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Christmas tree trip should be for all

Editor: I believe we all are excited about Sweet Home providing the Capitol Christmas Tree this year and the visibility it affords our little community. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often so I assume most of us want to put our...

 

Merkley reference in editorial a 'cheap shot'

Editor: Lest you believe that I am a transplanted “Big-City Liberal,” I should introduce myself and my background. I consider myself to be a “middle of the road” progressive. I was raised rurally, most of that time on an Oregon farm, and...

 

Better communication with SHEDG needed

Listening to City Council members’ responses last week to this year’s Oregon Jamboree (page 1), held nearly two months ago, we’re reminded how easy it is to forget the benefits the country music festival brings to Sweet Home. We also think we...

 

Editorial: Councilors must avoid quorum on D.C. trip

Public meetings laws are important for us, the citizens of Oregon. At the risk of sounding cynical, many otherwise upstanding public officials have an uncanny propensity toward secrecy and abuse of power when not restrained by laws that require acces...

 

CCC veterans evidence value of productivity

I should begin by admitting I’m not a big fan of government social programs, which typically, in my view, are sadly wasteful of tax dollars and generally not very effective in solving problems. But I’ve always been impressed by the Civilian...

 

Money speaking louder than law

Editor: Regarding your front-page article (Aug. 22) on how out of control the production and distribution of marijuana in the State of Oregon is, how legality is not the issue. Enforcement of legal laws is. Dr. Wolthuis, in a (Aug. 22) letter to the...

 

Hard reality of recycling: It's time to pay the price

As we’ve observed the move this summer to increase local trash collection rates to accommodate rising costs of recycling, we reluctantly acknowledge the outcome but we definitely are bothered by the process. While we aren’t big fans of the...

 

Commissioners vote subject to law

Editor: We have had some personal response to the recent action taken by the Planning Commission regarding another marijuana store, and after the newspaper article showing the votes, I feel it is imperative to give some public reply. The decision by...

 

Single-focus solutions not best for environment

In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” a rabid dog growls his way onto the street where Atticus Finch and his family live. The entire neighborhood is watching, waiting and afraid to act. They see the threat, yet because of their own...

 

Drugs' effects go beyond obvious

Editor: The Planning Commission is trying so hard to gain better funding for Sweet Home’s growth. So it seems there is plenty of money to spend on marijuana since there will now be four stores to compete for it. This is a quote from Dag...

 

Jamboree looked little different, but it still was fun

Sweet Home folks have been waiting to see what the outcome would be with an Oregon Jamboree line-up that lacked the mega-stars who have headlined recent festivals. In some senses, this year’s Jamboree wasn’t what previous ones have been. The...

 

Drivers need to slow at preschool

Summer is here, school is out, but not at Little Promises Day Care. I live out near Mark’s Ridge and always go past the school to get to Sweet Home’s downtown. It never fails, when I go through there, that I see cars ignoring the speed limit...

 

Fires indicate popular opinion not always wise

Democracy has been a boon to many, including us, the people of the United States. For those of us with limited recall from history class, our system of government is our Founders’ response to the very autocratic rule of the English monarch that,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 25, 2018

Colleagues' encouragement good for us all

I’ve just returned from the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention, held last week on the other side of the mountains. Typically, in addition to some rounds of golf on high-end resort courses and a bunch of business meetings, the...

 

Sister thankful for warmth to brother

Editor: On July 14 we went to the Loggers event during the Sportsman’s Holiday and I wanted to thank the sponsors and helpers of the show. My brother has Down syndrome but he loves to go and compete in the competition. His nephew did sign him up...

 

Worthy vets aren't being nominated

Editor: OK to all you veteran supporters, it’s time you nominate the veterans of Sweet Home for the 2018 Veteran of the Year. I cannot understand the thinking of the Sweet Home area, why no one is nominated! I know several who should be. I know...

 

Reunion special due to participants

Editor: Returning to the Sweet Home area is always a treat, but coming to a school reunion is special. This past weekend the SHUHS Class of 1963 enjoyed their 55th class reunion. Good food, good company and lots of helping hands made the event...

 

Museum thanks yard sale helpers

Editor: The East Linn Museum gives a big “thank you” to those who made our summer yard sale a success. This especially includes museum volunteers who braved the all-too-warm weather to set up, keep the sale going, and dismantle it. The VFW, for...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Being part of the news isn't always fun

It’s kind of an unwritten rule for print journalists to stay out of the news. We cover news. We try not to make it. So we sometimes find ourselves in awkward positions when we become part of a news story, even sometimes when we actually experience...

 

On Independence Day, appreciate those ... courts

When we celebrate Independence Day, we typically aren’t thinking about judges. Courts aren’t always something we Americans appreciate. Criminal and civil courts, of course, represent the long arm of the law, not always to the benefit of...

 

Now is good time to prepare for School Board elections

The return of Jenny Daniels to the School Board, which we reported in our June 20 edition, means Liberty-area residents get an experienced board member to represent their beliefs and values in the decisions made about the operations of the Sweet...

 

Thanks for kind good-bye gift

Editor: I want to thank the Sweet Home Junior High School staff for their kindness to me during the seven years I was in their employ. I enjoyed working with all of you in the lunch program. I do thank you for the lovely card and beautiful plant. It...

 

One-on-one time with constituents important for legislator

I speak often to students, of ages ranging from elementary to high school. I love hanging out with kids and have found them to be more willing to engage in their government than many adults. I hope, by speaking to students, that they will become...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Recycling right may involve learning curve

I clearly remember the first time I visited a landfill. I don’t remember why, exactly, but I recall driving up a winding dirt road into the hills of Central California, where I lived at the time, and seeing … a giant flock of seagulls descending...

 

Banner project efforts appreciated

Editor: We would like to thank Jim and Lisa Gourley for their insight and determination in the veterans banner project to honor our own people who served in the military and a job well done. Ken and Wanda Dahlin and family Sweet H...

 

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