Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Letter: Do the research and then vote for Sutherlin city council

October 24, 2014 — 

Turn in your ballot today

I only have one word for registered voters in Sutherlin: Vote! But before you vote, do your homework. Read the articles in The News-Review and other local newspapers. Access the City of Sutherlin website and read the candidate statements. Talk with the candidates directly. Don’t just make a decision based on what someone else has told you. Do your own research.

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Letter: Make the right choices for Oregon governor and Douglas County commissioner

October 24, 2014 — 

It’s in the blood

This is why I am voting for my son, Aaron Auer, for governor and my cousin, Chris Boice, for Douglas County commissioner.

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Letter: Leadership and experience essential for Roseburg Mayor

October 24, 2014 — 

Prior councilor votes for Rich

If I remember correctly, after the Roseburg mayoral race two years ago when Larry Rich ran and won against Mike Baker, Mike tried to be reinstated on the city council.

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Letter: Help Roseburg city council encourage a better business climate for local residents

October 24, 2014 — 

Vote McDonald for city council

As a business owner and someone involved in the local business community, I support John McDonald for Roseburg Council.

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Letter: Business acumen will assist Douglas County commissioner candidates

October 24, 2014 — 

Boice has unique abilities

The first time I met Chris Boice professionally, I noticed that he was fast, friendly, knowledgable and honest in what he charged for his vehicle services.

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Letter: Courtesy during Douglas County campaigns is appreciated

October 24, 2014 — 

Show courtesy at election time

Well, well, it must be campaign season. We begin reading, once again, the highly critical letters from Democrats regarding any candidate that the self-righteous deem as either unworthy, too young, too old, too blonde, or whatever other phraseology they might choose to discredit any given opponent.

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Letter: Consider a write-in for positions on Oregon ballots

October 24, 2014 — 

Alternatives for House Dist. 7

For voters wanting an option besides voting for Cedric Hayden or leaving the office of State Representative for House District 7 blank on their ballots, consider writing in the name of Noah Wemple or Patrick Starnes.

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Editorial: Roses & thorns

October 24, 2014 — 


Rare cats

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Letter: Douglas County Commissioner should be involved in community activities

October 23, 2014 — 

He’s active in county events

I am going to vote for Mr. Chris Boice for the position of Douglas County Commissioner. Mr. Boice is a successful small businessman, who has been active in our county for many years. He is aware of the needs of the local residents; he listens and has shown a willingness to cooperate with others to get things done.

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Letter: Join the battle against Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States

October 23, 2014 — 

Help fight Alzheimer’s

Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., but those numbers are set to skyrocket as the baby boomers age.

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Letter: Sutherlin city council candidate will work for the good of the town and do the will of the citizens

October 23, 2014 — 

Wayne Luzier for councilman

I met Wayne when I was five years old and a nurse laid him in my arms for me to hold on the ride home from the hospital.

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Letter: House District 2 candidate would find extensive business education useful

October 23, 2014 — 

Elect Atherton to House Dist. 2

Kerry Atherton is the only candidate qualified to be our next Oregon House District 2 representative. He has extensive education from Oregon State University majoring in business administration. He also took classes in personnel management, labor economics and business law. He understands the language and logistics of business. He is the logical person to get business and jobs into the Douglas County area.

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Letter: Douglas County commissioner candidate must have the free time to apply to the time-consuming job at hand

October 23, 2014 — 

My family will vote for Leif

At this time, for the following reasons, Chris Boice would not be our families’ choice. He is the owner of one business, just starting another, and with children still at home. These activities are enough to take up all of his time and energy, not leaving any for the time-consuming job of Douglas County commissioner.

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Letter: Cut wasteful political practices and abuse of executive power with your votes

October 22, 2014 — 

Time to clean up Congress

You can always tell that an election date is approaching when incumbent professional politicians like Representative Peter DeFazio exploit their franking privileges to mail out tens of thousands of campaign brochures at taxpayers’ expense by calling them “reports.”

