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9/11: Remembering a day of tragedy, pain

Significant public events have a way of searing themselves into our memories. My mother, now in her mid-80s, remembers the exact moment she heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Likewise, I remember Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001,...

 

From Our Files (Sept. 8, 2021)

Sept. 7, 1971 White’s Electronics initiated the four-day workweek, a move that had been in discussion for a year following a poll of employees. The four-day workweek is optional, but most employees have opted to do so. With Fridays off, women (who...

 

History (Sept. 1, 2021)

Sept. 2, 1971 A back-to-school evening last week drew many people to seek for bargains at sidewalk counters, as well as within the stores of participating merchants in downtown Sweet Home. Prospects look favorable for a substantial Douglas fir cone...

 

Oregon taking failed strategy to win in education

By Micah Perry In this summer’s Olympic Games, Oregon natives Kim Hill and Ryan Crouser showed up, pushed themselves, and earned gold medals. Those medals have meaning – to them, to their team, and to their country. You don’t get that kind of...

 

Pandemic benefit: Increased public awareness?

We appreciate the local town hall meeting, here in Sweet Home, organized by state Rep. Jami Cate and Sen. Fred Girod on Aug. 7. To paraphrase, slightly, what Girod said: It’s good for all of us to get together, particularly in these weird,...

 

Put best face forward for city

Sweet Home has always been a community that responds when there’s a crisis, a need. We recall recent instances. - We needed a community center, so the citizens built one. - We needed an all-weather athletic field, so the citizens built one. - A...

 

Fight homelessness in our community

By Scott McKee I am writing at a critical moment in time for all of us. My concern: the topic of homelessness and the many conversations and issues that surround it.  It is a truly tough topic and to be honest, nobody has an absolute answer to it....

 

Reinstate the recovery order and local control

By Tom Yahraes Dear Governor Brown and Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill, I am submitting my objection to the July 29, 2021 announcement of the reversal of the June 25, 2021 Recovery Order.  I have been Sweet Home’s school superintendent for five...

 

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...

 

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