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Single-focus solutions not best for environment

In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” a rabid dog growls his way onto the street where Atticus Finch and his family live. The entire neighborhood is watching, waiting and afraid to act. They see the threat, yet because of their own...

 

Drugs' effects go beyond obvious

Editor: The Planning Commission is trying so hard to gain better funding for Sweet Home’s growth. So it seems there is plenty of money to spend on marijuana since there will now be four stores to compete for it. This is a quote from Dag...

 

Jamboree looked little different, but it still was fun

Sweet Home folks have been waiting to see what the outcome would be with an Oregon Jamboree line-up that lacked the mega-stars who have headlined recent festivals. In some senses, this year’s Jamboree wasn’t what previous ones have been. The...

 

Drivers need to slow at preschool

Summer is here, school is out, but not at Little Promises Day Care. I live out near Mark’s Ridge and always go past the school to get to Sweet Home’s downtown. It never fails, when I go through there, that I see cars ignoring the speed limit...

 

Fires indicate popular opinion not always wise

Democracy has been a boon to many, including us, the people of the United States. For those of us with limited recall from history class, our system of government is our Founders’ response to the very autocratic rule of the English monarch that,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Colleagues' encouragement good for us all

I’ve just returned from the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention, held last week on the other side of the mountains. Typically, in addition to some rounds of golf on high-end resort courses and a bunch of business meetings, the...

 

Sister thankful for warmth to brother

Editor: On July 14 we went to the Loggers event during the Sportsman’s Holiday and I wanted to thank the sponsors and helpers of the show. My brother has Down syndrome but he loves to go and compete in the competition. His nephew did sign him up...

 

Worthy vets aren't being nominated

Editor: OK to all you veteran supporters, it’s time you nominate the veterans of Sweet Home for the 2018 Veteran of the Year. I cannot understand the thinking of the Sweet Home area, why no one is nominated! I know several who should be. I know...

 

Reunion special due to participants

Editor: Returning to the Sweet Home area is always a treat, but coming to a school reunion is special. This past weekend the SHUHS Class of 1963 enjoyed their 55th class reunion. Good food, good company and lots of helping hands made the event...

 

Museum thanks yard sale helpers

Editor: The East Linn Museum gives a big “thank you” to those who made our summer yard sale a success. This especially includes museum volunteers who braved the all-too-warm weather to set up, keep the sale going, and dismantle it. The VFW, for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Being part of the news isn't always fun

It’s kind of an unwritten rule for print journalists to stay out of the news. We cover news. We try not to make it. So we sometimes find ourselves in awkward positions when we become part of a news story, even sometimes when we actually experience...

 

On Independence Day, appreciate those ... courts

When we celebrate Independence Day, we typically aren’t thinking about judges. Courts aren’t always something we Americans appreciate. Criminal and civil courts, of course, represent the long arm of the law, not always to the benefit of...

 

Now is good time to prepare for School Board elections

The return of Jenny Daniels to the School Board, which we reported in our June 20 edition, means Liberty-area residents get an experienced board member to represent their beliefs and values in the decisions made about the operations of the Sweet...

 

Thanks for kind good-bye gift

Editor: I want to thank the Sweet Home Junior High School staff for their kindness to me during the seven years I was in their employ. I enjoyed working with all of you in the lunch program. I do thank you for the lovely card and beautiful plant. It...

 

One-on-one time with constituents important for legislator

I speak often to students, of ages ranging from elementary to high school. I love hanging out with kids and have found them to be more willing to engage in their government than many adults. I hope, by speaking to students, that they will become...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Recycling right may involve learning curve

I clearly remember the first time I visited a landfill. I don’t remember why, exactly, but I recall driving up a winding dirt road into the hills of Central California, where I lived at the time, and seeing … a giant flock of seagulls descending...

 

Banner project efforts appreciated

Editor: We would like to thank Jim and Lisa Gourley for their insight and determination in the veterans banner project to honor our own people who served in the military and a job well done. Ken and Wanda Dahlin and family Sweet H...

 

Thanks (again) to Mae Yih for help

Editor: Happy birthday to our retired Sen. Mae Yih from the community of Cascadia, with our never-ending thanks! Twenty-four years ago this month we cut the ribbon to open our unique newly restored Box Howe truss bridge. Some get monuments. You...

 

Linotype article stirs memories

Editor: I was once the typesetter for The New Era and I was tickled to read the monthly museum piece about the old Linotype (May 30). But since I’m a detail type, I feel a couple of maybe unimportant corrections might be made. Bridget (Cooper...

 

Court's opinion in Colorado cake case leaves room for more questions

By Dr. John Sparks At the U.S. Supreme Court on June 4, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered a long-awaited opinion concerning Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop located in Lakewood, Colorado, west of Denver. Kennedy and th...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Alum's advice right on the money for Class of '18

It’s been a bit of a tradition for us to offer up some advice to our graduating classes on this page each year, but for a number of reasons that I won’t go into here, we didn’t this year. As it turned out, that was a genius move because it...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Alert system must provide citizens reliability, clarity

Like probably just about everyone in Sweet Home who had a cellphone on Tuesday, May 29, I was flummoxed when I heard that screeching noise coming off my from the device. And, like probably just about everybody else, I was poised, ready to … wait,...

 

Steps to provide for homeless timely, necessary

We see them nearly every day, though sometimes they aren’t very obvious – our local homeless population. Some stand out, walking the streets, panhandling, hanging out at favorite spots around town. Others are a lot less noticeable, or way under...

 

Christmas tree a big opportunity

Editor: Many great things are being done in and for the City of Sweet Home. I finally got to attend one of the meetings for the Christmas Tree activities. This is the biggest opportunity for everyone in and around Sweet Home to participate in this na...

 

Capitol Christmas Tree is big opportunity – to get involved

This Capitol Christmas Tree deal is big. That became obvious early on to everyone, who tended to be mostly public officials, who showed up in January for the announcement that the Sweet Home Ranger District is privileged to provide the 75-foot...

 

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