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Weigh the issues before you vote

Editor: This just in: The 2018 FBI “Crime in the US” report includes these facts: Robbery is down 12 percent from 2017; murders fell 6.2 percent. Contrary to media bias, even as the number of firearms increased, crime declined. Rifles of all...

 

Use sale funds to pay down loan

Editor: I read, with interest, the reporting on the sale of the property previously housing Public Works (Nov. 20). In the article it was reported that the original thinking was to use the money from the sale to help pay for the remodel of the new...

 

'Citizen journalist' jury verdict could impact all of us – negatively

For those not on the extremes of the abortion issue, last week’s jury verdict finding two “citizen journalists” liable for $2.3 million in damages to Planned Parenthood may not have have created too much of a ripple. But for those who care...

 

Diapers could hold answers for Oregon

Editor: After only five years of development an Israeli company, UBQ Materials (stands for “ubiquitous”) has patented a process that breaks down regular household waste such as dirty diapers, food scraps, garden trimmings, all plastics, paper...

 

Politics worse than melting ice

The controversy over climate change is, like many public issues in our world, fraught with emotion and spin. Amidst the hysteria and a plethora of conflicting information from activists on both sides of the question, it’s really hard for Joe or...

 

Homeless shelter needs your time

Editor: SHELTeR is a group of people in Sweet Home who occasionally give five hours of their nights to bring a bit of comfort, a little hope and possibly save a life.  SHELTeR  stands for Sweet Home Extreme Low Temperature Refuge.  In partnership...

 

Keeping lights on a mark of civilization

By Rich Lowry California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people...

 

Request for tower should be red light

Editor: The New Era’s Oct. 23, 2019 edition reported the value of property in Sweet Home went up 8.9 percent last year. On the heels of this report, Strawberry Loop residences received a letter from the city of Sweet Home. The contents of the...

 

Progress in works for Sweet Home?

Things are happening in Sweet Home. For years we’ve heard the angst, the complaints that downtown Sweet Home has problems. Empty, blighted commercial buildings. Vagrancy. Tourists who tend to roll on by in their RV’s, headed to the mountains...

 

State behavior takes on 'Blob'-like qualities

By Dennis Linthicum Today’s government enterprise often reminds me of the Blob, from the 1958 Steve McQueen movie. In the movie, an eerie, sticky, tar-like alien blob pursues its own ends. It slowly oozes through towns and communities absorbing...

 

Problem-solving a frequent, favorite task

By: Sherrie Sprenger Probably my favorite, and certainly most frequent, request for help is problem solving for constituents. This involves anything from city water bills that seem too high to people wanting help to expedite the release of someone...

 

Exclusion idea has pluses, but it's tricky

We don’t entirely disagree with people who say downtown should be off-limits to people who make public nuisances of themselves there. It’s tricky, though, as has become evident, to figure out how to do it. We’re leery of cutting off citizen acc...

 

Words, labels and opinions can be applied in scattergun fashion

By Bob Dalton If you, by chance, have been reading the newspapers lately or have attended one or more of the Sweet Home City Council meetings, you have come across a variety of words, labels and opinions in regard to the proposed Exclusionary...

 

In U.S., civility has overcome political disagreements and should again

By Dr. Earl H. Tilford When President Donald Trump visited Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 10, Mayor Jacob Frey stated, “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in...

 

British could offer lessons for Oregonians

Some folks are incredulous at rural Oregonians’ continuous defence of our right to bear arms. Left-wing politicians in this state and across the country tell us they don’t want to take our firearms, that we need reasonable gun regulation ...

 

Civility needed when in public

Editor: A couple of weeks ago a bunch of people and their gear were in the street, in the space between two parking spots along the curb across from the library. They wouldn’t move so people could back in and park there. Why should they have the...

 

Potential ban on vaping makes no sense

Imagine, for a moment. (This shouldn’t be hard because it actually happened a couple of years ago.) The United States suffers an outbreak of salmonella. It’s tied to spinach. Fresh spinach leaves are yanked from all grocery store shelves. But if... Full story

 

Current politics a real nightmare

Editor: Impeach President Trump. Impeach Justice Kavanaugh. Why? Because the Democrats lost the election and because the new justice doesn’t think killing babies is health care. Hillary Clinton demands impeachment. She’s lucky she’s not doing...

 

Key to solving problems often facilitating answers

Commentary by Sherrie Sprenger I am often invited to solve problems in communities. This past week was no exception. I was asked to attend a meeting. One of the communities (but I am guessing not the only one) in my district is struggling with...

 

TNE milestone sparks memories

Editor: Happy 90th birthday to The New Era.  You don’t look a day over 39.  Congratulations to Scott and Miriam Swanson and crew for keeping community journalism alive and kicking and doing so in such grand style. Under their leadership, The...

 

Putting proposed ordinances to the test

The City Council is considering several ordinances, that range from pointless to effective and even to good, described in our stories on page 1 and 16. Traffic Safety This proposal would prohibit people in vehicles from handing items through their...

 

Transparency: Actions speak louder than words

By Daniel Bevarly Open, accessible and accountable government, with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies – or elected officials, is essential to our democratic republic. But that fundamental value may be at...

 

Local relationships still trump all else after dozen years in state legislature

Fair warning! In the first column I wrote for this newspaper, I said if you don't find my little musings interesting, then go fishing and use this paper to clean your fish. This just might be the...

 

Don't miss great show, right down the road

This weekend, a big event is taking place right down the road from you. This is the ninth year that the Best in the West triathlon series is being held at Lewis Creek Park, as detailed starting on page 1. It will be held Saturday and Sunday...

 

City Hall milestone should be start of something even bigger for SH

In our personal lives, milestones are often times we can look back on with pleasure – significant birthdays, getting a driver’s license, earning a diploma or certification, getting married, having kids. Milestones can represent the completion of...

 

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