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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...

 

Closing of one of few remaining video stores marks end of era in SH, society

Editor’s note: This is not a typical opinion piece, but this story reflects changing values and practices in our society in a way that makes it kind of a “hybrid” of news and commentary. Hence,...

 

Wolf depredation issues likely to get more real

Some hot news out of Salem in the last week has been the Wolf Plan adopted Friday, June 7, after a contentious series of hearings held by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. According to the Oreg...

 

To folks who know local kids

Editor: We have met young people who can’t begin to imagine their potential. They lack practical experience and confidence. The Noah project at Fir Lawn Lutheran is trying to change that, one boat at a time. Do you know kids who could use a boost?...

 
 By Sarah Brown    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Commentary: Community will miss cat rescue worker following her passing

On May 17, the community of Sweet Home, as well as all of Linn County, lost one of its best volunteers, Vicki Lindley. She grew up here, raised a family, and worked as a rural postal delivery person until her retirement, after which time she gave...

 

Agencies should respect our vets

Editor: I was brought up to be a proud American and to have respect for all of our veterans. However, I was shocked and deeply saddened that the Sweet Home Police and Fire departments weren’t at the memorial services to show their honor and...

 

Citizens need to check city spending

Editor: Well, the City Council voted to steal the Police and Library levy overage. Three voted no and four voted to do it, including our mayor. Earlier, the City Council voted to increase the city manager’s wages to more than $9,500 per month,...

 

Sweet Home is a place of peace and plenty

Every so often we hear or see comments about how terrible our town has become – often in context of how great it once was. It’s a place where two people have been shot and killed in the past couple of weeks. It’s a place where thefts seem...

 

Budget issue isn't council character

Editor: Most citizens (this writer included) admire those who volunteer for city government, and appreciate all the hard work that they do on our behalf. Historically, I have found councilors to generally be very thoughtful and thorough in their...

 

Republican walkout an effort to get Legislature supermajority to listen

Guest Commentary: Sherrie Sprenger I have received a few messages and questions about the Senate Republicans walking out of the Capitol building on May 7. Before you can understand the situation itself, it is important to realize that the Democrats...

 

How to negotiate city government

Editor: Sweet Home’s city government has five departments. Each department head runs their respective department and reports to the city manager. The city manager then reports to the City Council. The City Council’s responsibility is to make...

 

City leaders not guilty of 'crimes'

Editor: From many of the comments that I heard at the Public Hearing on the proposed City budget at the May 14 meeting, it appears that many of our citizens use your paper as an information source and use it as a basis to form their opinions. With...

 

Communication fails in controversy

Editor: Having attended the May 14, 2019 City Council meeting because I had felt confusion regarding the huge controversy over the Budget Committee decision about the funds being transferred from the Library and the Police Department, I wanted to...

 

City budget plan doesn't add up

Editor: I personally know most of the City Budget Committee and City Council. Many I consider friends and I’m not disparaging any of them. Hopefully, as a society, we can still have honest disagreements without everybody thinking we dislike each...

 

Betraying voter trust bad policy

Editor: I strongly recommend the City Council not siphon from Police Levy money by sending it to the General Fund. I am among three generations of police chiefs who have worked hard to earn the public trust and pass these levies. The Police Levy has...

 

Parade committee decides to dissolve

Editor: The organization known as the Sweet Home Parade Committee has decided to dissolve its membership and responsibilities. When the committee was formed 10 years ago, it took on the responsibility for both the Sportsman’s Holiday Parade and the...

 

Budget plan putting chips on citizen trust

Suppose you need some cash to do some necessary home repairs. You talk your benevolent Aunt Sue, who is inclined to be generous, into helping you out. She agrees to write a check, but when it arrives, the amount is more than you actually asked for....

 

Incubator could be start of something lot bigger

The proposal to the City Council to establish a small business incubator and shared work space facility downtown (page 1) is one that isn’t new, but it’s certainly promising. Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort members, better known as...

 

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