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Letter: Added thoughts on sewing skills (Jan. 12, 2022)

Editor: I really enjoy Roberta Mc-Kern’s museum musings. The last one (Dec. 29) about a quilt interested me for different reasons than history. She assumes that mothers did the embroidery, because surely no boy, or child of 11 or 12, or a man would...

 

Letter: Is this liberty or mass groupfear? (Jan. 12, 2022)

Editor: In 2022 will Americans turn to basic life and liberty principles? When a nation’s leaders identify and isolate non-criminal citizens, something wicked this way comes. Back in the day, Americans were presumed innocent until proven guilty. Th...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 12, 2022)

Jan. 13, 1972 City Council members voted to install a two-line emergency phone to the police station, to purchase two road graders to bring two streets up to standard, and to purchase a piece of property. The decision to add another emergency line...

 

Commentary: New year brings another round of serious issues (Jan. 5, 2022)

Our Review of the Year, in this week’s edition, is a good opportunity to contemplate our recent past, and kind of get a grip on what really happened in a year that was definitely more up-beat than 2020, but still had its rough spots. And, as we...

 

From Our Files (Jan. 5, 2022)

Jan. 6, 1972 The aftermath of a duck hunting trip for a group of boys resulted in one boy being hospitalized with a gunshot wound Dec. 29. Jeffrey Stafford, 16, was struck in the lower back when a 16-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged in the...

 

Commentary: Hypocrisy in lead as Olympics near (Dec. 29, 2021)

By Rich Lowry It should be a rule of thumb that the Olympic Games shouldn’t be held in countries that operate concentration camps. If this strikes you as a reasonable demand, you aren’t suited to serve on the International Olympic Commit-tee....

 

From Our Files (Dec. 29, 2021)

Dec. 30, 1971 Cats like to travel, but surely Minnie didn’t intend to go to Portland when she crawled up under the hood of the neighbor’s car. When Jack Kerr’s car pulled out of the driveway in the morning, Minnie’s adventure began. She went...

 

Letter: Reader enjoyed Gala Concert (Dec. 22, 2021)

Editor: The Christmas Gala concert on Dec. 11 was so amazing! The whole town needs to come next year. Bob and I love going to the big city for entertainment and realized after Saturday night that this was some of the best we have seen! From the...

 

Letter: Where'd all these rules come from? (Dec. 22, 2021)

Editor: I’m sick of all these rules! Rules made up by un-elected bureaucrats and low-level clerks, telling us what we can or can’t do! Who the heck do they think they are? Mandates! And just who came up with all these crazy ideas? Some looney...

 

Letter: Are leaders really 'following science?' (Dec. 22, 2021)

Editor: Since Day 1 of COVID-19, medical advisors and decision-makers have ordered citizens to “follow the science” while they have themselves not been reading the evidence and have been blinded by their own prejudices and ego. Meanwhile,...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 22, 2021)

Dec. 23, 1971 Linn County deputy sheriffs arrested men from Albany and Independence on charges of possessing stolen property and threatening injury to another. A Sweet Home patrolman alleges the men threatened his life and the lives of members of...

 

Guest commentary: Time to change our minds on nuclear power?

By Rachel Dawson The era of small-modular nuclear reactors is upon us, but Oregon lives in the past. Oregon continues to ban nuclear power, while other states with a similar moratorium are taking action to reverse their bans and bring nuclear power t...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 15, 2021)

Dec. 16, 1971 Tree branches, garbage cans and debris littered streets here last week following a strong evening wind. No damage was reported, although several power lines were downed by falling tree limbs. Gusts of wind were estimated at 35-40 mph....

 

Commentary: Social events raising holiday spirits

Noticed the Christmas cards that have magically appeared over the weekend around town? If you happened to pass the Community Center on Saturday night – if you weren’t inside the building – you may have noticed that the parking lot was...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 8, 2021)

Dec. 9, 1971 A 1913 poster for a wood and steel hydraulic cider press was on show for guests at the “Narrows” Brocard farm as they waited for the original machine to show what it can do. The press was purchased in 1913 by Joe Brocard, Sr., for...

 

Commentary: Child care proposals don't reflect real needs (Dec. 1, 2021)

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden wants to bring the same discerning, common-sensical governing style to American child care that has his job approval rating in the low 40s. In other words, look out below. The child care proposal that House Democrats...

 

From Our Files (Dec. 1, 2021)

Dec. 2, 1971 Those who braved the recent “Oregon mists” no doubt noticed a decided difference in the appearance of the South Santiam above Foster Reservoir. Records of the Foster office of Corps of Engineers show a sharp rise in water of over 19...

 

Notes from the Newsroom: Turmoil aside, let's be thankful

Boy, it’s hard to believe that it’s … Thanksgiving. Already? But despite the calendar shock, Thanksgiving really sounds good right about now, in more ways than just flavor. Ever heard that saying, “Quit complaining and count your...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 24, 2021)

Nov. 25, 1971 Nearly 600 people showed up to the public hearing concerning the designation of the South Santiam as a Scenic Waterway, forcing the meeting to be moved to the junior high school gym. Sweet Home area residents joined together to fight...

 

Letter to the editor: Leave of absence rationale explained (Nov. 24, 2021)

Editor: I decided to write a followup to the article (Oct. 27) that mentioned me going on a leave of absence from SHFAD. I wasn’t trying to make the news when I explained myself to the district board, but since I did I’ll elaborate a bit on why...

 

Commentary: DA: Commutations hit home in Linn County

By Doug Marteeny Statewide, since the onset of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown has commuted nearly 1,000 felons back into our communities, 54 in Linn County alone.  Releasing felons at this rate has de...

 

Letter: Support East Linn Museum (Nov. 17, 2021)

Editor: I am writing to encourage strong support for Sweet Home’s local hometown museum and its staff, the East Linn Museum Society. This community is blessed with a wonderful asset and resource that should be preserved and supported both...

 

Letter: History holds warnings to heed (Nov. 17, 2021)

Editor: Hitler was head of the Socialist Party. Have we forgotten? Victoria Peargin Sweet Home...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 17, 2021)

Nov. 18, 1971 Linn County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a battery charger taken from a Federal Highway Administration maintenance shop near Quartzville. The thieves are said to have climbed a 12 foot woven wire fence prior to...

 

Commentary: 'Yoder' case from 1960s still has significance in education today

By Dr. John A. Sparks Throughout the country, parents are concerned that some public schoolboards, administrators, and associations hold them in disdain and fear their input when they raise legitimate questions about the direction of their local...

 

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