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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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

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... Full story

 

Fix parks during COVID shutdown

Editor: At the beginning of last month, city streets and distribution crews assisted with the installation of the new playground equipment at Sankey Park. I understand the delay in getting this done was because the vendor didn’t have employees... Full story

 

Is reporter biased against Trump?

Editor: I attended the Freedom Rally on the 24th of July. I went in support of President Trump. I did not agree with some of the speakers, and I certainty don’t agree with the agenda of neo-Nazis, and Aryan nations. And I wish they would have...

 

Community needs to rally together

Editor: I want to thank The New Era’s newest reporter Kelly Kenoyer  and editor Scott Swanson for their very informative article regarding the Freedom Rally’s organizer, Jimy White. In addition I am so grateful to the reader who brought the...

 

Challenges affect all Americans

Editor: I have no “real” understanding what racism and hate feel like, because I am a 70-year-old white man, and as a  U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran during the Vietnam War, I served with all races. I have never had that hate directed at me, n...

 

Tin soldiers are coming

Editor: Fifty years ago at Kent State University, the military opened fire on peaceful protestors. The soldiers said, “Disperse!” The students declined. Both groups were standing on public property at an Ohio State school. Not a rock was thrown.... Full story

 

Portland mayhem looks planned

Editor: Doesn’t anyone wonder why the mayor of Portland doesn’t want the police to quell the mobs in Portland?  It’s been two months of vandalism, burning of private property, etc., etc., and still no one in power wants to stop it. This... Full story

 

Community help needed for needy

Editor: In late 2018, a group of people from different churches, walks of life and ages were concerned about some of Sweet Home’s vulnerable citizens.  Houseless residents suffer during harsh weather.  So, the group formed SHELTeR – Sweet Home... Full story

 

BLM not what it appears to be

Editor: Many people think “Black Lives Matter” is a slogan, an ideal, or a grassroots movement. Dig deeper: BLM is a political organization with eight figures of funding and a hardcore left-wing policy agenda. BLM is a Marxist political... Full story

 

Lynching cultural, not political

Editor: Regarding Rich Rowley’s response (June 17) to my letter of June 10, I was talking about all the people who have and continue to dogmatically and violently deny these (African-American) people. And who bring their children up to carry on... Full story

 

Democrats have plenty of issues

Editor: Re: Diane Daiute’s letter of June 10: Diane is quick to point the finger of accusation and condemnation at all of us. I believe she forgets that while only one of those fingers points outward, three point inward. I’ll take a bold stance...

 

Awesome response from community

Editor: I am once again left in awe and amazed at our little town of Sweet Home. I personally experienced and was on the receiving end of this community’s outpouring of love at 10 years old.  Since then I have seen it time and time again....

 

Racial tension is our own fault

Editor: Re: race. The white race brought Africans/slavery to America (land of the free), refused to follow through with repatriation, enacted anti-literacy laws and have mercilessly discriminated against them in every conceivable form and in every...

 

Graduation efforts made for fun time

Editor: Just feel the need to comment on the exceptional effort and planning for our 2020 SHUHS graduates. The New Era had an excellent write-up for all of them. The city displayed the banners on Main Street. The community came out in force,...

 

If wearing a mask, do it correctly

Editor: Lots of people in local fast food places, as well as Safeway, are wearing masks with the nose sticking out. Not OK. Just something to consider. Christine Falconer Sweet Home...

 

LUBA ruling more than just NIMBY

Editor: Many thanks to The New Era for covering the LUBA (Land Use Board of Appeals) reversal of the rezoning of the 108 acres on Crawfordsville Drive which had changed the zoning from farm/forest to non-resource five-acre minimum. Most of this prope... Full story

 

Politicians need to check their facts

Editor: Twitter just fact-checked President Trump for the first time. I hope they continue to do so. I’m all for fact-checking all politicians. And if they lie they should be charged with contempt of the American people and fined, say, $50K a lie.... Full story

 

Mental health needs awareness

Editor: There is a glaring issue with health care today. I took my wife to an empty emergency room in Corvallis recently for sudden onset double vision, loss of coordination, and emotional changes worried about a stroke. She has been in treatment... Full story

 

Writer right about council's attitude

Editor: I agree with Marilyn Taggart Schlim that the City Council doesn’t care about the people of Sweet Home. I would like an explanation of where the almost $200,000 taken from the police department and library went. Not that it went for... Full story

 

Mailer is not what Sprenger is about

Editor: I was so sad to receive a mailer attacking Sherrie Sprenger. Her opponent must not understand how we do things around here. We are honest, hard-working people and we don’t lie. Sherrie’s opponent misrepresented her. Sherrie has been a... Full story

 

Thankful for good Post Office people

Editor: Congratulations to our Post Office! I received a wedding inviation from a granddaughter this past week addressed to “Granny B” with no last name, wrong house number, not east, but west, no street, but avenue, with no last name on the... Full story

 

City rate increase idea ill-timed

Editor: I got my water bill. Our City Council has really been grabbing our money and making it very difficult to enjoy our homes here in Sweet Home. First, they took over, was it 20,000 extra dollars left over from the extra levy to help the police... Full story

 

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