and
surrounding farms, and all had been
amenable to having the monks buy
their land; now it was time to call in
those markers. Operating primarily
with funds borrowed from the mother
abbey in Switzerland, Odermatt started
buying land.
This was where Odermatt distin-
guished himself from other monks
playing similar roles. He was a natu-
ral salesman — genial and affable and
able to make friends easily, but also a
shrewd dealmaker, and by no means
a pushover. On the other hand, his en-
thusiasm made it virtually a foregone
conclusion that he would fi nancially
overextend himself — a characteristic
that would nearly bring everything to
ruin several times, but which the abbey
he founded still reaps the many benefi ts
of today.
The fi rst fi nancial crisis came just a
year later, in 1883. To make the deal
work, Odermatt had borrowed money
from California lenders who had not
realized they’d be on the hook for prop-
erty taxes on the land they were lending
against. When they learned this, they
called in the loan — at least, that’s the
reason they gave for calling in the loan.
(Since it was collateralized on all the
farmland, it seems at least possible that
they were trying to force Odermatt to
default on it, giving them clear title to
the entire 1,500-acre property in lieu of
the $56,000 they’d lent on it — leaving
the monks on the hook for the $80,000
or so that they’d advanced to Oder-
In a frenzy of fundraising and deal-
making, Odermatt — with plenty of
help — pulled the money together in
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Is it sound
advice for
caloric in-
take over-
all? The re-
search says
no – eating
more fre-
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quently actually appears to pro-
mote weight gain.
You have probably heard it’s
better to eat six small meals a
day. That is not ideal. You sim-
ply will not need to eat that fre-
quently once your body is well
nourished with micronutrients.
The body can more effectively
detoxify and enhance cell repair
when not constantly eating and
digesting. Eating right removes
cravings and reduces the sensa-
tions driving us to eat too fre-
quently and too much. For most
people who follow a high-nutri-
ent diet-style, eating when truly
hungry means eating three meals
a day. For many, two meals and
a snack is plenty of food.
Between 1977 and 2006,
overweight and obesity rates
in the U.S. skyrocketed from
48.5 percent to 70.1 percent.
The average number of eating
occasions (meals + snacks) in-
creased from 3.5/day to 5.0/day.
The average number of calories
consumed each day rose from
1803 to 2374, an increase of 571
calories per day. Calorie intake
in the U.S. has been increasing
by an average of 28 calories per
day per year since 1977.
In a recent study, researchers
examined three potential causes
of increased calorie intake: por-
tion size, number of eating oc-
casions and calorie density of
meals. Although portion sizes
were responsible for much of
the caloric increase up to 1991,
by far, the greater number of
eating occasions was the stron-
gest driver of increased calorie
intake, accounting for 22 of the
28 calories/day/year increase
the researchers observed since
Most people snack between
meals to stop uncomfortable
withdrawal symptoms from the
unhealthy foods that they eat.
The average number of eating
occasions has increased as our
diet has become more toxic,
producing more cravings and
withdrawal symptoms. Un-
healthy food indeed does have
these addictive qualities.
To maintain a healthy weight
we need to eat fewer total cal-
ories; eating primarily nutri-
ent-dense (rather than calorie-
dense) foods and eating fewer
times per day both will help to
achieve this goal. Low calorie-
density (high nutrient-density)
foods like greens, other veg-
etables, and fruits are associated
with reduced total calorie in-
take, higher nutritional quality,
and lower body weight. Con-
versely, high calorie-foods are
associated with greater calorie
intake. Also, contrary to the con-
ventional wisdom, the majority
of studies have not found any
weight-loss or calorie-reduc-
tion benefi t to eating more fre-
quently. Ultimately, snacking
most often results in increased
daily caloric intake. Further-
more, most studies have shown
that there is no weight loss ad-
vantage to dividing a diet of the
same number of calories into a
greater number of meals.
Eat only when you are truly
hungry. For most people fol-
lowing a healthy diet, this will
not be more than three times a
day. The key factor for weight
loss is improving the quality
of your diet. My research has
shown that eating healthy food
brings a greater level of satiety
and signifi cantly reduces or
eliminates the uncomfortable
withdrawal symptoms from the
toxic standard American diet,
leading to greater meal satisfac-
tion, reduced calorie intake and
attainment of a healthy weight.
This is discussed in depth and is
an important component of my
Eat to Live program.
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