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Free press key to democratic process

Editor: Re: your recent editorial about the current status of journalism in the U.S. (April 4). As a college journalism graduate and lifetime career journalist I have to relay my kudos for your courageous stance in defense of our profession and for...

 

Local candidate for judge is best choice

Editor: Kind, generous, active, fighter, strong, compassionate, smart, long suffering, stable, dependable, organized, thoughtful, moral. The list could go on and on. Rachel Kittson-MaQatish, a schoolmate from long ago, has always been a personal hero...

 

Governor's call for special session raises variety of questions

As of the writing of this article, Governor Brown has indicated she is going to sign Senate Bill 1528, which will disconnect certain portions of the Oregon tax code from the federal tax code. In her press release announcing her intent, she also said...

 

Chamber banquet reflects positive changes all around

Until they called my name, I was really enjoying this year’s Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. It was a full house, with a program that, though extensive, kept moving and stayed interesting. The crowd was enthusiastic. The applause at the end...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    April 4, 2018

Thirteen years bring many changes in news business

Amid the Easter holiday events and April Fools Day jokes last Sunday, another small milestone slipped by. I actually barely realized it, because I was busy visiting relatives I hadn’t seen for quite a while and was preoccupied with catching up. But...

 

Thanks to doctors for local care

Editor: At Samaritan Health Services, building healthier communities is at the core of our mission. As we prepare to celebrate Doctors’ Day on March 30, it is the perfect opportunity to thank and recognize the important work our physicians do each...

 

Levy more than it's cracked up to be

Editor: I think it was Mark Twain who humorously said, “It is easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled,” or something of that sort. I know my task here is difficult, since I am here to say that we have been...

 

This spring brings opportunities to participate

Things are happening in Sweet Home. We’ve got a vastly rejuvenated Chamber of Commerce planning an awards ceremony featuring a local homegrown country star, Trevor Tagle, on April 7. We’ve got new city government leaders who are gaining...

 

Total support for columnist's stance

Editor: Thank you to Jeff Hutchins for his column concerning gun control and issues. We support your feelings and your comments completely. Bob and Betty Weidner Sweet Home...

 

'Facts, not fallacies' should guide us

Editor: Thank you, Jeff Hutchins, for your guest editorial last week. We need facts, not fallacies, to live rationally. Since time began, men have killed men by whatever means was at hand. It is not the fault of the weapon, but of the user. Every...

 

Post-tragedy gun arguments smack of ignorance, fallacies

By Jeff Hutchins Following the latest school shooting, in Florida, and the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a lot of false information – and in some cases, flat-out lies, have been disseminated, especially through the mass media. Few things infuriate...

 

Short session produces solid accomplishments

Some pleasant surprises have emerged from this year’s “Short Session” in the Oregon Legislature. First, our legislators finished early. Wow. We complain about Salem’s penchant for overreaches, particularly about government overreaches and a...

 

Hate for Pence is un-American

Editor: I just saw the most ridiculous Facebook video I have ever seen. Shame on ABC for allowing their “Big Brother” TV show to call our Vice President Pence a mental illness case because he claims to talk to God. That means that every believer...

 

Radicalized NRA stifles responsibility

Editor: Conservative activist “Joe the Plumber” summed up the NRA’s and its members’ position perfectly when he posted an open letter to the victims’ families of the Santa Barbara, Calif. shooting: “Your dead kids don’t trump my...

 

B&G Club thankful for mayors' support

Editor: Last summer mayors from across Oregon gathered in Lebanon for the Annual Mayor’s Conference. The conference, attended by a few hundred, included events at Boulder Falls Event Center and the “Mayors on Main Street” event planned and...

 

Thanks for runners, help with fun runs

Editor: On behalf of the City of Sweet Home, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 Sweetheart Run on Feb. 10. This was the fourth “Sweetheart of a Run in a Sweetheart of a Town.” The run built upon the momentum gathered...

 

City needs smart use for surplus land

Editor: On Jan. 10 of last year, I attended a City Council meeting and addressed the body regarding the sale of the “Surplus” 9th Street city property that formerly housed the Public Works Maintenance Facility, which has since been decommissioned...

 

Another tragedy tells us hard things about ourselves

The recent horrific shooting spree at a Florida high school impacts all of us because we know it could have been members of our community hovering outside the perimeter of yellow tape, wondering if our kids were OK and grieving over those who were...

 

Soaring firefighting costs limit funds for other needs

By Tracy Beck Both nationally and locally, the 2017 wildfire season was unpre-cedented in terms of dollars spent, acres burned, and the duration of the wildfire season. We will continue to feel the impacts from these fires, including impacts to...

 

Dennis Richardson shows what can be accomplished in Salem

We often criticize public officials, particularly at the state and federal levels, whose focus appears to be more on establishing their legacy as social and environmental engineers rather than, say, our state’s and nation’s problems of massive...

 

City bill policy not business-like

Editor: Recent issues of The New Era have had excellent citizen and editorial input and statements regarding the slamming of landlords for errant renters whose water/sewer bills become past due. Since it is deemed “right” to demand the landlord...

 

Might doesn't make right

Editor: One thing that drives me crazy is when government or large companies do something – not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they can. I love Sweet Home and appreciate all the city does to keep our community healthy and...

 

We've been handed a card; can we play it?

The announcement last week that our national forest will produce the nation’s Capitol Christmas Tree (along with 70 others that will be distributed throughout the capital) might first seem like simply a bunch of fun hoopla. But it’s also an...

 

Landlord has point on water bills

Editor: It isn’t often that I take sides in disputes, but Bruce Hobbs has good reason to express his concerns regarding water bills for renters (“Homeowners object to being stuck with renters’ delinquent bill” Jan. 17). The power company,...

 

City rules need to be based on sense

Editor: For the past two decades I have often helped a couple of landlords clean and repair after renters have left. It’s bad enough that some renters haven’t paid their rent for a month or two, to the point of court eviction, so the landlord...

 

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