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Letter: Reader supports no pay-to-play (Nov. 23, 2022)

Editor: I would like to give a big pat on the back to the Sweet Home School District Board of Education for eliminating “pay to play” fees for our student-athletes and others involved in extracurricular activities. I have never liked activity fe...

 

Letter: SH volunteerism a model for others (Nov. 16, 2022)

Editor: When my wife and I moved to Sweet Home in 1970 we were impressed by the volunteerism in this community. Whenever we had a visitor or a new neighbor from elsewhere, we would list the attributes of Sweet Home, and right on top was the...

 

Letter: Court case another Indigenous attack (Nov. 16, 2022)

Editor: In their typical insidious fashion to take people’s rights away, the Republicans are taking their  Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 case (Brackeen v. Haaland) to – their – SCOTUS in hopes to start the ball rolling for them and their bi...

 

Letter: Poet expresses desire for change (Nov. 16, 2022)

Editor’s note: The following was written prior to the election and Veterans Day, but the timing did not allow it to be published in the newspaper prior to those events. Editor: When you see the world and the way it is now you wonder why, when, and... Full story

 

Letter: Reader responds to recent content (Nov. 2, 2022)

Editor: Responsing to recent items: First, the paid advertisement for City Council candidate James Risinger: Sir, the City Council did not force you to agree to a shelter for the homeless persons in the area. Your shortsightedness in the plight of...

 

Letter: 'Pretendville' not good place to be (Nov. 2, 2022)

Editor: I went to see the border of Pretendville. Brace for impact. Pretendville is tenacious and widespread when people live in ho-hum unbelief. Pretendville’s foundation is secular: People claim God is irrelevant or inappropriate to certain...

 

Letter: Sheriff Duncan 'honest and ethical' (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I worked with Sheriff Duncan for 22 years. I know her to be honest and ethical. While there are many employees who support Sheriff Duncan’s opponent there are also many who support Sheriff Duncan. Those who support Sheriff Duncan’s...

 

Letter: Forum helpful in rating candidates (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I attended the forum for the City Council candidates at the council chambers on Oct 18 and would like to thank you for sponsoring the meeting and making it possible. Although I am well aware that yesterday’s home runs don’t win...

 

Letter: Thanks for building loggers shelter (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: We would like to thank Robin Miller and Mike Melcher for the structure protecting the loggers at the entrance to our town on Highway 228/Highway 20. The loggers are perfect to represent the history and the early days of Sweet Home. The cover...

 

Letter: Noting National Cat Day, Oct. 29 (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: Cats are listed among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world. According to the British Ecological Society, globally, cats have contributed to the extinction of at least 40 bird species, 21 mammal species, and two reptile...

 

Letter: Measure 114 'deeply flawed' (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: Ballot Measure 114 is deeply flawed for many reasons. In the Oregon Voters Pamphlet, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Chiefs of Police Association were clear. BM114 is not enforceable, even with adjustments to correct its...

 

Letter: Experience says Measure 111 good (Oct. 26, 2022)

Editor: I am writing in support of Measure 111. I was born to a single mom who lacked health insurance. OHSU provided charity care to my mom during my birth. Two years later, the Chemawa Indian Health Service Center in my hometown of Salem was...

 

Letter: Duncan 'clearly most experienced' (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: Sheriff Michelle Duncan is clearly the most experienced candidate for the job as our Linn County Sheriff. I retired last year after 30 years with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and similar to Sheriff Duncan, I was a resident patrol deput...

 

Letter: Duncan 'most qualified candidate' (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: Many of us choose to live in Linn County because of its quality of life and it being a safe place to live and raise a family. The public safety we enjoy is not due to happenstance or luck. It’s because historically, Linn County residents...

 

Letter: Tucker deserves to be re-elected (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: We’d like to give a shout out for the re-election of Will Tucker. Over the many years or so, we have had the privilege of working with Will on several community projects that without his help these improvements wouldn’t have been...

 

Letter: Brother: Lowman 'will work very hard' (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: David Lowman tirelessly volunteers in the city he loves, and lives in and also works in the city of Sweet Home. He was appointed and served three years on the Sweet Home Budget Commitee, one year on the city Charter Review Committee, and now...

 

Letter: Former deputy expresses concerns (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: This letter is from my own experiences and interactions working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office alongside both Jon Raymond and Michelle Duncan. I worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, and only recently...

 

Letter: Cate's performance not what we need; vote for Cooke (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: Jami Cate’s voting record in the state Legislature leaves a lot to be desired. Mary Cooke is the Lebanon resident and candidate who cares about serving the needs of constituents in District 11. Ms. Cate has consistently opposed helping her...

 

Letter: Didn't vote? Then don't complain (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: All voters need to actually vote (emphasis) in the upcoming election. According to the Secretary of State website, only 35% of all the voters in Linn County returned their voted ballots for the last election in May 2022. Statewide, the...

 

Letter: Readers appreciate local newspaper (Oct. 12, 2022)

Editor: We look forward to The New Era each week. We will discontinue our subscription from the so-called newspaper in Albany. I will miss it this winter as I use it to start the morning fire in my shop stove. We have subscribed to The New Era in...

 

Letter: Reader concerned by 'dumped' cats (Sept. 21, 2022)

Editor: We have had at least six cats dumped in our neighborhood, and some have already starved to death. There was an emaciated gray and white cat, which was seen walking slowly down 12th, who could barely stand up. We think it was very close to...

 

Letter: Qualification matters on county sheriff (Sept. 14, 2022)

Editor: I am also a long-term resident of Linn County and concerned about the qualifications of the next sheriff. I had the opportunity to meet and hear Sheriff Duncan speak at the Senior Center last week. She is well qualified to continue as our...

 

Letter: Suicide walk will benefit training (Sept. 14, 2022)

Editor: September is Suicide Awareness month, and we would like to bring your attention to our annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk that will be taking place on Saturday September 24th at Ralston Park in Lebanon. The walk is organized by Leba...

 

Letter: Concerned about Sheriff succession (Sept. 7, 2022)

Editor: Being a long-term resident here in Linn County, I have in the past generally left my concern for law enforcement leadership (sadly) to others who are much better acquainted than I am with those already involved in positions of leadership....

 

Letter: Government gains power while people sleep (Sept. 7, 2022)

Editor: America now has a new form of government. Have you noticed? Its executive agencies are militarized and going rogue. Meanwhile, many Democrats criticize, denounce, and condemn fellow citizens who retain and exercise their Second Amendment...

 

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