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B&G Club thankful for mayors' support

Editor: Last summer mayors from across Oregon gathered in Lebanon for the Annual Mayor’s Conference. The conference, attended by a few hundred, included events at Boulder Falls Event Center and the “Mayors on Main Street” event planned and...

 

Thanks for runners, help with fun runs

Editor: On behalf of the City of Sweet Home, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 Sweetheart Run on Feb. 10. This was the fourth “Sweetheart of a Run in a Sweetheart of a Town.” The run built upon the momentum gathered...

 

City needs smart use for surplus land

Editor: On Jan. 10 of last year, I attended a City Council meeting and addressed the body regarding the sale of the “Surplus” 9th Street city property that formerly housed the Public Works Maintenance Facility, which has since been decommissioned...

 

City bill policy not business-like

Editor: Recent issues of The New Era have had excellent citizen and editorial input and statements regarding the slamming of landlords for errant renters whose water/sewer bills become past due. Since it is deemed “right” to demand the landlord...

 

Might doesn't make right

Editor: One thing that drives me crazy is when government or large companies do something – not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they can. I love Sweet Home and appreciate all the city does to keep our community healthy and...

 

Landlord has point on water bills

Editor: It isn’t often that I take sides in disputes, but Bruce Hobbs has good reason to express his concerns regarding water bills for renters (“Homeowners object to being stuck with renters’ delinquent bill” Jan. 17). The power company,...

 

City rules need to be based on sense

Editor: For the past two decades I have often helped a couple of landlords clean and repair after renters have left. It’s bad enough that some renters haven’t paid their rent for a month or two, to the point of court eviction, so the landlord...

 

Northside Park situation shameful

Editor: In regard to the situation regarding the caretaker in Northside Park: It is discouraging to public opinion when the governing leadership of this community makes decisions that are based on human rules that cannot be altered to fit the actual...

 

Thanks for those who aided Gleaners

Editor: I was going through my pile of papers that I have let pile up for the last month. In it, I flipped through the newspapers real quickly. In the Nov. 22, there was an editorial that made me cry: “Gleaners dumping problems dirty business.” V...

 

Measure 101 a bad deal for taxpayers

Editor: In a Nov. 17 letter to Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen documented the myriad ways in which the agency tasked with managing Oregon’s $9.3 billion Medicaid program has wasted or misallocated taxpayer dollars....

 

Thanks for support of basketball team

Editor: I would like to say thank you to all of the friends and family members who supported the boys basketball team this year. Zachary Zanona Sweet Home...

 

Rural sheriff tells it like it is

Editor: I recently came across the following statement, by Spokane (Wash.) County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich regarding a fatal shooting in which a 15-year-old student opened fire at a local high school. I believe it speaks to the truth of what’s...

 

Thanks to SHHS art students

Editor: The Pastega Family Foundation would like to publicly thank the Sweet Home High School Art Club (20 students strong), and students from Santiam Christian High School, College Hill School, Corvallis High School, and Philomath High School for...

 

Musical's only flaw was empty seats

Editor: I would like to thank you and your staff for your advertising and great pictures of Sweet Home High School’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” I was able to attend the Friday night production and was overwhelmed by the detail...

 

Mainstream media in for a surprise

Editor: The opinion masters of the main-stream media (MSM) are demonstrating and fostering a level of hatred and revulsion toward our president that is typically only seen on reality TV shows. While these so-called newscasters berate the president...

 

Natural response to gun violence may not be wise one

Ten days ago, a lone gunman killed 22 people at a Sunday morning church service in Texas. That tragedy came almost exactly a month after another lone gunman killed 58 people and left another 546 injured after opening fire on a crowd of 22,000...

 

Letter: Just going by rules of the road

Editor: Wow, since I have been blasted for my previous letters regarding the marijuana sales here in Sweet Home, I am going to bow out of all of it. I am a professional truck driver, have been for almost 40 years. Right up to this day I have been...

 

Letter: Fuel tax should go to roads, bridges

Editor: By now, most people have heard about the increase in vehicle registration and fuel taxes. Both of these costs are a result of Gov. Brown and a Democratic Congress in Oregon. Fortunately, what Gov. Brown really wanted was far more than what...

 

Letter: Ball dropped on auction publicity

Editor: Whoever was in charge of publicizing the Boys and Girls Club auction this past weekend dropped the ball. Invitations or cards are usually sent out to buyers and supporters, but were never received. The few signs that were put out were small...

 

Letter: Writer wrong on marijuana facts

Editor: In her letter that appeared in the Oct. 18 edition of The New Era, Bonnie Neal states that in the name of “progress and economic development” marijuana has been allowed to move in to town. Marijuana has been in this town and every other...

 

Letter: Disrespectful hurtful to veterans

Editor: The trend of disrespect to our country continues progress out of control, without any regard to veterans’ sacrifice. The freedom to disrespect our country sickens and worsens the wounds of veterans, including those who suffer and die on...

 

Letter: Tired of solitude? Join Manna meals

Editor: If you are tired of eating alone at home, come join us at Manna. This is not just a soup kitchen for the poor, but a place to find new friends, whatever your income is. I have enjoyed going to Manna Meals on Fridays at Sweet Home United...

 

Museum history column resonates

Editor: I would like to tell you how much I enjoy reading Roberta McKern’s articles under the header “Digging Treasure at the East Linn Museum” in the monthly 55 Plus section. These articles are priceless to me to learn of the Sweet Home past....

 

Parton program helps early reading

Editor: Re: “Test scores put SH behind rest of state again” (Sept. 20): The New Era reported that our school district continues to score poorly in English language arts, math, and science, compared against statewide scores. Statistics show that...

 

Marijuana letter writer wrong

Editor: I want to respond to the letter from Bonnie Neal in the Oct. 4 edition of The New Era. Ms. Neal stated that marijuana is an addicting drug. Wrong. Alcohol is addicting. Nicotine is addicting. Marijuana is NOT addicting. A marijuana smoker...

 

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