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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


Kerry Johnson a problem-solver

Editor: The important thing to know about Kerry Johnson is that she cares. She cares, and she likes solving problems. What better combination for a public servant? What’s more, she’s good at it. She gets things done. She knows how to go beyond... Full story


Sprenger's experience makes her good choice

Editor: I am supporting Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner. The position of county commissioner is best served by a well-rounded and well-grounded person. Sherrie will bring those qualities to the position when elected. Her educational... Full story


Kerry Johnson 'capable'

Editor: I have known Kerry Johnson many years as an employee, co-worker and friend. I have found Kerry to be very intelligent and admired her ability to grasp and learn any new endeavor she pursues. I watched her do it with her work on the Oregon... Full story


Vote values, elect Sprenger

Editor: It is vital that we vote our values, so I will be voting for Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner. During these tough times it is vital to have experience and effective leadership on the Linn County Commission. Sherrie has excellent... Full story


Johnson would provide 'steady leadership'

Editor: We have been friends with Kerry for 30 years through, starting with our relationship within the dental field and progressing throughout our lives from there. She has shown tremendous leadership in the community through her work on the Fair... Full story


Sprenger endorsed for a reason

Editor: The Albany Area Chamber and Good Government Council endorsed Sherrie Sprenger for Linn County Commissioner with good reason: She has the experience, common sense, proven record, and integrity to serve us well as a Linn County Commissioner.... Full story


Sprenger's character 'above reproach'

Editor: Those of us who know Sherrie Sprenger can testify that her character is above reproach. A servant leader, Sherrie has worked tirelessly to represent the constituents of House District 17, and all Oregonians for more than a decade in the... Full story


Mailer shows Johnson's true colors

Sherrie Sprenger’s opponent just showed her true colors by sending out an ugly mail piece full of misrepresentations about Sherrie Sprenger. Her opponent claims Sprenger is all about power and money. That could not be further from the truth and... Full story


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