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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...

 

Holiday drawings have benefits

Editor: After coaxing from my wife Georgia, I filled out the local merchants Thanksgiving and Christmas giving drawings for a free turkey and a free ham. Lo and behold, we were winners in both drawings! Thank you, Sweet Home merchants and...

 

Christmas a chance to reflect on what's important

It’s really been a pleasant Christmas season for Sweet Home. The Capitol Christmas Tree experience was heart-warming for many, and we’ve heard a lot of comments to that effect from our readers – no exaggeration. This was a really big deal for...

 

So what does that poem say, anyway?

Editor: I’m old and not hooked up, so I wonder what Bridgette Harrington’s poem was, that she gained fame for in DC.  In case I’m not the only unelectronic reader, would you please print it for us? Thanks lots, Joan Scofield Sweet Home...

 

Kids Christmas a community effort

Editor: There is no way to express the gratitude and love for the community I have with all the support they shared for our fourth annual Kids Free Christmas Store we held on Dec. 15. We gave out 770 gifts, with 147 kid shoppers.   I have served on...

 

Washington trip is once-in-a-lifetime, but glad to be home

Merry Christmas! It didn't seem much like Christmas last week in Washington, D.C. There was far too much to do and see. Too much journalisting and touristing to do to really get that ol' Christmas... Full story

 

Flag team thanks businesses for help

Editor: As a member of our local VFW Post #3437, I would like to give a shout out and a huge thank you to two of our local businesses, Napa Auto Parts and Mr. Lucky’s Deli. On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, I and three other members set out in the early...

 

Councilor naive on mobile home prices

Editor: After a long day at work I just did not feel up to attending the City Council meeting last week. However, I would have really awakened after Councilor Goble’s comment regarding the cost of a mobile home. “Shocked” would have been my...

 

Sean C. Morgan Reports From Washington – Day 4: Visits with VIPs, and not enough museum time

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era We woke to the sounds of sirens. I'll need to learn the "Sounds of Silence" soon so I can rewrite the lyrics and sing "The Sounds of Sirens" or an "Ode to Washington,... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 3 – Amid the mucky-mucks, the really important stuff

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Just because of constant rush of activities, every day is whirling by in Washingon, D.C. It's hard to believe it's just Tuesday. Our Sweet Home contingent, here to... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 2 – Capitol a busy, busy place

We woke to the sounds of sirens. Step out of the house for a quick vape, and there's that sound. Again, no police cars, just ambulances and fire engines – all day long, everywhere in this town....

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 1 – Trip to nation's capitol full of little lessons

– Editor's note: Reporter Sean C. Morgan is in Washington, D.C., to cover the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which originated in Sweet Home, and to report on the activities of local... Full story

 

Socialism will not help Americans

Editor: Creativity is a cerebral exercise which is rewarded and flourishes in a capitalist society. Learning is critical for the success of the individual, as well as the society. We’ve all heard the maxim “Knowledge is Power,” but knowledge is...

 

Lots of folks gittin' 'r' done around Sweet Home

There’s been a lot of gittin’ ‘r’ done in the air around Sweet Home recently. We’ve seen remarkable performances from the Capitol Christmas Tree organizers, local enterpreneurs who have taken local business enterprise to new heights, and...

 

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...

 

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