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Questions about riot in capital

Editor: First of all, I want to thank Angelita Sanchez for her willingness to volunteer her time as a city councilwoman and the support she gives to help those individuals who have little or no voice. I recently viewed a comment reported by The...

 

Local COVID management better for all

Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to make the metrics governing whether schools can operate advisory, rather than mandatory, is a good one, not only for state officials but for the people they serve. How effective the “freeze” imposed nearly two month...

 

Wrestling history missing vital piece

Editor: After reading the three pages, on the Husky wrestlers putting Sweet Home on the map, in the Dec. 23 edition of The New Era, I was stunned, disappointed and disgusted with the writer who put the wrestling history together. In 67 years Sweet...

 

COVID restraints population control

Editor: As I re-read the letter by Debbie Woody and Linda Cutright in last week’s The New Era, I am so impressed at the research that they went to the trouble to unearth for us. The points that they brought up are so right on. We all know it...

 

Trump's COVID leadership faulty

Editor: In the Dec. 30, 2020 edition of The New Era, Ms. Woody and Ms. Cutright express their frustration with the measures that Gov. Brown is implementing to stem the rising death toll here in Oregon. I believe we are all frustrated with where we...

 

Pandemic result: economic cruelty

By Rich Lowry Just when it seemed some of the most disheartening trends in the U.S. economy were finally beginning to reverse, COVID-19 arrived to entrench them. The pandemic has been a neutron bomb targeted at the prospects of lower income working...

 

COVID numbers don't add up to rules

Editor: Regarding Kelly Kenoyer’s opinion piece, published in the Dec. 16 edition: We understand the strain that everyone is under due to the current situation, but we personally are having a hard time understanding why we are here. As we write thi...

 

Seeking true peace in turbulent times

Christmas, for many in our society, is supposed to be about family, presents, comfort and joy, generosity toward the less fortunate and, for some, remembering why we celebrate the holiday in the first place: the birth of Jesus Christ. We’re in the...

 

Biggest joy of serving in House is hanging with local residents

My nearly 13 years in the legislature will be wrapping up in the next couple weeks. This will be my last submission as your state representative. I find it very fitting to spend the next 400, or so,...

 

Help for homeless worthy of support

Editor: These are very trying times for all types of humanity. Unfortunately, not everyone is living in the most comfortable of housing situations. It is sad and perplexing to listen to some complain of “eyesores”, when there are families caught...

 

Manipulation of language a danger

Editor: “Political Correctness (PC) is language fascism pretending to be manners.”  (George Carlin) People use words to express thoughts. Language fascism (tyranny) controls the words people can say. When PC’ers cut back the words we can say,...

 

COVID presents genuine perils

Editor: Kudos to Ms. Kenoyer for her very timely op-ed piece on the serious perils that COVID presents us with. I, too, have seen news footage of people suffering from this horrible disease, and hence, choose to follow best scientific guidance to...

 

Taking COVID seriously will save lives – maybe yours

Every week I tabulate the dead to create the COVID graphs for this newspaper. Each life snuffed out by coronavirus is a line or less on my spreadsheet. When they’re local I take particular note, and there are more of those than ever these days....

 

Library furloughs deserve scrutiny

Editor: The issuance of layoff notices to Sweet Home library staff, and subsequent withdrawal of those notices deserves careful scrutiny, as the background could spell repeats of this action. It is important to understand the history leading up to...

 

Internet should be regulated as utility

Editor: I was happy to read the article in the Dec. 9 issue regarding internet issues in the area. I feel it brings light to an issue facing many citizens, and I commend the local companies for stepping up, but I feel the underlying issue deserves at...

 

Brighten up Sweet Home's downtown

Editor: Who is trying to uglify our town? Did they find a bargain on dark gray paint by the barrel? Oregon winters are gray – brighten up! No more gray paint! I’m glad the city wants owners of empty buildings to clean them up. They should...

 

Culture makes fine year-end donation

Editor: Those who donate to good causes at the end of each year should keep the Oregon Cultural Trust in mind. This program, the only one of its kind in the country, lets you double the impact of your donation at no extra cost. Here’s how the...

 

Isolation also threat to seniors

Editor: As I watch all the obituaries in our local paper, I am reminded that not only can COVID kill, but also loneliness and isolation can kill. All this causes depression. It kills, too.  We have many senior folks who are alone and isolated due... Full story

 

Priority should be library, police

Editor: In regards to the news of our city manager wanting to close the library; I think we all need to remember that the city manager, with full City Council approval, has retained thousands upon thousands of dollars from both the library and... Full story

 

Library provides critical necessities

Editor: I am not a resident within the city of Sweet Home, but it is my home town. I read a lot, though I do not use the library for reading. I support and use the Friends of the Library store a lot! I am really saddened to even think about reducing... Full story

 

COVID tactics prompt concerns

Editor: For Thanksgiving Day this year Kate Brown asked Oregon citizens to call the police on neighbors who may have more people in their home than the number allowed in her most recent lock-down restrictions. Her actions are part of the current... Full story

 

229 years ago, America became ... America

By Ken Paulson Tuesday, Dec. 15, marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago on that date that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation...

 

Other answers besides layoffs for library

The news that the city is considering laying off library staff raises eyebrows on a number of fronts. Given the way the numbers appeared in early November, when property tax revenues had not yet materialized, it’s understandable that city...

 

Threatened cuts raise questions

Editor: Regarding cuts to the library staff, I have the following questions: 1. If there is a decrease in revenue of 4½%, was there an offset with the decrease of expenditures? What is it? I know there is a line item for purchasing books, DVDs, Audi... Full story

 

In difficult times, thanksgiving can be healthy

2020 has been a tough year. That may be one of the few things Americans agree on, pretty much universally. We’re sick of COVID, even though most of us haven’t actually had it. We’re tired of the restrictions, we’re unhappy about the numbers,...

 

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