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 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 11, 2018 

Being part of the news isn't always fun

It’s kind of an unwritten rule for print journalists to stay out of the news. We cover news. We try not to make it. So we sometimes find ourselves in awkward positions when we become part of a news story, even sometimes when we actually experience...

 

On Independence Day, appreciate those ... courts

When we celebrate Independence Day, we typically aren’t thinking about judges. Courts aren’t always something we Americans appreciate. Criminal and civil courts, of course, represent the long arm of the law, not always to the benefit of...

 

Now is good time to prepare for School Board elections

The return of Jenny Daniels to the School Board, which we reported in our June 20 edition, means Liberty-area residents get an experienced board member to represent their beliefs and values in the decisions made about the operations of the Sweet...

 

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...

 

One-on-one time with constituents important for legislator

I speak often to students, of ages ranging from elementary to high school. I love hanging out with kids and have found them to be more willing to engage in their government than many adults. I hope, by speaking to students, that they will become...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Recycling right may involve learning curve

I clearly remember the first time I visited a landfill. I don’t remember why, exactly, but I recall driving up a winding dirt road into the hills of Central California, where I lived at the time, and seeing … a giant flock of seagulls descending...

 

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...

 

Court's opinion in Colorado cake case leaves room for more questions

By Dr. John Sparks At the U.S. Supreme Court on June 4, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered a long-awaited opinion concerning Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop located in Lakewood, Colorado, west of Denver. Kennedy and th...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Alum's advice right on the money for Class of '18

It’s been a bit of a tradition for us to offer up some advice to our graduating classes on this page each year, but for a number of reasons that I won’t go into here, we didn’t this year. As it turned out, that was a genius move because it...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Alert system must provide citizens reliability, clarity

Like probably just about everyone in Sweet Home who had a cellphone on Tuesday, May 29, I was flummoxed when I heard that screeching noise coming off my from the device. And, like probably just about everybody else, I was poised, ready to … wait,...

 

Steps to provide for homeless timely, necessary

We see them nearly every day, though sometimes they aren’t very obvious – our local homeless population. Some stand out, walking the streets, panhandling, hanging out at favorite spots around town. Others are a lot less noticeable, or way under...

 

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...

 

Capitol Christmas Tree is big opportunity – to get involved

This Capitol Christmas Tree deal is big. That became obvious early on to everyone, who tended to be mostly public officials, who showed up in January for the announcement that the Sweet Home Ranger District is privileged to provide the 75-foot...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    Opinion    May 23, 2018

Council agrees to explore alternatives to water billing formula

Editor’s note: In last week’s (May 16, 2018) edition of The New Era, a story about city water rates incorrectly reported that the City Council reached a consensus on new water rates. The story should have reported that the City Council reached a...

 

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...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Owners' greed dooming many newspapers

Recently, I visited a community I once lived and worked in. My job there was with a local newspaper that had been owned by a particular local family for decades. We were were located in what’s known as the Five Cities, a cluster of five or six...

 

Measure 98 funds driving new, expanded programs at SHHS

By Tom Yahraes Measure 98—Tackling CTE and Forestry, College Readiness, and Dropout Prevention High School Success is the title of the Measure 98 ballot initiative approved by the Oregon voters in 2016. This initiative now provides direct funding...

 

Housing law could benefit needy in Sweet Home

Housing is increasingly expensive in east Linn County, and the reason is short supply. We detailed some of the specifics in a report in our April 25 issue, but anyone who has acquaintances who are renters seeking to move out or up can attest to the...

 

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...

 

Mona Waibel was faithful supporter, chronicler of her town

Always positive. That’s what I remember most about Mona Waibel, who passed away last week after several years of decline. Mona was one of a kind. She was energetic – a real go-getter whose range of activities was dizzying. She was opinionated...

 

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...

 

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