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Commentary: Page 1 tells a different story – a sad one (Nov. 10, 2021)

NOTE: The print edition of the Nov. 10 New Era features mostly blank space above the front-page "fold." This commentary outlines the reasoning behind that design. If you’re wondering why the top half of the fold on Page 1 is mostly white, let me...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 10, 2021)

Nov. 11, 1971 Sweet Home’s zoo boasts its first inhabitant, Napoleon the llama, who has been holding out at a new corral alongside the F and F Mobil Service Station near the west entrance to town. Napoleon will soon be joined by a kangaroo and a co...

 

Commentary: Governor's commutations concerning

Gov. Kate Brown’s releases of numerous inmates from Oregon prisons is not new news, but her move on Oct. 20 to use her clemency power to retroactively change sentences for one-time youthful offenders sentenced to long prison terms has raised the ir...

 

Letter: Lack of concern not Christian spirit (Nov. 3, 2021)

Editor: I received a message from a friend who lives in Linn County. She told me that she had been asked if she had gotten COVID “yet.” She said the question sounded more or less as if getting COVID is some sort of badge of honor. Her questioner...

 

Letter: Mask-wearing a sign of true friends (Nov. 3, 2021)

Editor: Friends don’t kill friends or strangers. Please wear a mask! Wes Marchbanks Sweet Home...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 3, 2021)

Nov. 4, 1971 Sweet Home enjoyed one of the quietest Halloween nights in a long time. Police reported only three incidents of egg throwing Sunday as the major crimes of the night. There were a few reports of pumpkins being smashed, and Monday morning...

 
 By Cory Frye    Opinion    October 27, 2021

Ex-colleague departure revives memories

Photographer Mark Ylen shocked multiple zip codes earlier this month when he announced he was leaving the Albany Democrat-Herald after 26 years to take a position with Samaritan Health. I couldn’t let his momentous departure pass sans comment, bein...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 27, 2021)

Oct. 28, 1971 A group of 40 or 50 young people from all Christian denominations are planning a “Free Store” for those in need. “They are wanting to do this as a Christian service,” said Susy McCubbins, spokesman for the group. The group is...

 

Letter: Thanks, Sweet Home, for helping students

Editor: Sweet Home P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter DD, wishes to sincerely thank the Sweet Home community for your continued support of our organization and our annual Flash Frozen Berry Sale and gigantic yard sale. Our local...

 

Letter: Charter School appreciated too (Oct. 27, 2021)

Editor: I would like to say thank you and show my appreciation to the principal at the Sweet Home Charter School, Mrs. Audrey Richards. It’s October and National Principals Month, so Sweet Home Charter School also needs to be included with the...

 

Letter: COVID resistance doesn't make sense (Oct. 27, 2021)

Editor: “COVID is the No. 1 killer of law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021,”  according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, www.odmp.org. Yet police unions across the country are pushing cops to defy the Covid vaccine mandate. We pay them...

 

Increased scrutiny by reporters in Oregon's state Capitol good for all (Oct. 20, 2021)

In the wake of National Newspaper Week, I've got some good news. A big concern I've had, both as a journalist and as a citizen, has been the dearth of news coverage of state government in recent...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 20, 2021)

Oct. 21, 1971 A group that started in 1968 as the Golden Gleaners Club with a handful of members is now 60-strong as the Senior Citizens of Sweet Home, Inc. The group met at various locations, but now has its own location at 1102 Main St. Ideas and...

 

Guest commentary: Oregon's electric vehicle goals falling short of reality (Oct. 20, 2021)

By Rachel Dawson Oregon elected officials and appointed staff love to claim they base their decisions on the best and most accurate data available. A recent Oregon Department of Transportation study demonstrates that this often isn’t the case. In...

 

Editorial: Remembering why we are here (Oct. 13, 2021)

The first week of October was the 81st annual National Newspaper Week, a recognition of the service of newspapers and their employees across North America. Like a lot of similar celebratory events one can find on the calendar, its goal is to...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 13, 2021)

Oct. 14, 1971 Lester Shingle Co. began installation of its new chipper and chip storage bin, which will replace the mill’s use of a wigwam waste burner for wood byproduct waste. An injunction was ordered against the mill due to the wigwam’s pollu...

 

Letter: Action, not talk, gets things done (Oct. 6, 2021)

Editor: Last week I attended the City Council meeting, having been assured it would include how to help the homeless, which I have been interested in for over a year. I believe nearly all the chairs were full; lots of interested people had come. The...

 

Letter: Anger weakens abortion argument (Oct. 6, 2021)

Editor: It was with a sad heart that I read Diane Diaute’s letter of Sept. 22. There is so much anger in it that I had to set it aside before could finish reading it. Yes, there are many, many destructive forces we as humans daily battle; no one...

 

Letter: Alum missing school band (Oct. 6, 2021)

Editor: Where is the Sweet Home High School band? While attending the Huskies home games, I have noticed the empty section in the stadium where the high school band has normally been. The band has been a tradition for many years and it left a big...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 6, 2021)

Oct. 7, 1971 White's Electronics initiated a four-day workweek, a move that had been in discussion for a year following a poll of employees. The four-day workweek is optional, but most employees have opted to do so. With Fridays off, women (who make...

 

Notes from the Newsroom:

Linn County made a very positive move, both for the county as an organization and for its citizens, when county officials decided, earlier this year, to beef up communication with said citizens. One obvious outcome of that strategy, signed off on by...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 29, 2021)

Sept. 30, 1971 Mark Frachiseur, Sweet Home High School student body president, and Jerry Roth, second vice president, accompanied Dan Ashton and Sam Cairnes to Portland to greet President Nixon at the airport. The four attended with a pass given...

 

Letter: Both men, women guilty in abortion (Sept. 29, 2021)

Editor: In her letter of Sept. 22, Diane Daiute spotlighted the hypocrisy of religious fakes who pretend and perpetrate sexual crimes against both children and women. Centuries of these deceitful behaviors compound both civil and cultural inequities...

 

Letter: Concert's success was joint effort (Sept. 29, 2021)

Editor:  Dr. Carmen Hall’s classical piano concert in the high school auditorium last Monday, Sept. 20, was met with 86 appreciative audience members.  Dr. Hall’s technique was skillfully exciting; her program well-designed.  Concert...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 22, 2021)

Sept. 23, 1971 An east wind blew through Linn County, causing disruption to logging, power and forestry services. Wind velocity at Green Peter Lookout measured 35 MPH, and more than 60 MPH at Swamp Mountain. Logging activity was curtailed due to low...

 

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