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Commentary: Thinking Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2022)

The 400th anniversary of what is generally considered the birth of our Thanksgiving holiday actually took place last year. But a lot of us were still fighting our way out of the COVID pandemic then and, well, we kind of missed that moment. Fact is, i...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 23, 2022)

Nov. 23, 1972 Sweet Home Junior High opened a new elective class for boys only: home economics. It’s a class the high school has offered for several years now. The boys mainly learn cooking and sewing, which include a subset of skills: comparison...

 

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...

 

Editorial: Political attacks, abuse always wrong (Nov. 9, 2022)

We’ve just finished an election in which campaigning, at least by some candidates, has seemed particularly mean-spirited and less-than-truthful than even what we’re used to in these affairs. So now that the votes are in, what’s next? How about...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 9, 2022)

Nov. 9, 1972 Voters in the Midway and Foster area turned down annexation to the city of Sweet Home in this week’s election, with 540 against annexation compared to 237 favoring it. Sweet Home voters felt differently, with 891 in favor of and 386...

 

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...

 

From Our Files (Nov. 2, 2022)

Nov. 2, 1972 The local International Woodworkers Of America (IWA 3-265) reported the federal pay board granted a 26-cent salary increase and all requested fringe benefits for employees of Willamette Industries and Titus Trucking Co. Workers had...

 

Commentary: Resources abound for local voters (Oct. 26, 2022)

Last week The New Era hosted a forum that included five of the six candidates running for Sweet Home City Council (all were invited). The reason we did that was because we felt that local voters need as many tools as possible to determine who...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 26, 2022)

Oct. 26, 1972 A tentative proposal to renovate the high school was approved by the school board and the architects were instructed to begin work on preliminary schematic drawings. A rough estimate of the cost was $2.25 million, $400,000 less than a...

 

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...

 

Commentary: Ready to vote? This election counts (Oct. 19, 2022)

This is a big election year for Oregonians, an indicator of which is the frequency and viciousness of the attack commercials this time around. Since 2012, both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office have been controlled by Democrats....

 

Letter: Management takes experience, training (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: The election for Linn County Sheriff is of utmost importance to our community and I urge all voters to take the time to educate yourselves and make an informed vote. I generally sit on the sidelines and quietly cast my vote in an election,...

 

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: Duncan has what it takes for position (Oct. 19, 2022)

Editor: Linn County and the people who live here are important to me. This is where I grew up, met the love of my life and raised my children. This is a wonderful community, and I have dedicated most of my adult life ensuring it stays that way. I...

 

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...

 

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