Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Letter: Know the source of hormone replacement therapies

April 1, 2015 — 

Premarin: how is it produced?

You should know how and where it comes from. It is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and it’s made from horse urine! You can check my facts by getting on your computer and typing in, “How Premarin is made” or “horse urine farms.” Plenty of sites will confirm the horrific procedures that horses are suffering.

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Editorial: Adults must not tolerate bullying

March 31, 2015 — 

A mother called our newsroom this week to let us know that her son is being bullied at a local middle school. Various schoolmates of this 12-year-old have subjected him to taunts along the lines of “we don’t want you here” and “we don’t like you.”

Early in life we all must learn to fend for ourselves and to develop “thick skin” so that every insult does not bring us to tears and every obstacle does not become insurmountable.

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Guest Column: The importance of public oversight

March 30, 2015 — 

Douglas County Public Health Division has been fragmented and is at further risk of being dismantled. In our community, Public Health is responsible for providing population-based health services including but not limited to vaccinations, emergency management, environmental health inspections, and disease tracking and prevention.

The initial decision to dismantle, contract out, and reorganize the division came from the county commissioners almost a year ago, without public input or public health expertise. After substantial chaos and disarray, the decision that was made without a solid transition plan in place was put on hold.

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Thank Vietnam vets today

March 29, 2015 — 

It’s been 42 years today since the last U.S. soldier left Vietnam, ending one of the longest military conflicts in our history.

Our military involvement in Vietnam began in 1962 and lasted more than 11 years. It would claim the lives of 58,000 service men and women and send thousands more home with physical and mental scars that would last a lifetime.

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Making progress, one dump fee at a time

March 27, 2015 — 

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved safety-net funding to timber-dependent Oregon counties for another two years. Though this may not seem like a propitious time in our county’s budget process to argue in favor of a dump fee, it is exactly the right time.

Douglas County’s budget problems remain. The county’s ability to contribute to the quality of life we hold dear has been on a steep downward trajectory for many years. The new safety-net money will lessen the grade of that decline only for a short time, and it will not tilt that grade upward.

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Letter: Nursing administration at Roseburg VA still a contentious issue

March 27, 2015 — 

Need new leadership?

In regards to the ongoing problems at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, it is disconcerting that the current nursing administration has remained in place since 2008, despite the ongoing revelations that staff and veterans have not been well-treated under their supervision. The need for fresh leadership is evidenced once again by the recent Lynch PowerPoint described in The News-Review on March 11.

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Publisher's Notebook: Timber industry under attack again

March 27, 2015 — 

Timber people have a reason to be a little defensive.

Even after seeing production crippled by owls, marbled murrelets, tree-sitting humans, courtroom judges and politicians who wouldn’t know a fir tree from a telephone pole, they still find themselves having to defend what’s left of their industry.

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Letter: Reports indicate ObamaCare is working

March 26, 2015 — 

Many enrolled for health care

Einstein defined insanity as conducting the same experiment over and over and expecting a different outcome. The Republicans in the House have now voted 57 times to repeal ObamaCare. Does this tell you anything about the mentality of the Republican party? In spite of five years of lies and ominous predictions about ObamaCare, it has been successful and is gaining daily in popularity.

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Guest Column: Director of Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs discusses veterans' homes

March 26, 2015 — 

I always appreciate the News Review’s coverage on issues and concerns of Oregon’s veterans. A recent article raised questions about a third veterans’ home in Oregon and I hope to clarify some details.

To be clear, Oregon statutes since 2011 have directed the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) to establish a third veterans’ home in Roseburg. That has not changed nor has it been a discussion legislatively this session. Also in 2011, the Legislature directed ODVA to contract for a study to review the landscape and needs of aging veterans across Oregon and funded the study this biennium.

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Letter: Source data shows different picture than climate change models

March 25, 2015 — 

Data presents its own story

With the flurry of attention being paid to record world temperatures in 2014, including a recent New-Review story, I became interested in looking at the hard data behind the hype.

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Kudos: Whipple Community Fund supports Douglas County literacy

March 25, 2015 — 

Altrusa gets Whipple grant

The Whipple Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation awarded $2000 to Altrusa for Celebration of Literacy 2015. COL is most appreciative of the Foundation for its continued support for this program.

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Guest Column: Douglas County Library System needs funding

March 25, 2015 — 

Our Douglas County Library System is probably the most popular of all the services that our local tax dollars provide. So, it is only natural that when a funding crisis comes along, people try to come up with solutions to help preserve the system. Unfortunately, the most common of these schemes either simply don’t work or can’t be applied.

One often-heard proposal is to charge fees for library cards. Actually, the DCLS does, in fact, charge a $50 fee for some library cards. But these are for people who don’t live in the library district, that is, within our county. Oregon law prohibits tax-funded libraries from charging card fees to residents of their districts. This is because public libraries are either free libraries or they are not public libraries.

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Letter: Veterinarian visit revealed high costs for shelter dog adoption

March 24, 2015 — 

Adoption had unseen costs

I’d like to share an experience we had with adopting a dog from Saving Grace. Please understand first that we’ve supported the shelter for many years and this is our second adopted dog.

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Guest Column: Marijuana in the workplace after July 1

March 24, 2015 — 

Imagine it’s already July 1, 2015. If your company has employees on that date, you need to be ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana. It may impact your business, even if it doesn’t affect you personally.

Measure 91 was overwhelmingly approved by the voters and will launch on July 1. It legalizes the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana or up to four marijuana plants.

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Kudos: Roseburg businesses help Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley

March 23, 2015 — 

Businesses get thanks

The Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley would like to thank Kruse Farms and Dutch Brothers for their generous donations of $1,268 and $2,650 respectively. This generous support enables the Club to provide quality programming for the youth of our community.

