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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Upgraded defenses, backing off on provocations can avoid a needless war in North Korea

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most experts believe it will be a year before North Korea’s...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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... Full story

 

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: Plants’ placement creates hazards

Editor: There ought to be a law against obstructing driver visibility along roads. And one against cities, counties, states from planting invasive, non-native species. I, ironically, was almost killed by a logging truck on the corner of Evergreen... Full story

 

Letter: Apologies to young for adult decisions

Editor: With deep regret I submit this apology to the youngsters of Sweet Home, present and future. In the haste to prove ourselves as worthy adults we have condemned you to unnecessary anguish in your coming years. In the name of “progress” and... Full story

 

Notes from the Newsroom: Hawaii offers lessons in relaxed common sense

When we think of Hawaii, for most of us what comes to mind are sandy beaches, surfboards, luaus, flowers, pineapple, coconuts, etc. Forests may not immediately come to mind. Recently, my wife and I spent a week in the Garden State with some friends....

 

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