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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. LJSE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 4 AUGUST 5, ANDREW J. MCNAB -TARTAN PUBLICATIONS, INC., PUBLISHER KAREN HENSLEE. GENERAL MANAGER SAM LOWRY, CO-EDITOR GREG SKINNNER, CO-EDITOR In a few weeks, many of the kids I've met since my arrival in January will leave Klickitat County. Off to college, or elsewhere, they go to grow, get educat- ed and become their own people. And, they go to live life elsewhere. The annual fall flight should be nothing new to rural America or to Goldendale. But, what goes with them? The students I've met at evening and after school events, concerts, plays and weekend sports were the first to endear me to Goldendale. The first to show me this place works. Goldendale was supposed to be lacking in self-esteem, a community depressed. Instead, I found young men and women full of pride and smiles, going about life and school with style and moxie. I saw them lose with grace and win with humility when other kids, from non-depressed areas of the state, cried and pitched fits in front of everyone at state-level competition. I watched them collect over $250,ooo in scholarship money. I've seen them play music for the public; I've seen the older teaching the younger. I've listened to them think of the future. Off they go to become doctors, public policy experts, engineers, history and art teachers, and a few will become soldiers, lawyers and economists. Will they come back? Every student I had the fortune to speak with told me they were leaving and not coming back. A student leader told me she could see another small town in her future, "just not Goldendale." When locals get complaining about city people and their city ways, stop and think for a moment; city people hold two of the highest offices i0 this county. The mayor of Goldendale came from Seattle. The chair of the Board of County Commissioners came from Portland. Not to mention the director of planning, Goldendale chief of police, the county prosecuting attorney, etc. The economic and political future of Klickitat County is currently planned for by people, like me, from other places - with different agendas. As the hospital struggles to keep and attract a quality staff, as schools lose teachers and staff, community service organization leaders retire or die, and as the mighty golden goose of rural economic development passes by Goldendale and most of Klickitat County, ask what might happen if Goldendale kept its best and brightest. It will take more than an aluminum job, or a position in the county bureau- eracy to bring the best back. Even with people living longer and longer, the population has changed little in the course of loo years. These two facts leave me with a belief that one of Goldendale's exports, besides wheat, hay and the grape, must be talent. Granted, I'm speaking of the active few. I'm talking about the ones who play in band Friday night, take advanced placemeni classes and have two sports rmed up for Saturday; the ones who do theater and work and do well in school to boot. I speak of those who can make a difference wherever they choose to live. Let them go, but for God's sake, get them back. -- Greg S/dnner "Give me your offer first!" a ~ot~ of~ ~men. ~ am~e fellows, you .~,: "~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ - ) .......... Most of these folks are just nice people who want to help us buy a car, but once awhile you get a throw-back to the past: Back to the days when a salesman demanded an offer on your part so he could go plead with his manager to accept your paltry bid. We mn into one of these recently. Thus man was determ'med to sell us a car "today" and seemed offended when I told him I'd have to think about it. I got the distinct impression this fellow con- sidered thinking a waste of time, or even a bad idea. f --- I should stop to explain that my wife and I always [ |]18 ~~ go together when we shop for cars. The idea of buy- [ Ila~ll ~[ 1 e I~I~UR ing a car and taking "t hom to surprise the spouse is [ _ _ ~~[ not something I want to try. We have too many guns [ ~;~1~ ~//[ around the house to risk something like that ~,c,~ ' '~ ] ....... ' ~ ~ c~32004 Roger Pond -- // Thus presents a problem, however. Conme mways~ assumes the salesmen are telling the truth, and I figure they are lying until proven otherwise. Our most recent salesman was a case in point. He started out with the "Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price" (MSRP) -- and we all had a good laugh about that. The MSRP is the salesman's joldng price, it seems to me. It doesn't really mean anything but puts everyone in a good mood for the rest of the conversation. It's kind of fun to look at the MSRP and wonder what sort of gambit the sales- man-has in mind. Generally he hopes to convince us we are getting a huge'dis- count if we