Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Kudos: Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation helps the children

July 7, 2015 — 

Subsidy grants change lives

Cobb Children’s Learning Center would like to thank Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for its $5,000 grant for childcare subsidies.

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Guest Column: Look toward the future and support power options

July 7, 2015 — 

One of the favorite parts of my job at Pacific Power is getting out of the office to watch salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to their Cascade Mountain spawning grounds. Their arrival is the result of instinctual tenacity, mysterious navigation, and survival against long odds. It never ceases to amaze and inspire. And now, on the North Umpqua River, these fish have access to spawning areas that had been blocked since 1952.

I take pride in working with our biologists, like Rich Grost, who has been a part of Pacific Power’s lengthy effort to conceive, design, build and perfect a unique fish passage facility that for three years now has been allowing salmon and steelhead to reach habitat formerly blocked. It wasn’t easy, but today, as the migratory fish move through the system­ protected from the electricity-generating turbines, the benefit of Pacific Power’s investment on behalf of our customers is plain.

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Editorial: Term limits may violate Oregon Constitution

July 7, 2015 — 

Just because citizens have a right to enact laws through an initiative, or referendum process, doesn’t always mean those laws are constitutional, or even a good idea.

Such may be the case with last November’s passage of Measure 10-134, which set term limits for Douglas County commissioners.

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Letter: Protect and encourage each other for a healthy society

July 6, 2015 — 

Religion and government

Despite the conflict our society at times sees between religion and government, the two cannot exist completely apart. They function best when protecting and encouraging each other.

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Editorial: Please be careful out there

July 5, 2015 — 

Life throws curveballs at everyone. Even the luckiest people on Earth suffer setbacks, heartaches, sickness, loss and death. The unluckiest among us receive these difficulties in quantities no one should have to endure.

The residents of Douglas County, though they live in a beautiful part of the world, have suffered a series of losses recently that far outpaces the laws of probability based on the county’s population.

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Publisher's Notebook: Marijuana's legal, and the world still turns

July 5, 2015 — 

There’s a fairly new billboard north of Roseburg on I-5 — between the one letting me know that Jesus loves me and the one from the adult porn store — that asks: “NEED WEED?”

I didn’t need weed at the time I saw the sign because I was following a long line of semi-trucks and needed all the brain cells I could muster.

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Editorial: Music on the Half Shell takes off strumming

July 3, 2015 — 

Is it the setting? Or being with friends and friendly people? Or is it the music?

Nearing a quarter century as one of the jewels of Land of Umpqua summers, Music on the Half Shell opened Tuesday when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a jump-swing band, returned to the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park for the third time since 2006.

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Kudos: Douglas Community Fund grants helps feed those in need

July 2, 2015 — 

OCF grant helps Douglas County

The St. Francis Community Kitchen would like to thank the Douglas Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for its $3,500 grant.

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Kudos: Roseburg Parks & Recreation thanks supporters of Movies in the Park

July 2, 2015 — 

Kudos for all the support

We wish to thank the following businesses for helping make the 2015 Roseburg Movies in the Park a success. Thank you to US Cellular, Roseburg, Honda, Booster Juice, Abby’s Pizza, and TenDown Bowling & Entertainment.

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Guest Column: Shady outside interests control Oregon environmental groups

July 2, 2015 — 

Two of the loudest voices in Oregon state politics receive the majority of their funding from outside the state and get their marching orders from shady special interests, according to IRS documents and other public records.

The Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters are considered among the most prominent environmental groups in the state. Few organizations have as much sway in the halls of the state capitol and in the voting booth.

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Letter: River overlooks in residential neighborhoods are not wise

July 1, 2015 — 

Save overlooks for public parks

I am writing to support a June 25 Public Forum letter opposing the building of river overlooks on the dead ends of Lane and Mosher Streets. I hope the Roseburg City Council will listen closely to the neighborhood’s concerns and will locate these projects in public parks, instead of within 50 feet of peoples’ homes.

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Letter: Douglas County parks fee in effect beginning July 1

July 1, 2015 — 

Live within your means

Is everyone now aware that our county commissioners have started to charge an admission/parking fee to county parks? Effective July 1, 2015, you will have to pay $4 a day or $30 a year for a pass.

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Guest Column: Dolezal remains in the news

June 29, 2015 — 

You can’t turn on any form of media and not hear about the transracial woman named Rachel Dolezal. Over the past few days, allegations came to light that the former Spokane chapter president of the NAACP claimed to be black, but in fact, was white. This story was published by news station KXLY and by the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Her biological parents confirmed June 11 with news station KXLY the allegation that Dolezal is lying about her race. Later that day, they confronted her about her race in an embarrassing video, where she walks away after the reporter exposes her race.

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Letter: Roseburg Forest Products relocates headquarters

June 29, 2015 — 

Where is our county vision?

