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Testing, protection are paramount

Editor: We will not be successful at stopping COVID-19 without doing two things. Testing everyone and providing personal protective equipment for all people. There are many people with no symptoms at all that have this virus and can spread it for two...

 

Cap-and-Trade bill a Californiazation

Editor: Wake up, people! This Cap-and-Trade house bill is nothing but another Spotted Owl lie to stop any of the rural areas from living the way they are accustomed. Salem and its political animals managed to kill the logging industry as we knew it,...

 

Gun owners need to zero in on Salem

 Editor: Oregon’s Legislative Session began Monday, Feb. 3, and ends in 30 days. Citizens: Pay attention, get involved. Oregon anti-gunners have three bills to restrict Second Amendment rights. First up: Senate Bill 1538 (co-sponsor Sara Gelser,...

 

Recycling-based plastic promising

 Editor: After only five years of development an Israeli company, UBQ Materials (stands for “ubiquitous”), has patented a process that breaks down regular household waste such as dirty diapers, food scraps, garden trimmings, all plastics,...

 

Woodcarver's work demands attention

 Editor: In reference to the Jan. 25 article on Ray Maynard, I stopped at Herring’s Auto on 43rd and Main last fall, looking for something else, and was fascinated by Ray’s work displayed in their gift shop. His stuff should be the next exhibit...

 

Solutions needed in legislature

Editor: On Jan. 10 the legislature introduced LC19 – the newest version of HB 2020 Cap and Trade.  While many of us are still diving into the details, even with whatever supposed concessions they’ve made for rural Oregon, the bottom line is...

 

Kids Christmas Store big success

Editor: The fifth annual Kids Free Christmas Store was a huge success again this year. On Saturday, Dec. 14, 147 kids 12 and under shopped for the relatives they live with. Over 825 gifts were selected by the kids. This year we knew Dutch Bros was...

 

Packed house at concert uplifting

Editor: What a treat to sit in the FULL high school auditorium Thursday night and listen to our amazing sixth grade, junior high and high school students!  I have attended many school programs and have never seen a packed house!  Kudos to the...

 

You're known by your friends

Editor: On Dec. 4, a witness at the hearing in Washington mentioned what our president should have said, “Russia, if you are listening - butt out...!” Like millions raised when I was, children were terrified when we had to practice crawling...

 

Cultural Trust donations pay

Editor: Those who donate to good causes at the end of each year should keep the Oregon Cultural Trust in mind. This program, the only one of its kind in the country, lets you double the impact of your donation at no extra cost. Here’s how the...

 

Towers decision as 'cut-and-dried'

Editor: Once again the City Council showed its true colors. The issue on the towers (Nov. 20) was already a cut-and-dried deal before the public meeting. In my opinion, they could care less about the feelings of the people of Sweet Home. The fiber...

 

Eliminate God and pay a steep price

Editor: Another school shooting. I’m not a bit surprised. Randi Weingarten, a lesbian socialist who runs the largest teachers union in the country, wants God and patriotism eliminated from the public schools. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of...

 

Weigh the issues before you vote

Editor: This just in: The 2018 FBI “Crime in the US” report includes these facts: Robbery is down 12 percent from 2017; murders fell 6.2 percent. Contrary to media bias, even as the number of firearms increased, crime declined. Rifles of all...

 

Use sale funds to pay down loan

Editor: I read, with interest, the reporting on the sale of the property previously housing Public Works (Nov. 20). In the article it was reported that the original thinking was to use the money from the sale to help pay for the remodel of the new...

 

Diapers could hold answers for Oregon

Editor: After only five years of development an Israeli company, UBQ Materials (stands for “ubiquitous”) has patented a process that breaks down regular household waste such as dirty diapers, food scraps, garden trimmings, all plastics, paper...

 

Homeless shelter needs your time

Editor: SHELTeR is a group of people in Sweet Home who occasionally give five hours of their nights to bring a bit of comfort, a little hope and possibly save a life.  SHELTeR  stands for Sweet Home Extreme Low Temperature Refuge.  In partnership...

 

Request for tower should be red light

Editor: The New Era’s Oct. 23, 2019 edition reported the value of property in Sweet Home went up 8.9 percent last year. On the heels of this report, Strawberry Loop residences received a letter from the city of Sweet Home. The contents of the...

 

Civility needed when in public

Editor: A couple of weeks ago a bunch of people and their gear were in the street, in the space between two parking spots along the curb across from the library. They wouldn’t move so people could back in and park there. Why should they have the...

 

Current politics a real nightmare

Editor: Impeach President Trump. Impeach Justice Kavanaugh. Why? Because the Democrats lost the election and because the new justice doesn’t think killing babies is health care. Hillary Clinton demands impeachment. She’s lucky she’s not doing...

 

TNE milestone sparks memories

Editor: Happy 90th birthday to The New Era.  You don’t look a day over 39.  Congratulations to Scott and Miriam Swanson and crew for keeping community journalism alive and kicking and doing so in such grand style. Under their leadership, The...

 

Thanks for church's local family support

Editor: I would like to say how thankful I am for the support of the families of Sweet Home that is given by Freedom Hill Church on Main Street For many years they have hosted the Collaborative Problem Solving/Parenting Today Forward classes and...

 

Left, right-wingers need a mediator

Editor: I am willing to look the fool in hope that what I say might have some effect in this highly polarized country. Please allow me to ramble for a few paragraphs. What I am about to say is not an affront to the person, but to make a point. Ms....

 

City needs better communication

Editor: The South Hills Trail is a place in Sweet Home that many people value and enjoy regularly. In January, approximately a dozen trees fell on and across the trail. Instead of eliminating only the downed trees, a unilateral decision was made to...

 

Proposed tower unnecessarily tall

Editor: I want to thank the city, its workers, and all the volunteers that put in the time and effort to make our town beautiful. From the remodel of Sankey Park to the murals and flowers that grace downtown’s Main Street, you can be justifiably...

 

To folks who know local kids

Editor: We have met young people who can’t begin to imagine their potential. They lack practical experience and confidence. The Noah project at Fir Lawn Lutheran is trying to change that, one boat at a time. Do you know kids who could use a boost?...

 

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