Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
Pipeline comes with dangers
I recently read that the Republican congress passed the bill for the Keystone XL pipeline. There goes the votes for a Republican President! A lot of us have decided to become Independent voters. Having a third party would not hurt, either.Learn more »
Take a look at disease control
I don’t know why some folks are surprised that diseases they thought were under control are spreading throughout the country. I have my own take on this, although it is not “politically correct.” You make up your own mind.Learn more »
Vets deserve excellent care
The VA Roseburg Healthcare System has an opportunity to be the best place for veterans to receive health care. It can be the best in Oregon, perhaps the nation.Learn more »
Kitzhaber: he’s only human
There’s been a lot of hollering going on, but remember a few things:Learn more »
Our assessor’s progress report
Roger Hartman’s 30-day progress report as Douglas County Assessor is a passing grade with flying colors. He had the public access computers back for use on his first day in office. He immediately hired multiple highly qualified motivated individuals with an abundance of experience. He opened up the office and absolutely turned the attitude in the assessor’s office around 180 degrees.Learn more »
Leaders must stand for vets
I’ve appreciated The News-Review’s reporting of the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, chronicling issues since 2009 that related to veterans’ care and the VA leadership responsible for that care.Learn more »
Better weather than East Coast
Douglas County is a great place to live. Every night when I see the weather on the East Coast, I wonder how people could live there.Learn more »
On his way out the door – at a time when he should have been worried about his own future after learning he’d just been fired from a job he loved – Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer was more concerned about our children.
“Really, in the whole scheme of things, my job is a speck compared to what happens to a society when two babies get murdered,” Dannenhoffer told us last week, when we called to ask him how he felt about being fired by a company (Architrave Health) he pretty much founded.Learn more »
Step up for Energy bills
Oregon needs to lead toward a more stable energy future. Fossil fuels will not give stability. Stability for our pocketbook? The price swings uncontrollably. Our security? We’re spending the most taxes in the world on a military to protect the supply and us from new enemies. Our beautiful land? A no-snow normal and acid oceans will be joined by many bad surprises.Learn more »
Use the old hospital site?
On Friday, January 30, the front page of the paper had an article regarding a possible study for a Health College in downtown Roseburg. To me, the estimated cost makes it prohibitive.Learn more »
No such thing as a ‘Free Dump’
I have seen references in this publication over the years that the Douglas County dump is “free.”Learn more »
Our freedom is still here
We live in the land of the BitCoin, where a free libertarian man can invest his money into a truly concrete, tangible currency like BitCoin and use it to buy whatever he likes off the Internet — without even having to deal with those lazy jobless minimum-wage earning store employees. Some call us libertarians “anarchists,” and say we don’t believe in order. I believe in the order of the free market.Learn more »
Give credit where it’s due
One of the minor frustrations during my years as president of Umpqua Training and Employment was with the constant turnover of news reporters at The News-Review. It seemed like each time the paper wanted a story on us, there was a “cub” reporter who hadn’t a clue what UT&E did or our relationships in the community. It was understandable. The News-Review is a training ground for ambitious young reporters and then they typically move on.Learn more »
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For the record, I never dated Cylvia Hayes.
So I was kind of surprised to hear Gov. John Kitzhaber blame my colleagues and me for his resignation, which will be effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday.Learn more »
It’s time for Senate Bill 477
The Coal to Clean Energy Bill is the right way to take the lead in a belatedly needed approach to dealing with climate change. We need only a strong and concerted effort to build the infrastructure to make this happen and it can be done economically within the next 10 years as proposed by this legislation.Learn more »
Call to increase minimum wage
Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Fromdahl and State Senator Jeff Kruse believe bills supporting a modest increase in the state minimum wage and one week of mandatory sick leave for all workers would cause the failure of many small businesses and the local economy (N-R, 2/4/15). Nothing could be further from the truth.Learn more »
We’ve become a taxation nation
After decades of work, life and strife, I’ve observed that the foundation of equality in this country begins with an equitable system of taxation cast upon us all. It supports everything else worth living and fighting for. A complete and real overhaul of the U.S. taxation system is long overdue. It would bring so much meaning and significance to all of us if it were unbiased and did not subsidize life for many on the strained backs of the others.Learn more »
Taking out the trash
Kudos and a huge thank you to the crew that cleaned up Eagle Valley Road from the Interstate 5 exit south all the way through Yoncalla. What a difference that makes in the appearance of our town.Learn more »
Go back to the 19th century?
