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Patriotism starts with some basics

Editor: Our country was founded on hopes and dreams; and now it’s been shattered, or so it seems. Christian values are dismissed with little recall – like believing in God means nothing at all. We allow politicians to change all the rules, or...

 

Now is time to fix firefighting

Editor: Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be worst wildfire season ever and the world’s best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the U.S. Forest Service and states not to use it....

 

Oregon needs reliable power grid

By Rachel Dawson The race is on for a reliable power grid. A newly redeveloped model used by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to calculate annual loss of load probability (LOLP) shows significantly higher LOLP in 2023 compared to previous...

 

Please move motor home

Editor: It is with concern and deep frustration that I write this letter. What does it take to get an abandoned vehicle moved off the side of the highway? There is a motor home along Highway 20, just east of the weigh station, that was left there...

 
 By David Chavern    Opinion    June 23, 2021

New recycling plan proposal will hurt everyone

In the late 1980s, barges of waste were sailing across U.S. waterways with no place to call home, in response to “not in my backyard” opposition to the siting of new landfills in certain states. Wanting to help, newspaper publishers set out to...

 

Actions speak louder than words

Editor: Intelligent capitalists or bombastic pundits... I read two articles in our local newspaper today that brought to mind the contrast between what can happen when someone negotiates a win-win deal, compared to someone who advocates change but...

 

Health Fair axed due to COVID

The Sweet Home Community Health Committee has made the decision unfortunately to cancel the Sweet Home Health Fair scheduled for Aug. 21, 2021. This is due to the continuing concerns about how best to protect the public and participating health...

 

Good news is part of a mixed bag

As is often the nature of this business of community journalism, there’s both good news and bad in this week’s issue of The New Era. Let’s start with some good: The news that Wiley Creek is being sold to a Salem-based firm that specializes in...

 

Bill in Oregon legislature poses threat to newspaper viability

By Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn and Laurie Hieb Newspapers and magazines go to every corner of this state. Notwithstanding increased digital access, paper publications are delivered to tens of thousands of homes that lack broadband internet and homes where...

 

Thanks for help with swim lessons

Editor: I would like to give a big thank you to all who shared my dream of providing swimming lessons to children of our community. As of last week, $2,640 has been donated to the School District for the “Swimming Lesson Fund.” My hope is the...

 

Statism a threat to all Americans

Editor: Several decades ago, theologian and Presbyterian pastor RC Sproul asked Francis Schaeffer, “Dr. Schaeffer, what is your biggest concern for the future of the church in America?” Schaeffer was a well-known philosopher, theologian and autho...

 

Words to the wise, er, graduates

In accordance with our nearly annual tradition of offering send-off advice to our local high school graduates, we face unusual challenges, as do they. These departing seniors are facing a world that is far more topsy-turvy than the one that existed...

 

Seniors irked by prolonged closure

Editor: We are indebted to a small group of Sweet Home seniors whose resourcefulness, determination and ingenuity led to the incorporation of the Sweet Home Senior Center 50 years ago. Their support of a “share” bus also led to the extensive tran...

 

Roses catapulted to all corners

Editor: Just had to comment on the great news coming to us from The New Era the past two weeks: So glad to see that the young people were able to do a stage performance. Even though I had to miss it, I still was happy to see it was being done. The...

 

State's problem not COVID; it's control

By Dennis Linthicum The COVID emergency is over and has been over for months, now. Today, the real public health danger in Oregon is not coming from SARS-CoV-2, it is coming from government overreach. The headaches, nausea, and cold-sweats which the...

 

Ex-customer misses White's

Editor: Just want to say I live in the UK and I have been using White’s metal detectors since 1995. I just wondered if any of the former employees of White’s have started their own company yet? White’s is sadly missed. Bill Ellis... Full story

 

Child care proposal folly for many

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden has a New Deal for America’s kids. He wants to spend more than $225 billion on child care for infants and toddlers, and $200 billion for free, universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. This is being hailed as a social...

 

Dustin Nichol has quiet, broad impact

Editor: As I was watching the school board meeting online on May 10, I was incredibly sad and disappointed to hear about the resignation of teacher/coach Dustin Nichol. For the past 25-plus years Dustin has been dedicated to the youth of our...

 

Fiscal Folly in Washington

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson For years, I have been sounding the alarm about chronic federal deficit spending—practiced by both Republicans and Democrats—steering our country into a fiscal abyss. I feel like a broken record as I periodically chroni...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Bill may help some, but hurt many

A lot of legislation is on the table in Salem right now, so much that it’s almost mind-boggling to try to even identify it all, let alone give it the close attention it deserves. In this session, which started Jan. 21 and is scheduled to end June...

 

City should reach out to businesses

Editor: Thank you for reporting on my proposal to the City Council to establish a grant program to small businesses that were forced to close or suffer greatly reduced business as a result of the pandemic. One thing you didn’t touch on was my...

 

Time for the state to back off on COVID

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have been in the driver’s seat in Oregon’s response to COVID for well over a year now.  What’s been the result? Depends, of course, on whom you ask. On one side are those who fully buy in to the...

 

Use federal money for sidewalks

Editor: The City Council was wondering just what they would do with the new $2 million that the government is sending to Sweet Home to help with the super-structure of our city (April 21). They couldn’t agree on a project. I have a suggestion:...

 

Mental health help takes small steps

Editor: This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a...

 

Rob Younger pick of 'excellent' field

Editor: The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is in the enviable position of having three excellent candidates for Position 4 on the Board of Directors. I’ve had the pleasure to serve with one of the candidates – Rob Younger – on the Fire...

 

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