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Just because everybody does it doesn't make it right

Suppose someone parked in front of your house and walked away into the night, leaving their vehicle there – for perpetuity. One day you get a call from your neighbor: "You know, you have a car sitting in front of your house and it's covered with...

 

The New Era starts 2018 with a new face – on the web

Happy New Year! 2018 is starting out with a better face for The New Era. Finally – and I’ll explain that in a moment – we have a new website. If you’ve visited us at sweethomenews.com in recent years, you probably found a web presence that h...

 

Northside Park situation shameful

Editor: In regard to the situation regarding the caretaker in Northside Park: It is discouraging to public opinion when the governing leadership of this community makes decisions that are based on human rules that cannot be altered to fit the actual...

 

Thanks for those who aided Gleaners

Editor: I was going through my pile of papers that I have let pile up for the last month. In it, I flipped through the newspapers real quickly. In the Nov. 22, there was an editorial that made me cry: “Gleaners dumping problems dirty business.” V...

 

Measure 101 a bad deal for taxpayers

Editor: In a Nov. 17 letter to Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen documented the myriad ways in which the agency tasked with managing Oregon’s $9.3 billion Medicaid program has wasted or misallocated taxpayer dollars....

 

Let Northside have caretaker, RV

On the face of it, the City Council’s decision on Dec. 12 to let stand the eviction of the caretaker at Northside Park, which we reported on page 1 of last week’s issue, sounds solid. City Manager Ray Towry and council members justify their...

 

Message of Christmas should be one of peace and hope

So, here are my New Year’s resolu... Wait, that’s next week. It’s been that kind of a year. My mom used to tell me (when I was actually young) that time speeds up as you get older. Well, this year has definitely flown by. Seems like we were...

 

Revelations, resignations pose hard questions

By now anyone who’s coherent enough to watch the TV screen is aware that a sea change is happening in public life with regard to the relations between men – particularly those in power – and women in the workplace. Like almost everything that...

 

Thanks for support of basketball team

Editor: I would like to say thank you to all of the friends and family members who supported the boys basketball team this year. Zachary Zanona Sweet Home...

 

Rural sheriff tells it like it is

Editor: I recently came across the following statement, by Spokane (Wash.) County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich regarding a fatal shooting in which a 15-year-old student opened fire at a local high school. I believe it speaks to the truth of what’s...

 

Heads-up leadership at county seat is appreciated

It was good to hear from County Commission Chair Roger Nyquist last week as he outlined his vision of where Linn County stands in a variety of fields (see page 5). Nyquist, who spent most of his 40 minutes at the dais basically winging it, with...

 

Thanks to SHHS art students

Editor: The Pastega Family Foundation would like to publicly thank the Sweet Home High School Art Club (20 students strong), and students from Santiam Christian High School, College Hill School, Corvallis High School, and Philomath High School for...

 

Musical's only flaw was empty seats

Editor: I would like to thank you and your staff for your advertising and great pictures of Sweet Home High School’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” I was able to attend the Friday night production and was overwhelmed by the detail...

 

Mainstream media in for a surprise

Editor: The opinion masters of the main-stream media (MSM) are demonstrating and fostering a level of hatred and revulsion toward our president that is typically only seen on reality TV shows. While these so-called newscasters berate the president...

 

Gleaners' dumping problems a dirty business

As we launch into the holiday season, it was a little distressing and, well, dumpish (yes, it’s a word) to read the report in last week’s edition about Sweet Home Gleaners’ problems with trash left at their second hand store at 3031 Main St....

 

Come to think of it, there's plenty of room for thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving. This has been a crazy year, with wars and rumors of wars, natural disasters of historic proportions, human frailty in the headlines, and lots more to preoccupy us with uncomfortable thoughts. Many of us have experienced personal...

 

Natural response to gun violence may not be wise one

Ten days ago, a lone gunman killed 22 people at a Sunday morning church service in Texas. That tragedy came almost exactly a month after another lone gunman killed 58 people and left another 546 injured after opening fire on a crowd of 22,000...

 

Editorial: State leaders need to take PERS fixes seriously

PERS is a curse, in many ways, for us Oregonians. Yes, that’s a sweeping statement, but it’s generally true for all of us, even those who directly benefit from the state’s public pension plan. Any citizen who’s been paying attention knows tha...

 

Letter: Just going by rules of the road

Editor: Wow, since I have been blasted for my previous letters regarding the marijuana sales here in Sweet Home, I am going to bow out of all of it. I am a professional truck driver, have been for almost 40 years. Right up to this day I have been...

 

Letter: Fuel tax should go to roads, bridges

Editor: By now, most people have heard about the increase in vehicle registration and fuel taxes. Both of these costs are a result of Gov. Brown and a Democratic Congress in Oregon. Fortunately, what Gov. Brown really wanted was far more than what...

 

Editorial: These Huskies are worth watching – for anyone

As a journalist, I’ve covered sports since I was a college student, which is a lot more years than I care to count right now. Of course, I’ve done a lot of other things in journalism as well, so I haven’t been consistently in the press box. I m...

 

Letter: Ball dropped on auction publicity

Editor: Whoever was in charge of publicizing the Boys and Girls Club auction this past weekend dropped the ball. Invitations or cards are usually sent out to buyers and supporters, but were never received. The few signs that were put out were small...

 

Letter: Writer wrong on marijuana facts

Editor: In her letter that appeared in the Oct. 18 edition of The New Era, Bonnie Neal states that in the name of “progress and economic development” marijuana has been allowed to move in to town. Marijuana has been in this town and every other...

 

Letter: Disrespectful hurtful to veterans

Editor: The trend of disrespect to our country continues progress out of control, without any regard to veterans’ sacrifice. The freedom to disrespect our country sickens and worsens the wounds of veterans, including those who suffer and die on...

 

Letter: Tired of solitude? Join Manna meals

Editor: If you are tired of eating alone at home, come join us at Manna. This is not just a soup kitchen for the poor, but a place to find new friends, whatever your income is. I have enjoyed going to Manna Meals on Fridays at Sweet Home United...

 

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