I just want to give a tip of the hat to former commissioner Marilyn Kittelman and her ilk for their efforts to remove immunizations from our healthcare priorities.Learn more »
Look forward, not backward
Will continuation of a free dump for some residents attract companies or job creators to Douglas County? I think not. What will attract them are safe communities with good amenities like parks, libraries and a healthy sense of community focused on the future.Learn more »
Thoughts on Roe vs. Wade
Another year, another 1,000,000 babies dead.Learn more »
I met Governor John Kitzhaber last fall, when he came by the paper to meet with our Editorial Board seeking our endorsement. We didn’t talk about his girlfriend because I thought we had better things to discuss (the Cover Oregon website, for example) and I really didn’t care who he was dating.
A few days later my newsroom got an email from one of the governor’s flaks chastising us for not referring to his girlfriend as the “First Lady” in a subsequent article on that visit.Learn more »
You’ve heard us lament the poor health of Douglas County residents on this page many times.
We’ve pointed out that our county ranks 30th out of 33 Oregon counties measured in health rankings. Basically, we smoke too much, drink too much and weigh too much. That leads to all kinds of diseases that could be prevented.Learn more »
Beware of a covert gas tax
One of the first public hearings of the Oregon Legislature’s 2015 session was for Senate Bill 324, which extends the sunset for a low carbon fuel standards program set to expire Dec. 31.Learn more »
It’s a tribute to our veterans
Hats off to the Roseburg VA Medical Center! The state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s lodge the hospital opened recently is an outstanding tribute to our veterans.Learn more »
Measles is a terrible disease. The recent measles outbreak, which likely started with one infected person at Disneyland, is now spreading through the west. Measles was nearly eradicated in the United States by 2000, almost wholly due to the effectiveness of the measles vaccine. However, over the past decade, the rates of measles immunizations have fallen. There are several reasons for this drop in immunization rates. Some parents have just not gotten around to getting immunizations for their kids and other parents have refused, due to fears of the side effects of vaccines. Many of those parents have noted that the benefit of measles vaccine is small when there is no measles around. I think the data is clear — vaccines are safe and effective. Concerns of autism have been thoroughly investigated and have found no relation.
I get the recommended immunizations; I give them to my kids and grandchild and strongly recommend that all of my patients be fully immunized. Immunizations not only provide personal protection, but also provide protection for my patients who cannot receive the vaccine because they are too young or because their bodies cannot tolerate the vaccine, due to cancer or transplants.Learn more »
Local history is important
Sutherlin is fortunate to have its museum, Calapooia Reflections. I first went there several years ago to obtain material for “My Kind Of Town” for Smithsonian Magazine. The wonderful history, photos and displays the museum had went back 150 years to when the town was founded by Fendel Sutherlin. From there, was material all the way up to the present. I thought at the time, “What a wonderful, interesting store of facts!” Smithsonian seemed to think so too; my piece was in their on-line edition in September, 2012.Learn more »
Find help for rare diseases
Late last month, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder. When I’d had surgery for ptosis (drooping) of my right eye, it wasn’t successful, so my doctor did some testing and said she felt it was myasthenia gravis. Little did we know it would take more than a year for the actual diagnosis.Learn more »
We have it great in Douglas County! I refer specifically to local holiday entertainments like the Festival of Lights, the truck parade of lights, Kruse Farms Pumpkin Patch, Twelfth Night Concert, etc. We’re not unique in having such organized holiday events, but we’re certainly more fortunate than most in having reasonable access to them.
Case in point: Number One Son and his family live in Portland. Holiday events there abound as does attendance. Some is in the form of agritainment. This refers to special events at a working vineyard, farm or truck garden, and the associated food, and/or musical event which draws consumers from the urban interior.Learn more »