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Commentary: Sewer plant upgrade costly, but necessary (Aug. 17, 2022)

All of us, but particularly anyone who’s lived, done business, or simply spent time in the general area of the Pleasant Valley bridge just north of Highway 20, should feel some satisfaction at the news that the city is moving forward with...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 17, 2022)

Aug. 17, 1972 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will clear logs and debris that has jammed Wiley Creek for several years. Wiley Creek has been partially clogged with debris washed down from higher reaches during high waters since the flood of...

 

Letter: Why were other gubernatorial candidates left out of debate? (Aug. 10, 2022)

Editors of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association: I am writing to thank you for hosting the first gubernatorial debate of this campaign season. Last Friday, I was watching the debate you hosted and noticed something, or rather, someone, was...

 

Letter: Happy to still have local newspaper (Aug. 10, 2022)

Editor: Congratulations to Scott and Miriam Swanson and their staff at The New Era on being named the best weekly newspaper in the state with a circulation of less than 2,000. That is an amazing accomplishment, especially for a true “mom and...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 10, 2022)

Aug. 10, 1972 The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use of 2.5 acres at 12th and Elm streets by the Conservative Baptist Church. Pastor Howard Libby said the congregation will landscape the area with screening plants and that two...

 

Commentary: For good of country, Biden shouldn't run again (Aug. 3, 2022)

Perhaps the best decision Joe Biden could make as president is to stand down. It would be a welcome act of statesmanship and self-awareness if the 79-year-old president dropped the insistence that he’s running for a second term, and instead announc...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 3, 2022)

August 3, 1972 A new event slated for the Sportsman’s Holiday will be a treasure hunt. A spokesman for the event, which is sponsored by White’s Electronics and Albany Metal Detector’s Club, said 7,425 coins and tokens will be buried in the...

 

Commentary: Amidst Jamboree celebration, election begins (July 27, 2022)

Normally, at this time of year, we’re writing an editorial welcoming visitors to Sweet Home. We’d be writing about how much we appreciate the revenue and the attention that Oregon Jamboree patrons bring to Sweet Home, extolling the benefits of...

 

Letter: Thanks for fresh paint on buildings (July 27, 2022)

Editor: A couple of years ago I complained about ugly gray paint on too many buildings in our town. Several of them have been repainted and look so much nicer now. Thank you! It’s too bad that beautiful mural for Full Gospel was obliterated. It...

 

Letter: Making abortion crime not for free (July 27, 2022)

Editor: In last week’s “Inter-Face Voices” of the Albany Democrat Herald, I learned why the Catholic faith does not allow women to end an unwanted pregnancy. The author explained: “As Catholics, we believe that at the moment of conception,...

 

Letter: Health Fair to offer lots of local help (July 27, 2022)

Editor: Taking care of ourselves and others is an important investment towards living a quality life. One of the keys to that is having access to healthcare services, which can be both expensive and a frustrating process. That is why I am...

 

From Our Files (July 27, 2022)

July 27, 1972 The Sweet Home Green Peter Boat, Yacht and Regatta Association assisted in placing a new ski dock in upper Foster Lake. The float was constructed by the county parks department and placed at the water’s edge at Sunnyside Park where...

 

Guest commentary: Proposed legislation provides protection for newspapers beleaguered by online giants

By Brett Wesner Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society – especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Google...

 

From Our Files (July 20, 2022)

July 29, 1972 Isobella McKercher Braden retired as Postmaster of the Crawfordsville Post Office, which was raised from fourth class to third class during her time there. She began operating the office as acting Postmaster on July 1, 1943, serving...

 

Letter: Sunshine needs help for future (July 20, 2022)

Editor: Thank you for your article outlining Sunshine Industries’ search for an executive director (July 13). Sunshine, like so many businesses, has faced special challenges over the past few years. Our mission has always been: “Enrich the lives...

 

Letter: Thanks, volunteers who make festival (July 13, 2022)

Editor: What an amazing Sportsman’s Holiday weekend! Thank you to all the hardworking, dedicated volunteers who continually give to the community of Sweet Home and make it a great place to call home. The Sportsman’s Holiday Coronation was a real...

 

Letter: Two people have stake in abortion (July 13, 2022)

Editor: It appears that Diane Daiute (July 6) is a very unhappy person and wishes she had not been born. We have laws because it is the only way we as humans can see our way to keeping any order. Humans have a drive to control what is around us,...

 

Letter: Abortion simply kills the innocent (July 13, 2022)

Editor: “Beware of people convinced of their moral superiority,” stated Diane Daiute in her July 6 letter to the editor, “SC ruling returns U.S. to ‘Dark Ages.’” Diane’s view is that the Supreme Court has recently taken away all bodily...

 

Letter: Alternatives to abortion available (July 13, 2022)

Editor: This is in response to the opinions of Diane Daiute (July 6) and all those who hold similar views. It’s time to take responsibility for your own actions. The truth is you want to live your life without restraints and suffer no consequences...

 

From Our Files (July 13, 2022)

July 13, 1972 A Sweet Home airline stewardess has been grounded at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, but she doesn’t mind. In fact, it’s an honor. Pat Beers was one of two out of 1,500 Western Airlines stewardesses selected to...

 

Letter: Supreme Court ruling returns U.S. to 'Dark Ages' (July 6, 2022)

Editor:  The Republican Party and the church now own American women. Your uterus no longer belongs to you, it belongs to the state. The state from now on will tell you what you can and can’t do with it. You have no say, no rights, no freedom. The...

 

Letter: Writer right ... only in final line (July 6, 2022)

Editor: I can only agree with the last line of Joan Scofield’s letter on June 22, “Abortion is a civil issue.” The last line was “Live and let live.” Yes! Including the unborn! Kathryn Ives Sweet Home...

 

From Our Files (July 6, 2022)

July 6, 1972 KFIR Radio, owned and operated by Santiam Broadcasters, has been purchased by KFIR, Inc. The principal stockholders are Delward and Beulah Jensen, both former school teachers. Three thefts were reported this week, including two...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Editorial: Circumstances beyond our control forcing delivery change at The New Era (June 29, 2022)

I often tell people that the news business is never boring. The easiest way to describe community newspaper production is it’s a very schedule-oriented business that operates in a constantly fluctuating, sometimes very chaotic, environment. You...

 

From Our Files (June 29, 2022)

June 29, 1972 The Sweet Home City Council voted to try to purchase the old Forest Service guard station at Quartzville for recreational and education purposes. There would be no cost of the 3.2-acre parcel to the city, and maintenance costs are...

 

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