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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...

 

Start of legislative session feels lot like back-to-school

By Sherrie Sprenger It feels like the first day of school.  I have all my new supplies laid out. I have my new class schedule. There will be new people to meet with whom I will get to visit once again – some of my old friends. I also have a new...

 

Local volunteers get new year off to good start

I enjoy running and over the years I’ve lived in Sweet Home. I’ve put in literally thousands of miles on our local roads. Not only is it good exercise for me, and a lot of fun for my dogs (as they try not to drag me down the road), but it’s a...

 

Christmas a chance to reflect on what's important

It’s really been a pleasant Christmas season for Sweet Home. The Capitol Christmas Tree experience was heart-warming for many, and we’ve heard a lot of comments to that effect from our readers – no exaggeration. This was a really big deal for...

 

Lots of folks gittin' 'r' done around Sweet Home

There’s been a lot of gittin’ ‘r’ done in the air around Sweet Home recently. We’ve seen remarkable performances from the Capitol Christmas Tree organizers, local enterpreneurs who have taken local business enterprise to new heights, and...

 

Candidates' voting records often twisted in political campaigns

I’m going to get a little political on you this time around! I intentionally keep these articles about the legislative process, primarily because that is where my focus is the majority of the time. I’ve said for years that politics is what I...

 

All in all, Christmas tree send-off was a capital day

We don’t think we’re being over-enthusiastic in saying that the Capitol Christmas Tree celebration Friday brought out the best of Sweet Home in a lot of ways. If anybody’s poo-pooing that, we wonder if they bothered to show up. When we...

 

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