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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...

 

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...

 

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