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Vaccination issue is one of freedom

Editor: I’m a small businesswoman. I run two small businesses and work part-time at a third job as well. I do those things on top of being a wife and taking care of a home. I’m a sister, a daughter, a friend and, most importantly, I am a mother....

 

Prevent terrible illnesses: vaccinate

Editor: I am old. I listen to the radio and I hear young, well-meaning parents expressing deep concerns about, if not hostility toward, vaccinations. These young parents have not watched their children die, go deaf or blind, or become imbeciles due...

 

'Unplanned' movie needs local eyes

Editor: The movie “Unplanned” starts this Friday, April 12, at the Rio and runs through April 24. Theater owner Thomas Baham said that the movie was not expected to do well here, but those who value human life at every stage have an...

 

Congrats, thanks to award 'earners'

Editor: Congratulations to all the Awards Banquet winners! Sweet Home is a community of kind, caring people. We are proud to have all of you as fellow community members. You did not win these awards – you earned them. Thanks for the good work!...

 

Community offers good activities

Editor: There are several good activities in town that are showing up. n Attending the March 12 City Council meeting and listening to a very well presented program called “RAIN.” A very enthusiastic young man, Corey Wright, explained fully the...

 

Doctors appreciated for what they do

Editor: At Samaritan Health Services, building healthier communities is at the core of our mission. As we prepare to celebrate Doctors’ Day on March 30, it is the perfect opportunity to thank and recognize our physicians for the important work...

 

Shoppers: Read the labels for real deals

Editor: Shoppers, compare! I recently checked out the new Dollar Tree store. And Dollar General, while I was at it. I just want to remind shoppers to read the labels for quantity and price. Some things cost more at these “cheap” stores than they...

 

Self-defense is a basic human right

Editor: The most lethal and lawless weapons are not firearms. They are unconstitutional legal assaults forged by out-of-control legislators assembling decrees to destroy law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights. Self defense is a basic human...

 

Gun control bill only goes so far

Editor: I want to advise all Oregon residents that the governor’s new gun control bill only applies to legally purchased and licensed hand guns. Owners of unregistered or illegal weapons may continue to use them, along with large-capacity...

 

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...

 

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