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Design ideas have failed to flourish

Editor: Once upon a time, Sweet Home was declared a “Tree City.”  That was something to be proud of.  Then, as our beautiful trees along Main Street became even more beautiful, some “all knowing” experts told us that we had to take out the...

 

Gourley should be re-elected to board

Editor: This letter of support is written on behalf of Jim Gourley, incumbent school board member in the Sweet Home School District. Jim is a long-time member of the community who cares a great deal about Sweet Home and the families that live here....

 

Demise of Kiwanis Club a sad day

Editor: Although I understand the reasoning behind the decision to fold the Sweet Home Kiwanis Club (as reported in the March 31 edition), I am sad to see it occur. I have many fond memories of my 20 years as a club member, starting in 1985. In my...

 

Tree removal result of poor planning

Editor: First off, you’d have thought the city would have never ever allowed Douglas firs in such a tiny park. Re: Evergreen Loop Park razing (March 10). The brief article failed to mention the actuator of the park’s trees sudden...

 

Let your doctor know you care

Editor, March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Together with Chief Medical Officer Robert Turngren, MD, we express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the hundreds of Samaritan Health Services physicians who consistently demonstrate exemplary...

 

'Progressive' not a gentle concept

Editor: I think we need to know the true meaning of this popular word of the day: “progressive.” Progressive comes from the word “progress.” However, it is also the Americanized word for Communism.  I know, you really don’t think that is...

 

Teaching children starts at home

Editor: I will start this off with my family. There are four; two sons, two daughters. They grew up with responsibilities, clean their rooms, do dishes, take out the garbage, respect, honor and choices. They would bring home their friends, most of wh...

 

Baboon story makes a point

“Stress, Portrait of a Killer,” a National Geographic production with Prof. Robert Sapolsky (www.youtube.com/watch? v=eYG0ZuTv5rs ) is very good and has a happy ending. It’s 44.23 minutes in if you’re in a hurry. Prof. Sapolsky says he...

 

School traffic creates challenges

Editor: We have lots of senior residents who’ve lived in Sweet Home over 30 years. The problem is the Hawthorne Elementary School is getting worse  every year with traffic from the school. It takes about 10 minutes from Clark Mill to 35th on Long...

 

City actions raise some questions

Editor: One man’s opinion about city planning, system development, and the City Council. They do what they want, when they want, and with whomever they want. I’ll start with the most recent affront. Jamie Melcher, local real estate agent, to the...

 

Be careful who you trust among media

Editor: Our First Amendment, Freedom of speech is being stepped on, by big news media and internet giants. Now some of the congress members have sent letters to T.V. Cable companies and satellite companies trying to force them to stop them carrying...

 

Bad attitudes key to divisiveness

Editor: I regard to Diane Daiute's comment about the “corrupt majority of Republicans” (Feb. 17), I wonder how she thinks this attitude will ever bring the people back together instead of being so totally divided. The difference of opinion is...

 

'Rigged' letter had 'very little truth'

Editor: The letter in the Feb. 17 edition about the so-called rigged impeachment was nothing but an uninformed diatribe which had very little truth at all in it. Apparently, the writer doesn’t listen to ALL the news out there. That includes Fox...

 

Whose interest is furthered here?

Editor: Government, Inc.: Let’s start with the CDC. Example 1: Counting. A new study reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been massively inflating its COVID-19 “case” and death counts to make the “pandemic...

 

Impeachment trial rigged by GOP

Editor: Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the  middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Well, that’s what he did on Jan. 6, 2021. Killed seven people, in fact, and got 140 officers injured, including brain...

 

Just ignore the political uproar

Editor: The simplest way to ease the turmoil over the “political uproar” is to ignore it. Most of the uproar is by people who are trying to influence others with their own thinking. Just keeping in mind that not all “politics” is reasonable....

 

Senior Center needs support

Editor: It is certainly unfortunate that the Sweet Home Center has had to close its doors to our community’s seniors this past year due to the pandemic. However, perhaps some encouragement can be derived from past history of the Senior Center. A...

 

It's time to mend political fences

Editor: In 2016 I, along with many were shocked and disappointed when Trump won, especially after the Access Hollywood tapes were released. Women all over the country peacefully protested, wearing pink beanies, and marched against abuse of power and...

 

Repairing America starts right here

Editor: I am a Linn County resident, living halfway between Sweet Home and Lebanon I am a senior citizen, an independent voter and I enjoy riding bicycles with a bike club. When you ride a bike for 30 to 40 miles there is plenty of time to think. I...

 

Trump's outsider, so he's disliked

Editor: I’m thinking back a decade or two to the time when there were no “Tweets.” Presidents did what they all do – swear, cheat and otherwise do what men in power tend to do (just my humble observation). But, even when the public knew about...

 

American culture war's long history

Editor: America’s current culture wars originate from the values conflict found between two revolutions: America’s in 1776, and France’s (1789-94). In the American colonies, the Great Awakening Christian revival (1720-60) changed the life...

 

Writer appreciates 'accurate' reports

Editor: I would like to thank the staff at The New Era for the lengths they go to in order to report accurate and complete information on articles printed in the paper. There are those in the community of Sweet Home who do not access the internet...

 

Letter's conclusions may be unfounded

Editor: While I understand Chuck Thompson’s concerns raised in his Letter to the Editor (Jan. 13), I am surprised by his suggestion that our incoming councilwoman, Angelita Sanchez, may have had the intention of going to the DC rally to subject...

 

Saddened by division in U.S.

Editor: When I returned from Vietnam in 1969 (U.S. Marines Infantry), many in my generation opposed the war and protested sometimes peacefully and other times not. Some were shot by National Guard; remember four dead In Ohio, (Neil Young Lyrics...

 

Humility might be answer to strife

Editor: I, like many others, am struggling and stressed trying to make sense of the turmoil that is happening in our country. Why people are so angry, politicians arguing, rioting in our streets and most recently the trespassing and tearing up of our...

 

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