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Pointing out some pluses in SH

Kudos for Standing Up to ODE The Sweet Home School District and Supt. Tom Yahraes deserve the highest of praise for standing up for the girls in Sweet Home High School’s forestry program. They are fighting for the right of girls to compete in...

 

Wave of bills in Salem a real threat

Oregonians – especially those in rural regions – should be acutely aware, after last year’s legislative session, that we have to pay attention to what’s going on in Salem. It isn’t easy. Even dedicated newspaper reporters who cover Salem...

 

Withholding name of arrested youth sets bad precedent for all

Last week, police arrested a 15-year-old boy for bringing a gun to Sweet Home High School. From our perspective, everyone did an outstanding job responding to this threat, details of which are in our report on page 1. Officials quickly identified...

 

Congratulations due to district

Sweet Home High School’s 13.5-percent bump in its graduation rate, from 70.83 percent in 2017-18 to 84.52 this past year, reported on page 1 of this issue, is a big deal that our community should take note of. Checking back over the past two...

 

Hard lessons from a real-life tragedy

Sometimes it’s not fun to be a journalist, to witness and report on things that are uncomfortable, if not ugly. In the case with our story on page 1 about the sentencing of Gene Mayfield, it was “the saddest thing I’ve ever covered,” as...

 

New year, new laws, more to come

The Oregon Legislature may have convened back in the first half of 2019, but the results of the hundreds of bills passed back then are being felt now, as many new laws went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1, 2020. For some quick background, when...

 

Mandates not good policy for Oregonians

By Sen. Dennis Linthicum A recent Wall Street Journal book review, “When the Earth Had Two Moons,” by Erik Asphaug, starts with: “If you visited the surface of the Earth 4.5 billion years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it. The newly formed...

 

New year, new decade, new challenges

The new year means the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to business. For The New Era, that means starting what the folio on the front page says is our 91st year. We celebrated our 90th anniversary last fall, which is when the paper...

 

Peace, happiness start with virtue

It’s a crazy world out there. Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to the impeachment process in Washington can probably relate. Of course, we still have military conflict – in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, other assorted spots scattered acros...

 

What's news? What's not?

Covering news can be complicated in today’s world, in which much of the population is dialed in to constant stimulation and instant gratification. This, of course, has resulted in the development of multi-tasking skills as we traverse the terrain,...

 

Wonderful time of the year in SH

If you weren’t out on the streets for the beginning of the Christmas holiday celebration in Sweet Home this past weekend, you missed out. It was exciting to see the turnout for various activities, starting with the tree lighting on Nov. 30, followe...

 

Courts coming around on timber

The courtroom victory two weeks ago for Linn and 13 other counties in Oregon will certainly not be the last word on forestry management in Oregon, but the case highlights problems prevalent in our state and, indeed, across the nation. We complain...

 

Easy to lose perspective amidst our luxury

It’s time for Thanksgiving and, well, to be thankful. To listen to the news and how the vast majority of us talk about life, things aren’t great. The economy is in trouble, even when things are going well for so many. The national deficit and...

 

Shopping in brick and mortar about experience

Editor’s Note: Sweet Home has participated in Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage residents to shop at businesses in their own home town, for the last three years. The event is held each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (and...

 

'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... Full story

 

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