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 Opinion    May 5, 2021 

Time for the state to back off on COVID

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have been in the driver’s seat in Oregon’s response to COVID for well over a year now.  What’s been the result? Depends, of course, on whom you ask. On one side are those who fully buy in to the...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2021 

Use federal money for sidewalks

Editor: The City Council was wondering just what they would do with the new $2 million that the government is sending to Sweet Home to help with the super-structure of our city (April 21). They couldn’t agree on a project. I have a suggestion:...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2021 

Mental health help takes small steps

Editor: This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a...

 

Rob Younger pick of 'excellent' field

Editor: The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is in the enviable position of having three excellent candidates for Position 4 on the Board of Directors. I’ve had the pleasure to serve with one of the candidates – Rob Younger – on the Fire...

 

Jim Gourley has proven himself

Editor: With the upcoming school board elections, I would like to take this time to urge you to vote for Jim Gourley for Position 8 at large. I have personally known Jim for years and have worked on numerous committees with him. Each time he has...

 

Racism threatens education in U.S.

Editor: The Biden administration is a go-for-broke bunch (on your dime): Pack the Supreme Court, open the borders, empty the nation’s treasury and push for federal control of elections. These all work for the same outcome: consolidate power. In...

 

Biden's legacy may be dollar signs

By Rich Lowry So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old-school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory. He’s been replaced by the Joe...

 

Bible offers start for answers

Editor: To President Biden and all the leaders of our nation, states, cities, and even families who are trying in their own minds to build our country into what you might think is something good. Here is some counsel to you all to prayerfully...

 

The latest assault on Winston Churchill

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith During his long life, Winston Churchill suffered several indignities. He was dismissed from his position as the head of the Royal Navy in 1915 because of the disastrous defeat Anglo-French forces endured at Gallipoli during Wo...

 

Parents should be aware of history

Editor: In the 1950s the Communist Party identified its 45-goal plan to take over America. Three stand out clearly today: 15) Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States. 16) Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken...

 

Leaders need to heed traffic issues

Editor: I’m sending letters to our senator, mayor, president protem, five councilors, our school district superintendent, the chief of police, fire chief, Attorney General, and to Linn County about the problem in Sweet Home that I’m writing...

 

New reporter: How I got to Sweet Home

The first time I heard about Sweet Home was in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. But that was Sweet Home, Alabama. You see, I come from quite far away. Pennsylvania, to be precise. When I learned that Sweet... Full story

 

ODF habitat plan has many flaws

By Amanda Astor The Oregon Department of Forestry is proposing major changes in state forest management. Last year, the agency released a draft 70-year habitat conservation plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atm...

 

Design ideas have failed to flourish

Editor: Once upon a time, Sweet Home was declared a “Tree City.”  That was something to be proud of.  Then, as our beautiful trees along Main Street became even more beautiful, some “all knowing” experts told us that we had to take out the...

 

Gourley should be re-elected to board

Editor: This letter of support is written on behalf of Jim Gourley, incumbent school board member in the Sweet Home School District. Jim is a long-time member of the community who cares a great deal about Sweet Home and the families that live here....

 

Demise of Kiwanis Club a sad day

Editor: Although I understand the reasoning behind the decision to fold the Sweet Home Kiwanis Club (as reported in the March 31 edition), I am sad to see it occur. I have many fond memories of my 20 years as a club member, starting in 1985. In my...

 

Tree removal result of poor planning

Editor: First off, you’d have thought the city would have never ever allowed Douglas firs in such a tiny park. Re: Evergreen Loop Park razing (March 10). The brief article failed to mention the actuator of the park’s trees sudden...

 

Time to step up and help out

By John Marble Twenty years ago, America suffered a devastating attack and a horrific nightmare as the Twin Towers collapsed in a heap of concrete, fire and death. I was most deeply moved by the newsreels showing New York firefighters and police...

 

Freedom's not a given, and rights are being lost

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, which is a thing terrible to traitors.” – Benjamin Franklin By Peter Ready America’s gateway drug to its tyranny addiction has been to forget and...

 

Time to discard failed planning rule

By Vlad Yurlov Oregon’s transportation policy is in an alternate reality, the “no build” alternative, to be exact. It’s been more than 30 years since Oregon built a new highway, and its metropolitan areas are pressured to say “no” to park...

 

Let your doctor know you care

Editor, March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Together with Chief Medical Officer Robert Turngren, MD, we express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the hundreds of Samaritan Health Services physicians who consistently demonstrate exemplary...

 

'Progressive' not a gentle concept

Editor: I think we need to know the true meaning of this popular word of the day: “progressive.” Progressive comes from the word “progress.” However, it is also the Americanized word for Communism.  I know, you really don’t think that is...

 

Teaching children starts at home

Editor: I will start this off with my family. There are four; two sons, two daughters. They grew up with responsibilities, clean their rooms, do dishes, take out the garbage, respect, honor and choices. They would bring home their friends, most of wh...

 

Baboon story makes a point

“Stress, Portrait of a Killer,” a National Geographic production with Prof. Robert Sapolsky (www.youtube.com/watch? v=eYG0ZuTv5rs ) is very good and has a happy ending. It’s 44.23 minutes in if you’re in a hurry. Prof. Sapolsky says he...

 

School traffic creates challenges

Editor: We have lots of senior residents who’ve lived in Sweet Home over 30 years. The problem is the Hawthorne Elementary School is getting worse  every year with traffic from the school. It takes about 10 minutes from Clark Mill to 35th on Long...

 

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