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Washington trip is once-in-a-lifetime, but glad to be home

Merry Christmas! It didn’t seem much like Christmas last week in Washington, D.C. There was far too much to do and see. Too much journalisting and touristing to do to really get that ol’ Christmas vibe going. But it all came together over and...

 

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...

 

Sean C. Morgan Reports From Washington – Day 4: Visits with VIPs, and not enough museum time

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era We woke to the sounds of sirens. I'll need to learn the "Sounds of Silence" soon so I can rewrite the lyrics and sing "The Sounds of Sirens" or an "Ode to Washington,... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 3 – Amid the mucky-mucks, the really important stuff

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Just because of constant rush of activities, every day is whirling by in Washingon, D.C. It's hard to believe it's just Tuesday. Our Sweet Home contingent, here to... Full story

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 2 – Capitol a busy, busy place

We woke to the sounds of sirens. Step out of the house for a quick vape, and there's that sound. Again, no police cars, just ambulances and fire engines – all day long, everywhere in this town....

 

Sean C. Morgan reports from Washington: Day 1 – Trip to nation's capitol full of little lessons

– Editor's note: Reporter Sean C. Morgan is in Washington, D.C., to cover the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which originated in Sweet Home, and to report on the activities of local... Full story

 

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...

 

Lots of folks gittin' 'r' done around Sweet Home

There’s been a lot of gittin’ ‘r’ done in the air around Sweet Home recently. We’ve seen remarkable performances from the Capitol Christmas Tree organizers, local enterpreneurs who have taken local business enterprise to new heights, and...

 

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...

 

Candidates' voting records often twisted in political campaigns

I’m going to get a little political on you this time around! I intentionally keep these articles about the legislative process, primarily because that is where my focus is the majority of the time. I’ve said for years that politics is what I...

 

All in all, Christmas tree send-off was a capital day

We don’t think we’re being over-enthusiastic in saying that the Capitol Christmas Tree celebration Friday brought out the best of Sweet Home in a lot of ways. If anybody’s poo-pooing that, we wonder if they bothered to show up. When we...

 

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...

 

Search for elusive ornament gets up close and personal in Sweet Home forest

This whole Capitol Christmas Tree story has been pretty impressive and it’s nice to see the community responding to what will likely be something that won’t happen again in our lifetime. When we got started with this thing, I have to admit I was...

 

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...

 

Pedestrians need to be very visible

Editor: Pedestrians, please wear bright colored or reflective clothes when you are out and about at night, especially if you are going to be crossing the highway. Make sure oncoming vehicles can see you; if not, wait until they pass. Drivers cannot...

 

Don't use taxes to pay for abortion

Editor: I’m old, and old-fashioned. When I was young, we had to accept the consequences of our choices and actions, for better or worse. We learned personal responsibility. If a woman wants an abortion, that is often the consequence of her poor...

 

Swimming pool meets local needs

Editor: For those who haven’t voted yet, we urge you to vote yes on the swimming pool levy. The five year levy would be less than the rate these last five years. In addition, the levy for the next five years, beginning in 2019 qualifies for a...

 

Sprenger, hunters 'blind' to solutions

Editor: There are times when our preconceived notions blind us to solutions for problems that appear right before us. The recent town hall on cougars is a case in point. Coming into that meeting with the preconceived notion that letting all hunters h...

 

Commission needs some new blood

Editor: I support Stephanie Newton for Linn County commissioner! She is a breath of fresh air in a stale political climate. I am a true believer in having a representative government. I think those elected to office should reflect all of those they...

 

Neighbors: Lindsey is 'a good man'

Editor: As we are nearing an important election, we understand that many voters in Linn County are likely on the fence with regards to your vote for county commissioner. News articles of late have not been kind to Mr. Lindsey, and if John Lindsey...

 

Joint committees can help pave way to progress in the capitol

I am writing this article while waiting for a business round table meeting to start at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. For the last several months myself and some of my colleagues have traveled the state as part of the Joint Committee on Student...

 

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