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New reporter: How I got to Sweet Home

The first time I heard about Sweet Home was in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. But that was Sweet Home, Alabama. You see, I come from quite far away. Pennsylvania, to be precise. When I learned that Sweet...

 

ODF habitat plan has many flaws

By Amanda Astor The Oregon Department of Forestry is proposing major changes in state forest management. Last year, the agency released a draft 70-year habitat conservation plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atm...

 

Design ideas have failed to flourish

Editor: Once upon a time, Sweet Home was declared a “Tree City.”  That was something to be proud of.  Then, as our beautiful trees along Main Street became even more beautiful, some “all knowing” experts told us that we had to take out the...

 

Gourley should be re-elected to board

Editor: This letter of support is written on behalf of Jim Gourley, incumbent school board member in the Sweet Home School District. Jim is a long-time member of the community who cares a great deal about Sweet Home and the families that live here....

 

Demise of Kiwanis Club a sad day

Editor: Although I understand the reasoning behind the decision to fold the Sweet Home Kiwanis Club (as reported in the March 31 edition), I am sad to see it occur. I have many fond memories of my 20 years as a club member, starting in 1985. In my...

 

Tree removal result of poor planning

Editor: First off, you’d have thought the city would have never ever allowed Douglas firs in such a tiny park. Re: Evergreen Loop Park razing (March 10). The brief article failed to mention the actuator of the park’s trees sudden...

 

Time to step up and help out

By John Marble Twenty years ago, America suffered a devastating attack and a horrific nightmare as the Twin Towers collapsed in a heap of concrete, fire and death. I was most deeply moved by the newsreels showing New York firefighters and police...

 

Freedom's not a given, and rights are being lost

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, which is a thing terrible to traitors.” – Benjamin Franklin By Peter Ready America’s gateway drug to its tyranny addiction has been to forget and...

 

Time to discard failed planning rule

By Vlad Yurlov Oregon’s transportation policy is in an alternate reality, the “no build” alternative, to be exact. It’s been more than 30 years since Oregon built a new highway, and its metropolitan areas are pressured to say “no” to park...

 

Let your doctor know you care

Editor, March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Together with Chief Medical Officer Robert Turngren, MD, we express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the hundreds of Samaritan Health Services physicians who consistently demonstrate exemplary...

 

'Progressive' not a gentle concept

Editor: I think we need to know the true meaning of this popular word of the day: “progressive.” Progressive comes from the word “progress.” However, it is also the Americanized word for Communism.  I know, you really don’t think that is...

 

Teaching children starts at home

Editor: I will start this off with my family. There are four; two sons, two daughters. They grew up with responsibilities, clean their rooms, do dishes, take out the garbage, respect, honor and choices. They would bring home their friends, most of wh...

 

Baboon story makes a point

“Stress, Portrait of a Killer,” a National Geographic production with Prof. Robert Sapolsky (www.youtube.com/watch? v=eYG0ZuTv5rs ) is very good and has a happy ending. It’s 44.23 minutes in if you’re in a hurry. Prof. Sapolsky says he...

 

School traffic creates challenges

Editor: We have lots of senior residents who’ve lived in Sweet Home over 30 years. The problem is the Hawthorne Elementary School is getting worse  every year with traffic from the school. It takes about 10 minutes from Clark Mill to 35th on Long...

 

City actions raise some questions

Editor: One man’s opinion about city planning, system development, and the City Council. They do what they want, when they want, and with whomever they want. I’ll start with the most recent affront. Jamie Melcher, local real estate agent, to the...

 

Booting of classics act of ideological destruction

By Rich Lowry It was only a matter of time before Cicero got canceled. The New York Times recently profiled Princeton classicist Dan-el Padilla Peralta, who wants to destroy the study of classics as a blow for racial justice. The critique of...

 

Be careful who you trust among media

Editor: Our First Amendment, Freedom of speech is being stepped on, by big news media and internet giants. Now some of the congress members have sent letters to T.V. Cable companies and satellite companies trying to force them to stop them carrying...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Athletes back in action, and let's keep them there

High school athletics kick off this week in earnest after a year in cold storage and we should all be happy, even those of us who’ve never warmed a seat at a sports event. We’ve reported a few sports stories during that period, but most haven’t...

 

Bad attitudes key to divisiveness

Editor: I regard to Diane Daiute's comment about the “corrupt majority of Republicans” (Feb. 17), I wonder how she thinks this attitude will ever bring the people back together instead of being so totally divided. The difference of opinion is...

 

'Rigged' letter had 'very little truth'

Editor: The letter in the Feb. 17 edition about the so-called rigged impeachment was nothing but an uninformed diatribe which had very little truth at all in it. Apparently, the writer doesn’t listen to ALL the news out there. That includes Fox...

 

Whose interest is furthered here?

Editor: Government, Inc.: Let’s start with the CDC. Example 1: Counting. A new study reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been massively inflating its COVID-19 “case” and death counts to make the “pandemic...

 

COVID decision triggers unusual feeling: happiness

Imagine you’re a high school athletic director. You love sports and you like kids. If you didn’t, there are plenty of easier ways to make money. Your job – if not life – centers on trying to maximize the life experience for high schoolers,...

 

Impeachment trial rigged by GOP

Editor: Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the  middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, that’s what he did on Jan. 6, 2021. Killed seven people, in fact, and got 140 officers injured, including brain...

 

Ramped-up mandates ring hollow against common sense

By Dennis Linthicum In the movie “Collateral Damage,” Arnold Schwarzenegger saves the day at the last minute. Aside from the bad guys, explosions, and the lustre of an action movie, there is another lesson: Don’t be fooled by kind words and...

 

Congress sidelined by presidential pens

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden has proved that, if nothing else, he has a pen and a phone. According to The Economist, he signed more executive orders in his first two days than President Donald Trump signed in nearly his first two months. And he...

 

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