Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Letter: Vote Lathrop for Umpqua Community College board

May 5, 2015 — 

An asset to UCC board

This is a letter of support for Doris Johnson Lathrop, who is running for the Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees, Zone 2 position.

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Editorial: UCC employees deserve better communication

May 4, 2015 — 

While preparing to break ground on a $17 million Health, Nursing and Science Center later this month, officials at Umpqua Community College seem to have forgotten how to manage their employees.

Faced with a million-dollar budget shortfall — a result of a continued decline in student enrollment — UCC President Joe Olson ordered layoff notices be sent to the equivalent of nearly 15 full-time employees, most of them faculty. Union contracts required those notices be sent 60 days in advance of a June 30 layoff.

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Guest Column: Share Oregon roads with cyclists and pedestrians

May 4, 2015 — 

You have no doubt seen the bumper sticker that says “Start Seeing Motorcycles.” And you’ve also no doubt seen cyclists, runners or walkers dressed in those very bright high visibility colors. But why are we being told to look out for motorcycles and being subjected to eye-burning neon exercisers?

There’s a common reason behind both the bumper sticker and the colors. It’s called inattentional blindness, and there’s very interesting research about the phenomenon that makes clear why drivers may fail to see motorcyclists, bicyclists, runners or walkers.

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Letter: No confidence in Obama/Clinton

May 4, 2015 — 

Reconsider all the facts

Recently, there was a classic letter to the Public Forum attempting to defend President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton regarding the Benghazi matter.

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Publisher's Notebook: Passing laws about passing lanes

May 1, 2015 — 

When a bunch of lawmakers get together the first thing they always want to do is pass a bunch of laws.

It’s the best argument for keeping them home as long as possible.

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Letter: Lathrup knows Umpqua Community College needs

May 1, 2015 — 

Elect Lathrup to UCC board

I am writing in support of Doris Lathrup for the Umpqua Community College board position. She has been a longtime neighbor and a former UCC employee, so she is familiar with the UCC history and needs from the viewpoint of an insider and an outsider. Doris is dedicated to the progressive growth of the college and will help it to function within the budget constraints of the time.

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Letter: Choose Johnson for Umpqua Community College board

May 1, 2015 — 

Vote for Doris Johnson

I am writing this letter of support for Doris Johnson Lathrop, who is running for the Umpqua Community College Board, Zone 2. I have known Doris for over 20 years. She is one of the most organized, efficient, creative, and caring persons I have ever met. Doris worked at UCC for 20 years, so she knows the college well and wants to keep it a strong institution in our community. Doris has also been very active in numerous local boards. She knows Douglas County well and would do an excellent job on the UCC Board. Please join me in voting for Doris Johnson Lathrop.

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Letter: Vote Lathrop for Umpqua Community College board

May 1, 2015 — 

Support UCC’s positive future

I see that Bob Allen is back into politics again. His failure to understand the operation of Umpqua Community College does not limit his pursuit of elected office.

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Letter: Protect your dogs when traveling

April 30, 2015 — 

How would you feel?

A drive on Interstate 5 totally unnerved me. A truck with a steel flatbed, no sides, was in the right lane. Huddled next to the cab, was a Border Collie. In almost one continuous motion, it paced back and forth, crouched, huddled, or seemed about to jump. That thought me made me sick.

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Letter: Roseburg Concert Chorale reminds listener of diversity

April 30, 2015 — 

Here’s to Music, Music, Music

After listening to the excellent Roseburg Concert Chorale this past Sunday, I was reminded of the wonderful varieties of musical experience available to us here. These singers also traveled to Myrtle Creek and Elkton to perform this concert.

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Letter: Voting process undermined by big money

April 30, 2015 — 

Thanks to Mr. Bloomberg

Thank you for the proof that what so many of us have been saying for years is true, namely our government has been bought and our votes are worthless. Bloomberg loudly claimed he bought Washington for his favorite law and was going to Oregon next. He did it.

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Letter: Douglas County dump fee remains a hot topic

April 30, 2015 — 

Morgan’s words unappreciated

In the April 17 paper, I was shocked by a comment Commissioner Susan Morgan said about people and ongoing problems with the dump.

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Guest Column: Tobacco use — greatest cause of preventable disease/death

April 30, 2015 — 

Tobacco use related illness is the single greatest cause of preventable disease and death, taking a huge toll in lives and dollars. Tobacco use kills about half a million Americans each year — more than all other drugs, car crashes and gun deaths combined.

While tobacco use rates for the general population have continued to decline, this is not the case for people with substance use or behavioral health disorders. About half of the cigarettes smoked in the U.S. are smoked by people with a substance use or behavioral health disorder. As a result, they are more likely to suffer from tobacco-related disease and disability, and die 25 years earlier than the general population.

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Letter: Specialists critical to success of complex surgery

April 30, 2015 — 

Complex care

is a team effort

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Letter: Drawing the line in business practices

April 29, 2015 — 

Discrimination or religion?