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Letter: Our right to vote was won at a high price; use that right — fill out your ballot

October 22, 2014 — 

People are not voting?

I received a shocking campaign revelation today. A candidate’s representative came to my door to tell me about the individual running for office. He introduced himself and asked me a question, “Are you going to vote?”

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Letter: Short term demands a Douglas County commissioner that already knows the budgetary and county needs

October 22, 2014 — 

Gary Leif: ready from day one

The candidates for Douglas County commissioner this year are a refreshing, yet diverse group. I have had the honor of visiting with each of them. Once the remaining two years of Doug Robertson’s term is completed, we will have the opportunity to elect a four-year commissioner, as in a normal election cycle.

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Letter: Vote for knowledge and dependability in a Douglas County commissioner

October 22, 2014 — 

Count on an honest deal

I’ve been in Roseburg for 80 years; yep, born and raised here.

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Guest column: Foods should be labeled thoroughly and honestly

October 21, 2014 — 

Over the last few weeks, I have been receiving calls from clients and readers on the question of GMO, or genetically modified organisms, and the pending vote on Ballot Measure 92, here in Oregon. To be clear, I have never supported the use of GMO ingredients in food for man or beast. However, this column is about the label wrapped around the food, not the food itself.

So let’s start with a little background history on the government’s involvement in food labeling, and what led up to the feds deciding to step in. In 1906, the first food safety measure was passed called the Pure Food and Drug Safety Act. It prohibits interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs. This was the result of an Upton Sinclair article published in the Washington Post describing the atrocious hygiene, health and safety conditions in the meat packing industry. This article, while sensational, brought to light many questionable food additives of the day.

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Letter: When voting for Roseburg city council, know these names

October 21, 2014 — 

Re-elect Rich, Cotterell, Kaser

I encourage voters to re-elect Mayor Larry Rich and Councilors Bob Cotterell and Steve Kaser to the Roseburg city council. I’ve been on the council with them this year. It‘s very clear all three men are devoted to the tasks at hand, give thoughtful attention to city issues, are polite in interaction with citizens and share a great deal of experience serving the city and elsewhere.

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Letter: Candidates with more to offer can defeat incumbents; vote ‘no’ on Douglas County Measure 10-134

October 21, 2014 — 

Term limits are not the answer

Douglas County Measure 10-134, asking for a two-term limit on Douglas County commissioners, must be defeated.

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Editorial: DeFazio’s record makes him the best candidate

October 21, 2014 — 

If nice-sounding sentiments remained the common denominator to choose the right candidate for office in our great republic then elections would probably a lot less controversial. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

American voters are often victim to wide-sweeping proclamations that sound good but offer little substance and, in the end, fail to hold up to the true test of time.

The current race between Republican Art Robinson and incumbent Peter DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th District Congressional race is a good case in point. Robinson, who has competed against DeFazio before for the 4th District seat, says a lot of good things if you are a devoted Republican.

And, no doubt, he means them. The problem, though, if you are a discriminating voter is that DeFazio’s record clearly indicates he is the best candidate. While Robinson stakes out an often-popular view supporting term limits, the reality is that someone such as DeFazio is effective, precisely because he has a long record in the halls of Congress. DeFazio knows how to get things done in Washington, D.C.

Probably the biggest, and most important, example of DeFazio’s political know-how is his work — along with Oregon congressmen Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader — on the O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act.

The bill is designed to produce jobs and keep the region committed to conducting sustainable logging. DeFazio didn’t let partisan politics dominate the covenant with voters and instead worked with Walden — a strong Republican lawmaker — to do what was right. DeFazio boasts a long record of service to the voters in his district.

He gets things done and he works across partisan lines to do what is best for Oregonians. Are all of DeFazio’s viewpoints in line with Republican values? Of course not. And nor should they be. Yet when it comes to addressing the key, flash-point issues of his district, DeFazio rarely flinches. Robinson talks a lot about putting Oregon first and “bringing jobs back home” and wants to “clean up” Washington — apparently, by and large, through term limits.

