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Stupidity has no place in the woods

We’ve voiced complaints recently about the apparent lack of consideration in Salem for rural residents and our realities of life. Most of our protests have been aimed at the legislature and its leaders. But this week we respond to a report from ano...

 

Wave of bills in Salem a real threat

Oregonians – especially those in rural regions – should be acutely aware, after last year’s legislative session, that we have to pay attention to what’s going on in Salem. It isn’t easy. Even dedicated newspaper reporters who cover Salem...

 

Cap-and-Trade bill a Californiazation

Editor: Wake up, people! This Cap-and-Trade house bill is nothing but another Spotted Owl lie to stop any of the rural areas from living the way they are accustomed. Salem and its political animals managed to kill the logging industry as we knew it,...

 

Withholding name of arrested youth sets bad precedent for all

Last week, police arrested a 15-year-old boy for bringing a gun to Sweet Home High School. From our perspective, everyone did an outstanding job responding to this threat, details of which are in our report on page 1. Officials quickly identified...

 

Gun owners need to zero in on Salem

 Editor: Oregon’s Legislative Session began Monday, Feb. 3, and ends in 30 days. Citizens: Pay attention, get involved. Oregon anti-gunners have three bills to restrict Second Amendment rights. First up: Senate Bill 1538 (co-sponsor Sara Gelser,...

 

Recycling-based plastic promising

 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,...

 

Woodcarver's work demands attention

 Editor: In reference to the Jan. 25 article on Ray Maynard, I stopped at Herring’s Auto on 43rd and Main last fall, looking for something else, and was fascinated by Ray’s work displayed in their gift shop. His stuff should be the next exhibit...

 

Congratulations due to district

Sweet Home High School’s 13.5-percent bump in its graduation rate, from 70.83 percent in 2017-18 to 84.52 this past year, reported on page 1 of this issue, is a big deal that our community should take note of. Checking back over the past two...

 

Solutions needed in legislature

Editor: On Jan. 10 the legislature introduced LC19 – the newest version of HB 2020 Cap and Trade.  While many of us are still diving into the details, even with whatever supposed concessions they’ve made for rural Oregon, the bottom line is...

 

Hard lessons from a real-life tragedy

Sometimes it’s not fun to be a journalist, to witness and report on things that are uncomfortable, if not ugly. In the case with our story on page 1 about the sentencing of Gene Mayfield, it was “the saddest thing I’ve ever covered,” as...

 

New year, new laws, more to come

The Oregon Legislature may have convened back in the first half of 2019, but the results of the hundreds of bills passed back then are being felt now, as many new laws went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. For some quick background, when...

 

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...

 

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