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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...

 

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...

 

'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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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... Full story

 

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