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Letter: Brother: Lowman 'will work very hard' (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: David Lowman tirelessly volunteers in the city he loves, and lives in and also works in the city of Sweet Home. He was appointed and served three years on the Sweet Home Budget Commitee, one year on the city Charter Review Committee, and now...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 19, 2022)

Oct. 19, 1972 A memorial fund has been established to erect a memorial fleur-de-lis fountain in honor of Roy Clover, the police chief who recently died from a heart attack. The fountain will be installed in the small city park at First Avenue and...

 

Commentary: Wisdom of EV strategy raises questions (Oct. 12, 2022)

So, coming into a very significant election in Oregon’s history, let’s talk about … electric-powered vehicles. It’s no secret that electric-powered powered cars are a hot commodity right now, particularly amidst the current global-warming...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 12, 2022)

Oct. 12, 1972 Police Chief Roy Clover, 56, who served the force since 1948, died this week of an apparent heart attack. Born in 1916 in Minnesota, he came west during World War II and worked at Bremerton ship yards and Sweet Home’s Stockett Lumber...

 

Letter: Former deputy expresses concerns (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: This letter is from my own experiences and interactions working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office alongside both Jon Raymond and Michelle Duncan. I worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, and only recently...

 

Letter: Cate's performance not what we need; vote for Cooke (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: Jami Cate’s voting record in the state Legislature leaves a lot to be desired. Mary Cooke is the Lebanon resident and candidate who cares about serving the needs of constituents in District 11. Ms. Cate has consistently opposed helping her...

 

Letter: Didn't vote? Then don't complain (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: All voters need to actually vote (emphasis) in the upcoming election. According to the Secretary of State website, only 35% of all the voters in Linn County returned their voted ballots for the last election in May 2022. Statewide, the...

 

Letter: Readers appreciate local newspaper (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: We look forward to The New Era each week. We will discontinue our subscription from the so-called newspaper in Albany. I will miss it this winter as I use it to start the morning fire in my shop stove. We have subscribed to The New Era in...

 

Commentary: Biggest threat to newspapers: lack of interest (Oct. 5, 2022)

By Ken Paulson There was a period in the late ‘60s when the Beach Boys, desperate for a hipper identity, reportedly considered shortening their name to “Beach.” Of course, the Backstreet Boys may perform into their 80s, but there’s no...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 5, 2022)

October 5, 1972 The City Council was handed a petition opposing annexation of Foster and Midway to the city at a special council meeting Tuesday night, which was called for the purpose of pursuing matters pertaining to sewer problems and setting an...

 

Commentary: Good thoughts at Cascadia Park (Sept. 28, 2022)

A lot of thoughts went through my head last week as I watched smoke wisp upward during a smudging ceremony conducted by local Native Americans to celebrate the transfer of Cascadia Park from state to local control by the Linn County Parks...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 28, 2022)

Sept. 28, 1972 Through chattering teeth, a boy from Boy Scout Troop 62 (Foster) quipped, “Neither rain, nor hail, nor snow, nor sleet can stop us.” He was one of 12 Scouts who worked nearly four hours picking up litter along the roadside area of...

 

Commentary: Loan forgiveness raises testy questions (Sept. 21, 2022)

The controversy over President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is a touchy one. As with about every other topic these days, it’s rapidly become a partisan issue. Last week 22 Republican governors signed a letter to Biden demanding that he...

 

Letter: Reader concerned by 'dumped' cats (Sept. 21, 2022)

Editor: We have had at least six cats dumped in our neighborhood, and some have already starved to death. There was an emaciated gray and white cat, which was seen walking slowly down 12th, who could barely stand up. We think it was very close to...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 21, 2022)

Sept. 21, 1972 Employees of the 24-hour Tourist Cafe at 1234 Main St. went on strike and are picketing along the sidewalk at its entrance. Dwight L. Fleury, leasor and operator of the cafe since Feb. 1971, said the union contract expired in June and...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 14, 2022)

Sept. 14, 1972 Harold (Jack) Roberts, his granddaughter Yvonne Slack (visiting from Walnut Creek, Calif.), and Ray Riggs left Sweet Home for a pack-in fishing trip near Detroit Lake. When they returned they found a small fire burning near a stump....

 

Commentary: Bipartisan cooperation not dead yet (Sept. 14, 2022)

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden and Donald Trump are proving that even sworn enemies can cooperate to promote one another’s political interests. President Biden, with his criticism, and his Department of Justice, with its search of Mar-a-Lago and related...

 

Letter: Qualification matters on county sheriff (Sept. 14, 2022)

Editor: I am also a long-term resident of Linn County and concerned about the qualifications of the next sheriff. I had the opportunity to meet and hear Sheriff Duncan speak at the Senior Center last week. She is well qualified to continue as our...

 

Letter: Suicide walk will benefit training (Sept. 14, 2022)

Editor: September is Suicide Awareness month, and we would like to bring your attention to our annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk that will be taking place on Saturday September 24th at Ralston Park in Lebanon. The walk is organized by Leba...

 

Commentary: New challenges mean changes to playbook (Sept. 7, 2022)

The last couple of months have proved interesting as we’ve adjusted to a new printer, which we told you about in late June. As could be expected, there have been some ups and downs in the process as the Herald and News newspaper in Klamath Falls ha...

 

Letter: Concerned about Sheriff succession (Sept. 7, 2022)

Editor: Being a long-term resident here in Linn County, I have in the past generally left my concern for law enforcement leadership (sadly) to others who are much better acquainted than I am with those already involved in positions of leadership....

 

Letter: Government gains power while people sleep (Sept. 7, 2022)

Editor: America now has a new form of government. Have you noticed? Its executive agencies are militarized and going rogue. Meanwhile, many Democrats criticize, denounce, and condemn fellow citizens who retain and exercise their Second Amendment...

 

Letter: Remembering the miracle of 9/11 (Sept. 7, 2022)

Editor: Nine-Eleven (Sept. 11) was a time of discovery, disaster and a miracle. How much do I recall from past events? Not as much as I should. I love how history is like a vine that intertwines event upon event. Nine-Eleven was an important date whe...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 7, 2022)

Sept. 7, 1972 Vern and Gladys Topp were Sunnyside Park’s first campers when it opened this weekend, but they had to move locations when their neighbors kept them awake most the night and hit their “home” with airborne knives intended to land on...

 

Commentary: Hopefully, happiness as contagious as COVID

I was walking along the sidewalk on Main Street to our office Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, when I encountered a group of folks clad in some really loud orange garb, masks and balloons and other paraphernalia. They were school district administrators...

 

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