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 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    April 1, 2020 

This anniversary will be one to remember

Fifteen years ago, on what we later realized was April Fools Day of 2005, my wife Miriam and I walked into the office we now occupy as publishers of your newspaper. Hard to believe, how fast that time has gone by. Our daughters, who were all in...

 

Thank you to our doctors

Editor: Since 1933, March 30 has been celebrated as Doctors Day – a time to say a special thank you to physicians everywhere for the vital role they play in fostering health and healing.  The commemoration was established on the first anniversary...

 

Coronavirus brings challenges

This coronavirus story has moved at a dizzying pace, even for journalists who may be more experienced than many in adjusting to fast-changing circumstances. Changes have certainly been rapid in recent days. The most recent (as of press time) is Gov....

 

Remembering Sunshine Week: Fighting a virus with truth, transparency

By Ken Paulson As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may be more than a year away, but the... Full story

 

Court will decide railroad battle but right answer may lie elsewhere

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and that seems to be what has happened to Albany and Eastern Railroad and to the residents of Country Lane, located across Highway 20 from Harmony Road just west of The Narrows. As reported on page 1 and...

 

Oregonians need open records to get information we should know

Editor’s note: This week, March 15-21, is Sunshine Week, coinciding with Founding Father James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. If you’re not a journalist or someone active in public affairs, you may not...

 

Fighting through the fear to facts

Sometimes it’s a little shattering to realize how … human … the news media can be. The hysteria surrounding this coronavirus has certainly been a reminder of that. I, and probably you, have an “ideal” for what we want our media, including t...

 

GOP flight not long-term solution for rural interests

Even habitually disengaged citizens of Oregon should be aware by now that things are far beyond normal in the state capitol. The level of rancor and distrust across the aisle is such that the Republicans walked out, nearly en masse, last week, to...

 

Pointing out some pluses in SH

Kudos for Standing Up to ODE The Sweet Home School District and Supt. Tom Yahraes deserve the highest of praise for standing up for the girls in Sweet Home High School’s forestry program. They are fighting for the right of girls to compete in...

 

Wave of bills in Salem a real threat

Oregonians – especially those in rural regions – should be acutely aware, after last year’s legislative session, that we have to pay attention to what’s going on in Salem. It isn’t easy. Even dedicated newspaper reporters who cover Salem...

 

Withholding name of arrested youth sets bad precedent for all

Last week, police arrested a 15-year-old boy for bringing a gun to Sweet Home High School. From our perspective, everyone did an outstanding job responding to this threat, details of which are in our report on page 1. Officials quickly identified...

 

Congratulations due to district

Sweet Home High School’s 13.5-percent bump in its graduation rate, from 70.83 percent in 2017-18 to 84.52 this past year, reported on page 1 of this issue, is a big deal that our community should take note of. Checking back over the past two...

 

Hard lessons from a real-life tragedy

Sometimes it’s not fun to be a journalist, to witness and report on things that are uncomfortable, if not ugly. In the case with our story on page 1 about the sentencing of Gene Mayfield, it was “the saddest thing I’ve ever covered,” as...

 

New year, new laws, more to come

The Oregon Legislature may have convened back in the first half of 2019, but the results of the hundreds of bills passed back then are being felt now, as many new laws went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. For some quick background, when...

 

Mandates not good policy for Oregonians

By Sen. Dennis Linthicum A recent Wall Street Journal book review, “When the Earth Had Two Moons,” by Erik Asphaug, starts with: “If you visited the surface of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it. The newly formed...

 

New year, new decade, new challenges

The new year means the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to business. For The New Era, that means starting what the folio on the front page says is our 91st year. We celebrated our 90th anniversary last fall, which is when the paper...

 

Peace, happiness start with virtue

It’s a crazy world out there. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to the impeachment process in Washington can probably relate. Of course, we still have military conflict – in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, other assorted spots scattered acros...

 

What's news? What's not?

Covering news can be complicated in today’s world, in which much of the population is dialed in to constant stimulation and instant gratification. This, of course, has resulted in the development of multi-tasking skills as we traverse the terrain,...

 

Wonderful time of the year in SH

If you weren’t out on the streets for the beginning of the Christmas holiday celebration in Sweet Home this past weekend, you missed out. It was exciting to see the turnout for various activities, starting with the tree lighting on Nov. 30, followe...

 

Courts coming around on timber

The courtroom victory two weeks ago for Linn and 13 other counties in Oregon will certainly not be the last word on forestry management in Oregon, but the case highlights problems prevalent in our state and, indeed, across the nation. We complain...

 

Easy to lose perspective amidst our luxury

It’s time for Thanksgiving and, well, to be thankful. To listen to the news and how the vast majority of us talk about life, things aren’t great. The economy is in trouble, even when things are going well for so many. The national deficit and...

 

Shopping in brick and mortar about experience

Editor’s Note: Sweet Home has participated in Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage residents to shop at businesses in their own home town, for the last three years. The event is held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (and...

 

'Citizen journalist' jury verdict could impact all of us – negatively

For those not on the extremes of the abortion issue, last week’s jury verdict finding two “citizen journalists” liable for $2.3 million in damages to Planned Parenthood may not have have created too much of a ripple. But for those who care...

 

Politics worse than melting ice

The controversy over climate change is, like many public issues in our world, fraught with emotion and spin. Amidst the hysteria and a plethora of conflicting information from activists on both sides of the question, it’s really hard for Joe or...

 

Keeping lights on a mark of civilization

By Rich Lowry California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people...

 

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