It is a sad day when Roseburg Forest Products chooses to leave Douglas County, the self-proclaimed Timber Capital of the Nation. Who can blame them? They can’t attract talented people who want to live here.

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Editorial: We all salute you, Charlie Company!

June 28, 2015 — 

Welcome home, Charlie Company!

The return of the Oregon National Guard unit has brought joy all over central Douglas County this week. It’s a sentiment The News-Review shares.

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Kudos: Thanks for supporting education in Winston

June 26, 2015 — 

Promoting our local education

The Winston Community Education Network extends its heartfelt thanks to all those who supported our annual fundraiser dinner, auction and Support Our Schools campaign.

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Kudos: Sutherlin Rotary Club supports local food pantry

June 26, 2015 — 

Rotary helps Food Pantry

Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry thanks the Sutherlin Rotary Club for its generous donation of $1,200.

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Letter: No river overlooks in residential Roseburg, please

June 26, 2015 — 

Child safety comes first

The city of Roseburg is considering building river overlooks on the ends of Land and Mosher Streets, and also at Riverside Park. Overlooks are a great concept and Riverside Park is a good place for a project like this. But it’s wrong to site these structures in residential neighborhoods.

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Letter: Douglas County looks at water conservation

June 26, 2015 — 

City should set good example

I read The News-Review concerning the Douglas County Commissioners declaring a drought emergency and I am wondering if the Parks Department got the word.

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Letter: Roseburg hospital staff appreciated

June 24, 2015 — 

Staff were excellent

Recently the Mercy Medical Center treated me for 10 days, assisting in my recovery from pneumonia. I would like to express my thank you to the great staff and to Dr. Thawani. The always available help, wonderful humor and kindness made my stay at the hospital exceptional.

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Letter: Oregon timber issues still fuel dissent

June 24, 2015 — 

O&C remains controversial

This is regarding The News-Review’s June 12 page 2 article titled “Timber industry: BLM violates O&C Act.”

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Letter: Protect the American people

June 24, 2015 — 

View on Senate torture vote

The Senate has formally denounced the supposed torture of terrorists. They accumulate political capital by berating the people who on our behalf face shrewd, ruthless enemies amid frightening uncertainties. They gain approval of those who require an asymmetrical morality, undefiled by perceptions of looming evil.

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Letter: Another perspective on Oregon log usage and taxes

June 22, 2015 — 

Local logs for local markets?

I was surprised by Steve Swanson’s comment in The News-Review: “… there’s not enough wood to go around …”. You see, I had just come across an item on the Coquille Tribal website crowing about the first shipment of raw logs to leave the tribe’s dock in Coos Bay, bound for China.

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Editorial: We should all be fire ready

June 21, 2015 — 

On Thursday evening, a house on Buckhorn Road caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames. The owners of the home, Phil and Josie Jacobs, have owned the property since 1966.

Despite the efforts of three fire engines, three water tenders, one command unit, one ambulance and 12 firefighters from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Glide Fire Department, the house was a total loss.

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Publisher's Notebook: Sticker shock: $300 million to fix $15 million building?

June 21, 2015 — 

It’s taken me a few days to digest what I heard out of Salem this week.

My job description requires that I pay attention to state and local politics, so I have to listen to things I probably wouldn’t give a second thought to if I were sitting in the Jacuzzi at home. And after years of paying attention to state and local politics in three different states I’m not easily surprised by anything a politician says or does.

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Letter: American: Be the best you can be

June 19, 2015 — 

Responsible for our own actions

It seems like there is a trend about identity. We hear in the news how schools are allowing kids into bathrooms by how they identify themselves, not by physical difference. There’s a story in Washington about a “white” woman activist pretending to be black. And people seem bothered by this.

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Letter: Clean Fuels bill: Make the right choice

June 18, 2015 — 

Take a look at House Bill 3470

It’s time to show the coming generations that we can make the right choice by passing the Clean Fuels bill, HB3470, in the Oregon Legislature. It is an opportunity for Oregon to increase leadership in renewable energy, both in jobs and production.

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Letter: Aerial pesticide spray drift is in the news

June 18, 2015 — 

Spray vacation is not a solution

No, this is not a typo of something as benign as a spring vacation; it is something much worse. After attending a monthly speakers’ forum held by the volunteers with the Blackberry Pie Society (a much appreciated and needed service to the community), I had to write this letter. As speaker for the month of June, they hosted State Representative Cedric Hayden, Jr.

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Editorial: Can Douglas County collectively find a vision?

June 18, 2015 — 

Local governments are approving budgets for the new fiscal year.

Now what? Is that all there is?

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Letter: Medical marijuana decisions have widespread consequences

June 17, 2015 — 

Putting our children at risk

How happy are we going to be when marijuana is finally legalized?

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