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Thanks for kind good-bye gift

Editor: I want to thank the Sweet Home Junior High School staff for their kindness to me during the seven years I was in their employ. I enjoyed working with all of you in the lunch program. I do thank you for the lovely card and beautiful plant. It...

 

Banner project efforts appreciated

Editor: We would like to thank Jim and Lisa Gourley for their insight and determination in the veterans banner project to honor our own people who served in the military and a job well done. Ken and Wanda Dahlin and family Sweet H...

 

Thanks (again) to Mae Yih for help

Editor: Happy birthday to our retired Sen. Mae Yih from the community of Cascadia, with our never-ending thanks! Twenty-four years ago this month we cut the ribbon to open our unique newly restored Box Howe truss bridge. Some get monuments. You...

 

Linotype article stirs memories

Editor: I was once the typesetter for The New Era and I was tickled to read the monthly museum piece about the old Linotype (May 30). But since I’m a detail type, I feel a couple of maybe unimportant corrections might be made. Bridget (Cooper...

 

Christmas tree a big opportunity

Editor: Many great things are being done in and for the City of Sweet Home. I finally got to attend one of the meetings for the Christmas Tree activities. This is the biggest opportunity for everyone in and around Sweet Home to participate in this na...

 

Truth in column on newspapers' decline

Editor: That was a superb editorial you wrote for the May 9 edition! Dave Cooper and I bought The New Era in 1975 from the Springfield News. The weekly had been owned for decades by Bill Dudley and Mac Macoubrie, who were married to sisters. The men...

 

Thanks to SH for ongoing support

Editor: This letter is for the whole Sweet Home Family (Booster club, staff, students and community). We wanted to extend a sincere thank you from our family to yours for the continued support of your fund-raiser during halftime of a basketball game...

 

Confidence in judge candidate

Editor: Usually we have so little information about judges, but this time I know Rachel Kittson-MaQatish (position # 3).  I feel confident in recommending that you vote for Rachel.  Yes, she interned at The Legislature with me and we have kept in...

 

Clean meat is truly pro-life

Editor: Tyson Foods, one of the biggest meat businesses in the world, is joining Bill Gates, Richard Branson (virgin.com), Cargill, the second-largest beef producer in the world along with many others are investing in Memphis Meats and other...

 

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...

 

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