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Alarming parallels between now, past

Editor: We should all be asking the question: Who is influencing or pressuring us to see things in only one certain way? Who is profiting from our choices? Who is being hurt by our choices? Who is covering the truth with a magic blanket that is...

 

Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

Editor’s note: This column was submitted to us by the Oregon School Activities Association. We’re not publishing it because we think what the authors are talking about is, necessarily, a huge problem here in Sweet Home, but any of us who have...

 

'Utopian' politicians forget that nothing is free

By Dennis Linthicum After the recent elections, the Democrat Party has a “super” majority in both of Oregon’s Legislative chambers. They also own the Governor’s Office. This means they have a 66 percent majority in the legislature and can...

 

Local educators' work impressive

Editor: A couple class acts! I was pleased and not a bit surprised that Mr. Yahraes met all nine performance standards (Jan. 23 edition). I have talked to several people under his present supervision and a few that are now retired. They all speak...

 

Committee taking on problems right in our faces

The New Era’s office faces Main Street in the heart of downtown. Thus positioned, we are acutely aware of the presence of and problems experienced and caused by the homeless in Sweet Home. Although we often are not immediately involved, on a...

 

Loose dogs are problem in SH

Editor: I love living in Sweet Home. I am a proud member of this community and care about it. I have lived here for my whole life, 10 years and 3 months. I have noticed a problem here in Sweet Home that I would like to talk about.  In Sweet Home...

 

Gun law proposal a slap in the face to law-abiding Oregonians

Remember those election results from last November? Well they are coming home to roost in rural Oregon in this 2019 legislative session. For those who didn’t do the math, although only seven (of 36) populous, mostly metropolitan counties (centered...

 

Moving out doesn't mean goodbye

By Phil Barnhart I moved out of my office in the State Capitol in Salem a few days ago. Just before Christmas Marty Wilde, the new state representative, moved into his office there. During my nine terms, much has changed in your Legislature. It is be...

 

Start of legislative session feels lot like back-to-school

By Sherrie Sprenger It feels like the first day of school.  I have all my new supplies laid out. I have my new class schedule. There will be new people to meet with whom I will get to visit once again – some of my old friends. I also have a new...

 

Local volunteers get new year off to good start

I enjoy running and over the years I’ve lived in Sweet Home. I’ve put in literally thousands of miles on our local roads. Not only is it good exercise for me, and a lot of fun for my dogs (as they try not to drag me down the road), but it’s a...

 

Wrapping up: Final day in D.C. was a big one

It’s been busy since we left Washington, D.C., as we’ve been getting holiday-season newspapers out and then getting ready for vacation over Christmas break. Simply put, I haven’t had time to sit down and wrap up my little trip log by...

 

Help for homeless starts with hope

Editor: As I read about the $500,000 that will be available to the city of Sweet Home for those struggling to maintain their homes, I decided that I want to make several life-lesson observations. I am going to share these in a couple of story...

 

Holiday drawings have benefits

Editor: After coaxing from my wife Georgia, I filled out the local merchants Thanksgiving and Christmas giving drawings for a free turkey and a free ham. Lo and behold, we were winners in both drawings! Thank you, Sweet Home merchants and...

 

Christmas a chance to reflect on what's important

It’s really been a pleasant Christmas season for Sweet Home. The Capitol Christmas Tree experience was heart-warming for many, and we’ve heard a lot of comments to that effect from our readers – no exaggeration. This was a really big deal for...

 

So what does that poem say, anyway?

Editor: I’m old and not hooked up, so I wonder what Bridgette Harrington’s poem was, that she gained fame for in DC.  In case I’m not the only unelectronic reader, would you please print it for us? Thanks lots, Joan Scofield Sweet Home...

 

Kids Christmas a community effort

Editor: There is no way to express the gratitude and love for the community I have with all the support they shared for our fourth annual Kids Free Christmas Store we held on Dec. 15. We gave out 770 gifts, with 147 kid shoppers.   I have served on...

 

Washington trip is once-in-a-lifetime, but glad to be home

Merry Christmas! It didn't seem much like Christmas last week in Washington, D.C. There was far too much to do and see. Too much journalisting and touristing to do to really get that ol' Christmas... Full story

 

Flag team thanks businesses for help

Editor: As a member of our local VFW Post #3437, I would like to give a shout out and a huge thank you to two of our local businesses, Napa Auto Parts and Mr. Lucky’s Deli. On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, I and three other members set out in the early...

 

Councilor naive on mobile home prices

Editor: After a long day at work I just did not feel up to attending the City Council meeting last week. However, I would have really awakened after Councilor Goble’s comment regarding the cost of a mobile home. “Shocked” would have been my...

 

Sean C. Morgan Reports From Washington – Day 4: Visits with VIPs, and not enough museum time

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era We woke to the sounds of sirens. I'll need to learn the "Sounds of Silence" soon so I can rewrite the lyrics and sing "The Sounds of Sirens" or an "Ode to Washington,... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 3 – Amid the mucky-mucks, the really important stuff

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Just because of constant rush of activities, every day is whirling by in Washingon, D.C. It's hard to believe it's just Tuesday. Our Sweet Home contingent, here to... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 2 – Capitol a busy, busy place

We woke to the sounds of sirens. Step out of the house for a quick vape, and there's that sound. Again, no police cars, just ambulances and fire engines – all day long, everywhere in this town....

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 1 – Trip to nation's capitol full of little lessons

– Editor's note: Reporter Sean C. Morgan is in Washington, D.C., to cover the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which originated in Sweet Home, and to report on the activities of local... Full story

 

Socialism will not help Americans

Editor: Creativity is a cerebral exercise which is rewarded and flourishes in a capitalist society. Learning is critical for the success of the individual, as well as the society. We’ve all heard the maxim “Knowledge is Power,” but knowledge is...

 

Lots of folks gittin' 'r' done around Sweet Home

There’s been a lot of gittin’ ‘r’ done in the air around Sweet Home recently. We’ve seen remarkable performances from the Capitol Christmas Tree organizers, local enterpreneurs who have taken local business enterprise to new heights, and...

 

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