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 By Staff    Opinion    August 14, 2019

Well-intentioned though it might be, new paid family leave law is going to cost all of us

Like many pieces of legislation, Oregon’s new paid leave law provides some benefits. But it’s going to cost us all, just like many of the other “progressive” initiatives our state has formulated in what critics describe as an onward march...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 31, 2019

Have a good time, but keep it responsible

Sometimes it’s not hard to write an editorial. This might be one of those times. We’ve all heard, over and over, year after year, warnings about driving while intoxicated. We’ve seen the billboards. The bumper stickers. Heard the commercials....

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 24, 2019

Politicians of every stripe find splashy emails their communiqué of choice

“Hey,” yells the email on my computer inbox list. Wow, it’s from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris. Just like the one I got yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. In fact, I get at least one email from Kamela just about every day ...

 

Community contributes to Sportsman's Holiday

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree send-off last November was a true community celebration, which left a lot of people wondering (out loud) if it was a one-and-done, or if that enthusiasm could be carried over to, say, Sportsman’s Holiday. After this...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 3, 2019

Newspaper economics – 2019 style

Observant readers may have noticed the new cover price on the front page of today’s issue: $1.50. Not really a lot of money in today’s world, but a pretty significant jump from the dollar you would have paid for copy off the rack a week ago....

 

Issues in Salem bigger than just laws

It’s been a wild end of the week in Salem. Of course, from the perspective of much of rural Oregon, it’s been wild since early February, the start of the long legislative session, in early February. As of last week, of the 2,765 measures...

 

Wolf depredation issues likely to get more real

Some hot news out of Salem in the last week has been the Wolf Plan adopted Friday, June 7, after a contentious series of hearings held by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. According to the Oreg...

 

Sweet Home is a place of peace and plenty

Every so often we hear or see comments about how terrible our town has become – often in context of how great it once was. It’s a place where two people have been shot and killed in the past couple of weeks. It’s a place where thefts seem...

 

Republican walkout an effort to get Legislature supermajority to listen

Guest Commentary: Sherrie Sprenger I have received a few messages and questions about the Senate Republicans walking out of the Capitol building on May 7. Before you can understand the situation itself, it is important to realize that the Democrats...

 

Budget plan putting chips on citizen trust

Suppose you need some cash to do some necessary home repairs. You talk your benevolent Aunt Sue, who is inclined to be generous, into helping you out. She agrees to write a check, but when it arrives, the amount is more than you actually asked for....

 

Incubator could be start of something lot bigger

The proposal to the City Council to establish a small business incubator and shared work space facility downtown (page 1) is one that isn’t new, but it’s certainly promising. Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort members, better known as...

 

Proposed state gun legislation scary – or worse

Gun ownership and hunting advocacy groups have issued repeated warnings this spring that Oregon legislators are crafting new regulations that would ban large-capacity magazines (over five or 10 rounds), require higher age limits and tighter backgroun...

 

City, School District, ought to keep it friendly

In their discussions about water rates, the city and the Sweet Home School District need to keep it friendly. It’s not worth the rift that could occur, as board member Chanz Keeney worried aloud Monday night at the School Board’s monthly...

 

Irrigation well drilling a gusher of an idea

Sweet Home School District wants the city to charge less for water to irrigate district fields. Lacking that, the district is looking at drilling wells, as we’ve reported in recent weeks. The city doesn’t appear to want to cut the district any...

 

Changes to SHHS auditorium boost to arts

Five years ago, on Feb. 12, 2014, we published an opinion piece complaining about the state of our high school auditorium. The facility, frankly, had become an embarrassment. Its condition was a slap in the face to anyone, especially our young...

 

Late Secretary of State set standard for public service

Dennis Richardson was a gift to Oregon – particularly to us, the rural residents who populate nine-tenths of the state’s geography. Our Secretary of State died Feb. 26 after a nine-month battle...

 

Trump primary challenge may be Waterloo for GOP

By Rich Lowry The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge. His fiercest Republican critics say, “Yes – please, please, yes.” They are...

 

New rent-control law breaks one that's tried and true: supply and demand

It’s astounding that, in an effort to further emulate the growing divide between haves and have-nots in California, the Oregon legislature is repeating the insanity that is driving San Franisco’s housing crisis. Impossibly, legislators and our go...

 

Green New Deal plus Modern Monetary Theory equals socialism

By Dr. Mark Hendrickson Thank you, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal she has unveiled is most illuminating. It is now unmistakably clear that AOC, Bernie Sanders, and other democrat socialists in the Democratic Party...

 

Water rate complaint a valid one that deserves discussion

City Manager Ray Towry hit the nail on the head during Friday’s Administration, Finance and Property Committee meeting when he said the School District is negotiating. Counselor Dave Trask was exactly right too about the responsibility for paying...

 

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...

 

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