buy the ear today. (They won't last long at that price, you know.) "Well, I'm sure I could get you a better price if you buy the ear today," he said. "You just tell me what color you want, and Iql do a search of dealers to see what we can get you." His dealer search turned up several of the exact ear I wanted, but we still couldn't come up with a price. Our salesman said he would have to call the other dealers to see what the car would actually cost, and he couldn't do that unless I promised to buy the car today. "That's backwards," I thought. "He's the salesman. I'm not going to sell myself a car!" That's when I learned this man was such a sensitive fellow. He was deeply hurt each time I asked what the car would actually cost. I'm reminded of a friend who went to look for a new pickup years ago. My friend and his brother-in-law told the salesman, "Just give us your best deal first, because that's the only one we're going to listen to." The salesman and .lifts manager finally earle up with a price, but it wasn't what the two ranchers had in mind. When they started to drive away the salesman said, "Wait a minute! Let me talk to my manager again and see ifwe can do bet- ter." This man was still sobbing and whimpering in front of the pickups as the two men drove down the road. I don't know what to make of all this, but I still plan to buy a car. I won't buy it from anybody who doesn't know the price, however. THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL OFFICIAt NEWSPAPER FOR GOLDENDALE AND KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA ESTABLISHED 1879 . PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY FROM OFFICES AT 117 W. MAIN GOLDENDALE, WA 98620 TELEPHONE (509) 773-3777 FAX (509) 773-4737 EMAIL: (NEWS) SENTINEL@GORGE.NET OR (ADS, EDITORIAL, COMMUNITIES, HOMETOWN) GSENTINEL@GORGE.NET OR THE GOLDENDALE SENTINEL STAFF BETH SCHRoDER, PAGE LAYOUT/DESIGN AMY WALKER, GRAPHIC DESIGN HELMUT ADLER, ADVERTISING SALES & CIRCULATION Deadlines: Display Advertising: 5 p.m. FridaYl~ Classified Advertising: Noon Monday Legal Notices: 10 a.m Tuesday News and Letters: Noon Friday Subscriptions: 1 Year, 2 Years Goldendale - Carrier $22, $37 In Kltckitat County - $29, $52 Outside Klickitai County - $38, $70 USPS 2213-6000 WEEKLY. Periodical postage paid at Goldendale Post Office, Goldendale, Wash. 98620. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Goldendale Sentinel, 117 W. Main St. Goldendale, WA 98620-9526. 1lie Goldendale entinel t-g~.t-~ r 9 o~ Cw WIIII II--'~gA rlb~ ! 0 ,a 0 .B .0 ,.." " **0" rgAPHCK THE t L ON Seifert's legacy will live on To the Editor: numerous to list. But when the Carpe Diem! In translation, the Latin phrase from University graduate started a project, he Horace means "seize the day." In essence, carpe diem was did it the right way. exactly the way Thomas A. Seifert lived his incredible life ty that I, and many others, were drawn to. -- like we all should - to the very fullest. I, like so many nors in Olympia to farmers in Centerville, countless others in Goldendale and all of Klickitat County, ence and genuine personality made huge was deeply saddened to hear of his tragic passing and that impressions. of his White Salmon climbing companion last week on a He had many followers and believers rocky mountain top in Central Oregon. Tom died doing vision for the area. Tom's enthusiasm one of many passions he had in life. But it was the pinna- captivating. That non-stop des reached and mountains conquered that made this multiplied into great things for all Goldendale man truly extraordinayy. I felt very privileged ally and personally. He believed in to have him consider me a friend during nay time in Klickitat County, as we believed in Tom Seiferg Klickitat County. Even now as he is sitting next Words alone can't even come close to describing what Tom will be greatly missed, Tom meant to the area in so many different ways to so live on in our hearts and minds forever. many people. He was a caring and devoted husband, an Klickitat County need more extremely proud and attentive father, a successful and We will all cherish Tom's life and influential businessman and respected, sought-after touched our lives to make them better. community leader. Brent De Tom's many accomplishments and admirers are too Gregoire pending too much money To the Editor: In its July 3rd edition, the Seattle Times published a revealing article on a bungle in the Washington State Attorney General's office by Gubernatori~ Candidate many millions of dollars. A jury awarded three developmentally disabled men in a state licensed home a settlement in the amount of $17.8 million as compensation for sexual and physical abuse. The State filed an appeal. The Attorney General's office missed a court ordered deadline for the appeal to be heard. Attorney General Gregoire hired an investigator who initially blamed this sophomoric bungle on an