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 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    March 3, 2021 

Athletes back in action, and let's keep them there

High school athletics kick off this week in earnest after a year in cold storage and we should all be happy, even those of us who’ve never warmed a seat at a sports event. We’ve reported a few sports stories during that period, but most haven’t...

 

Bad attitudes key to divisiveness

Editor: I regard to Diane Daiute's comment about the “corrupt majority of Republicans” (Feb. 17), I wonder how she thinks this attitude will ever bring the people back together instead of being so totally divided. The difference of opinion is...

 

'Rigged' letter had 'very little truth'

Editor: The letter in the Feb. 17 edition about the so-called rigged impeachment was nothing but an uninformed diatribe which had very little truth at all in it. Apparently, the writer doesn’t listen to ALL the news out there. That includes Fox...

 

Whose interest is furthered here?

Editor: Government, Inc.: Let’s start with the CDC. Example 1: Counting. A new study reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been massively inflating its COVID-19 “case” and death counts to make the “pandemic...

 

COVID decision triggers unusual feeling: happiness

Imagine you’re a high school athletic director. You love sports and you like kids. If you didn’t, there are plenty of easier ways to make money. Your job – if not life – centers on trying to maximize the life experience for high schoolers,...

 

Impeachment trial rigged by GOP

Editor: Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the  middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, that’s what he did on Jan. 6, 2021. Killed seven people, in fact, and got 140 officers injured, including brain...

 

Ramped-up mandates ring hollow against common sense

By Dennis Linthicum In the movie “Collateral Damage,” Arnold Schwarzenegger saves the day at the last minute. Aside from the bad guys, explosions, and the lustre of an action movie, there is another lesson: Don’t be fooled by kind words and...

 

Congress sidelined by presidential pens

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden has proved that, if nothing else, he has a pen and a phone. According to The Economist, he signed more executive orders in his first two days than President Donald Trump signed in nearly his first two months. And he... Full story

 

Just ignore the political uproar

Editor: The simplest way to ease the turmoil over the “political uproar” is to ignore it. Most of the uproar is by people who are trying to influence others with their own thinking. Just keeping in mind that not all “politics” is reasonable....

 

When government's actions cost citizens, is compensation in order?

By Dr. Eric Fruits Oregon Department of Education recently announced relaxed guidelines for school reopenings. The new guidelines provide a roadmap for districts in the Portland area and much of the state to roll out in-person instruction for...

 

Measure 109 not 'just another drug ballot measure'

In the November 2020 election, Oregonians voted in favor of passing Ballot Measure 109. This permits the Oregon Health Authority to establish a framework for psilocybin-assisted therapy to begin as...

 

Senior Center needs support

Editor: It is certainly unfortunate that the Sweet Home Center has had to close its doors to our community’s seniors this past year due to the pandemic. However, perhaps some encouragement can be derived from past history of the Senior Center. A...

 

It's time to mend political fences

Editor: In 2016 I, along with many were shocked and disappointed when Trump won, especially after the Access Hollywood tapes were released. Women all over the country peacefully protested, wearing pink beanies, and marched against abuse of power and...

 

Evidence falls short in trial of Trump

By Dr. John A. Sparks The House of Representatives, with the sole responsibility of impeachment, has passed a single Article of Impeachment charging President Donald Trump with committing a high crime, namely that he “made statements that...

 

Repairing America starts right here

Editor: I am a Linn County resident, living halfway between Sweet Home and Lebanon I am a senior citizen, an independent voter and I enjoy riding bicycles with a bike club. When you ride a bike for 30 to 40 miles there is plenty of time to think. I...

 

Trump's outsider, so he's disliked

Editor: I’m thinking back a decade or two to the time when there were no “Tweets.” Presidents did what they all do – swear, cheat and otherwise do what men in power tend to do (just my humble observation). But, even when the public knew about...

 

Why COVID relief is problematical

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson Americans are known to have big hearts. When disaster strikes, Americans unselfishly and heroically extend a helping hand. That certainly has been the case in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody wants to see those...

 

Keep writing those letters!

This opinion page is often devoid of thoughts other than those of our staff, usually yours truly. That’s certainly not by design or preference. Thus, I’m truly delighted to see local readers and residents expressing thoughts about some of the eve... Full story

 

American culture war's long history

Editor: America’s current culture wars originate from the values conflict found between two revolutions: America’s in 1776, and France’s (1789-94). In the American colonies, the Great Awakening Christian revival (1720-60) changed the life...

 

Writer appreciates 'accurate' reports

Editor: I would like to thank the staff at The New Era for the lengths they go to in order to report accurate and complete information on articles printed in the paper. There are those in the community of Sweet Home who do not access the internet...

 

Letter's conclusions may be unfounded

Editor: While I understand Chuck Thompson’s concerns raised in his Letter to the Editor (Jan. 13), I am surprised by his suggestion that our incoming councilwoman, Angelita Sanchez, may have had the intention of going to the DC rally to subject...

 

Saddened by division in U.S.

Editor: When I returned from Vietnam in 1969 (U.S. Marines Infantry), many in my generation opposed the war and protested sometimes peacefully and other times not. Some were shot by National Guard; remember four dead In Ohio, (Neil Young Lyrics...

 

Humility might be answer to strife

Editor: I, like many others, am struggling and stressed trying to make sense of the turmoil that is happening in our country. Why people are so angry, politicians arguing, rioting in our streets and most recently the trespassing and tearing up of our...

 

Rush to judgment could be dangerous as crime

Regardless of which end of the political spectrum one represents, the storming of the U.S. Capitol by protesters was reprehensible, in particular the cost of human lives. The tragic episode is being condemned, rightly, from all sides. It’s one of...

 

COVID: What's the big deal?

By John H. Marble Over the past few months this paper has printed numerous COVID letters and editorials, from all points of the compass. I suppose this simply reflects the generally scattered views of Americans, regardless of the topic. At the risk...

 

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