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Commentary: Good thoughts at Cascadia Park (Sept. 28, 2022)

A lot of thoughts went through my head last week as I watched smoke wisp upward during a smudging ceremony conducted by local Native Americans to celebrate the transfer of Cascadia Park from state to local control by the Linn County Parks...

 

Commentary: Bipartisan cooperation not dead yet (Sept. 14, 2022)

By Rich Lowry Joe Biden and Donald Trump are proving that even sworn enemies can cooperate to promote one another’s political interests. President Biden, with his criticism, and his Department of Justice, with its search of Mar-a-Lago and related...

 

Commentary: New challenges mean changes to playbook (Sept. 7, 2022)

The last couple of months have proved interesting as we’ve adjusted to a new printer, which we told you about in late June. As could be expected, there have been some ups and downs in the process as the Herald and News newspaper in Klamath Falls ha...

 

Commentary: Attorney General on shaky ground? (Aug. 24, 2022)

By Rich Lowry Does Attorney General Merrick Gar-land know that he is investigating the man most likely to be the opponent of the president he serves? Does he realize that the intense political pressure campaign that he’s under to indict that man...

 

Commentary: Sewer plant upgrade costly, but necessary (Aug. 17, 2022)

All of us, but particularly anyone who’s lived, done business, or simply spent time in the general area of the Pleasant Valley bridge just north of Highway 20, should feel some satisfaction at the news that the city is moving forward with...

 

Commentary: For good of country, Biden shouldn't run again (Aug. 3, 2022)

Perhaps the best decision Joe Biden could make as president is to stand down. It would be a welcome act of statesmanship and self-awareness if the 79-year-old president dropped the insistence that he’s running for a second term, and instead announc...

 

Commentary: Amidst Jamboree celebration, election begins (July 27, 2022)

Normally, at this time of year, we’re writing an editorial welcoming visitors to Sweet Home. We’d be writing about how much we appreciate the revenue and the attention that Oregon Jamboree patrons bring to Sweet Home, extolling the benefits of...

 

Guest commentary: Proposed legislation provides protection for newspapers beleaguered by online giants

By Brett Wesner Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society – especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Google...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Editorial: Circumstances beyond our control forcing delivery change at The New Era (June 29, 2022)

I often tell people that the news business is never boring. The easiest way to describe community newspaper production is it’s a very schedule-oriented business that operates in a constantly fluctuating, sometimes very chaotic, environment. You...

 
 By Cory Frye    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Remembering iconic restaurateur who fed mid-valley palates for three (very) full decades

Last year, at around this time, I encountered the biggest pancake I'd ever beheld in my life. My poor fork quivered, intimidated. No cattle could produce the necessary butter to sate this sucker's...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Editorial: Amidst confusion, truth tells

As this year’s graduates should be very aware, we live in a confusing world. We often hear people, particularly those with significant life experience, say that things are happening that they never would have anticipated, 20 or even 10 years ago....

 

Guest Commentary: Father's Day a terrific time for Dad to consider his calling (June 15, 2022)

By Dr. James Thrasher The haunting refrains of Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle,” like “planes to catch and bills to pay … when you coming home, Dad?” started to play in my mind recently. A Fortune 500 company recruiter asked...

 

Editorial: All in all, Ukraine spending worth it

Populist critics have gone after the new $40 billion in aid to Ukraine hammer and tongs. Donald Trump has com-plained that we are sending billions to Ukraine “yet America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children.” Republican Sen....

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Editorial: What's the value of historic buildings? (June 1, 2022)

Sweet Home, unlike some neighboring communities, is not blessed with a multitude of classy old buildings. For much of its history, this town has been largely focused on getting ‘er done, primarily getting timber out of the woods to a waiting...

 

Commentary: Memorial Day time to make lasting good memories (May 25, 2022)

By Dr. Glenn Mollette  Decoration Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those dying in military service for our country. In 1971 Congress officially made the last Monday in May Memorial Day.  On this day, Ame...

 

Commentary: Oregon should lose charter restrictions (May 11, 2022)

By Dr. Eric Fruits This week is National Charter Schools Week. Oregon passed charter school legislation in 1999, and today, families can choose from more than 130 charter schools for their students. During the pandemic, enrollment in online charter s...

 

Commentary: Gauging government before we vote (May 4, 2022)

If we needed any proof that an urban-rural (liberal-conservative, ideological) divide truly exists in Oregon, last week’s announcement by the state Appeals Court that it was overturning a local jury’s decision in the “Timber Case” should...

 

Commentary: Good steps forward for the homeless (April 27, 2022)

It sure was good to see city workers clearing away the blackberries and leveling the nearly three acres of land the county has donated to the Family Assistance and Resource Center for use as a center for Sweet Home’s homeless population. It...

 

Commentary: Yes, I am my brother's keeper – and much more

By Dr. Gary Welton For the first time in our lives, we have experienced a universal international event, known as COVID-19. The World Series doesn’t come close to being a global event. The World Cup and the Olympics are much more global, but even...

 

Guest commentary: Inflation likely to play big role in this election

Joe Biden is engaged in the most extensive test of whether an American president can survive elevated levels of inflation since Jimmy Carter, and it’s not going well. The latest NBC News poll has Biden at a dismal 40% approval rating that, if it...

 

Seventeen years, and never a dull moment

Though time flies, it does seem like eons ago that Miriam and I and our three then-young daughters walked into 1313 Main St., on April 1, 2005, to take over the operations of The New Era. Seventeen years, to be exact. Now Miriam and I have grandkids....

 

Commentary: Wastewater plant funding a windfall for SH

Wow. $30 million. That’s quite a good-bye gift from Congressman Pete DeFazio, who’s served Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District for 36 years. DeFazio, who has announced that this will be his last term, shocked Sweet Home officials Monday...

 

From Our Files (March 30, 2022)

March 30, 1972 A pioneer cemetery was recently deeded to the Sweet Home Cemetery District by the Evangelical Church of North America. The 2.5-acre site on Whiskey Ridge began as a family plot in the early 1900s and was deeded to the Evangelical...

 

Want change? Start with your vote

Oregonians’ COVID experience will likely weigh heavily as we head into this year’s elections. And it should weigh on politicians as well. The primaries, on May 17, and the November elections provide an opportunity to send a message to local,...

 

Guest commentary: Independent doctors threatened in U.S.?

By Sally C. Pipes Facing declining revenue prospects, physicians are shuttering their private, independent practices to join up with larger hospitals that have near-monopolies on care in the regions they serve. This trend is depressing news for...

 

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