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Irrigation well drilling a gusher of an idea

Sweet Home School District wants the city to charge less for water to irrigate district fields. Lacking that, the district is looking at drilling wells, as we’ve reported in recent weeks. The city doesn’t appear to want to cut the district any...

 

Changes to SHHS auditorium boost to arts

Five years ago, on Feb. 12, 2014, we published an opinion piece complaining about the state of our high school auditorium. The facility, frankly, had become an embarrassment. Its condition was a slap in the face to anyone, especially our young...

 

Congrats, thanks to award 'earners'

Editor: Congratulations to all the Awards Banquet winners! Sweet Home is a community of kind, caring people. We are proud to have all of you as fellow community members. You did not win these awards – you earned them. Thanks for the good work!...

 

Community offers good activities

Editor: There are several good activities in town that are showing up. n Attending the March 12 City Council meeting and listening to a very well presented program called “RAIN.” A very enthusiastic young man, Corey Wright, explained fully the...

 

Doctors appreciated for what they do

Editor: At Samaritan Health Services, building healthier communities is at the core of our mission. As we prepare to celebrate Doctors’ Day on March 30, it is the perfect opportunity to thank and recognize our physicians for the important work...

 

Late Secretary of State set standard for public service

Dennis Richardson was a gift to Oregon – particularly to us, the rural residents who populate nine-tenths of the state’s geography. Our Secretary of State died Feb. 26 after a nine-month battle...

 

Trump primary challenge may be Waterloo for GOP

By Rich Lowry The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge. His fiercest Republican critics say, “Yes – please, please, yes.” They are...

 

New rent-control law breaks one that's tried and true: supply and demand

It’s astounding that, in an effort to further emulate the growing divide between haves and have-nots in California, the Oregon legislature is repeating the insanity that is driving San Franisco’s housing crisis. Impossibly, legislators and our go...

 

Shoppers: Read the labels for real deals

Editor: Shoppers, compare! I recently checked out the new Dollar Tree store. And Dollar General, while I was at it. I just want to remind shoppers to read the labels for quantity and price. Some things cost more at these “cheap” stores than they...

 

Self-defense is a basic human right

Editor: The most lethal and lawless weapons are not firearms. They are unconstitutional legal assaults forged by out-of-control legislators assembling decrees to destroy law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights. Self defense is a basic human...

 

Green New Deal plus Modern Monetary Theory equals socialism

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson Thank you, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal she has unveiled is most illuminating. It is now unmistakably clear that AOC, Bernie Sanders, and other democrat socialists in the Democratic Party...

 

Gun control bill only goes so far

Editor: I want to advise all Oregon residents that the governor’s new gun control bill only applies to legally purchased and licensed hand guns. Owners of unregistered or illegal weapons may continue to use them, along with large-capacity...

 

Water rate complaint a valid one that deserves discussion

City Manager Ray Towry hit the nail on the head during Friday’s Administration, Finance and Property Committee meeting when he said the School District is negotiating. Counselor Dave Trask was exactly right too about the responsibility for paying...

 

Alarming parallels between now, past

Editor: We should all be asking the question: Who is influencing or pressuring us to see things in only one certain way? Who is profiting from our choices? Who is being hurt by our choices? Who is covering the truth with a magic blanket that is...

 

Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

Editor’s note: This column was submitted to us by the Oregon School Activities Association. We’re not publishing it because we think what the authors are talking about is, necessarily, a huge problem here in Sweet Home, but any of us who have...

 

'Utopian' politicians forget that nothing is free

By Dennis Linthicum After the recent elections, the Democrat Party has a “super” majority in both of Oregon’s Legislative chambers. They also own the Governor’s Office. This means they have a 66 percent majority in the legislature and can...

 

Local educators' work impressive

Editor: A couple class acts! I was pleased and not a bit surprised that Mr. Yahraes met all nine performance standards (Jan. 23 edition). I have talked to several people under his present supervision and a few that are now retired. They all speak...

 

Committee taking on problems right in our faces

The New Era’s office faces Main Street in the heart of downtown. Thus positioned, we are acutely aware of the presence of and problems experienced and caused by the homeless in Sweet Home. Although we often are not immediately involved, on a...

 

Loose dogs are problem in SH

Editor: I love living in Sweet Home. I am a proud member of this community and care about it. I have lived here for my whole life, 10 years and 3 months. I have noticed a problem here in Sweet Home that I would like to talk about.  In Sweet Home...

 

Gun law proposal a slap in the face to law-abiding Oregonians

Remember those election results from last November? Well they are coming home to roost in rural Oregon in this 2019 legislative session. For those who didn’t do the math, although only seven (of 36) populous, mostly metropolitan counties (centered...

 

Moving out doesn't mean goodbye

By Phil Barnhart I moved out of my office in the State Capitol in Salem a few days ago. Just before Christmas Marty Wilde, the new state representative, moved into his office there. During my nine terms, much has changed in your Legislature. It is be...

 

Start of legislative session feels lot like back-to-school

By Sherrie Sprenger It feels like the first day of school.  I have all my new supplies laid out. I have my new class schedule. There will be new people to meet with whom I will get to visit once again – some of my old friends. I also have a new...

 

Local volunteers get new year off to good start

I enjoy running and over the years I’ve lived in Sweet Home. I’ve put in literally thousands of miles on our local roads. Not only is it good exercise for me, and a lot of fun for my dogs (as they try not to drag me down the road), but it’s a...

 

Wrapping up: Final day in D.C. was a big one

It’s been busy since we left Washington, D.C., as we’ve been getting holiday-season newspapers out and then getting ready for vacation over Christmas break. Simply put, I haven’t had time to sit down and wrap up my little trip log by...

 

Help for homeless starts with hope

Editor: As I read about the $500,000 that will be available to the city of Sweet Home for those struggling to maintain their homes, I decided that I want to make several life-lesson observations. I am going to share these in a couple of story...

 

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