Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Publisher's Notebook: Stopping terrorism in its tracks

August 30, 2015 — 

“It’s better to die like a lion than be slaughtered like sheep. And the terrorist coward deserved what he got, and the PC crowd needs to recognize terrorism for what it is.”

That’s how Roseburg resident Emanuel Skarlatos summed up his son’s heroic actions during an interview on national television.

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Guest Column: Retain quality providers at Roseburg VA

August 28, 2015 — 

Imagine that you work at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. You’re sitting next to a person from the Human Resources office and you say, “Hey, I hear Dr. Doe’s retiring. With the shortage of doctors, I guess you’ll have a hard time filling this position.”

The HR person replies, “Nope, the VA hospital down in Roseburg recruits for us. They advertise their positions, interview the candidates, do the credentialing, pay for the move and train the provider. All we have to do is post our opening and wait until their doctors get tired of the abuse and apply to transfer here. We’ve gotten a lot of them that way.”

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Letter: Another side to "Safety first, don't speed" issue

August 28, 2015 — 

More than one law to consider

I do agree that one should not speed, but not everyone will do a perfect 65 or even 68 miles per hour.

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Letter: Wildfire reveals inadequate safeguards in gas pipeline plans

August 28, 2015 — 

Wildfires raise pipeline issues

I read with interest the article about marking trees in our National Forests. Our property is in the path of the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. We have repeatedly removed marking tape from trees on our property and only the threat of legal action stopped Williams from trespassing on our land.   

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Letter: Roseburg Rescue Mission is part of the solution

August 27, 2015 — 

Where would you go for help?

The Roseburg Rescue Mission is part of the solution, not the problem.

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Letter: Timeless wisdom to remember in today's world

August 27, 2015 — 

Beware the arch deceiver

When I observe the inhumanity occurring inside Planned Parenthood and consider those who defend the inhumane, I am reminded of a meditation from Roman Emperor, philosopher and all-’round good guy, Marcus Aurelius.

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Editorial: Making Douglas County, America and the world proud

August 27, 2015 — 

This summer has been a tough one for Douglas County. Yes, some big-name musical acts rolled through town, the county fair did well and the countless varieties of fruit have tasted delicious. However, the oppressive record-breaking heat, the numerous accidental deaths, the murders and the fires that have burned many thousands of acres have cast a pall over the region.

That pall was greatly eased last Friday night when news of an extraordinary event that occurred in France brightened the disposition of the county, Oregon, the United States and the world.

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Letter: What would help create a vibrant Douglas County Fair?

August 25, 2015 — 

Reconsider Fair vendor charges

I am curious what the Douglas County Fair board is thinking and what their strategy is regarding attracting vendors to participate in the fair. I heard from many people this year and last year about how the county is gouging the folks who sell their wears at the fair (no pun intended). The fair board charges a large fee for the booths and then a percentage of the vendors’ daily sales. It’s a double hit to the pocketbook.

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Guest Column: Get acquainted with the Douglas County Republican Party

August 25, 2015 — 

Have you been out to Wildlife Safari lately? The Douglas County Republican Party held a picnic there near the Elephant Enclosure and the results were fantastic! A large group of people attended and enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes.

The setting and weather were great and everyone got to see the new viewing area for the elephants. The staff brought over “George,” the oldest elephant at Safari, for pictures and we got to feed him watermelon, which he loved.

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Editorial: Making Douglas County, America and the world proud

August 24, 2015 — 

This summer has been a tough one for Douglas County. Yes, some big-name musical acts rolled through town, the county fair did well and the countless varieties of fruit have tasted delicious. However, the oppressive record-breaking heat, the numerous accidental deaths, the murders and the fires that have burned many thousands of acres have cast a pall over the region.

That pall instantly evaporated Friday night when news of an extraordinary event that occurred in France brightened the disposition of the county, Oregon, the United States and the world.

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Letter: What is the dollar value of a loved one?

August 24, 2015 — 

Questions of legality remain

I have a question today for our many friends who are promoting the use, widespread availability and economic benefits of marijuana.

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Editorial: Homelessness doesn't only happen to 'them'

August 23, 2015 — 

Most of us are just one calamity away from homelessness.

Unlike in other industrialized nations, Americans who become seriously ill or injured can quickly become financially ruined, along with the attendant incapacity or diminished ability brought on by the illness or injury itself.

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Publisher's Notebook: We owe more than thanks to firefighters

August 23, 2015 — 

It was 108 degrees when I jumped in my truck after what I thought was a tough day inside my air-conditioned office a few weeks ago.

“Geeze, Louise,” I muttered, cranking up the fans on my dashboard. “Can’t wait to get home and crack open a cold beer.”

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Guest Column: Planning and flexibility help prepare students for success

August 21, 2015 — 

Research and exploratory steps onto a career path can position students for education and career success.

Choice — It’s something we as humans all want. Americans in particular regard choice as our birthright, given that this nation came about because of the limits imposed on choices offered here and abroad.

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Letter: Speed limits in Oregon should apply to the passing lane, too

August 21, 2015 — 

Safety first, don’t speed

A June 30 article in The News-Review hit a sore spot concerning speeding up traffic on Oregon highways.

