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Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

Editor’s note: This column was submitted to us by the Oregon School Activities Association. We’re not publishing it because we think what the authors are talking about is, necessarily, a huge problem here in Sweet Home, but any of us who have...

 

'Utopian' politicians forget that nothing is free

By Dennis Linthicum After the recent elections, the Democrat Party has a “super” majority in both of Oregon’s Legislative chambers. They also own the Governor’s Office. This means they have a 66 percent majority in the legislature and can...

 

Committee taking on problems right in our faces

The New Era’s office faces Main Street in the heart of downtown. Thus positioned, we are acutely aware of the presence of and problems experienced and caused by the homeless in Sweet Home. Although we often are not immediately involved, on a...

 

Gun law proposal a slap in the face to law-abiding Oregonians

Remember those election results from last November? Well they are coming home to roost in rural Oregon in this 2019 legislative session. For those who didn’t do the math, although only seven (of 36) populous, mostly metropolitan counties (centered...

 

Moving out doesn't mean goodbye

By Phil Barnhart I moved out of my office in the State Capitol in Salem a few days ago. Just before Christmas Marty Wilde, the new state representative, moved into his office there. During my nine terms, much has changed in your Legislature. It is be...

 

Start of legislative session feels lot like back-to-school

By Sherrie Sprenger It feels like the first day of school.  I have all my new supplies laid out. I have my new class schedule. There will be new people to meet with whom I will get to visit once again – some of my old friends. I also have a new...

 

Local volunteers get new year off to good start

I enjoy running and over the years I’ve lived in Sweet Home. I’ve put in literally thousands of miles on our local roads. Not only is it good exercise for me, and a lot of fun for my dogs (as they try not to drag me down the road), but it’s a...

 

Christmas a chance to reflect on what's important

It’s really been a pleasant Christmas season for Sweet Home. The Capitol Christmas Tree experience was heart-warming for many, and we’ve heard a lot of comments to that effect from our readers – no exaggeration. This was a really big deal for...

 

Lots of folks gittin' 'r' done around Sweet Home

There’s been a lot of gittin’ ‘r’ done in the air around Sweet Home recently. We’ve seen remarkable performances from the Capitol Christmas Tree organizers, local enterpreneurs who have taken local business enterprise to new heights, and...

 

Candidates' voting records often twisted in political campaigns

I’m going to get a little political on you this time around! I intentionally keep these articles about the legislative process, primarily because that is where my focus is the majority of the time. I’ve said for years that politics is what I...

 

All in all, Christmas tree send-off was a capital day

We don’t think we’re being over-enthusiastic in saying that the Capitol Christmas Tree celebration Friday brought out the best of Sweet Home in a lot of ways. If anybody’s poo-pooing that, we wonder if they bothered to show up. When we...

 

Search for elusive ornament gets up close and personal in Sweet Home forest

This whole Capitol Christmas Tree story has been pretty impressive and it’s nice to see the community responding to what will likely be something that won’t happen again in our lifetime. When we got started with this thing, I have to admit I was...

 

Joint committees can help pave way to progress in the capitol

I am writing this article while waiting for a business round table meeting to start at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. For the last several months myself and some of my colleagues have traveled the state as part of the Joint Committee on Student...

 

Competitive ballot gives voters actual choices

One thing we can say for sure about Sweet Home’s ballot for the Nov. 6 election: It’s loaded with quality local candidates in nearly every race. It looks pretty competitive and we love that. Although it’s not a candidate’s fault when nobody...

 

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...

 

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