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Kudos: Christmas was special for Douglas County foster children

March 23, 2015 — 

Brightening the lives of others

Kudos to those who donated pajamas for children in foster care. CASA of Douglas County was overwhelmed by this community’s generosity and thankful to everyone who made our pajama drive a success.

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Kudos: Oregon Community Foundation sponsors Sutherlin youth programs

March 23, 2015 — 

Grants support kids programs

With great excitement, the Sutherlin Community Resource Center is proud to announce they are the recipients of two Oregon Community Foundation grants.

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Loss brings father, son closer

March 23, 2015 — 

My son Luke and I have gotten much closer these past six months.

Luke is autistic, and for his first 21 years benefitted from a mom who was able to be with him every day. She is why he is the beautiful young man he has become.

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Guest Column: Roseburg starts upgrades in downtown area

March 23, 2015 — 

I am sure that by now many of you who live, work, dine and shop in the downtown area or just travel through that area have noticed there is construction work going on during the evening hours between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday night through Thursday night. The work currently being done consists of upgrading and replacing a series of aging water lines that provide water distribution throughout the downtown area, as well as for south and west Roseburg. The timeline for this project is approximately 120 days and should be done in early July.

So why am I writing this letter? This project is the first of many projects that the City of Roseburg will be completing this year, and the first of many in this particular area that will be completed over the next few years. Next up will be a project to redevelop portions of Oak and Washington Avenues east of Stephens. We have been working through design options for the last two years and will be going out for bids on this project in the near future. The project is primarily funded through our Urban Renewal Agency, but will also involve resources from the city’s water utility, storm drain utility, street light/sidewalk fund and Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority. The Oak/Washington project will start in late spring, take a week off for Graffiti Weekend, and then be finished up during the fall.

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Kudos: Cow Creek Indian Foundation assists Roseburg Kitchen

March 20, 2015 — 

Foundation helps the poor

The Cow Creek Indian Foundation has awarded a large grant to St. Joseph’s Community Kitchen to assist in its ministry to the poor and homeless of our community. We can’t say how much this is appreciated and we ask God to bless them in all their endeavors.

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Letter: Is it journalism, or is it opinion?

March 20, 2015 — 

Journalism’s responsibility

A March 15 letter to the editor referred to “dhimmitude,” the health care law and future American slavery. The letter invited me to look up “dhimmitude,” the health care law and Snopes. So I did. It turns out that “dhimmitude” is not in the health care law, as the letter claimed. Snopes and other online fact checkers label as false a circulating email with the same claims as the letter.

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Kudos: Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation assists with funds

March 20, 2015 — 

City park plan moves forward

Glendale-Azalea CART Association has received a $7,500 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation to assist with a multi-phase Glendale City Park Project. This project helps the CART Association’s efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens of the Cow Creek valley. This generous donation from the CCUIF will help fund the next phase: construction of a covered pavilion in Glendale City Park, with lights, water and improved handicap access.

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Kudos: Early literacy book distribution grant awarded to the Douglas County Library System

March 20, 2015 — 

Learning Hub funds literacy

The Douglas County Library System wishes to express appreciation to the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub for the award of a $1,550 Early Literacy Book Distribution Grant.

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Guest Column: Room for growth in wind energy

March 20, 2015 — 

America leads the world in wind power and it’s effectively doing so with one arm behind its back.

Today, 39 states, including Oregon, have utility-scale wind turbines. In fact, Oregon ranks sixth in the nation in wind power installed. Combined, these 39 states generate more wind energy than any other country in the world.

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Letter: Another view of the marijuana issue

March 18, 2015 — 

Look at both sides, please

I would like a reference link or a copy of your paper that doesn’t portray the legalization of marijuana in a negative outlook. So far I have seen biased and outlandish reporting on this subject.

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Kudos: Gardening tools and shade tents help students in Roseburg

March 18, 2015 — 

Home Depot lends a hand

Cobb Children’s Learning Center would like to thank Home Depot for its generous donation of gardening tools and shade tents for our gardening program. More than 120 children use our garden, which is incorporated into our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and the salad bar in our lunch program. With these various tools, the children can continue to make their garden grow! We appreciate the donation of Home Depot. It will make a difference in the lives of many children in Douglas County.

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Kudos: Douglas County rallied to support victims

March 18, 2015 — 

Court support appreciated

The Lutzker and Drysdale family would like to say thanks to the community for its letters of support in keeping convicted murderer Karl Kazor behind bars for another four years. We also thank the other victims who attended the hearing. Thanks go to the District Attorney’s office, too. All the letters were deeply appreciated.

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Letter: Betterment and effective changes will take American conviction

March 18, 2015 — 

More on the taxation nation

We’ve been so critical of our need to offset the hardships of life through the tax system that we’ve left the economic fundamentals that built this country out of the solution — advancing over-regulation. We’re so pampered now compared to days of yore.

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Guest Column: Survey results for Roseburg's downtown parking

March 20, 2015 — 

I bet it’s true around the world — from Roseburg to Reykjavik — people get grumpy over parking enforcement. It seems like no one wants to plug hard currency in a meter and no one likes getting fined when a meter runs out.

But communities put parking rules in place for a reason; they are an essential support for businesses and clients alike. Both businesses and clients want close-by access to shopping and services. They both want regular turn-over in parking spots, one vehicle yielding to the next in the least time possible. Only parking rules, and their enforcement with fees and fines, seem to accomplish the regular turnover of parking spots. It’s unpopular, but apparently necessary.

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Kudos: Roseburg resident appreciates businesses for supporting literacy

March 18, 2015 — 

Recognizing the sponsors

I was so pleased to see the article about the Oregon Battle of the Books competition in The News-Review’s Sunday paper on March 1. The reporter did a great job of capturing the energy of the day!

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