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Parking lot story has two sides

Editor: In regards to the “Mollie’s Bakery Parking lot” (Nov. 11), we all should be appreciative of the generosity of Merv and Steve Hanscam in donating the use of that parking lot to our community and the businesses adjoining it. It’s hard...

 

Doctor: Be cautious even with family

Editor: It has been a challenging year full of unwelcome changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of these changes are for the greater good – precautions which limit the spread of the virus. With some changes it is hard to see any silver l...

 

Choices made on ballot affect many

Editor: My husband and I are not allowed to vote on the Sweet Home City initiatives and leadership because we do not reside within the city limits. I have lived in the area for 49 years and my grandchildren are fifth-generation “Sweet Home” via m...

 

Citizens' votes make difference

Editor: Time to Vote! Well, the time in getting closer for us to exercise one of the most important privileges we have – voting! Voting is a freedom that some countries still do not have today, and we should be thankful and appreciate that right in...

 

Homeowners pay unfair share

Editor: I understand why Mr. Mahler (Oct. 14) and Mr. Gourley (Oct. 21) want the levies to pass. I agree that we do need the services of the  Sweet Home police and the library. However, they failed to mention that the police levy and the library...

 

Rising taxes create difficulty for some

Editor: My property tax statement came today. It states that our house, for which we paid $72,000 10 years ago, is now worth $208,870. That’s fine and good, but along with the new value is the amount of taxes that came with that evaluation. The...

 

Despite delivery, funds handled well

Editor: I attended the meeting that started the whole controversy of “stealing funds from the City of Sweet Home budget.” I was even allowed to ask a question of the city finance director at that meeting. It quickly became apparent to me that...

 

City's levy flyer could be clearer

Editor: First of all, I fully support our fine police and library.  Our mayor was nice enough to point out the other uses of the levies that are supposed to finance those two departments in our city.  My one question is the large paragraph in the...

 

Writer's opinion of Trump changed

Editor: Well, it’s vot’n time. It comes down to who you believe. For me, a 2016 Trump skeptic, I believe him. After all, he kept close to all his campaign promises in 4 years while being pursued by the opposition party for Russia, Russia, Russia,...

 

Levy renewal key for police, library

Editor: The levy renewals for the Sweet Home Police Department and the Sweet Home Library are on this November’s ballot and I will be voting “yes” to renew both of them. It’s easy to say “no” to increased taxes, as stated in a previous...

 

Writer supports three candidates

Editor: I support and endorse Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards for positions on the Sweet Home City Council and Jami Cate for the House of Representatives District 17 seat. Angelita is the owner and operator of Angel’s Rock N Roll Construction....

 

Abortion key to crime decline

Editor: Violent crime nearly quadrupled between 1960 and its peak in 1991, then it fell and kept falling. Why? John J. Donohue and Steven D. Levitt wrote a paper called “Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors That Explain the...

 

Levy math doesn't bode well for future

Editor: Regarding Ballot Titles 22-184 and 22-185, for continuation of operating levies for Sweet Home Police Services and Sweet Home Library. I think it was two years ago when the City Council turned deaf ears to pleas from citizens to deal with...

 

COVID requires united efforts

Editor: COVID-19. When does the responsibility begin? This is a question I have been struggling with for some time regarding dealing with the coronavirus. I know what is expected of me – social distancing, being respectful of others and wearing a...

 

Levies necessary for critical services

Editor: I feel compelled to clarify some points made by Marilyn Schlim in last week’s letter to the editor. It’s important people know facts when voting at the polls. Some of the assertions made in Ms. Schlim’s letter last week could be miscons...

 

Levies a 'windfall' for city officials

Editor: Here it is again... the new levies. What many of you don’t realize is that our homes are now valued more than the last levy. You may be surprised at the new evaluation. Please call the Assessors Office in Albany to get the new current...

 

Thanks to wide range of people

Editor: As I have job that takes me out of town now, I’ve missed the City Council meetings and all the good things that are happening in my town. Congratulations to each of our City Council members and mayor for hanging in there for local...

 

RBG: President in charge for 4 years

Editor: Diane Daiute opines in her Sept. 23 letter that the GOP is playing dirty. Her entire missive is apparently prompted by the pending nomination of a SCOTUS justice. She digresses into her revisionist interpretation of history but the wound she...

 

'Inert' forest policy dangerous to us

Editor: Zombie apocalypse forest fire infernos in California, Oregon and Washington seem out of human control. But wait, let us look. To some, protecting forests means taking a “hands off” approach. But protecting forests must include...

 

Forest ownership change an answer?

Editor: Thank you, Lars Arndt, for your guest editorial of Sept. 16. It got me thinking... The spotted owls, which ruined our timber economy decades ago, are now roasted, along with their aggressive barred cousins from the east who were fairly...

 

GOP's SCOTUS strategy 'dirty'

Editor: On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died one month earlier. There were 11 months left to President Obama’s...

 

Thanks to local firefighters

Editor: I want to thank all of the firefighters in our community for their work, whether for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, Oregon Department of Forestry or local logging companies. SHFAD responded to 52 calls the night of the...

 

Hope outweighs divisiveness

Editor: Well, 2020 has certainly been a difficult year for us thus far as Oregonians and Americans, from COVID-19 in the beginning of the year to the civil unrest and rioting that erupted after George Floyd’s death and now the devasting wildfires...

 

Grange memories are good ones

Editor: Roberta McKern’s article (Aug. 26) about the Holley Grange brought back such nostalgic memories for me.   Back in the day, it was a time of safety.  Everyone knew everyone and kids were expected to behave themselves.  On the block...

 

Sanctioning Antifa boosts lawlessness

Editor: Portland Tally Sheet: 85 consecutive nights of riot have been inflicted on the public, the police and property. On Aug. 8 alone, 24 rioters were arrested and booked. Oregon State Police left town for good reason last week because the County...

 

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