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Editorial: Time's up, VA: Fix your problems now

August 21, 2015 — 

In Sunday’s front page story, senior staff writer Carisa Cegavske wrote about various horrible experiences that veterans had recently endured when they visited the emergency room of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Roseburg.

Cegavske has covered the local VA extensively over the last couple of years, and she is grounded, thorough and objective. In light of the widespread, dangerous and embarrassing problems that came to light in 2014 at numerous national Veterans Health Administration facilities, a reporter could easily slip into hyperbole, if not sensationalism.

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Letter: Middle class is the backbone of America; don't break it!

August 20, 2015 — 

Next president had better ...

As with every election season, the rhetoric is not being held back in this one. With a whopping 17 Republican candidates out there vying for every vote and poll number they can get, you can bet there will be a lot more. A presidential campaign costs a ton of money and millions of words.

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Letter: Help the homeless turn their lives around

August 19, 2015 — 

Homelessness: Be the solution

This is in response to the article “Not in our backyard,” regarding the petition circulating to relocate the mission with the desired result of removing the homeless.

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Guest Column: Douglas County needs safer streets

August 19, 2015 — 

This summer has been deadly for Douglas County. It seems that each week brings more reports of local traffic fatalities. The leading causes of serious and fatal crashes in Douglas County are aggressive driving and speeding, according to the 2011 Summary of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Dangerous driving behavior can be prevented or lessened with simple changes to street design. Making streets more complex by adding tree-lined medians, pedestrian islands, or bike lanes forces drivers to slow down and pay attention.

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August 19, 2015 — 

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Letter: Let's have a truly representative government

August 18, 2015 — 

Ends do not justify means

In an August 10 editorial titled “Tough love to spur our future,” Bentley Gilbert said we need to elect a Democrat to the Oregon Senate, because the Democrats are in power. And he believes the ends justify the means! Really?

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Letter: Roseburg Rescue Mission relocation issue draws dissent

August 18, 2015 — 

Police presence, not relocation

I disagree with the proposal to remove the Roseburg Rescue Mission from downtown. As a resident of Roseburg who lives just a few blocks from the Rescue Mission, I would have to side with Director Lynn Antis. The real problem stems not from the homeless community who make use of the resources provided by the Mission, but rather from the homeless who choose (or may not have the capacity to choose) not to utilize what the Mission offers.

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Editorial: Safe marijuana dispensary helps sway council vote

August 16, 2015 — 

Last week, Roseburg City Councilwoman Victoria Hawks exhibited the kind of leadership qualities often lacking in today’s political world: the ability to change one’s mind. She did so by looking deeper into her own assumptions.

Hawks and the majority of the Roseburg City Council previously seemed determined to adopt ordinances prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from selling to recreational users. No matter that the majority of Oregon voters endorsed Measure 91 last fall, Roseburg and Douglas County seemed bent on staying in the past.

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Publisher's Notebook: No patience for whiners and snivelers

August 16, 2015 — 

A “JEFF ACKERMAN MUST GO” bumper sticker is a personal reminder of the ongoing assault on free speech under the guise of political correctness.

As you may have discovered, I am not Politically Correct.

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Letter: Douglas County community leaders' vision questioned

August 15, 2015 — 

Hopping on the cannabis boat

After reading Tuesday’s editorial by Bentley Gilbert “Tough love to spur our future,” I was reminded of the utter lack of vision demonstrated by community leaders regarding what the legal cannabis industry can bring to our community economically.

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Editorial: The way we fund firefighting must change

August 14, 2015 — 

When earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes devastate cities, the funds to clean up and repair the damage arrive, in part, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

When wildfires wipe out thousands or tens of thousands of acres and displace families by burning down their homes, the money that pays for the firefighters, bulldozers, helicopters and tankers comes directly out of funds earmarked for the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Letter: More musings on marijuana

August 13, 2015 — 

Marijuana vs. alcohol

I get it. We were all told that marijuana is bad and that alcohol is cool and acceptable. We were lied to. The truth of the matter is alcohol is the deadliest drug, and marijuana doesn’t even crack the top 10.

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Guest Column: Taking a look back at 2015 legislative session

August 13, 2015 — 

It is helpful to let a bit of time pass before taking a look at what was and wasn’t accomplished during a Legislative Session. While the majority party “talked” about jobs and the economy, it became quite clear the first priority was political payback.

There were bills that gave clear wins to trial lawyers, public sector unions, anti-gun groups and environmental organizations. All one needs to do is take a look at campaign contributions to understand why these passed.

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Letter: More musings on marijuana

August 13, 2015 — 

Marijuana vs. alcohol

I get it. We were all told that marijuana is bad and that alcohol is cool and acceptable. We were lied to. The truth of the matter is alcohol is the deadliest drug, and marijuana doesn’t even crack the top 10.

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Roseburg needs better marketing

August 12, 2015 — 

Thanks go to Mr. Gilbert for his column regarding leadership in our community. Where that leadership will come from is a question that needs to be addressed.

I just mentioned in a recent meeting of the Economic Development Commission that I wondered what conversations our local leadership had with the Ford executives to say, “Hey, let’s talk and discuss a plan for retention of professionals in our community.” If they didn’t do this, it’s disturbing; if they did, what were the findings?

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