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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?...

 

Agencies should respect our vets

Editor: I was brought up to be a proud American and to have respect for all of our veterans. However, I was shocked and deeply saddened that the Sweet Home Police and Fire departments weren’t at the memorial services to show their honor and...

 

Citizens need to check city spending

Editor: Well, the City Council voted to steal the Police and Library levy overage. Three voted no and four voted to do it, including our mayor. Earlier, the City Council voted to increase the city manager’s wages to more than $9,500 per month,...

 

Budget issue isn't council character

Editor: Most citizens (this writer included) admire those who volunteer for city government, and appreciate all the hard work that they do on our behalf. Historically, I have found councilors to generally be very thoughtful and thorough in their...

 

How to negotiate city government

Editor: Sweet Home’s city government has five departments. Each department head runs their respective department and reports to the city manager. The city manager then reports to the City Council. The City Council’s responsibility is to make...

 

City leaders not guilty of 'crimes'

Editor: From many of the comments that I heard at the Public Hearing on the proposed City budget at the May 14 meeting, it appears that many of our citizens use your paper as an information source and use it as a basis to form their opinions. With...

 

Communication fails in controversy

Editor: Having attended the May 14, 2019 City Council meeting because I had felt confusion regarding the huge controversy over the Budget Committee decision about the funds being transferred from the Library and the Police Department, I wanted to...

 

City budget plan doesn't add up

Editor: I personally know most of the City Budget Committee and City Council. Many I consider friends and I’m not disparaging any of them. Hopefully, as a society, we can still have honest disagreements without everybody thinking we dislike each...

 

Betraying voter trust bad policy

Editor: I strongly recommend the City Council not siphon from Police Levy money by sending it to the General Fund. I am among three generations of police chiefs who have worked hard to earn the public trust and pass these levies. The Police Levy has...

 

Parade committee decides to dissolve

Editor: The organization known as the Sweet Home Parade Committee has decided to dissolve its membership and responsibilities. When the committee was formed 10 years ago, it took on the responsibility for both the Sportsman’s Holiday Parade and the...

 

Democrats' agenda past 'tipping point'

Editor: So here’s a small sample of today’s Oregon Democrat Party: They enforce sanctuary (lawless) statehood at citizen’s expense, confer motor voter status to all illegals, refuse to cooperate with ICE, vote themselves a 53 percent raise,...

 

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