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Alarming parallels between now, past

Editor: We should all be asking the question: Who is influencing or pressuring us to see things in only one certain way? Who is profiting from our choices? Who is being hurt by our choices? Who is covering the truth with a magic blanket that is...

 

Local educators' work impressive

Editor: A couple class acts! I was pleased and not a bit surprised that Mr. Yahraes met all nine performance standards (Jan. 23 edition). I have talked to several people under his present supervision and a few that are now retired. They all speak...

 

Loose dogs are problem in SH

Editor: I love living in Sweet Home. I am a proud member of this community and care about it. I have lived here for my whole life, 10 years and 3 months. I have noticed a problem here in Sweet Home that I would like to talk about.  In Sweet Home...

 

Help for homeless starts with hope

Editor: As I read about the $500,000 that will be available to the city of Sweet Home for those struggling to maintain their homes, I decided that I want to make several life-lesson observations. I am going to share these in a couple of story...

 

Holiday drawings have benefits

Editor: After coaxing from my wife Georgia, I filled out the local merchants Thanksgiving and Christmas giving drawings for a free turkey and a free ham. Lo and behold, we were winners in both drawings! Thank you, Sweet Home merchants and...

 

So what does that poem say, anyway?

Editor: I’m old and not hooked up, so I wonder what Bridgette Harrington’s poem was, that she gained fame for in DC.  In case I’m not the only unelectronic reader, would you please print it for us? Thanks lots, Joan Scofield Sweet Home...

 

Kids Christmas a community effort

Editor: There is no way to express the gratitude and love for the community I have with all the support they shared for our fourth annual Kids Free Christmas Store we held on Dec. 15. We gave out 770 gifts, with 147 kid shoppers.   I have served on...

 

Flag team thanks businesses for help

Editor: As a member of our local VFW Post #3437, I would like to give a shout out and a huge thank you to two of our local businesses, Napa Auto Parts and Mr. Lucky’s Deli. On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, I and three other members set out in the early...

 

Councilor naive on mobile home prices

Editor: After a long day at work I just did not feel up to attending the City Council meeting last week. However, I would have really awakened after Councilor Goble’s comment regarding the cost of a mobile home. “Shocked” would have been my...

 

Socialism will not help Americans

Editor: Creativity is a cerebral exercise which is rewarded and flourishes in a capitalist society. Learning is critical for the success of the individual, as well as the society. We’ve all heard the maxim “Knowledge is Power,” but knowledge is...

 

Celebration evoked lots of positives

Editor: Thanksgiving. A time to choose gratefulness. This year I am thankful for joy. I am thankful for honor. I am grateful that Sweet Home, Oregon was chosen to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The committee to prepare for Nov. 9 had their...

 

Editorial comment devalued effort

Editor: To say that the most memorable moment of the Capitol Christmas Tree event was Don Knight’s comment is to devalue all the hard work put in by community volunteers including many hours by our “best resource,” our children. High school...

 

Urge state to support disabled

Editor: Approximately 2,900 seniors and people with disabilities in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties use State-funded services for everyday necessities like transportation, meal preparation, toileting, medication management, and bathing. These...

 

Liberal left have writer all wrong

Editor: I wrote a big, long, really thoughtful and well-executed “editorial” about the outcome of these elections. But, then I decided to just sum it up by saying shame on all those who voted to support corrupt Kate, tax-funded slaughter of the...

 

City Hall numbers not transparent

Editor: Where is the transparency in our Sweet Home City Council? The City Council and staff need to be cautious and forthcoming when it comes to the construction cost for the new City Hall. Transparency is critical. When I go grocery shopping, I...

 

Republicans driving planet over edge

Editor: Republican leadership is not concerned at all for the impending climate catastrophe threatening our nation and the planet. In fact, as of August, the latest opinion from Trump and the 100+ corporate lobbyist/CEOs installed in his...

 

Pedestrians need to be very visible

Editor: Pedestrians, please wear bright colored or reflective clothes when you are out and about at night, especially if you are going to be crossing the highway. Make sure oncoming vehicles can see you; if not, wait until they pass. Drivers cannot...

 

Don't use taxes to pay for abortion

Editor: I’m old, and old-fashioned. When I was young, we had to accept the consequences of our choices and actions, for better or worse. We learned personal responsibility. If a woman wants an abortion, that is often the consequence of her poor...

 

Swimming pool meets local needs

Editor: For those who haven’t voted yet, we urge you to vote yes on the swimming pool levy. The five year levy would be less than the rate these last five years. In addition, the levy for the next five years, beginning in 2019 qualifies for a...

 

Sprenger, hunters 'blind' to solutions

Editor: There are times when our preconceived notions blind us to solutions for problems that appear right before us. The recent town hall on cougars is a case in point. Coming into that meeting with the preconceived notion that letting all hunters h...

 

Commission needs some new blood

Editor: I support Stephanie Newton for Linn County commissioner! She is a breath of fresh air in a stale political climate. I am a true believer in having a representative government. I think those elected to office should reflect all of those they...

 

Neighbors: Lindsey is 'a good man'

Editor: As we are nearing an important election, we understand that many voters in Linn County are likely on the fence with regards to your vote for county commissioner. News articles of late have not been kind to Mr. Lindsey, and if John Lindsey...

 

Pool's value to SH prompts 'yes' vote

Editor: As we consider the value that the swimming pool adds to our community, I encourage you to vote yes on the upcoming local option levy to support it. Each asset we add to our community makes it more appealing to prospective residents and...

 

Election Letters

Editor’s note: We have received many election letters from Linn County residents, but the writers are neither Sweet Home residents nor subscribers to The New Era. Consequently, we’ve posted those letters below: Candidate has heard concerns Editor...

 

Real news buried in flood of hate, lies

Editor: The American landscape has been trashed and undermined by bully politicians (Democrats, specifically), Democrat socialists, power-hungry elites, Hollywood, globalists, Soros-funded groups, Obama and his minions, and radical/liberal college pr...

 

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