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Commentary: Memorial Day time to make lasting good memories (May 25, 2022)

By Dr. Glenn Mollette  Decoration Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those dying in military service for our country. In 1971 Congress officially made the last Monday in May Memorial Day.  On this day, Ame...

 

From Our Files (May 25, 2022)

May 25, 1972 Sweet Home firemen answered a call from the Boise Cascade plant west of town to extinguish a small blaze in a pile of sawdust near the mill. The fire was caused when a dump truck hauling the sander dust from a bin to the dump site...

 

Letter: Laundry owners say thank-you (May 25, 2022)

Editor: The Cascade Laundromat building has been sold and will be closing sometime in the next one to three weeks. This has been an extremely difficult decision, and we have earnestly tried to make the venture profitable and also find another locatio...

 

Letter: Support says it for Sheriff's candidate (May 25, 2022)

Editor: I am writing this in response to former Sheriff Dave Burright’s statement (May 18) about the candidates for Linn County Sheriff. The statement made by the former sheriff is appalling and derogatory to every deputy serving Linn County...

 

Letter: Science: Life does start at conception (May 25, 2022)

Editor: In response to Diane Daiute, May 18, concerning abortion: Human life begins at conception. How do we know this? To coin a popular phrase, “follow the science.” At conception, all DNA is present for a human being; at conception, the...

 

Letter: GOP hypocritical, lies about abortion (May 18, 2022)

Editor: A guy once said that if men got pregnant you’d be able to get an abortion at a vending machine...  Christian opposition to abortion comes from the Republican party looking to corral, exploit and weaponize the church as a voting bloc....

 

Letter: Sheriff's race has one qualified candidate (May 18, 2022)

Editor: Campaigning for the November election for Linn County Sheriff has already begun and I urge all voters to carefully assess the candidates’ backgrounds, as only one of them is qualified to be our Sheriff. I hired both of them years ago when...

 

Letter: LCSO needs new leadership at top (May 18, 2022)

Editor: I’ve noticed Michelle Duncan has a slogan “because experience matters.” This carries no weight because it’s about love, caring, being genuine, and present. Prime example, Vince Lombardi was a high school teacher. He was asked to...

 

From Our Files (May 18, 2022)

May 19, 1972 An electronic piano was presented to the Senior Citizens of Sweet Home. The Lebanon chapter of Knights of Columbus, which includes Sweet Home member Bud Steinbacher, donated $250 toward the piano’s purchase. Membership in the senior...

 

Letter: Oregon needs new primary system (May 11, 2022)

Editor: I am not alone in refusing to be identified as either a Republican or Democrat. Right now I don’t like either party, so I am registered as nothing ... independent.  Therefore, my ballot lists only a few judges and Labor Commission...

 

Letter: Killing rationale makes us odd (May 11, 2022)

Editor: We humans are weird. Worldwide, we slaughter each other in our many wars. In the USA we kill about 48,000 persons by car and about 21,000 with guns (gun suicides excluded) every year. In some of our states we still have the death penalty. In...

 

Letter: Vote in support of Linn-Benton bond (May 11, 2022)

Editor: As a proud member of the Sweet Home community and our beloved Mid-Valley, and as chair of the Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education, I ask you to please vote “yes” on the LBCC bond measure. Passing the LBCC bond means directly...

 

Letter: Current Sheriff not an incumbent (May 11, 2022)

Editor: In regard to the election story beginning on the bottom of the front page of the April 4 issue of The New Era, the reference describing Sheriff Michelle Duncan as an incumbent was wrong. This flies in the face of what this country stands...

 

Commentary: Oregon should lose charter restrictions (May 11, 2022)

By Dr. Eric Fruits This week is National Charter Schools Week. Oregon passed charter school legislation in 1999, and today, families can choose from more than 130 charter schools for their students. During the pandemic, enrollment in online charter s...

 

From Our Files (May 11, 2022)

May 11, 1972 Tammy Williams, 14, was taken to the hospital following a bike accident on Pleasant Valley Road. The accident occurred when she lost control of her bike after dogs ran onto the road as she was riding downhill. She was treated for cuts...

 

Commentary: Gauging government before we vote (May 4, 2022)

If we needed any proof that an urban-rural (liberal-conservative, ideological) divide truly exists in Oregon, last week’s announcement by the state Appeals Court that it was overturning a local jury’s decision in the “Timber Case” should...

 

Letter: LBCC measure deserves support (May 4, 2022)

Editor: Linn-Benton Community College is on the May ballot with a proposed bond measure.   I plan to vote “yes” and encourage all to do the same.   Among several very worthwhile upgrades, repairs and service expansions is the funding of a...

 

From Our Files (May 4, 2022)

May 4, 1972 David and Bridget Cooper will assume ownership and management of The New Era after buying the paper from John and David Nelson, and Connie Johnson, who’ve owned the paper since 1970. Cooper leaves his job as news editor of the Daily...

 

Commentary: Good steps forward for the homeless (April 27, 2022)

It sure was good to see city workers clearing away the blackberries and leveling the nearly three acres of land the county has donated to the Family Assistance and Resource Center for use as a center for Sweet Home’s homeless population. It...

 

From Our Files (April 27, 2022)

April 27, 1972 About 50 people met with two representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality and officials of a five county Solid Waste Management Model Plan committee at the site of the Holley dump. After an hour of argument between local...

 

Commentary: Yes, I am my brother's keeper – and much more

By Dr. Gary Welton For the first time in our lives, we have experienced a universal international event, known as COVID-19. The World Series doesn’t come close to being a global event. The World Cup and the Olympics are much more global, but even...

 

From Our Files (April 20, 2022)

April 20, 1972 Members of the Chamber of Commerce approved a resolution urging the DEQ to reconsider its evaluation of the Sweet Home dump near Holley. The DEQ said the dump is a potential fire and pollution hazard, and has been working on closure...

 

Guest commentary: Inflation likely to play big role in this election

Joe Biden is engaged in the most extensive test of whether an American president can survive elevated levels of inflation since Jimmy Carter, and it’s not going well. The latest NBC News poll has Biden at a dismal 40% approval rating that, if it...

 

From Our Files (April 13, 2022)

April 13, 1972 The City Council took steps to rid the community of two nuisance and dangerous areas. They passed a resolution to advertise bids for clean-up of the sites. The first includes a concrete building apparently used once for drying lumber,...

 

Seventeen years, and never a dull moment

Though time flies, it does seem like eons ago that Miriam and I and our three then-young daughters walked into 1313 Main St., on April 1, 2005, to take over the operations of The New Era. Seventeen years, to be exact. Now Miriam and I have grandkids....

 

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