Some people say their religious freedom rights are being violated. I know this because I’ve read articles in the paper and letters to the editor printed in the Public Forum. They state that a business should not be required to provide services that violate the owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

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Guest Column:

April 29, 2015 — 

I read something in the paper a few weeks ago about the struggle of nonprofits to accommodate sporadic droves of corporate volunteers. The story said that while well intended, volunteers often show up to perform a photo-op-worthy task that’s already well covered and not necessarily what truly needs to be done. Nonprofits rarely speak up, because they don’t want to alienate corporate partners or risk losing donations.

Good corporate volunteerism starts with good intentions, but those good intentions are just the start. First and foremost, you need to be providing something that is helpful. You also need a strategy and that strategy starts with your company’s mission.

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Letter: Support active forest management before fire season begins

April 29, 2015 — 

Attend a Town Hall on May 2

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is holding a town hall meeting in Roseburg this Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Umpqua Community College, Jacoby Auditorium. This public meeting may be our only chance this year to show him the importance of timber to Douglas County.

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Letter: Fee-gathering costs are key to Douglas County landfill discussion

April 27, 2015 — 

Accountability is key element

Last October I wrote a letter regarding the landfill fees. I asked what the costs were going to be to collect those fees. Has the county provided this information?

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Letter: Douglas County dump fee has drawbacks for fixed income folks

April 27, 2015 — 

Consider the practicalities

This is in reference to the article “Dump fees back on table,” and Douglas Cluver’s example of three types of sales: cigarettes, beer and Starbucks. Does this mean people who smoke, drink or go to Starbucks and have the money for cigarettes, alcohol and coffee won’t mind the dump fee, because they can afford it?

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Publisher's Notebook: Oregonians aren't all from California

April 24, 2015 — 

I’d heard the stories prior to moving to Oregon.

“They hate Californians and it rains every day,” most warned.

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Editorial: Please share the streets and roads

April 24, 2015 — 

Most of us first learned to pedal along sidewalks and putter around driveways on tricycles, with our parents strolling nearby. When we became big enough to insist that tricycles were for little kids, mom and dad affixed training wheels to a “real bike,” then tested the limits of our bravery and the neighborhood. And when the next step in our bicycling evolution involved removing those training wheels, we understood freedom for the first time.

Sadly, however, many drivers of cars and pickups in Roseburg seem to have forgotten the joy that riding a bike brings to riders. A pedestrian standing on any corner in town will likely inhale the exhaust fumes of hundreds of cars before three bicyclists pass by. The small number of bicyclists would be of no more concern than the small number of pogo stick users if the only issue were abundance. But the prevailing concern is safety.

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Kudos: Roseburg boy gets unexpected reaction to act of kindness

April 24, 2015 — 

Sharing acts of kindness

On March 6, I had occasion to go to the bank in Green. Since my 9-year-old grandson, Austyn, was not in school that day, he went with me. When we got to the bank, he ran ahead and opened two heavy doors for me and then stood quietly until my business was done.

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Kudos: C. Giles Hunt helps feed the needy in Douglas County

April 24, 2015 — 

Grant buys food for the needy

The St. Francis Community Kitchen Executive Committee and its volunteers would like to thank the C. Giles Hunt Trust for its very generous grant.

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Kudos: Camas Valley, Tenmile pull together for a special Easter

April 24, 2015 — 

Donors earn high praise

Thank you to all the volunteers and local businesses who contribute annually to make the Camas Valley and Tenmile Fire Districts Easter Egg Hunt so wonderful. We couldn’t do it without your generosity.

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Letter: A Democrat's perspective on foreign affairs

April 24, 2015 — 

Get all the facts straight

Hillary Clinton recently announced her candidacy for president in 2016. The Republican smear campaign was quick to respond.

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Letter: House Bill 2307 does not support both sides equally

April 24, 2015 — 

Beware bias of HB 2307

House Bill 2307 pounds yet another nail into the coffin of Oregonians’ freedom: Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech and Parental Rights.

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Letter: Small business owners should have civil rights, too

April 24, 2015 — 

In the news: Gay rights?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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Letter: 'Politically correct' doesn't always make it right

April 24, 2015 — 

So where is the real tolerance?

Tolerance: For years I’ve heard and read that the Democrat Party was the party of tolerance and the Republicans were the bigots, homophobes, etc., etc., etc. Really?

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Letter: Child abuse is not an option

April 23, 2015 — 

Just a sprinkle does the trick

With all the talk of child abuse in the news lately, I want to share a punishment that has worked extremely well for us. Just a sprinkle of water in the face and the little one stops the poor behavior. Don’t quite understand why this is so effective since it is just a little water, but it certainly gets their attention.

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Letter: Roseburg carwash will help fund search for missing boy

April 23, 2015 — 

Help us find Kyron Horman

As you may be aware, Kyron Horman will be missing 5 years on June 4, 2015. He went missing from his Portland, Oregon, elementary school. Last to be seen with his ex-stepmom, Terri Moulton-Horman. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Kyron Horman.

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