Those slogans all sound good. Yet it depends upon one’s viewpoint whether any of them hold any substance. Robinson does have a good plan to educate other lawmakers on the benefits of the timber industry through outreach and seminars, but that surely isn’t enough to give the longtime Republican a green light for office.

Art Robinson should be lauded for seemingly year after year going after the 4th Congressional seat. A good man with his sight firmly focused on his region, Robinson is still not on par with DeFazio’s political acumen. Plain and simple, DeFazio is our choice in this election.

Letter: Conservative ideology brings Republican endorsement for Douglas County commissioner candidate

October 20, 2014 — 

Boice gets Rep. endorsement

After researching all the candidates in the race for Douglas County commissioner, the Douglas County Republican Executive Committee has voted to endorse the candidacy of Chris Boice.

We feel that Chris Boice’s conservative ideology, work ethic, experience and level of integrity will best serve the residents of Douglas County.

David Germond

Committee chairman


Letter: Myrtle Creek veteran couple grateful for care at Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center

October 20, 2014 — 

Excellent care at Roseburg VA

My husband and I are both veterans and have high praise for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Three years ago, I had my second colonoscopy scheduled and was dreading the appointment because of my first experience in a civilian hospital in another state. Let me list all the good things the Roseburg VA did for me:

1. Monitored my blood pressure throughout

2. Set me up with IV fluids, because I was dehydrated

3. Wrapped me in three warm blankets

4. Took me by wheelchair to a recovery room to lie on my stomach

5. Wheeled me to a comfy lounge chair and fed me breakfast.

Amazing! None of these things were done for me the first time.

Recently, my husband’s stomach was hurting and he stopped by the VA to make an appointment. His symptoms were alarming, so they admitted him right away. They ran tests, gave him a CAT scan and diagnosed him with acute diverticulitis. Then they administered IV fluids and antibiotics for several hours. He was in their excellent care from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., all day long. They gave him the choice of staying in the hospital for more IV antibiotics or sent home with ten days of pills. He chose to come home.

We are both so grateful for our Roseburg VA Medical Center.

Don and Mary Carson

Myrtle Creek

Letter: What is the future with regulated marijuana?

October 20, 2014 — 

Things to be considered

I see many cities and counties are already planning a way to tax “regulated marijuana” when it’s approved. As long as money starts rolling in, I guess we don’t have enough folks getting high (read the Police Log). After all, money is obviously more important than people’s lives.

Item: After Washington state legalized pot, 745 drivers tested positive for having pot in their system, 420 exceeding the legal limit. Yep, there will be more impaired drivers on the road; wonderful.

Item: Legalizing pot and taxing it means there would be less “back alley” deals? Colorado is already experiencing the return of black market deals. Why? It’s actually cheaper and you can buy more (approximately $400 an ounce in dispensaries vs. about $60-$237 home-grown.) Do you think that won’t happen here?

Item: Regulation will keep minors from getting it? This is the biggest lie. Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo., saw a significant spike in the number of children treated for “accidentally” eating marijuana-laced treats since they relaxed their drug laws. Examples: a fourth-grader brought a marijuana edible to school. In California, a teen was passing out brownies in high school. And just last month, seventh-graders were hospitalized after eating what was likely pot-laced brownies at school. Does anyone honestly believe minors will not be able obtain pot? If so, they are living in fantasy land.

Last item: Will folks be able to use their EBT cards to illegally purchase pot, like some did in Colorado?

Finally: Does anyone think that anything will happen to Oregon’s First Lady (a phoney title) for breaking the law? I doubt it.

Jim Nikirk


Letter: Douglas County commissioner should be an open, fairminded, fiscally responsible candidate

October 20, 2014 — 

Need Leif for commissioner

Gary Leif is someone I have known for more than 20 years. In that time I’ve found Gary to be honest, hard working and a person you could both trust and respect. I look around my home and see the beautiful photos of my family that Gary took over many years. These have special meaning to me; they have preserved special moments of my life.

