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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....

 

From Our Files (April 6, 2022)

April 6, 1972 Sweet Home will have its first nursing home in the near future. Application for building a 20-bed structure at 980 Nandina was approved by the Planning and Zoning commissions. The nursing home will be Medicare-approved, according to...

 

Commentary: Wastewater plant funding a windfall for SH

Wow. $30 million. That’s quite a good-bye gift from Congressman Pete DeFazio, who’s served Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District for 36 years. DeFazio, who has announced that this will be his last term, shocked Sweet Home officials Monday...

 

From Our Files (March 30, 2022)

March 30, 1972 A pioneer cemetery was recently deeded to the Sweet Home Cemetery District by the Evangelical Church of North America. The 2.5-acre site on Whiskey Ridge began as a family plot in the early 1900s and was deeded to the Evangelical...

 

From Our Files (March 23, 2022)

March 23, 1972 William V. Carpenter was named the Sweet Home Ranger District’s new district ranger. He began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1961, holding positions on the Okanogan, Gifford Pinchot and Ochoco national forests. Carpenter will...

 

Commentary: Day at newspaper can go to the dogs fast

Running a small community newspaper can be a little crazy at times, in fact many times. This is a job that requires precision and focus, but that's usually taking place amid frequent changing...

 

Lack of flag flying etiquette sad (March 16, 2022)

Editor: Every day as I leave my home I am faced with a neighbor’s torn American flag flying high on a pole. Directly below their flag where a second honorable flag often flies, like P.O.W. M.I.A. or a state flag, is a “F--- Biden” flag. This is...

 

Send a message when you shop (March 16, 2022)

Editor: PEOPLE!!! If you don’t want to learn to speak Russian or Chinese, buy MADE IN THE U.S.A. Let it be your contribution to the Ukraine Freedom efforts. Carol Marchbanks Sweet Home...

 

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