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    TAVJV The Heppner Ctaiette-Times. Heppner. Oregon. Thursday. January 31, I9H0
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Address cocr muntcjtions ft the Heppner Gazette-Times. P O Box 337. Heppner.
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Jerome F. Sheldon. Publisher
Steven A. Powell. News Fditor
A ISewspaper's Function
(Editor's Note: Mary Luetmer is editor of a
weekly newspaper in Underwood, North
Dakota. She wrote the following in obser
vance of National Newspaper Week. The
article is reprinted from the December issue
of Publisher's Auxiliary. We thought you
might like to read about some of the
frustrations facing all weekly newspapers.)
By Mary I.eutmer
For every community newspaper, there
usually is a hoppin' bunch of community
newspaper critics, and they can be counted
on to know what a newspaper is supposed to
be. It's sort of like their job. But the fact is,
even among themselves, they disagree on the
very basic issue of what a small weekly paper
is supposed to do.
Some believe such a newspaper serves a
church function: it should bring the
community together and guide its citizens to
good thoughts and good actions.
There are those who think the weekly
ought to be a paper arm of the city a
billboard and calendar and newsletter to
inform every townsperson of the goings-on of
every other townsperson.
Some people think the community paper
serves as a school: it should instruct,
explaining the news and explaining what can
be done about it.
Some think that a newspaper should be
policeman for all, guarding the town and any
politicians in the vicinity from pleasantly
riping out each other's throats.
Still others think the paper is primarily a
shopping service a mini-mall of advertise
ments and classifieds that run the gamut
from junk to jewelry.
And in everv town, there are those who
think the newspaper is primarily a sports
arena, sports announcer and sports booster
club, all rolled up into one. (Important for
every newsperson to remember is that these
people usually are particularly athletic,
healthy and strong. They often lift weights
and could very conceivably, say, heave a
typewriter through a window.)
You know the only problem with pleasing
everyone : it can't be done. To those who think
a paper should take strong stands, objectivity
really is wishy-washiness. To those who think
fairness is the ticket, strong stands really are
prejudice. Those who like feature stories find
hard news pretentious and boring. Those who
like hard news find features silly and boring.
Where have we gotten? What is a
newspaper? Way in the background, you may
occasionally hear a voice (sobbing). He
knows what a newspaper really is. You'll
hear him whisper it once in a while: "It's a
He's the publisher. He pays the bills. But
he doesn't expect anyone to believe him.
After all, if it were a real business, it couldn't
afford to be a church, school, policeman and a
billboard, could it? Grocery stores and drug
stores and hardware stores and other
businesses can't, can they?
What, then, is the function of a weekly
newspaper in a small community? For
heaven's sake, don't ask me. I'd be the last
person to tell you. It's my job not to know.
I'm the editor.
An Invitation
The Heppner Gazette-Times invites
letters for publication. They should concern
matters of general interest. They must be
non-libelous in nature and in good taste.
Preferably, letters should be typed, double
spaced, on one side of the sheet of paper only.
Letters" of diverse viewpoints may be
published and their appearance in these
columns does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of this newspaper.
Get on Your Soap Box!
Should We Boycott the Olympics?
Everyone has an opinion whether rightly conceived or not! Get on your soap box
and say it!
The question whether American athletes should boycott the Olympic Games in
Moscow because of the Sov iet occupation of Afghanistan brought out our soap box this
week. You might be interested in the following viewpoints and you may have some
of your own. We include the ages of some of the writers simply as a matter of
interest perhaps age is an indicator of the influences of time on one's opinion.
If you want to mount the soap box on any current issue, write to the Heppner
Gazette-Times. P.O. Box 337. Heppner. OR 9836.
I?s Ridiculous Idea!
President Jimmy Carter's idea of having the American
athletes boycott the Olympics is ridiculous.
What good would it do?
It would be disheartening to the thousands of American
athletes who have worked all their lives for this one shot at
the Olympics. It would hurt Carter at the polls. It also has
been estimated the U.S. w ill lose $100 million from businesses
that were going to use the Olympic symbol in advertising if
Americans don't go.
Why keep the most athletic nation in the world out of the
Olympics, which is supposed to be a world athletic event?
The Olympics would be meaningless without the Americans
Other countries, including Russia, might not mind if the
r.S. were not there because they could win more medals.
