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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...

 

Washington D.C. trip 'flap' shouldn't be issue

By Dave Holley It should come as no surprise to those who know me, that I have an opinion. This time it concerns the recent flap about how many city councilors go on the trip to Washington, D.C. for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, this y...

 

Veterinary asst. showed kindness

Editor: We are compelled by a strong sense of justice to make everyone aware of the way we are wronged, either personally or by someone providing a service; doing so by whatever means. What if our sense of appreciation were as strong when we were...

 

Medical science shows pot's danger

Editor: The July/August issue of The Reader’s Digest has a very current article on the impact of marijuana use in teenagers. There is a medical case against marijuana use by teenagers. Many teenagers, when asked directly if marijuana is dangerous,...

 

Christmas tree trip should be for all

Editor: I believe we all are excited about Sweet Home providing the Capitol Christmas Tree this year and the visibility it affords our little community. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often so I assume most of us want to put our...

 

Merkley reference in editorial a 'cheap shot'

Editor: Lest you believe that I am a transplanted “Big-City Liberal,” I should introduce myself and my background. I consider myself to be a “middle of the road” progressive. I was raised rurally, most of that time on an Oregon farm, and...

 

Better communication with SHEDG needed

Listening to City Council members’ responses last week to this year’s Oregon Jamboree (page 1), held nearly two months ago, we’re reminded how easy it is to forget the benefits the country music festival brings to Sweet Home. We also think we...

 

Editorial: Councilors must avoid quorum on D.C. trip

Public meetings laws are important for us, the citizens of Oregon. At the risk of sounding cynical, many otherwise upstanding public officials have an uncanny propensity toward secrecy and abuse of power when not restrained by laws that require acces...

 

CCC veterans evidence value of productivity

I should begin by admitting I’m not a big fan of government social programs, which typically, in my view, are sadly wasteful of tax dollars and generally not very effective in solving problems. But I’ve always been impressed by the Civilian...

 

Money speaking louder than law

Editor: Regarding your front-page article (Aug. 22) on how out of control the production and distribution of marijuana in the State of Oregon is, how legality is not the issue. Enforcement of legal laws is. Dr. Wolthuis, in a (Aug. 22) letter to the...

 

Hard reality of recycling: It's time to pay the price

As we’ve observed the move this summer to increase local trash collection rates to accommodate rising costs of recycling, we reluctantly acknowledge the outcome but we definitely are bothered by the process. While we aren’t big fans of the...

 

Commissioners vote subject to law

Editor: We have had some personal response to the recent action taken by the Planning Commission regarding another marijuana store, and after the newspaper article showing the votes, I feel it is imperative to give some public reply. The decision by...

 

Single-focus solutions not best for environment

In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” a rabid dog growls his way onto the street where Atticus Finch and his family live. The entire neighborhood is watching, waiting and afraid to act. They see the threat, yet because of their own...

 

Drugs' effects go beyond obvious

Editor: The Planning Commission is trying so hard to gain better funding for Sweet Home’s growth. So it seems there is plenty of money to spend on marijuana since there will now be four stores to compete for it. This is a quote from Dag...

 

Jamboree looked little different, but it still was fun

Sweet Home folks have been waiting to see what the outcome would be with an Oregon Jamboree line-up that lacked the mega-stars who have headlined recent festivals. In some senses, this year’s Jamboree wasn’t what previous ones have been. The...

 

Drivers need to slow at preschool

Summer is here, school is out, but not at Little Promises Day Care. I live out near Mark’s Ridge and always go past the school to get to Sweet Home’s downtown. It never fails, when I go through there, that I see cars ignoring the speed limit...

 

Fires indicate popular opinion not always wise

Democracy has been a boon to many, including us, the people of the United States. For those of us with limited recall from history class, our system of government is our Founders’ response to the very autocratic rule of the English monarch that,...

 

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