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Letter: U.S. can only blame self – or its leaders

Editor: The U.S. government estimates that the 9/11 attacks, which originated in Afghanistan, cost Osama bin Laden $500,000. We, on the other had blew $6.4 trillion (figure includes 40-year obligation to veterans’ medical/disability). That’s...

 

Letter: COVID war not a party-line debate

Editor: What we forget in our arguments about masks and vaccinations is, that all people of the world are in a war against the COVID virus. We are all soldiers in it. Masks, distancing and vaccinations are the only weapons we have. We can win this...

 

Letter: Big thank-you to local legislators

Editor: A huge thank you to Senator Fred Girod, and Representative Jami Cate for all their hard work in this year’s legislative session, and for getting the legislature to allocate $7 million in funds for the city’s wastewater treatment plant....

 

Letter: Hospital trip result: confusion, concern

Editor: My mom got really ill and went to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital by ambulance. The hospital decided that she needed to be hospitalized. They told my father that they had no beds and that there was not a bed from Lebanon to Portland, and...

 

Letter: Scientism, science perilously different

Editor: Science is one of the greatest intellectual enterprises ever developed. Science is systematized knowledge subjected to rigorous exploration and testing, applied to areas where it has demonstrated value as a body of knowledge and practice for...

 

Sr. Center letter mis-information

Editor: I read the July 21, 2021 issue amazed at the mis-information contained within the letter signed by Don and Glenda Hopkins! First, the Senior Center has been closed according to mandate by our governor to protect the health and well-being of...

 

Protect yourself – against authorities

Editor: On July 6, the President, his Press Secretary, Oregon’s and other governors declared that they will be authorizing “strike force” teams to “knock on doors” nationwide. The latest version of this “Big Guy” agenda has added...

 

COVID article data 'cherry-picked'

Editor: You cherry-picked data in your article about COVID. Our county is maybe 16th in vaccination rate, but we are much higher in cases per population. Your decision to do so doesn’t tell the whole story. You gave a much rosier picture than what...

 

Transit complicates Sr. Center opening

Editor: We recently received a phone call from a longtime member and volunteer of the Sweet Home Senior Center asking why it was closed. She had called the Lebanon Senior Center to confirm that it was now open and found it very disappointing to...

 

Assimilation or accommodation?

Editor: Assimilation or accommodation? A famous jazz pianist once sang, “I like you, but your feet are too big.” Some would have us all assimilate to what they say is normal. Seems to me that freedom of speech, religion, the right to life,...

 

Great story on a special lady

Editor: I really enjoyed your article on Myrtle Gates (July 7). She was quite the lady, carrying herself with beautiful posture. My husband, Dale Montgomery, and I visited her in Virginia when she was almost 100. She gave us a tour of her retirement...

 

Patriotism starts with some basics

Editor: Our country was founded on hopes and dreams; and now it’s been shattered, or so it seems. Christian values are dismissed with little recall – like believing in God means nothing at all. We allow politicians to change all the rules, or...

 

Now is time to fix firefighting

Editor: Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be worst wildfire season ever and the world’s best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the U.S. Forest Service and states not to use it....

 

Please move motor home

Editor: It is with concern and deep frustration that I write this letter. What does it take to get an abandoned vehicle moved off the side of the highway? There is a motor home along Highway 20, just east of the weigh station, that was left there...

 

Actions speak louder than words

Editor: Intelligent capitalists or bombastic pundits... I read two articles in our local newspaper today that brought to mind the contrast between what can happen when someone negotiates a win-win deal, compared to someone who advocates change but...

 

Health Fair axed due to COVID

The Sweet Home Community Health Committee has made the decision unfortunately to cancel the Sweet Home Health Fair scheduled for Aug. 21, 2021. This is due to the continuing concerns about how best to protect the public and participating health...

 

Thanks for help with swim lessons

Editor: I would like to give a big thank you to all who shared my dream of providing swimming lessons to children of our community. As of last week, $2,640 has been donated to the School District for the “Swimming Lesson Fund.” My hope is the...

 

Statism a threat to all Americans

Editor: Several decades ago, theologian and Presbyterian pastor RC Sproul asked Francis Schaeffer, “Dr. Schaeffer, what is your biggest concern for the future of the church in America?” Schaeffer was a well-known philosopher, theologian and autho...

 

Seniors irked by prolonged closure

Editor: We are indebted to a small group of Sweet Home seniors whose resourcefulness, determination and ingenuity led to the incorporation of the Sweet Home Senior Center 50 years ago. Their support of a “share” bus also led to the extensive tran...

 

Roses catapulted to all corners

Editor: Just had to comment on the great news coming to us from The New Era the past two weeks: So glad to see that the young people were able to do a stage performance. Even though I had to miss it, I still was happy to see it was being done. The...

 

Ex-customer misses White's

Editor: Just want to say I live in the UK and I have been using White’s metal detectors since 1995. I just wondered if any of the former employees of White’s have started their own company yet? White’s is sadly missed. Bill Ellis... Full story

 

Dustin Nichol has quiet, broad impact

Editor: As I was watching the school board meeting online on May 10, I was incredibly sad and disappointed to hear about the resignation of teacher/coach Dustin Nichol. For the past 25-plus years Dustin has been dedicated to the youth of our...

 

City should reach out to businesses

Editor: Thank you for reporting on my proposal to the City Council to establish a grant program to small businesses that were forced to close or suffer greatly reduced business as a result of the pandemic. One thing you didn’t touch on was my...

 

Use federal money for sidewalks

Editor: The City Council was wondering just what they would do with the new $2 million that the government is sending to Sweet Home to help with the super-structure of our city (April 21). They couldn’t agree on a project. I have a suggestion:...

 

Mental health help takes small steps

Editor: This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a...

 

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