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Other answers besides layoffs for library

The news that the city is considering laying off library staff raises eyebrows on a number of fronts. Given the way the numbers appeared in early November, when property tax revenues had not yet materialized, it’s understandable that city...

 

In difficult times, thanksgiving can be healthy

2020 has been a tough year. That may be one of the few things Americans agree on, pretty much universally. We’re sick of COVID, even though most of us haven’t actually had it. We’re tired of the restrictions, we’re unhappy about the numbers,...

 

Economic benefactors should be among those we're thankful for

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson With all the attention commanded by the presidential campaign, election, and aftermath, plus the ongoing COVID-19 story, many other issues have faded into the background. Though escaping the headlines, some of these other...

 

Coronavirus crunch time has arrived

Back in the days when we had didn’t have to do a risk assessment to hold or attend a fund-raiser auction, dinner, youth sports event, etc., we often had chances to win free services and stuff provided by local merchants in support of local...

 

COVID-19: up close and personal

Guest Commentary After I came down with a dry cough, headache, kidney stone-like chest pain and a sore throat that began Sept. 30, I decided to stay home from work. My wife, Tiffany, had similar more intense symptoms, and our 12-year-old boy, Jim,...

 

Time for rural Oregon to make a good impact

As we near the end of a turbulent year, we’ve just experienced a critical juncture in our community, our state and our nation’s journeys: a big election. Unless President Trump pulls a spectacular and convincing legal rabbit out of the hat, we...

 

As emotional election ends ... the sun continues to shine

By Dr. Glenn Mollette   The sun is shining today and will rise tomorrow. For more years than we know the sun has followed this same pattern.  The rising sun is a good pattern for all of us. We know each day we can count on the sun. Some days the s...

 

Door's open to get kids back to school; can we do what it takes?

Linn County has an opportunity. Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement last Friday, Oct. 30, is making it a bit easier to get students back in school (see story on page 1). Indeed, across Oregon, 130,000 students were immediately allowed to return to...

 

Where is our 'North Star?' A response to Gov. Brown's plan

Last Friday, Oct. 30, Gov. Kate Brown announced in a press conference new metrics for opening up schools for in-person instruction. During her opening remarks she said, "This is a time for us to take...

 

Election: All else aside, your vote counts

If there were a barometer to gauge how politically aroused rural Oregonians have become after years of urban-influenced [rogressive activism in Salem, it may be this 2020 election. A big indicator will be whether and how rural communities vote....

 

City Hall's value should be decided by people

There aren't a lot of historical buildings in Sweet Home, a town that was built rapidly and with little planning as the demand for lumber from nearby forests came during and following World War II....

 

Measure 108 simply government greed trampling better health

I started by writing a philosophical piece about why it’s wrong to tax tobacco, alcohol and marijuana – or anything else in the marketplace for that matter. Sales taxes are regressive and disproportionately affect the poor, and sin taxes fly in t...

 

When COVID strikes home, things change

I actually had planned to write about newspapers for this week’s edition. After all, as should have been obvious in the last couple of issues, this week is National Newspaper Week. And there’s a lot I could talk about regarding newspapers,...

 

A vote for your local newspaper is a vote for your democracy

By Tom Silvestri  Newspapers face another big election. It’s about them. While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper industry is running to win the hearts, minds and souls of “voters.” These...

 

National Newspaper Week: Reporting shines spotlight to injustice, other ills

By Michael A. Anastasi Rarely are lawmakers across the political spectrum so unified. And rarely do they act so rapidly. As we commemorate National Newspaper Week this year, Oct. 4-10, I’ve been considering the question why America Needs...

 

Payoff for coronavirus edicts might be just getting kids back into school

There’s been a lot of controversy over Oregon’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – the forced closures of businesses, the fines for businesses who violate the governor’s dictates during the six months we’ve lived under this state of...

 

National Newspaper Week to highlight vital roles press plays

By Randy Evans Guest Commentary Each year, one week is set aside to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States. This year, however, waiting until Oct. 4-10 an... Full story

 

Land use policy key to public safety

Guest Commentary Sweet Home was very, very fortunate last week. Last Tuesday, we watched helplessly as Detroit, Lyons, Gates and Mill City in the North Santiam Canyon were either destroyed or severely damaged by wildfires. Meanwhile, another fire... Full story

 

History review: Things not much different for GOP, even with Trumps

By Rich Lowry Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, but it’s still discernibly the Republican Party. The Republican National Convention was obviously very Trumpy. At least one member of the family had a slot every night, and it featured...

 

Belated chamber awards event was fun one

If you haven’t watched the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce awards presentation, we’ll just say it might be a lot more entertaining than simply reading our story about the event, which starts on page 1. That’s because the program was a well-put-t...

 

Time for more local control in battling COVID?

We’ve been living with the coronavirus pandemic for about five months now in east Linn County and it’s been an experience. Particularly in our schools. Educators have been jerked this way and that by constantly changing directives from Salem as t...

 

Protests can pose difficult challenges

Protests are a challenge for journalists in a number of ways. They can be a cauldron that mixes fervor – often angry fervor, concern – often deep concern – about one or more issues, along with...

 

Nuns' Supreme Court victory for freedom of religion a qualified one

By John A. Sparks The 181-year-old religious order, the Little Sisters of the Poor – unlikely litigants before the high court – finally got a victory. For over six years this charitable order has had to defend itself against the federal...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Thinking about freedom, when it's not there

Been thinking at all about freedom lately? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve had more conversations about liberty in the last three months than I think I’ve had in 50-plus years. I also have to confess that I spent a lot more time this past Fourth...

 

If Thomas Jefferson falls, so will we all

By Rich Lowry They’re coming for Thomas Jefferson. Protestors in Portland, Ore. used axes and ropes to topple a statue of President Thomas Jefferson. The New York City Council is agitating to remove a statue of the author of the Declaration of...

 

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