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9/11: Remembering a day of tragedy, pain

Significant public events have a way of searing themselves into our memories. My mother, now in her mid-80s, remembers the exact moment she heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Likewise, I remember Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001,...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 8, 2021)

Sept. 7, 1971 White’s Electronics initiated the 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...

 

History (Sept. 1, 2021)

Sept. 2, 1971 A back-to-school evening last week drew many people to seek for bargains at sidewalk counters, as well as within the stores of participating merchants in downtown Sweet Home. Prospects look favorable for a substantial Douglas fir cone...

 

Oregon taking failed strategy to win in education

By Micah Perry In this summer’s Olympic Games, Oregon natives Kim Hill and Ryan Crouser showed up, pushed themselves, and earned gold medals. Those medals have meaning – to them, to their team, and to their country. You don’t get that kind of...

 

Letter: U.S. can only blame self – or its leaders

Editor: The U.S. government estimates that the 9/11 attacks, which originated in Afghanistan, cost Osama bin Laden $500,000. We, on the other had blew $6.4 trillion (figure includes 40-year obligation to veterans’ medical/disability). That’s...

 

Letter: COVID war not a party-line debate

Editor: What we forget in our arguments about masks and vaccinations is, that all people of the world are in a war against the COVID virus. We are all soldiers in it. Masks, distancing and vaccinations are the only weapons we have. We can win this...

 

Letter: Big thank-you to local legislators

Editor: A huge thank you to Senator Fred Girod, and Representative Jami Cate for all their hard work in this year’s legislative session, and for getting the legislature to allocate $7 million in funds for the city’s wastewater treatment plant....

 

Letter: Hospital trip result: confusion, concern

Editor: My mom got really ill and went to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital by ambulance. The hospital decided that she needed to be hospitalized. They told my father that they had no beds and that there was not a bed from Lebanon to Portland, and...

 

Letter: Scientism, science perilously different

Editor: Science is one of the greatest intellectual enterprises ever developed. Science is systematized knowledge subjected to rigorous exploration and testing, applied to areas where it has demonstrated value as a body of knowledge and practice for...

 

Pandemic benefit: Increased public awareness?

We appreciate the local town hall meeting, here in Sweet Home, organized by state Rep. Jami Cate and Sen. Fred Girod on Aug. 7. To paraphrase, slightly, what Girod said: It’s good for all of us to get together, particularly in these weird,...

 

Put best face forward for city

Sweet Home has always been a community that responds when there’s a crisis, a need. We recall recent instances. - We needed a community center, so the citizens built one. - We needed an all-weather athletic field, so the citizens built one. - A...

 

Fight homelessness in our community

By Scott McKee I am writing at a critical moment in time for all of us. My concern: the topic of homelessness and the many conversations and issues that surround it.  It is a truly tough topic and to be honest, nobody has an absolute answer to it....

 

Reinstate the recovery order and local control

By Tom Yahraes Dear Governor Brown and Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill, I am submitting my objection to the July 29, 2021 announcement of the reversal of the June 25, 2021 Recovery Order.  I have been Sweet Home’s school superintendent for five...

 

Restricting news coverage bad for all

Perceptive readers may have noticed that some of this year’s Oregon Jamboree acts are noticeably missing in our photo coverage. Here’s why: Due to an incident that occurred Friday evening, festival organizers decided to ban media photographers fo...

 

Celebrating Community

The Sweet Home Chamber’s awards picnic on Saturday night was more than the recognition of individuals who have contributed significantly to our community. Awards got presented, all right, to very deserving recipients. But it was also very much a...

 

Sr. Center letter mis-information

Editor: I read the July 21, 2021 issue amazed at the mis-information contained within the letter signed by Don and Glenda Hopkins! First, the Senior Center has been closed according to mandate by our governor to protect the health and well-being of...

 

Protect yourself – against authorities

Editor: On July 6, the President, his Press Secretary, Oregon’s and other governors declared that they will be authorizing “strike force” teams to “knock on doors” nationwide. The latest version of this “Big Guy” agenda has added...

 

COVID article data 'cherry-picked'

Editor: You cherry-picked data in your article about COVID. Our county is maybe 16th in vaccination rate, but we are much higher in cases per population. Your decision to do so doesn’t tell the whole story. You gave a much rosier picture than what...

 

Major League Baseball strikes out in response to Cuban turmoil

 By Dr. Paul G. Kengor  Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “MLB remained absent-mindedly and cowardly mute on the Cuban people’s freedom struggles, despite the game’s close ties with...

 

Legislative process damaged by COVID

COVID has been difficult for everyone and that’s included our government representatives. Where you stand on the coronavirus or political spectrum may influence how you read that, so let us explain what we mean. Specifically, we’re talking about...

 

Transit complicates Sr. Center opening

Editor: We recently received a phone call from a longtime member and volunteer of the Sweet Home Senior Center asking why it was closed. She had called the Lebanon Senior Center to confirm that it was now open and found it very disappointing to...

 

Great time had by all, it appeared

If what we saw during Sportsman’s Holiday is any indication, Sweet Home is really ready to get past the coronavirus pandemic. It was great to see the turnout and enthusiasm at the various events we’ve reported on in this edition. OK, we have...

 

Assimilation or accommodation?

Editor: Assimilation or accommodation? A famous jazz pianist once sang, “I like you, but your feet are too big.” Some would have us all assimilate to what they say is normal. Seems to me that freedom of speech, religion, the right to life,...

 

Great story on a special lady

Editor: I really enjoyed your article on Myrtle Gates (July 7). She was quite the lady, carrying herself with beautiful posture. My husband, Dale Montgomery, and I visited her in Virginia when she was almost 100. She gave us a tour of her retirement...

 

Sportsman's Holiday return welcome

After a long year of living virtually, Sportsman’s Holiday should be a true celebration this year, and for some of us it will be a lot more than just a general appreciation of community, logging skills, and the enjoyment of the parade and...

 

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