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Celebration evoked lots of positives

Editor: Thanksgiving. A time to choose gratefulness. This year I am thankful for joy. I am thankful for honor. I am grateful that Sweet Home, Oregon was chosen to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The committee to prepare for Nov. 9 had their...

 

Editorial comment devalued effort

Editor: To say that the most memorable moment of the Capitol Christmas Tree event was Don Knight’s comment is to devalue all the hard work put in by community volunteers including many hours by our “best resource,” our children. High school...

 

Urge state to support disabled

Editor: Approximately 2,900 seniors and people with disabilities in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties use State-funded services for everyday necessities like transportation, meal preparation, toileting, medication management, and bathing. These...

 

Candidates' voting records often twisted in political campaigns

I’m going to get a little political on you this time around! I intentionally keep these articles about the legislative process, primarily because that is where my focus is the majority of the time. I’ve said for years that politics is what I...

 

All in all, Christmas tree send-off was a capital day

We don’t think we’re being over-enthusiastic in saying that the Capitol Christmas Tree celebration Friday brought out the best of Sweet Home in a lot of ways. If anybody’s poo-pooing that, we wonder if they bothered to show up. When we...

 

Liberal left have writer all wrong

Editor: I wrote a big, long, really thoughtful and well-executed “editorial” about the outcome of these elections. But, then I decided to just sum it up by saying shame on all those who voted to support corrupt Kate, tax-funded slaughter of the...

 

City Hall numbers not transparent

Editor: Where is the transparency in our Sweet Home City Council? The City Council and staff need to be cautious and forthcoming when it comes to the construction cost for the new City Hall. Transparency is critical. When I go grocery shopping, I...

 

Search for elusive ornament gets up close and personal in Sweet Home forest

This whole Capitol Christmas Tree story has been pretty impressive and it’s nice to see the community responding to what will likely be something that won’t happen again in our lifetime. When we got started with this thing, I have to admit I was...

 

Republicans driving planet over edge

Editor: Republican leadership is not concerned at all for the impending climate catastrophe threatening our nation and the planet. In fact, as of August, the latest opinion from Trump and the 100+ corporate lobbyist/CEOs installed in his...

 

Pedestrians need to be very visible

Editor: Pedestrians, please wear bright colored or reflective clothes when you are out and about at night, especially if you are going to be crossing the highway. Make sure oncoming vehicles can see you; if not, wait until they pass. Drivers cannot...

 

Don't use taxes to pay for abortion

Editor: I’m old, and old-fashioned. When I was young, we had to accept the consequences of our choices and actions, for better or worse. We learned personal responsibility. If a woman wants an abortion, that is often the consequence of her poor...

 

Swimming pool meets local needs

Editor: For those who haven’t voted yet, we urge you to vote yes on the swimming pool levy. The five year levy would be less than the rate these last five years. In addition, the levy for the next five years, beginning in 2019 qualifies for a...

 

Sprenger, hunters 'blind' to solutions

Editor: There are times when our preconceived notions blind us to solutions for problems that appear right before us. The recent town hall on cougars is a case in point. Coming into that meeting with the preconceived notion that letting all hunters h...

 

Commission needs some new blood

Editor: I support Stephanie Newton for Linn County commissioner! She is a breath of fresh air in a stale political climate. I am a true believer in having a representative government. I think those elected to office should reflect all of those they...

 

Neighbors: Lindsey is 'a good man'

Editor: As we are nearing an important election, we understand that many voters in Linn County are likely on the fence with regards to your vote for county commissioner. News articles of late have not been kind to Mr. Lindsey, and if John Lindsey...

 

Joint committees can help pave way to progress in the capitol

I am writing this article while waiting for a business round table meeting to start at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. For the last several months myself and some of my colleagues have traveled the state as part of the Joint Committee on Student...

 

Competitive ballot gives voters actual choices

One thing we can say for sure about Sweet Home’s ballot for the Nov. 6 election: It’s loaded with quality local candidates in nearly every race. It looks pretty competitive and we love that. Although it’s not a candidate’s fault when nobody...

 

Pool's value to SH prompts 'yes' vote

Editor: As we consider the value that the swimming pool adds to our community, I encourage you to vote yes on the upcoming local option levy to support it. Each asset we add to our community makes it more appealing to prospective residents and...

 

Election Letters

Editor’s note: We have received many election letters from Linn County residents, but the writers are neither Sweet Home residents nor subscribers to The New Era. Consequently, we’ve posted those letters below: Candidate has heard concerns Editor...

 

Criticisms of Senate's composition simply self-serving

By Rich Lowry Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn’t forged the Great Compromise between large...

 

Supreme Court battle royale makes us all look bad

Plenty has been written about the increasingly lack of civility in our political processes, so we’re obviously not breaking new ground when we address this subject. What is the real issue here, we think, is a deeper problem: the preoccupation with...

 

Community journalism matters because communities matter

Editor’s note: This week is National Newspaper Week. Following are some thoughts from the executive editor of the News Publishing Co. in Black Earth, Wis., on the importance of community journalism. By Matt Geiger “Everything in this newspaper...

 

Real news buried in flood of hate, lies

Editor: The American landscape has been trashed and undermined by bully politicians (Democrats, specifically), Democrat socialists, power-hungry elites, Hollywood, globalists, Soros-funded groups, Obama and his minions, and radical/liberal college pr...

 

Women's votes can change the nation

Editor: If you thought that your vote doesn’t matter, think again. I’m writing to urge women to vote. Over the previous times, we’ve witnessed a continual decline at both local and national elections. If you see a need for change at any level...

 

Editor has right to opinion as well

Editor: Mr. Gary Jarvis (Sept. 19) covered a great deal of subjects regarding the editorials in The New Era, which he has freedom to do as a citizen commenting on editorials. I question why he feels so strongly that the editor does not also have...

 

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