Variety is Spice of life


I know these three topics seem completely unrelated, yet the fact that they are contained in a single issue of the New Era (March 7) is exciting to me. It’s the debate about topics like this that keeps a hometown newspaper interesting and lively.

The editor is to be congratulated on keeping the paper diverse and entertaining, which hopefully leads to a healthy source of news and information for the entire community.

On gambling, I’m with Sean. The entire state economy of Nevada is based on gambling and they have some of the best schools in the country. Our own Oregon lottery is responsible for helping to fund many needy projects around the state including roads, schools, and even charities. As for problem gamblers, there is help for them, and it is even funded by gambling dollars. Not allowing gambling because there are problem gamblers is like banning alcohol because there are alcoholics. For the responsible ones, it works just fine. For the people with problems, there’s help

On daylight savings time, I think it is ridiculous. Contrary to a recent article, the sun does not come up any earlier just because we set our clocks back. The sun still comes up at the same time, we just call it something different. That’s why the whole thing is completely ludicrous. The earth will continue to revolve around the sun and the sun will continue to shine no matter what we do down here on the surface of the planet. If you want to get up an hour earlier, do it but don’t make me do it. If you want to stay up later at night, go right ahead but don’t make me follow your bedtime rules.

On Creationism, there is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the debate to meet a real, live creationist on March 28. On that Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Sweet Home Evangelical Church, Frank Sherwin from the Institute for Creation Research will be giving a presentation. Whether you are a fundamentalist or creationist or an atheist, agnostic or freethinker, this evening should provide much information for both sides of the debate.

I thank my friend DeVere Anderson for bringing this to my attention. I plan on being there.

Otherwise, don’t sweat the small stuff, keep a good attitude and do your best to love everyone no matter if they agree with you or not.

Keith Cantrell

Sweet Home