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Land use policy key to public safety

Guest Commentary Sweet Home was very, very fortunate last week. Last Tuesday, we watched helplessly as Detroit, Lyons, Gates and Mill City in the North Santiam Canyon were either destroyed or severely damaged by wildfires. Meanwhile, another fire...


Thanks to local firefighters

Editor: I want to thank all of the firefighters in our community for their work, whether for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, Oregon Department of Forestry or local logging companies. SHFAD responded to 52 calls the night of the... Full story


Hope outweighs divisiveness

Editor: Well, 2020 has certainly been a difficult year for us thus far as Oregonians and Americans, from COVID-19 in the beginning of the year to the civil unrest and rioting that erupted after George Floyd’s death and now the devasting wildfires... Full story


History review: Things not much different for GOP, even with Trumps

By Rich Lowry Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it’s still discernibly the Republican Party. The Republican National Convention was obviously very Trumpy. At least one member of the family had a slot every night, and it featured...


Conveniences mask frighteningly fragile society

We live in uncertain and unstable times. The conveniences of the 21st Century, where nearly anything we want or need is at our fingertips, belie the fragility of our physical lives – and our social structures. Keep going; we’ll explain. We can...


Grange memories are good ones

Editor: Roberta McKern’s article (Aug. 26) about the Holley Grange brought back such nostalgic memories for me.   Back in the day, it was a time of safety.  Everyone knew everyone and kids were expected to behave themselves.  On the block...


Belated chamber awards event was fun one

If you haven’t watched the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce awards presentation, we’ll just say it might be a lot more entertaining than simply reading our story about the event, which starts on page 1. That’s because the program was a well-put-t...


Sanctioning Antifa boosts lawlessness

Editor: Portland Tally Sheet: 85 consecutive nights of riot have been inflicted on the public, the police and property. On Aug. 8 alone, 24 rioters were arrested and booked. Oregon State Police left town for good reason last week because the County... Full story


Time for more local control in battling COVID?

We’ve been living with the coronavirus pandemic for about five months now in east Linn County and it’s been an experience. Particularly in our schools. Educators have been jerked this way and that by constantly changing directives from Salem as t...


Fix parks during COVID shutdown

Editor: At the beginning of last month, city streets and distribution crews assisted with the installation of the new playground equipment at Sankey Park. I understand the delay in getting this done was because the vendor didn’t have employees... Full story


Skyler Bascom: School and sports often a sanctuary from home

Recently, I interviewed the founder and chair of Together Let's Rise, Dr. Shadeiyah Edwards. Together Let's Rise is a nonprofit organization based in South Los Angeles, dedicated to serving families...


Is reporter biased against Trump?

Editor: I attended the Freedom Rally on the 24th of July. I went in support of President Trump. I did not agree with some of the speakers, and I certainty don’t agree with the agenda of neo-Nazis, and Aryan nations. And I wish they would have...


Community needs to rally together

Editor: I want to thank The New Era’s newest reporter Kelly Kenoyer  and editor Scott Swanson for their very informative article regarding the Freedom Rally’s organizer, Jimy White. In addition I am so grateful to the reader who brought the...


Challenges affect all Americans

Editor: I have no “real” understanding what racism and hate feel like, because I am a 70-year-old white man, and as a  U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran during the Vietnam War, I served with all races. I have never had that hate directed at me, n...


Protests can pose difficult challenges

Protests are a challenge for journalists in a number of ways. They can be a cauldron that mixes fervor – often angry fervor, concern – often deep concern – about one or more issues, along with...


Tin soldiers are coming

Editor: Fifty years ago at Kent State University, the military opened fire on peaceful protestors. The soldiers said, “Disperse!” The students declined. Both groups were standing on public property at an Ohio State school. Not a rock was thrown.... Full story


Portland mayhem looks planned

Editor: Doesn’t anyone wonder why the mayor of Portland doesn’t want the police to quell the mobs in Portland?  It’s been two months of vandalism, burning of private property, etc., etc., and still no one in power wants to stop it. This... Full story


Nuns' Supreme Court victory for freedom of religion a qualified one

By John A. Sparks The 181-year-old religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor – unlikely litigants before the high court – finally got a victory. For over six years this charitable order has had to defend itself against the federal...


Community help needed for needy

Editor: In late 2018, a group of people from different churches, walks of life and ages were concerned about some of Sweet Home’s vulnerable citizens.  Houseless residents suffer during harsh weather.  So, the group formed SHELTeR – Sweet Home... Full story

 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Thinking about freedom, when it's not there

Been thinking at all about freedom lately? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve had more conversations about liberty in the last three months than I think I’ve had in 50-plus years. I also have to confess that I spent a lot more time this past Fourth...


If Thomas Jefferson falls, so will we all

By Rich Lowry They’re coming for Thomas Jefferson. Protestors in Portland, Ore. used axes and ropes to topple a statue of President Thomas Jefferson. The New York City Council is agitating to remove a statue of the author of the Declaration of...


BLM not what it appears to be

Editor: Many people think “Black Lives Matter” is a slogan, an ideal, or a grassroots movement. Dig deeper: BLM is a political organization with eight figures of funding and a hardcore left-wing policy agenda. BLM is a Marxist political... Full story


A 'contemptible betrayal of the public trust'

By Rich Lowry Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had big news last week – the city is opening up its iconic Lakefront Trail after months of being closed off as part of a COVID-19 lockdown. That Lightfoot kept the trail closed even after Chicago had...


Lynching cultural, not political

Editor: Regarding Rich Rowley’s response (June 17) to my letter of June 10, I was talking about all the people who have and continue to dogmatically and violently deny these (African-American) people. And who bring their children up to carry on... Full story


Science shows all are people of color

Editor: As long as we insist on dividing humans into arbitrary races we will have racism. If someone would suggest to group all black dogs into one race and all brown and white ones into another one, we would just laugh. But we do just that with peop... Full story


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