I consider Douglas County to be one of the best places in the state to live and raise a family. We do, however, have pressing issues that will require both experience and knowledge to address. Gary is at the top of the field in both areas. This is abundantly clear from the long list of experience and community service that Gary has been involved in for decades.

Gary built his own business from the ground up. His success came from hard work, producing a good product and being fiscally responsible. All of these are traits we need in our commissioners. Add to that the traits of being open and transparent, fair-minded and willing to consider input from all sides and you have Gary Leif, the person I consider clearly the best for our next commissioner.

Ami Garza


Editorial: Both candidates for Roseburg mayor up to the job

October 19, 2014 — 

Every city should have such a problem: Two candidates for mayor who are well qualified for the office and eager to serve their city.

For the second consecutive Roseburg mayoral election, voters will choose between incumbent Mayor Larry Rich and former city Councilor Mike Baker.

Despite having served in the volunteer position for 16 years, Rich wants to continue. The assistant principal at Roseburg High School is a big believer in community service and he’s chosen to offer his talents to the city.

He wants to retain the lead role so he can see a longtime project, the realignment of the Highway 138 corridor, move to completion. He believes the enhancements planned with the project and the downtown improvements occurring at the same time will help Roseburg connect its downtown to the waterfront.

That’s something this area has needed for a long time. Roseburg should be proud it has a river running through it, and we agree with Rich’s vision to find a path from the commercial district to the banks of the South Umpqua River.

Rich’s challenger, Baker, also is in favor of the improvements that will highlight the river and encourage development in downtown. As an employee of the Oregon Department of Transportation, he works with the people who have spent years studying the Highway 138 corridor to decide the optimal route from Interstate 5 to Diamond Lake Boulevard.

Baker’s in the race because he thinks Roseburg could be more friendly to business owners. He said the city has a statewide reputation for being a difficult place to start a business.

He wants to see the city take back its building department from the county and institute a “fast track” program to getting through the permitting process for establishing a business. He said the city should be offering entrepreneurs possible solutions rather than putting up barriers.

Rich agrees that the city is equipped to handle its own building department again, now that it’s in a better financial position than the county. He said he has a different view of how city staff works with business owners. He finds they try to work with the existing rules and figure out ways to accommodate business owners.

Both office hopefuls agree that Roseburg has a homeless problem, which can keep people from coming downtown, and that needs to be remedied.

When looking for differences between the two candidates, it’s difficult to arrive at anything substantial. Baker says he’s ready to be more proactive, and that Roseburg needs to have a stronger leader for the future.

Rich is confident he’s proven his leadership over the years and wants to be returned to office. Baker is certain he can fill the role and it’s time for a change.

It’s up to the voters to decide who’s the best man for the job.

Both have the best interests of Roseburg in mind, and a love for the area. We could support either candidate.

Submit your election letters by Oct. 24

October 19, 2014 — 

Submit your election letters

The News-Review welcomes letters regarding candidates and measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. Our goal is to publish every letter we receive that fits our guidelines prior to the election. In order to do that, election letters must be submitted by Oct. 24. We cannot guarantee that letters submitted after that date will be published before Election Day.

Letters must include the writer’s full name, street and mailing address and a daytime phone number for verification purposes. Only the writer’s name and city will be published.

We can process letters the fastest if they are submitted via email to Editor Vicki Menard at vmenard@nrtoday.com or through our website, www.nrtoday.com/letter.

Letters also may be mailed or dropped off at 345 N.E. Winchester St., Roseburg, OR 97470. Letters should be no more than 300 words. Those that are shorter often are published sooner.

Letter: Be informed about GMO legislation

October 17, 2014 — 

A closer look at Measure 92

Recently, I found a pamphlet in my mailbox titled “Take a Closer Look at Measure 92.” It presumably landed in a lot of other mailboxes, as well. The pamphlet tries to persuade the reader to vote “no” on Measure 92, which asks legislation to require genetically modified food products to be labeled as such.

