Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
It’s a few days past Thanksgiving, but it’s never too late to take stock in one’s good fortunes.
Besides…what kind of columnist would I be if I didn’t weigh in with a traditional holiday message?Learn more »
In the weeks following Oct. 1, it has been a privilege to experience the compassion that drives the decision-making in our community. There is a power and magnetism in our community as it pulls together for the greater good. We feel that strength on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, when we honor our values and our traditions.
This month I am reminded of the rights and privileges that we owe to those who came before us — our indigenous people, pioneers, settlers and immigrants; leaders and followers; lawmakers, protesters, and voters; visionaries and idealists. I am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours.Learn more »
In the days and nights since the massacre at Umpqua Community College, our thoughts have turned often to the victims, those murdered and those grievously injured. We think of the unbearable loss their families and friends have suffered. I am also humbled by the depth of what people on campus are feeling and by their courage in going on, doing what must be done.
A friend from Snyder Hall emails me: “We need to model positivity to our students (and each other), but many days I honestly have lost that energy. Now is when our students need us to be at our best, but frankly, this has been like climbing Mt. Everest.”Learn more »
I started to answer the question of the week and decided to make it a letter to the editor. We have too many refugees in this country as it is. I don’t think we should allow any more people into this country from anywhere when we can’t even take care of the people we have.
I think its unconscionable for our government, our GOVERNOR to even consider allowing Syrian refugees into our midst. Its like inviting terrorists for dinner, just before they try to kill us.Learn more »
Douglas County is struggling to provide basic services for residents of the County. It is vital to provide law enforcement, safe roads, fire protection and education for our youth. Something must be done to correct the dismal situation of our County Library System. Realizing this is a very emotional issue with many in our community it must be pointed out that this system is a privilege, not a right.
With that said, our library system is not used by all the citizens of Douglas County, only that segment that chooses to use this valuable service. Rather than depend on scarce funds from the taxpayers of Douglas County, it’s time to explore users paying a fee to use the library. For example, with a book circulation of 700,000 per year and a fee of $2 per book checked out; would provide $1.4 million income for library operations. This will undoubtedly upset many present users for a variety of reasons. It would be a stretch to say it would ruin the financial health of the users.Learn more »
I heard about Kelly Bingham through a mutual acquaintance at Winston’s Wildlife Safari.
There’s something special about that park that keeps moving in and out of my life at critical moments.Learn more »
Homemade signs with “Nous sommes Paris!” scrawled on them appear on TV among the flowers and other memorials at the sites of the Nov. 13 massacre in the City of Light.
In nearly identical wording in English, “We are UCC!” can be found on front lawns and in the back windows of cars and trucks throughout central Douglas County. “UCC Strong!” shows on the reader boards of many businesses.Learn more »
I just had my first experience with the new trash dumping fees in Douglas County. I had two 33-gallon black trash bags not even full and was charged $6 to dump them. I thought it was a little high, but I paid the county employee. I backed my truck up beside a man with a homemade trailer about 6 feet by 10 feet in size and we spoke for a moment. I told him what the county charged me and he said he had to pay $50 to dump his trailer with two foot high sides! Something stinks in Douglas County. During hunting season I noticed a mattress, here and there on BLM roads, TV boxes with the glass shot out, a box springs in another area bags of trash where the roads dead ended. A few couches that were slid out of the back of Pick Ups. What are our forest and multiple use lands going to look like in another year; another decade? The county is rolling in the dollars but at what cost? They are only open four days a week!
Daryl HauserLearn more »
Regarding Friday’s inhuman rampage, there are no words. Except these: Now that our Islamophile president has given the Muslim Iranians a stern talking to and told them not to make atomic weapons, and then sent them off to go make atomic weapons, we may well one day look back on this massacre (which of necessity confined itself to the weapons at hand: grenades, rifle fire, and murderous incantations) and look upon these bloody times as the good old days.
Shooting bicycling innocents (Holland), stabbing people at random (two weeks ago at UC Merced), or butchering people by the dozens at a race finish line, or by the hundreds at a music venue, will seem quaintly yesterday if/when some terrible afternoon the body count reaches up into the irradiated hundreds of thousands. Or millions. You think dynamiting a gigantic Buddha, or knocking down a pair of office towers full of innocents, or hacking to death Christian prisoners gives a Muslim terrorist a tweeter rush? Try incinerating Berlin. Or Buffalo.Learn more »
With the carnage in France fresh on the minds of the world, and confusion regarding whether one of the murdering psychopathic terrorists was in country with refugee status from Syria, this is no time to be taking in refugees from same. If you agree that 10,000 largely Islamic refugees may pose a “clear and present danger,” call or write Senators Merkley and Wyden, your district’s Representative, local State Representatives, and the Governor’s office: Let them know you fear Islamic refugees, especially since it’s been shown many appear to be 20 something males.