They could not be very proud, however, because they would
know they had not beaten the best competition in the world.
Many athletes are at their prime now and could not wait
another four years for the next Olympiad because they would
be too old for the competition. The athletes would feel they
were "ripped off this year so why should they sweat and
train so hard for the next Olympics when there may be
trouble somewhere else and the U.S. might boycott the
Olympics asain.
Carter is overestimating the power of sports. Boycotting
the Olympics will not keep the Russians out of Afghanistan.
Cuitina off all economic trade and having other countries do
the same, or other forceful action like that, is the only way to
turn back Russia. The country could not sustain itself without
the help of other countries.
Keep politics out of the Olympics and let them go on as
The Olympics signify goodwill and fair competition
among all the countries in the world. Let's keep it that way.
Steven A. Powell
Age 23 years
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It is with mixed feeling that I view the boycotting of the
1980 Olympics. I find myself strongly in favor of taking
strong steps to convey our feelings with regards to the
occupation of Afghanistan by the Russians. However, when
one looks at the extremely difficult physical training that
most Olympic athletes have undertaken in preparation for
the games, it seems a shame that they should lose the
opportunity to participate. In many cases, athletes have
given years of their lives in preparing for the Olympics. '
Many have also sacrificed personal income during these
years of preparation.
Ideally the Olympic Games should be non-political and this
is. as I understand, the intent. Historically, of course, the
games have been very political. Therefore, from a realisitc
standpoint, the best possible solution appears to be one of
deriving maximum political clout and yet allow our athletes
to participate. This could best be achieved by remaining firm
in our stand to keep the games out of Russia, then to make
every effort to see that they are held at another site or sites.
If this were accomplished, it would be more of a political
blow to the Russians than if the games were held in Russia
and only a few nations refused to participate. It would also
probably force the Russians into making the difficult
decision of w hether or not to participate. Our athletes would
get their well-earned opportunity to participate and the
United States would obtain greater attention from the world
by their highly publicized achievements.
Jim Bier
Age -15 years
The Games Are Political
How can any country separate the Olympics from world
In Berlin in 1936. Adolf Hitler utilized the Olympic
competition as a showcase for Nazi prowess, for German
athletes were subsidized as are those of the Soviet Union
and other totalitarian nations. The competitors under the
hammer-and-sickle banner are virtual professionals,
groomed especially for Olympic competition not the
amateurs who compete without pay for the honor of
representing the free nations of the world. Americans and
others in the category carry on the tradition of those first
athletes who vied in Greece so many centuries ago.
The modern Olympic series, held every four years, were
revived in Athens in 18.
Since then the Olympic Games have been held in such
diverse places as I,ondon. Los Angeles. Tokyo. Montreal,
Melbourne, Paris, Rome, Mexico City, Helsinki, Stockholm,
Amsterdam and Munich.
True, to boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow would
not remove Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
If the Berlin Olympics had been boycotted in 1936, Hitler
would not have halted the pogrom against the Jews nor the
Naj conquest of Europe.
However, the Soviet Union today like the Third Reich
uiili7rs anv means including the Olympic Games to gain
pmpaennda advantage.
Whv should the United Statps and its Allies hand the
Communist regime that advantage? To stop international
.urerossinn. the free nations must sacrifice. Let's start with
the Olvmpirs'
Or. bettor vet. move the games to a neutral site.
Jerome F. Sheldon
Age 60 years
Let's Boycott the Games
There are so many mixed emotions about the urgings by
President Carter to boycott the Olympic Games this summer
in Russia that it's impossible to tell what the true mood of the
American people would be.
We would say. however, that there is no reason why an
exception should be made for the summer Olympic Games.
The boycott of the Olympic Games scheduled to be held
in Moscow is truly a political maneuver.
In that respect, the Olympic Games are of far less value
than other measures that have been taken to censure the
Russinas for their invasion of Afghanistan.
We have taken measures that include stopping grain
shipments to Russia, stopping the sale of technological
equipment to Russia, and limitations on the activities of the
Russian Embassy in the United States.
All of these are political measures that tell the Russians
that the world community will not condone their actions.
To deliver this kind of a blow to the American economy at
a time when we could use the sale of a large amount of farm
production and equipment production overseas, requires
guts and a committment to getting the message across.