The wording of Measure 92 is actually not found anywhere in the pamphlet. It just repeats statements that it is “poorly written, inaccurate and costly,” “inaccurate and unreliable,”and “would give Oregon consumers misleading information.”

I got curious and decided to look up the wording of the measure myself. This is what it says: “Requires food manufacturers, retailers to label ‘genetically engineered’ foods as such; state, citizens may enforce.” The next question is, “Who sponsors the ‘No on 92 Coalition.’” The answer is no big surprise. It is largely sponsored by large corporations like Pepsi, Hershey, and of course, Monsanto. I think we can all agree that these corporations are interested in their own profits, not in the public’s well-being.

The way I see it, Measure 92 is not so much about whether GMO is good for you or potentially harmful. It’s about your choice as the consumer to decide for yourself if you want to buy it or not. Our society takes great pride in its claim to protect its citizens’ freedom and their right to choose. Let’s keep it that way!

Is Measure 92 perfect? Probably not, but it’s a step in the right direction. Even if some industries, like the meat and dairy industry, are apparently exempt, it’s better than having no regulation at all.

Don’t be fooled by large corporations trying to increase their own profits. Be informed and decide for yourself.

Sonja El-Badry


Letter: Douglas County commissioner position may be nonpartisan, but people are not

October 17, 2014 — 

Vote for truth and integrity

Republican Gary Leif, Douglas County commissioner candidate, donates $250 to Democrat Kerry Atherton’s campaign (Orestar reporting). I realize the county commissioner seat is a nonpartisan seat, but the people filling them are not nonpartisan.

When I commented on this recently, Gary’s response was: “I didn’t really have a choice but to help him because he is getting me votes from the Democratic party (sic)…“. He went on to state that he mailed a check in the same amount to Dallas Heard. That’s about as open an admission of vote buying as I’ve ever seen!

Giving equal amounts to opposing candidates is wishy-washy at best and is evidence of lack of fiscal responsibility. Integrity is important. Integrity can be defined as “doing the right thing when no one is watching.” Along that line, Gary removed his comments the next day.

I have many friends and acquaintances in politics and some are candidates for office. Unless we share our vision for the county/state/country, I will not contribute to their campaigns. I will wish them luck. I will remain their friend. But I will not vote for, or contribute to, candidates that I believe do not have the best plan to address taxpayers’ needs. By supporting opposing candidates, you are, in reality, supporting neither.

As a friend of mine said, “I would not vote for someone that I wouldn’t be happy with running an elected position. It is called morals, sir, and I suggest you find yours.”

Vote for a man who has the strength to say what he believes in, will tell you the cold hard truths of our state of the county, and has proven his integrity to the citizens of Douglas County. Join me in making Boice your choice for county commissioner.

Jaynee Germond


Letter: Douglas County commissioner candidate’s record of community involvement garners voter’s support

October 17, 2014 — 

Back the man, not the party

Some might say I was politically born with a D in the middle of my forehead. Being from West Virginia, there is a grain of truth in that. There is a very important nonpartisan commissioner race on the ballot and I close my eyes to political parties. I support Gary Leif.

I have known Gary for more than 30 years. In his professional life, he has made me look good for advertising photos for that length of time, but he can work that magic on anyone. It is in his civic work that I spent much more time with Gary.

Both of us were active in the Douglas County Chambers of Commerce. I was secretary for a number of terms and Gary was a vice president and then president of the organization. He represented Winston in that organization. It had meetings throughout Douglas County and visited new and existing businesses. Gary has been all over the county and heard the community stories.

One of the projects was to get a study funded for transportation from the Port of Coos Bay. With a lot of letters and calls, the Oregon legislature funded a transportation study for the ports of Astoria, Newport and Coos Bay. Gary was appointed to that study.

He has spent a considerable part of his life in volunteering to make his part of the world a better place. He listens well and tries to reach consensus. I have never felt it was his way or the highway attitude and I don’t feel he entered the race with a personal agenda. I believe he wants to see good and transparent governance in that office. Please join me in voting for Gary Leif.

Shirley Cairns


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