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 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 29, 2022 

Editorial: Circumstances beyond our control forcing delivery change at The New Era (June 29, 2022)

I often tell people that the news business is never boring. The easiest way to describe community newspaper production is it’s a very schedule-oriented business that operates in a constantly fluctuating, sometimes very chaotic, environment. You...

 

From Our Files (June 29, 2022)

June 29, 1972 The Sweet Home City Council voted to try to purchase the old Forest Service guard station at Quartzville for recreational and education purposes. There would be no cost of the 3.2-acre parcel to the city, and maintenance costs are...

 

Letter: Schools still safe place for kids (June 22, 2022)

Editor: On June 6, Michael Gerson wrote the following sentence in an editorial of the Washington Post: “In a recent CBS-YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans agreed that mass shootings are ‘unfortunately something we have to accept’ in a free...

 

Letter: Truth unchanging, unlike opinion (June 22, 2022)

Editor: Kudos on the editorial in the June 15 edition advising the graduates (and all of us) to seek the Truth. Not “my truth” or “your truth” which is the popular phrase now-a-days, but The Truth with a capital “T”. Many people use the...

 

Letter: Caption for track photo poor choice (June 22, 2022)

Editor: Regarding one of the photos from the elementary school track meet. The caption reads “Ryker Gourly, of Hawthorne, who is blind, with helper Jessika Brendle, right, gets a ribbon after competing in the 100 meters. P.E. teacher John Mithen...

 

Letter: Music's benefits go far beyond pleasure (June 22, 2022)

Editor: My personal experience learning music on the trumpet started at the age of 5. Being encouraged to continue playing through the many tough stages in learning music has had a positive impact throughout my life. Being in performing groups...

 

Letter: Abortion is civil issue, not church's (June 22, 2022)

Editor: I want to talk about the separation of church and state. Our constitution declares that no religion shall have legal effect on the general populace. And the government shall not demand obedience to any particular religious concept. It’s the...

 

From Our Files (June 22, 2022)

June 22, 1972 Lumber consumption in the U.S. in 1972 is estimated to set a new all-time record of about 46 billion board feet. The National Forest Products Assn. forecasts consumption of softwood lumber at 38 billion board feet, far above any other...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Editorial: Amidst confusion, truth tells

As this year’s graduates should be very aware, we live in a confusing world. We often hear people, particularly those with significant life experience, say that things are happening that they never would have anticipated, 20 or even 10 years ago....

 

Letter: City's approach to downtown wrong (June 15, 2022)

Editor: As someone who grew up here and works here and who loves this town more than anything, to have a mayor call out our businesses and shame them for having empty buildings is wrong (“Solutions for downtown vacancies?”, June 1). The four peop...

 

From Our Files (June 15, 2022)

June 15, 1972 A potentially dangerous fire was averted at Cascadia by an employee of a gas company and the Sweet Home Fire Dept. Cal-Gas Co. of Albany was filling a propane tank at the Amos Horner residence at Cascadia, but when the gas man...

 

Guest Commentary: Father's Day a terrific time for Dad to consider his calling (June 15, 2022)

By Dr. James Thrasher The haunting refrains of Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle,” like “planes to catch and bills to pay … when you coming home, Dad?” started to play in my mind recently. A Fortune 500 company recruiter asked...

 

Editorial: All in all, Ukraine spending worth it

Populist critics have gone after the new $40 billion in aid to Ukraine hammer and tongs. Donald Trump has com-plained that we are sending billions to Ukraine “yet America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children.” Republican Sen....

 

From Our Files (June 8, 2022)

June 8, 1972 The Sweet Home School Board relieved Supt. Douglas Olds of all his official duties during an unannounced special meeting. The board earlier refused to renew Olds’ contract and hired Pleasant Valley’s superintendent, Joey Acaiturri,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 1, 2022

Editorial: What's the value of historic buildings? (June 1, 2022)

Sweet Home, unlike some neighboring communities, is not blessed with a multitude of classy old buildings. For much of its history, this town has been largely focused on getting ‘er done, primarily getting timber out of the woods to a waiting...

 

Letter: Life comes from someone above us (June 1, 2022)

Editor: Regarding the letter from Diane Dainte about “abortion rights” (May 18): Every person who disdains the saving of another life to “help” make living easier is assuming that only the one who can speak for themselves holds the future....

 

Letter: Volunteers, donors spark Beautification (June 1, 2022)

Editor: We had a great turn-out for our spring Beautification Planting Day earlier this month. Twenty-one volunteers came to help. All went well, taking us nearly three hours to plant 1,350 petunias in the median planters. The early May rain and...

 

From Our Files (June 1, 2022)

June 1, 1972 The week was busy for firefighters as they were called to four area fires. A trailer home at the Westport Trailer Court was lost to fire due to a leaking propane tank ignited by a furnace pilot light. The Smith family was not home when...

 

Commentary: Memorial Day time to make lasting good memories (May 25, 2022)

By Dr. Glenn Mollette  Decoration Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those dying in military service for our country. In 1971 Congress officially made the last Monday in May Memorial Day.  On this day, Ame...

 

From Our Files (May 25, 2022)

May 25, 1972 Sweet Home firemen answered a call from the Boise Cascade plant west of town to extinguish a small blaze in a pile of sawdust near the mill. The fire was caused when a dump truck hauling the sander dust from a bin to the dump site...

 

Letter: Laundry owners say thank-you (May 25, 2022)

Editor: The Cascade Laundromat building has been sold and will be closing sometime in the next one to three weeks. This has been an extremely difficult decision, and we have earnestly tried to make the venture profitable and also find another locatio...

 

Letter: Support says it for Sheriff's candidate (May 25, 2022)

Editor: I am writing this in response to former Sheriff Dave Burright’s statement (May 18) about the candidates for Linn County Sheriff. The statement made by the former sheriff is appalling and derogatory to every deputy serving Linn County...

 

Letter: Science: Life does start at conception (May 25, 2022)

Editor: In response to Diane Daiute, May 18, concerning abortion: Human life begins at conception. How do we know this? To coin a popular phrase, “follow the science.” At conception, all DNA is present for a human being; at conception, the...

 

Letter: GOP hypocritical, lies about abortion (May 18, 2022)

Editor: A guy once said that if men got pregnant you’d be able to get an abortion at a vending machine...  Christian opposition to abortion comes from the Republican party looking to corral, exploit and weaponize the church as a voting bloc....

 

Letter: Sheriff's race has one qualified candidate (May 18, 2022)

Editor: Campaigning for the November election for Linn County Sheriff has already begun and I urge all voters to carefully assess the candidates’ backgrounds, as only one of them is qualified to be our Sheriff. I hired both of them years ago when...

 

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