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'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...

 

Progress in works for Sweet Home?

Things are happening in Sweet Home. For years we’ve heard the angst, the complaints that downtown Sweet Home has problems. Empty, blighted commercial buildings. Vagrancy. Tourists who tend to roll on by in their RV’s, headed to the mountains...

 

State behavior takes on 'Blob'-like qualities

By Dennis Linthicum Today’s government enterprise often reminds me of the Blob, from the 1958 Steve McQueen movie. In the movie, an eerie, sticky, tar-like alien blob pursues its own ends. It slowly oozes through towns and communities absorbing...

 

Problem-solving a frequent, favorite task

By: Sherrie Sprenger Probably my favorite, and certainly most frequent, request for help is problem solving for constituents. This involves anything from city water bills that seem too high to people wanting help to expedite the release of someone...

 

Exclusion idea has pluses, but it's tricky

We don’t entirely disagree with people who say downtown should be off-limits to people who make public nuisances of themselves there. It’s tricky, though, as has become evident, to figure out how to do it. We’re leery of cutting off citizen acc...

 

Words, labels and opinions can be applied in scattergun fashion

By Bob Dalton If you, by chance, have been reading the newspapers lately or have attended one or more of the Sweet Home City Council meetings, you have come across a variety of words, labels and opinions in regard to the proposed Exclusionary...

 

In U.S., civility has overcome political disagreements and should again

By Dr. Earl H. Tilford When President Donald Trump visited Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 10, Mayor Jacob Frey stated, “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in...

 

British could offer lessons for Oregonians

Some folks are incredulous at rural Oregonians’ continuous defence of our right to bear arms. Left-wing politicians in this state and across the country tell us they don’t want to take our firearms, that we need reasonable gun regulation ...

 

Potential ban on vaping makes no sense

Imagine, for a moment. (This shouldn’t be hard because it actually happened a couple of years ago.) The United States suffers an outbreak of salmonella. It’s tied to spinach. Fresh spinach leaves are yanked from all grocery store shelves. But if...

 

Key to solving problems often facilitating answers

Commentary by Sherrie Sprenger I am often invited to solve problems in communities. This past week was no exception. I was asked to attend a meeting. One of the communities (but I am guessing not the only one) in my district is struggling with...

 

Putting proposed ordinances to the test

The City Council is considering several ordinances, that range from pointless to effective and even to good, described in our stories on page 1 and 16. Traffic Safety This proposal would prohibit people in vehicles from handing items through their...

 

Transparency: Actions speak louder than words

By Daniel Bevarly Open, accessible and accountable government, with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies – or elected officials, is essential to our democratic republic. But that fundamental value may be at...

 

Local relationships still trump all else after dozen years in state legislature

Fair warning! In the first column I wrote for this newspaper, I said if you don't find my little musings interesting, then go fishing and use this paper to clean your fish. This just might be the...

 

Don't miss great show, right down the road

This weekend, a big event is taking place right down the road from you. This is the ninth year that the Best in the West triathlon series is being held at Lewis Creek Park, as detailed starting on page 1. It will be held Saturday and Sunday...

 

City Hall milestone should be start of something even bigger for SH

In our personal lives, milestones are often times we can look back on with pleasure – significant birthdays, getting a driver’s license, earning a diploma or certification, getting married, having kids. Milestones can represent the completion of...

 
 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...

 

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