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Mandates not good policy for Oregonians

By Sen. Dennis Linthicum A recent Wall Street Journal book review, “When the Earth Had Two Moons,” by Erik Asphaug, starts with: “If you visited the surface of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it. The newly formed...

 

New year, new decade, new challenges

The new year means the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to business. For The New Era, that means starting what the folio on the front page says is our 91st year. We celebrated our 90th anniversary last fall, which is when the paper...

 

Peace, happiness start with virtue

It’s a crazy world out there. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to the impeachment process in Washington can probably relate. Of course, we still have military conflict – in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, other assorted spots scattered acros...

 

Kids Christmas Store big success

Editor: The fifth annual Kids Free Christmas Store was a huge success again this year. On Saturday, Dec. 14, 147 kids 12 and under shopped for the relatives they live with. Over 825 gifts were selected by the kids. This year we knew Dutch Bros was...

 

What's news? What's not?

Covering news can be complicated in today’s world, in which much of the population is dialed in to constant stimulation and instant gratification. This, of course, has resulted in the development of multi-tasking skills as we traverse the terrain,...

 

Packed house at concert uplifting

Editor: What a treat to sit in the FULL high school auditorium Thursday night and listen to our amazing sixth grade, junior high and high school students!  I have attended many school programs and have never seen a packed house!  Kudos to the...

 

Wonderful time of the year in SH

If you weren’t out on the streets for the beginning of the Christmas holiday celebration in Sweet Home this past weekend, you missed out. It was exciting to see the turnout for various activities, starting with the tree lighting on Nov. 30, followe...

 

You're known by your friends

Editor: On Dec. 4, a witness at the hearing in Washington mentioned what our president should have said, “Russia, if you are listening - butt out...!” Like millions raised when I was, children were terrified when we had to practice crawling...

 

Cultural Trust donations pay

Editor: Those who donate to good causes at the end of each year should keep the Oregon Cultural Trust in mind. This program, the only one of its kind in the country, lets you double the impact of your donation at no extra cost. Here’s how the...

 

Courts coming around on timber

The courtroom victory two weeks ago for Linn and 13 other counties in Oregon will certainly not be the last word on forestry management in Oregon, but the case highlights problems prevalent in our state and, indeed, across the nation. We complain...

 

Easy to lose perspective amidst our luxury

It’s time for Thanksgiving and, well, to be thankful. To listen to the news and how the vast majority of us talk about life, things aren’t great. The economy is in trouble, even when things are going well for so many. The national deficit and...

 

Shopping in brick and mortar about experience

Editor’s Note: Sweet Home has participated in Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage residents to shop at businesses in their own home town, for the last three years. The event is held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (and...

 

Towers decision as 'cut-and-dried'

Editor: Once again the City Council showed its true colors. The issue on the towers (Nov. 20) was already a cut-and-dried deal before the public meeting. In my opinion, they could care less about the feelings of the people of Sweet Home. The fiber...

 

Eliminate God and pay a steep price

Editor: Another school shooting. I’m not a bit surprised. Randi Weingarten, a lesbian socialist who runs the largest teachers union in the country, wants God and patriotism eliminated from the public schools. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of...

 

Weigh the issues before you vote

Editor: This just in: The 2018 FBI “Crime in the US” report includes these facts: Robbery is down 12 percent from 2017; murders fell 6.2 percent. Contrary to media bias, even as the number of firearms increased, crime declined. Rifles of all...

 

Use sale funds to pay down loan

Editor: I read, with interest, the reporting on the sale of the property previously housing Public Works (Nov. 20). In the article it was reported that the original thinking was to use the money from the sale to help pay for the remodel of the new...

 

'Citizen journalist' jury verdict could impact all of us – negatively

For those not on the extremes of the abortion issue, last week’s jury verdict finding two “citizen journalists” liable for $2.3 million in damages to Planned Parenthood may not have have created too much of a ripple. But for those who care...

 

Diapers could hold answers for Oregon

Editor: After only five years of development an Israeli company, UBQ Materials (stands for “ubiquitous”) has patented a process that breaks down regular household waste such as dirty diapers, food scraps, garden trimmings, all plastics, paper...

 

Politics worse than melting ice

The controversy over climate change is, like many public issues in our world, fraught with emotion and spin. Amidst the hysteria and a plethora of conflicting information from activists on both sides of the question, it’s really hard for Joe or...

 

Homeless shelter needs your time

Editor: SHELTeR is a group of people in Sweet Home who occasionally give five hours of their nights to bring a bit of comfort, a little hope and possibly save a life.  SHELTeR  stands for Sweet Home Extreme Low Temperature Refuge.  In partnership...

 

Keeping lights on a mark of civilization

By Rich Lowry California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people...

 

Request for tower should be red light

Editor: The New Era’s Oct. 23, 2019 edition reported the value of property in Sweet Home went up 8.9 percent last year. On the heels of this report, Strawberry Loop residences received a letter from the city of Sweet Home. The contents of the...

 

Progress in works for Sweet Home?

Things are happening in Sweet Home. For years we’ve heard the angst, the complaints that downtown Sweet Home has problems. Empty, blighted commercial buildings. Vagrancy. Tourists who tend to roll on by in their RV’s, headed to the mountains...

 

State behavior takes on 'Blob'-like qualities

By Dennis Linthicum Today’s government enterprise often reminds me of the Blob, from the 1958 Steve McQueen movie. In the movie, an eerie, sticky, tar-like alien blob pursues its own ends. It slowly oozes through towns and communities absorbing...

 

Problem-solving a frequent, favorite task

By: Sherrie Sprenger Probably my favorite, and certainly most frequent, request for help is problem solving for constituents. This involves anything from city water bills that seem too high to people wanting help to expedite the release of someone...

 

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