They should clear out a safe haven in or near their own country.Learn more »
I am ashamed that we Americans have allowed our government to shred our constitution bit-by-bit and that we have allowed our political representatives the unabashed freedom to pad their pockets at our expense.
Why do we continue to elect the same do-nothing, money grubbing bureaucrats over and over; all the while getting farther and farther from our Constitutional Rights? From the County Commissioner to the President, elected officials want to change things for their benefit not for those who elected them.Learn more »
Several letters were printed in the News Review a few weeks ago from people protesting the picketers who were carrying signs to protest the President’s visit to Roseburg. One person even went so far to write how “ashamed” she was of Roseburg for allowing these people to do this. What happened to free speech? Was I asleep when they passed yet another law prohibiting people from expressing their views? Oh, that’s done in totalitarian countries. As far as I know people in America can still picket and express their displeasure at something or someone they disagree with. For example, a mob paraded through New York city chanting “what do we want, dead cops” etc. Was the person who was ashamed of Roseburg also ashamed of those protesters? I hope so.
On the night of the massacre, President Obama got up on the podium and mixed with expressions of sympathy and grief over the slaughter at UCC, he promoted his agenda of stricter gun control. I believe that the people who were carrying the signs had as much right to express their views as the people in Chicago or Missouri. Those people not only carried signs in protest, they threw rocks and robbed businesses. Those protesters had a right to carry signs. Robbing businesses is still illegal. It is isn’t it? Roseburg is a nice place to live and generally pretty quiet. I am proud to have lived here over half of my life. I am sorry that someone felt so strongly about people exhibiting their constitutional rights by protesting. In Cuba, Russia or almost any middle eastern country, protestors keep the people from expressing their opinion. A wise person once said, “ I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will fight to the death your right to say it.” Nuff said.Learn more »
If a guy who looks like he just got out of prison knocks on your door, wanting to sell you a vacuum cleaner he doesn’t actually have, you shouldn’t give him $1,150.
I shouldn’t have to tell you that, but feel obligated after a Roseburg woman did just that last week.Learn more »
How are you doing? It’s a question we are asking each other a lot lately. We are asking because we live in a community where people love and care for one another. We are concerned for family members, friends, neighbors, and strangers on the street.
We all know that something went terribly wrong on Oct. 1. Along with the death and maiming came a less obvious, community-wide trauma. The wave of media coverage, coming at a time of high emotion and disarray, evoked a raw and perhaps unfair depiction of our community.Learn more »
Regarding recent News-Review articles: “Harvest of Conflict” and “Tree Harvest is Well Documented,” I applaud our County for using our God given resource of trees to help meet our financial needs. Do we continue to use these trees for the mostly silent majority, or do we lock up this needed resource for the outspoken minority? “It’s the greater good for greater number of people,” said Gary Groth, Manager of Douglas County parks. Thereafter, “A state senator, who doesn’t even represent this area was demanding answers.” — Jeff Ackerman, News-Review. So the Oregon Department of Forestry provided a history lesson on Park, complete with public notice dates and inspection results. “Frustrating that we need to spend time responding to the extreme agenda-driven social media...” —Gary Groth. And I might add misinformed liberal elected representatives.
The extreme environmental agenda has changed what was the backbone of the economy of Oregon. The silent majority of reason allowed the radical assertive minority to have their way. We said, they cannot stop economic harvest on Federal and State lands. Well, they did. We face the same situation once again with social issues of the day and the false narrative of climate change.Learn more »
Gun control — only for the little people
I write in response to an opinion in the paper, October 14, 2015 in regard to “fact not rhetoric.” She lamented about elected officials who refuse to carry out a duly enacted law because they believe it is morally wrong. We had a disgraced Governor, who was a physician, who took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. He apparently misinterpreted it as hypocritical oath, since he supported the wholesale destruction of the innocent unborn. He refused to sign an execution order for a man who murdered a girl for her truck while escaping from prison. There were two eye witnesses to his crime. Three penalty phase trials by 36 different jurors sentenced him to death. Two different judges for those three times sentenced him to die. He is still alive. Now we have another Democrat appointed governor who can’t decide about performing what she raised her hand and swore to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of Oregon and sign an execution order. Using Ada Duncan’s logic, shouldn’t the current governor step down?Learn more »
Angel on a stormy day
Twelve years ago when we were on our quest to find our future retirement landing spot in Oregon, we came upon Roseburg. It took us 10 years to actually make it here from Texas, but now that we are here, we are continually reminded of what a special place this town along the Umpqua River is.Learn more »
Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry would like to thank everyone who attended our Hobo Stew Fundraiser in October. We especially want to thank Murphy Company for the generous donation of $5,000. The money will be used to purchase food items that are not donated to us. It will help us provide food boxes to the needy in Sutherlin, Oakland, Wilbur and Umpqua. The Pantry operates solely on grants and the generous gifts from our community.
LaVern Suhar BrownLearn more »
Politicians keep talking about leveling the playing fields and standards.
