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Commentary: Memorial Day time to make lasting good memories (May 25, 2022)

By Dr. Glenn Mollette  Decoration Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those dying in military service for our country. In 1971 Congress officially made the last Monday in May Memorial Day.  On this day, Ame...

 

Commentary: Oregon should lose charter restrictions (May 11, 2022)

By Dr. Eric Fruits This week is National Charter Schools Week. Oregon passed charter school legislation in 1999, and today, families can choose from more than 130 charter schools for their students. During the pandemic, enrollment in online charter s...

 

Commentary: Gauging government before we vote (May 4, 2022)

If we needed any proof that an urban-rural (liberal-conservative, ideological) divide truly exists in Oregon, last week’s announcement by the state Appeals Court that it was overturning a local jury’s decision in the “Timber Case” should...

 

Commentary: Good steps forward for the homeless (April 27, 2022)

It sure was good to see city workers clearing away the blackberries and leveling the nearly three acres of land the county has donated to the Family Assistance and Resource Center for use as a center for Sweet Home’s homeless population. It...

 

Commentary: Yes, I am my brother's keeper – and much more

By Dr. Gary Welton For the first time in our lives, we have experienced a universal international event, known as COVID-19. The World Series doesn’t come close to being a global event. The World Cup and the Olympics are much more global, but even...

 

Guest commentary: Inflation likely to play big role in this election

Joe Biden is engaged in the most extensive test of whether an American president can survive elevated levels of inflation since Jimmy Carter, and it’s not going well. The latest NBC News poll has Biden at a dismal 40% approval rating that, if it...

 

Seventeen years, and never a dull moment

Though time flies, it does seem like eons ago that Miriam and I and our three then-young daughters walked into 1313 Main St., on April 1, 2005, to take over the operations of The New Era. Seventeen years, to be exact. Now Miriam and I have grandkids....

 

Commentary: Wastewater plant funding a windfall for SH

Wow. $30 million. That’s quite a good-bye gift from Congressman Pete DeFazio, who’s served Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District for 36 years. DeFazio, who has announced that this will be his last term, shocked Sweet Home officials Monday...

 

From Our Files (March 30, 2022)

March 30, 1972 A pioneer cemetery was recently deeded to the Sweet Home Cemetery District by the Evangelical Church of North America. The 2.5-acre site on Whiskey Ridge began as a family plot in the early 1900s and was deeded to the Evangelical...

 

Want change? Start with your vote

Oregonians’ COVID experience will likely weigh heavily as we head into this year’s elections. And it should weigh on politicians as well. The primaries, on May 17, and the November elections provide an opportunity to send a message to local,...

 

Guest commentary: Independent doctors threatened in U.S.?

By Sally C. Pipes Facing declining revenue prospects, physicians are shuttering their private, independent practices to join up with larger hospitals that have near-monopolies on care in the regions they serve. This trend is depressing news for...

 

President Biden having difficulty embracing coronavirus normality

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden was the candidate of normality who hasn’t been able to deliver it, particularly on the pandemic. This is not entirely his fault, obviously. He didn’t create the delta and omicron surges, nor did he — or most anyone else...

 

Former Portland mayor was compassionate, practical

By Dr. Eric Fruits Fewer than half of today’s Portlanders were here when John Elwood “Bud” Clark, Jr. was mayor. Even fewer remember him as one of the city’s last good mayors. For many, he is best known as perhaps the only politician for...

 

Commentary: Bright side of COVID: Parents are thinking of new ways to teach kids (Feb. 9, 2022)

By Kathryn Hickok Oregon students are now half-way through their third school year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Here in Oregon and around the country, families have struggled to keep their children engaged with their education, under difficult...

 

Positive steps for local homeless (Jan. 19, 2022)

The saying, “Hell is full of good meanings, while heaven is full of good works” may be theologically suspect, but it makes a valid point: that talk is cheap, but action produces consequences. Which is exactly where Sweet Home is now. The City Cou...

 

Strict 'organic' emphasis ignores realities of Oregon agriculture (Jan. 19, 2022)

By Jami Cate During a recent legislative hearing, House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek told those of us serving on the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity that...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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