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Exclusion idea has pluses, but it's tricky

We don’t entirely disagree with people who say downtown should be off-limits to people who make public nuisances of themselves there. It’s tricky, though, as has become evident, to figure out how to do it. We’re leery of cutting off citizen acc...

 

Words, labels and opinions can be applied in scattergun fashion

By Bob Dalton If you, by chance, have been reading the newspapers lately or have attended one or more of the Sweet Home City Council meetings, you have come across a variety of words, labels and opinions in regard to the proposed Exclusionary...

 

In U.S., civility has overcome political disagreements and should again

By Dr. Earl H. Tilford When President Donald Trump visited Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 10, Mayor Jacob Frey stated, “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in...

 

British could offer lessons for Oregonians

Some folks are incredulous at rural Oregonians’ continuous defence of our right to bear arms. Left-wing politicians in this state and across the country tell us they don’t want to take our firearms, that we need reasonable gun regulation ...

 

Civility needed when in public

Editor: A couple of weeks ago a bunch of people and their gear were in the street, in the space between two parking spots along the curb across from the library. They wouldn’t move so people could back in and park there. Why should they have the...

 

Potential ban on vaping makes no sense

Imagine, for a moment. (This shouldn’t be hard because it actually happened a couple of years ago.) The United States suffers an outbreak of salmonella. It’s tied to spinach. Fresh spinach leaves are yanked from all grocery store shelves. But if... Full story

 

Current politics a real nightmare

Editor: Impeach President Trump. Impeach Justice Kavanaugh. Why? Because the Democrats lost the election and because the new justice doesn’t think killing babies is health care. Hillary Clinton demands impeachment. She’s lucky she’s not doing...

 

Key to solving problems often facilitating answers

Commentary by Sherrie Sprenger I am often invited to solve problems in communities. This past week was no exception. I was asked to attend a meeting. One of the communities (but I am guessing not the only one) in my district is struggling with...

 

TNE milestone sparks memories

Editor: Happy 90th birthday to The New Era.  You don’t look a day over 39.  Congratulations to Scott and Miriam Swanson and crew for keeping community journalism alive and kicking and doing so in such grand style. Under their leadership, The...

 

Putting proposed ordinances to the test

The City Council is considering several ordinances, that range from pointless to effective and even to good, described in our stories on page 1 and 16. Traffic Safety This proposal would prohibit people in vehicles from handing items through their...

 

Transparency: Actions speak louder than words

By Daniel Bevarly Open, accessible and accountable government, with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies – or elected officials, is essential to our democratic republic. But that fundamental value may be at...

 

Local relationships still trump all else after dozen years in state legislature

Fair warning! In the first column I wrote for this newspaper, I said if you don't find my little musings interesting, then go fishing and use this paper to clean your fish. This just might be the...

 

Don't miss great show, right down the road

This weekend, a big event is taking place right down the road from you. This is the ninth year that the Best in the West triathlon series is being held at Lewis Creek Park, as detailed starting on page 1. It will be held Saturday and Sunday...

 

City Hall milestone should be start of something even bigger for SH

In our personal lives, milestones are often times we can look back on with pleasure – significant birthdays, getting a driver’s license, earning a diploma or certification, getting married, having kids. Milestones can represent the completion of...

 

Thanks for church's local family support

Editor: I would like to say how thankful I am for the support of the families of Sweet Home that is given by Freedom Hill Church on Main Street For many years they have hosted the Collaborative Problem Solving/Parenting Today Forward classes and...

 

Left, right-wingers need a mediator

Editor: I am willing to look the fool in hope that what I say might have some effect in this highly polarized country. Please allow me to ramble for a few paragraphs. What I am about to say is not an affront to the person, but to make a point. Ms....

 

City needs better communication

Editor: The South Hills Trail is a place in Sweet Home that many people value and enjoy regularly. In January, approximately a dozen trees fell on and across the trail. Instead of eliminating only the downed trees, a unilateral decision was made to...

 

From Our Files – The New Era 25/50 Years Ago – August 14, 2019

Aug. 14, 1969 A thousand balloons, each with a certificate inside good for free merchandise from area merchants, are scheduled for release over Sweet Home next week. The “Bonus Balloon Bonanza” is a Chamber of Commerce Retail Trades Committee...

 
 By Staff    Opinion    August 14, 2019

Well-intentioned though it might be, new paid family leave law is going to cost all of us

Like many pieces of legislation, Oregon’s new paid leave law provides some benefits. But it’s going to cost us all, just like many of the other “progressive” initiatives our state has formulated in what critics describe as an onward march...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Have a good time, but keep it responsible

Sometimes it’s not hard to write an editorial. This might be one of those times. We’ve all heard, over and over, year after year, warnings about driving while intoxicated. We’ve seen the billboards. The bumper stickers. Heard the commercials....

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Politicians of every stripe find splashy emails their communiqué of choice

“Hey,” yells the email on my computer inbox list. Wow, it’s from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. Just like the one I got yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. In fact, I get at least one email from Kamela just about every day ...

 

Community contributes to Sportsman's Holiday

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree send-off last November was a true community celebration, which left a lot of people wondering (out loud) if it was a one-and-done, or if that enthusiasm could be carried over to, say, Sportsman’s Holiday. After this...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Newspaper economics – 2019 style

Observant readers may have noticed the new cover price on the front page of today’s issue: $1.50. Not really a lot of money in today’s world, but a pretty significant jump from the dollar you would have paid for copy off the rack a week ago....

 

Issues in Salem bigger than just laws

It’s been a wild end of the week in Salem. Of course, from the perspective of much of rural Oregon, it’s been wild since early February, the start of the long legislative session, in early February. As of last week, of the 2,765 measures...

 

Proposed tower unnecessarily tall

Editor: I want to thank the city, its workers, and all the volunteers that put in the time and effort to make our town beautiful. From the remodel of Sankey Park to the murals and flowers that grace downtown’s Main Street, you can be justifiably...

 

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