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 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    August 4, 2021 

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...

 

Celebrating Community

The Sweet Home Chamber’s awards picnic on Saturday night was more than the recognition of individuals who have contributed significantly to our community. Awards got presented, all right, to very deserving recipients. But it was also very much a...

 

Major League Baseball strikes out in response to Cuban turmoil

 By Dr. Paul G. Kengor  Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “MLB remained absent-mindedly and cowardly mute on the Cuban people’s freedom struggles, despite the game’s close ties with...

 

Legislative process damaged by COVID

COVID has been difficult for everyone and that’s included our government representatives. Where you stand on the coronavirus or political spectrum may influence how you read that, so let us explain what we mean. Specifically, we’re talking about...

 

Great time had by all, it appeared

If what we saw during Sportsman’s Holiday is any indication, Sweet Home is really ready to get past the coronavirus pandemic. It was great to see the turnout and enthusiasm at the various events we’ve reported on in this edition. OK, we have...

 

Sportsman's Holiday return welcome

After a long year of living virtually, Sportsman’s Holiday should be a true celebration this year, and for some of us it will be a lot more than just a general appreciation of community, logging skills, and the enjoyment of the parade and...

 

Oregon needs reliable power grid

By Rachel Dawson The race is on for a reliable power grid. A newly redeveloped model used by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to calculate annual loss of load probability (LOLP) shows significantly higher LOLP in 2023 compared to previous...

 

Good news is part of a mixed bag

As is often the nature of this business of community journalism, there’s both good news and bad in this week’s issue of The New Era. Let’s start with some good: The news that Wiley Creek is being sold to a Salem-based firm that specializes in...

 

Bill in Oregon legislature poses threat to newspaper viability

By Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn and Laurie Hieb Newspapers and magazines go to every corner of this state. Notwithstanding increased digital access, paper publications are delivered to tens of thousands of homes that lack broadband internet and homes where...

 

Words to the wise, er, graduates

In accordance with our nearly annual tradition of offering send-off advice to our local high school graduates, we face unusual challenges, as do they. These departing seniors are facing a world that is far more topsy-turvy than the one that existed...

 

State's problem not COVID; it's control

By Dennis Linthicum The COVID emergency is over and has been over for months, now. Today, the real public health danger in Oregon is not coming from SARS-CoV-2, it is coming from government overreach. The headaches, nausea, and cold-sweats which the...

 

Child care proposal folly for many

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden has a New Deal for America’s kids. He wants to spend more than $225 billion on child care for infants and toddlers, and $200 billion for free, universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. This is being hailed as a social...

 

Fiscal Folly in Washington

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson For years, I have been sounding the alarm about chronic federal deficit spending—practiced by both Republicans and Democrats—steering our country into a fiscal abyss. I feel like a broken record as I periodically chroni...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Bill may help some, but hurt many

A lot of legislation is on the table in Salem right now, so much that it’s almost mind-boggling to try to even identify it all, let alone give it the close attention it deserves. In this session, which started Jan. 21 and is scheduled to end June...

 

Time for the state to back off on COVID

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have been in the driver’s seat in Oregon’s response to COVID for well over a year now.  What’s been the result? Depends, of course, on whom you ask. On one side are those who fully buy in to the...

 

Biden's legacy may be dollar signs

By Rich Lowry So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old-school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory. He’s been replaced by the Joe...

 

The latest assault on Winston Churchill

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith During his long life, Winston Churchill suffered several indignities. He was dismissed from his position as the head of the Royal Navy in 1915 because of the disastrous defeat Anglo-French forces endured at Gallipoli during Wo...

 

New reporter: How I got to Sweet Home

The first time I heard about Sweet Home was in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. But that was Sweet Home, Alabama. You see, I come from quite far away. Pennsylvania, to be precise. When I learned that Sweet... Full story

 

ODF habitat plan has many flaws

By Amanda Astor The Oregon Department of Forestry is proposing major changes in state forest management. Last year, the agency released a draft 70-year habitat conservation plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atm...

 

Time to step up and help out

By John Marble Twenty years ago, America suffered a devastating attack and a horrific nightmare as the Twin Towers collapsed in a heap of concrete, fire and death. I was most deeply moved by the newsreels showing New York firefighters and police...

 

Freedom's not a given, and rights are being lost

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, which is a thing terrible to traitors.” – Benjamin Franklin By Peter Ready America’s gateway drug to its tyranny addiction has been to forget and...

 

Time to discard failed planning rule

By Vlad Yurlov Oregon’s transportation policy is in an alternate reality, the “no build” alternative, to be exact. It’s been more than 30 years since Oregon built a new highway, and its metropolitan areas are pressured to say “no” to park...

 

Booting of classics act of ideological destruction

By Rich Lowry It was only a matter of time before Cicero got canceled. The New York Times recently profiled Princeton classicist Dan-el Padilla Peralta, who wants to destroy the study of classics as a blow for racial justice. The critique of...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Athletes back in action, and let's keep them there

High school athletics kick off this week in earnest after a year in cold storage and we should all be happy, even those of us who’ve never warmed a seat at a sports event. We’ve reported a few sports stories during that period, but most haven’t...

 

COVID decision triggers unusual feeling: happiness

Imagine you’re a high school athletic director. You love sports and you like kids. If you didn’t, there are plenty of easier ways to make money. Your job – if not life – centers on trying to maximize the life experience for high schoolers,...

 

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