If we sacrifice potential farm income, a worse bulge in
the deficit of trade, and industrial jobs in order to get that
message across, it would be insanity to confuse the message
by still sending our Olympic athletes to Moscow.
Olympic athletes will have wasted four years of personal
effort in getting ready for the Olympic Games. But. that it
totally inconsequential compared to the sacrifices that are in
store if we are to cut off trade with Russia and impose other
economic sanctions in an effort to halt Russian military
The Central Oregonian
Prineville, Oregon
Why Punish the Athletes
Recent developments in Afghanistan, serious as they
might be. are still far short of world war. In the recent
history of the Olympics, nothing but a global war has
prevented the non-political games from going on as planned.
We regret that President Carter has deemed it necessary
for our nation's athletes (and wheat farmers) to bear the
brunt of this nation's opposition to Russian actions in
The United States does not subsidize our Olympic
athletic programs as in so many other nations, so political
decisions should have no force over so many young people
who have sacrificed and trained so hard for so long to
compete with athletes of other countries to compete with
the best from all nations while at their peak.
To hold the 'Olympics' without the Russians or any other
country for political reasons is defeating the intent and
purpose of Olympic competition.
Unless we have been given the w rong impression of such
competition from our earliest comprehension, the Olympics
are a very special time and place for all nations to put aside
political and cultural differences to compete on the highest
levels of sportsmanship, compete with the gracious
acceptance of victory or defeat.
The Madras Pioneer
Madras, Oregon
Sifting through the TIMESj7
Fifty years ago the Lions
Gub discussed the child labor
laws of the state. S.D. Notson
gave a talk on "Child Wel
fare." The Lions invited
American Legion chief Sidney
George to speak at the next
Charles Henry and the
Crocket Sprouls entertained at
the Elks Club in Heppner.
Morrow County Sheriff
C.J D. Bauman said 16 arrests
were made, two stills were
seized and $836 in fines were
collected from violaters of the
prohibited from violaters of
the prohibition laws.
The water tank of the Union
Pacific system in Heppner
that supplied locomotives was
damaged when a blaze started
on the wood supporting the
tank. The Heppner fire depart
ment controlled the fire with
chemicals. Workmen had
been thawing around the tank
the day before because of the
sub-zero weather and a smoul
dering spark from a cigarette
was believed to be the cause of
the fire.
Twenty-five years ago at the
13th annual meeting of the
Heppner Soil and Conserva
tion District. Raymond
French was elected supervi
sor replacing W'.E. Hughes.
The residents of Cecil had a
chili feed to raise monev for
the March of Dimes and the
bigger the person, the more
the cost. The admission price
was one cent for every inch of
the person's waist. About 35
persons attended and it raised
more than $60.
Irvin Rauch of Lexington
topped the market at the
Hermiston Livestock auction
with one 815 pound steer that
sold for $21 .60 cwt. and one 720
pound heifer for $19 cwt.
Morrow County had a near
epidemic of the measles with
Heppner. Lexington and
Boardman reporting the most
cases. Lexington was the
hardest hit with approxi
mately 75 percent of its
students catching the spotty
disease in a two-week period.
Student trvnuts were under-
wav at Heppner High School
for the play "Here Comes the
Five years ago a record
school budget was proposed
and the committees were
trying to make changes.
The county was in the
process of having a clinic built
behind the hospital for Drs.
Joe Gifford and Richard
Carpenter to practice in.
A mobile health unit was
coming to Heppner and Lex
ington to give free blood
pressure checks and a lung
function test.
A Lexington born and raised
man. Dallas Ward, was
named to the Colorado Sports
Hall of Fame.
Blue Mountain to host F.F.A.
Leadership Skills Contest
Blue Mountain Community
Colleco will host the Blue
Mountain District Future
Farmers of America Leader
ship Skills Contest Wednes
day. Feb. fi.
Seven high school chapters
are invited to attend including
those from: Heppner, River
side (Boardman). Pendleton,
Hermiston. Milton-Freewater.
Condon and Umapine.
Students participating in the
contests will compete in areas
of parliamentary procedure,
public speaking, and extem
poraneous speaking.
An awards ceremony will be
held at the end of the day long .
competition. The BMCC colle
giate chapter of FFA is
sponsoring the annual event.
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