Yet we have definite double standards when it comes to our active military (Junior Enlisted all the way to Senior Officers), Civilian Government employees, Contract DOD workers and those elected/appointed to an office that requires the handling of Confidential to Top Secret and above data.Learn more »
C. Giles Hunt grant helps food pantry
C. Giles Hunt Foundation has been very generous in approving a grant of $10,000 to Sutherlin Oakland food pantry for the purchase of milk for the year. Each food box we distribute receives milk according to the number of people in the family. Milk helps make a complete meal with the rest of the items we place in each box. The volunteers at the Pantry are thankful that the Hunt Foundation continues to help us each year with this project.. The pantry is open Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at 183 First Ave., SutherlinLearn more »
The House recently passed legislation that prohibits the federal government from restricting crude-oil exports. In response, the White House stated that it “strongly opposes” this bill and demanded that Congress instead invest more in “wind, solar, energy efficiency, and other clean technologies.”
Welcome to the religion of global warming where legalizing freedom for anything oil is verboten.Learn more »
The recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College reminded us all of the importance of well-trained, high-quality first responders. It is with great pride that I serve with the dedicated professionals who provide these vital services to our community. Quality training, particularly for unexpected, worst-case situations, undoubtedly played a key role in the ability of our first responders to quickly and effectively mobilize and perform their duties. That’s why I am especially pleased that a new endowed scholarship fund is being set up for future first responders receiving training through UCC’s Fire Science, EMT/Paramedic and Police Academy programs, and I want to thank ATRIO Health Plans for taking the lead.
Public service is a rewarding career, one I have enjoyed for over 32 years. It offers the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community and the lives of those we serve. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to train in the field. UCC’s Fire Science, EMT/Paramedic and Police Academy programs provide exceptional training opportunities to students from across our state and beyond. And, UCC graduates go on to serve in hundreds of community fire and law enforcement departments, and emergency medical services systems.Learn more »
Until this week you probably never heard of Busenbark Park.
There really is no sign indicating it’s a county-owned park and from most accounts the 22-acre parcel crossed by an Oregon Pacific power line was rarely used.Learn more »
I attended the County Commissioners’ meeting on Oct. 28 and was appalled by vicious comments made to Commissioner Sue Morgan, by some who disagree with her lawsuit. One man kept asking, in a progressively loud voice, “Who do you think you are?”
I’m going to answer that question:Learn more »
We have seen cats dying of disease and starvation, kittens killed by varmints, and more around Douglas County.
If you don’t want a cat, be humane. Almost all cats need to be neutered. At least have cats put down, rather than dumping them somewhere.Learn more »
Guns no more kill people than knives stab, pillows suffocate, baseball bats bludgeon or spoons make people fat. It’s the user — the human behind these inanimate objects that are entirely responsible.
This hue and cry for stricter gun laws is, for the most part, perpetuated by the ill-informed or agenda-driven politicians who are simply in it for the votes. It is apparent to most that gun control laws have little effect on criminals and no effect on sociopaths. If an insane person really wants a gun, he will probably find a way to obtain one.Learn more »
Thanks for sponsoring Winston TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, OR 0743, would like to extend our appreciation to our sponsors who gave so graciously to our chapter’s third annual walk-a-thon: Valley Ridge Family Medicine, Aimee Hansen FNP, Candy Hatton FNP, Rodney Todd MD, Leif Photography, John Murphy ins., Hello Thai, Roseburg Odd Fellows, Roseburg Rebekah’s Lodge, Cheryl’s New and Used, Staples and Oakland Flour Mill Antiques and Collectables. This event is very special to us, as it helps fund our members so they may attend our Awards and Recognition events.Learn more »
The 12 glasses in front of me were lined in rows of four. Each was a third filled with red wine and I was about to make a fool of myself.
The guy on my left was Stephen Reustle and we were seated deep within his amazing Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyard Wine Cave, ready to sample some of his award-winning wine. The guy across from me had spent at least the past couple of years studying wine and had mentioned something about paying $1,700 for one bottle of it during a recent night out.Learn more »
“Trick or treat” may excuse a little naughtiness on Halloween. The News-Review believes we should leave the tricks to the scariness — and inventiveness — of the costumes and make it a treat for all.
There are several ways to do this both as the ghouls and goblins — and their parents — prepare their costumes, as well as for vehicle drivers tomorrow night when a large number of youngsters and the young-at-heart will lurk after dark.Learn more »
Surreal — as someone who has lived many years abroad, in countries where it is not easy, or even permissible, to acquire a firearm, I find the demonstration against President Obama’s visit surreal, as well as disrespectful, in the extreme! It seems some people have failed to see the connection between weapon availability and mayhem — more guns means more tragedies. Once you have experienced the safety of a more “civilized” society, you recognize the unbridled folly of the NRA and its advocates. I refuse to patronize any place that permits weapons on the premises, which includes private residences as well. I hope the residents of Roseburg will reconsider their attitudes, and lay down their arms.
David BurkeLearn more »