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Criticisms of Senate's composition simply self-serving

By Rich Lowry Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn’t forged the Great Compromise between large...

 

Supreme Court battle royale makes us all look bad

Plenty has been written about the increasingly lack of civility in our political processes, so we’re obviously not breaking new ground when we address this subject. What is the real issue here, we think, is a deeper problem: the preoccupation with...

 

Community journalism matters because communities matter

Editor’s note: This week is National Newspaper Week. Following are some thoughts from the executive editor of the News Publishing Co. in Black Earth, Wis., on the importance of community journalism. By Matt Geiger “Everything in this newspaper...

 

Washington D.C. trip 'flap' shouldn't be issue

By Dave Holley It should come as no surprise to those who know me, that I have an opinion. This time it concerns the recent flap about how many city councilors go on the trip to Washington, D.C. for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, this y...

 

Better communication with SHEDG needed

Listening to City Council members’ responses last week to this year’s Oregon Jamboree (page 1), held nearly two months ago, we’re reminded how easy it is to forget the benefits the country music festival brings to Sweet Home. We also think we...

 

CCC veterans evidence value of productivity

I should begin by admitting I’m not a big fan of government social programs, which typically, in my view, are sadly wasteful of tax dollars and generally not very effective in solving problems. But I’ve always been impressed by the Civilian...

 

Hard reality of recycling: It's time to pay the price

As we’ve observed the move this summer to increase local trash collection rates to accommodate rising costs of recycling, we reluctantly acknowledge the outcome but we definitely are bothered by the process. While we aren’t big fans of the...

 

Drugs' effects go beyond obvious

Editor: The Planning Commission is trying so hard to gain better funding for Sweet Home’s growth. So it seems there is plenty of money to spend on marijuana since there will now be four stores to compete for it. This is a quote from Dag...

 

Jamboree looked little different, but it still was fun

Sweet Home folks have been waiting to see what the outcome would be with an Oregon Jamboree line-up that lacked the mega-stars who have headlined recent festivals. In some senses, this year’s Jamboree wasn’t what previous ones have been. The...

 

Fires indicate popular opinion not always wise

Democracy has been a boon to many, including us, the people of the United States. For those of us with limited recall from history class, our system of government is our Founders’ response to the very autocratic rule of the English monarch that,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Colleagues' encouragement good for us all

I’ve just returned from the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention, held last week on the other side of the mountains. Typically, in addition to some rounds of golf on high-end resort courses and a bunch of business meetings, the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Being part of the news isn't always fun

It’s kind of an unwritten rule for print journalists to stay out of the news. We cover news. We try not to make it. So we sometimes find ourselves in awkward positions when we become part of a news story, even sometimes when we actually experience...

 

On Independence Day, appreciate those ... courts

When we celebrate Independence Day, we typically aren’t thinking about judges. Courts aren’t always something we Americans appreciate. Criminal and civil courts, of course, represent the long arm of the law, not always to the benefit of...

 

Now is good time to prepare for School Board elections

The return of Jenny Daniels to the School Board, which we reported in our June 20 edition, means Liberty-area residents get an experienced board member to represent their beliefs and values in the decisions made about the operations of the Sweet...

 

One-on-one time with constituents important for legislator

I speak often to students, of ages ranging from elementary to high school. I love hanging out with kids and have found them to be more willing to engage in their government than many adults. I hope, by speaking to students, that they will become...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Recycling right may involve learning curve

I clearly remember the first time I visited a landfill. I don’t remember why, exactly, but I recall driving up a winding dirt road into the hills of Central California, where I lived at the time, and seeing … a giant flock of seagulls descending...

 

Court's opinion in Colorado cake case leaves room for more questions

By Dr. John Sparks At the U.S. Supreme Court on June 4, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered a long-awaited opinion concerning Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop located in Lakewood, Colorado, west of Denver. Kennedy and th...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Alum's advice right on the money for Class of '18

It’s been a bit of a tradition for us to offer up some advice to our graduating classes on this page each year, but for a number of reasons that I won’t go into here, we didn’t this year. As it turned out, that was a genius move because it...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Alert system must provide citizens reliability, clarity

Like probably just about everyone in Sweet Home who had a cellphone on Tuesday, May 29, I was flummoxed when I heard that screeching noise coming off my from the device. And, like probably just about everybody else, I was poised, ready to … wait,...

 

Steps to provide for homeless timely, necessary

We see them nearly every day, though sometimes they aren’t very obvious – our local homeless population. Some stand out, walking the streets, panhandling, hanging out at favorite spots around town. Others are a lot less noticeable, or way under...

 

Capitol Christmas Tree is big opportunity – to get involved

This Capitol Christmas Tree deal is big. That became obvious early on to everyone, who tended to be mostly public officials, who showed up in January for the announcement that the Sweet Home Ranger District is privileged to provide the 75-foot...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    Opinion    May 23, 2018

Council agrees to explore alternatives to water billing formula

Editor’s note: In last week’s (May 16, 2018) edition of The New Era, a story about city water rates incorrectly reported that the City Council reached a consensus on new water rates. The story should have reported that the City Council reached a...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    May 9, 2018

Owners' greed dooming many newspapers

Recently, I visited a community I once lived and worked in. My job there was with a local newspaper that had been owned by a particular local family for decades. We were were located in what’s known as the Five Cities, a cluster of five or six...

 

Measure 98 funds driving new, expanded programs at SHHS

By Tom Yahraes Measure 98—Tackling CTE and Forestry, College Readiness, and Dropout Prevention High School Success is the title of the Measure 98 ballot initiative approved by the Oregon voters in 2016. This initiative now provides direct funding...

 

Housing law could benefit needy in Sweet Home

Housing is increasingly expensive in east Linn County, and the reason is short supply. We detailed some of the specifics in a report in our April 25 issue, but anyone who has acquaintances who are renters seeking to move out or up can attest to the...

 

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