assis- tant who was forced to resign. The assistant sued Gregoire and her office. The Attorney General settled the case out of court which cost the taxpayers another $1.25 million. Gregoire's justification for the out of court settlement was the "discovery of new evidence of an und'usclosed medical condition on the part of the assistant that led her to make an unfortunate mistake. This led Gregoire to state "aha! moment of understanding" another $1.25 million of the taxpayers moneY, This was a very expensive bungle that her watch. Apparently, there is not a and balances in the Attorney General's offic~ preclude such a disastrous mis~ak~ ~in the highest legal authority in the state for Gregoire to use such a transparent excuse closed medical condition" would be laughable not such an expensive hit on the taxpayer. Gregoire's lawyer was quoted as amounts to a "nuisance-value settlement." an insignificant amount, then it would Gregoire would have picked up the tab. Or After all, as a steward of the taxpayer's another million and a quarter on top of a million dollar appeal? "Aha-Moment of Understanding!" Gregoirl ernor? She won't get my vote! Racetrack questions need answered: To the Editor: Winterstein Road is not inexpensive and I have some questions about the proposed race- hundred acres. I've been told that the track that the county commissioners didn't answer paved regardless of its location: although the application that "doesn't exist" is t. Why would permit applications and environmental more days of useage, it might only be used 20 statements need to be requested until after land was the year. That doesn't sound very l purchased? Then would it not be already too late for other sources ofincome offthat same neighbors to protest? would that income be? 2. If this particular racetrack is found acceptalJle then 5. For tfiose in favor of this what is to stop its promotors from expanding at a later bring money into the community -- date, to include motorcycle racing, drag racing, dirt bike gives your community the right tobenefit tot of your neighboring community? and ATV racing as well. Some of which would involve 6. When will someone(s) from dirt and probably mud? on the radio and explain to the public The land involved in my particular area has an excellent have in mind regarding this track in the spring that, at present has trout in it. Weren't the mud bog long-term future, no matter where it's races held this past weekend? Personally, I'd like to hear : 3. Exactly .why isn't thus racetrack working out at discussion so people can Eddyville? Maybe some of those neighbors can give their people backing this track and dispense point of view. and innuendos. 4. Assuming this track will expect to be profitable, just how does it plan to do so? The land on east/north City projects in the In the midst of a hot summer, the city is still pushing projects and writing grants. We are putting the finishing touches on a new municipal well that is at a quality site where we have existing facilities. The well is projected to pro- Guest Column Larry Bellamy Administrator, City of Goldendale duce about 90o-1,20o gpm. This project was funded by the Department of Ecology, Public Works Trust Fund, the Department of Health and matching funds from the city. A fairly major paving project that combines three projects is in the works for August and September. These projects are made possible through two grants works for rest of s increase in funds from CDBG, begun to complete the ding phase of this for mid-August. The these projects totals contributors include the Senior Center and the city. For the City of Goldendale, a Community (CAP) has been a key communit3 an important document for grant writing., completed in 1996, 1998 and 2000. All OI were vital for outside funding needed projects. Since it's time to totaling $250,000 from the Department of . requested a grant and were awarded Transportation, Aviation Division, for a runway over- United States Forest Service. At the same lay, new parking area and access way. The third proj- wants to prepare a tourism strategic ect is an extension to the Industrial Way in our plans to begin advertising for Industrial Park funded by Community Economic August. Revitalization Board (CERB). By bidding all three With partial funding together we were able to receive a favorable bid price. Transportation Improvement Board Two Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) preparing for two construction projectS projects are also in the works. The bidding phase of the the reconstruction of East Collins and Senior Center Remodel Project is complete, notice of pedestrian safety project on South award has been issued and construction should begin grant portion of these two sometime in mid-August. The second project is the $6oo,ooo. We are still waiting on expansion of our fire hall. Following an approved final funding package applications.