Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
My wife has a mass shooting in her hometown, now.
For years I was the one with a tragic and unthinkable event at my hometown high school in Springfield, Oregon. Growing up, Springfield was a sleepy lumber town right across the river from more liberal and eclectic Eugene, where my beloved Ducks play.Learn more »
Again. Another mass murder in our great country. Another crazed man with guns murdering innocent people.Learn more »
Heartache of UCC tragedy
I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the families of the Umpqua Community College staff and student body whose lives were taken from them and/or wounded in the senseless attack.Learn more »
Give support, not politics
This massacre at Umpqua Community College is not about politics. It’s certainly not about left or right. It’s not about gun control. It’s not about your opinion or mine about Obama.Learn more »
As the city editor of The News-Review in Roseburg, Oregon, I feel compelled to write about the massacre perpetrated at Umpqua Community College by a well-armed shooter.
Although the act was horrible and will continue to resonate internationally, Roseburg has pulled together impressively. The outpouring of support has been amazing, with neighbors helping neighbors, and people from around the world have made numerous generous donations, turning people across the country and around the world into Roseburg residents, at least in spirit.Learn more »
The hollow places
The hollow places in the souls of menLearn more »
Thursday, October 1, 2015, will live forever in our memories. The shock, the fear, the anger, the horror of this senseless act of terrorism shot through our minds and souls that day.
But it is not that cowardly act that defines us — the people of Douglas County.Learn more »
It takes time to heal
I lost my sister and her children over 40 years ago to a violent and senseless death.Learn more »
Support group offers its help
We at The Compassionate Friends send our sincere sympathy to the community of Roseburg and all who lost a loved one in the Umpqua Community College tragedy.Learn more »
To the people of Roseburg,
Many years ago, my husband and I moved from Washington to California, and so many trips ensued in order to visit with friends and family.Learn more »
Tragedy draws more questions
Sheriff John Hanlin has made two things clear.Learn more »
How could this happen?
Parents of mentally ill killers are culpable if they have not alerted the officials of their community that their child is a danger. They need to publicly explain to the community why they have not alerted the community that their offspring is a danger.Learn more »
To Progress’Learn more »
Sisters in sorrow, love Sandy Hook
Dear Roseburg,Learn more »
Taking the next step
I’m responding to a letter written by James Thomasson some weeks ago regarding legalizing the devil’s lettuce. Thomasson’s letter? It was in response to a first letter. Thomasson claims weed should be legal because people will not “toke and drive.” That’s probably true — I don’t suspect, despite Colorado’s statistics, that more car crashes and ER visits will necessarily occur. Using these excuses to oppose legalization means using social criticisms to the current policy. My criticism? It’s cultural.Learn more »
Support the local Mat Club
The Roseburg High School Wrestling team has won seven of the last nine 6A State Championships under the leadership of Head Coach Steve Lander and his dedicated staff. It is, by far, RHS’s most successful athletic program in the 21st century.Learn more »
It’s time for a truce.
It’s time to stop the debate on guns and politics and whether or not our president should come to Roseburg Friday to pay tribute to our dead.Learn more »
The town where I grew up, graduated high school and later worked as a newspaper reporter.Learn more »
As Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told the world just a few hours after nine of us were slaughtered Thursday morning, this isn’t going to be about the killer.
Not yet, anyway. History is filled with evil people taking innocent lives.Learn more »
Perspective on Party history
This is in response to the guest column of Sept. 22 regarding the history of the Republican Party. In this column, the author suggests that the Republican Party is a party of the people, specifically blacks. The author makes this statement based on what the Republican Party stood for and did over 150 years ago.Learn more »
Update means of assessment
I’m responding to an editorial by an Oregon senator who looks at Colorado’s marijuana statistics. The statistics essentially suggest that there are so many inherent dangers in legalizing marijuana that it’s simply not worth it to do so. True? Should we be looking at legalization statistics regarding driving, smoking, and emergency room visits? Let’s look deeper.Learn more »
What is our refugee capacity?
This urgent and timely question will face world-wide communities and countries for the foreseeable future. What active role could Douglas County support? This global, national and local role and our response and availability to humanely support world migration may define and shape us.Learn more »
Letter: Douglas County commissioner term limits require an amendment to the Oregon Constitution, or becoming a home rule countySeptember 28, 2015 —
Protecting our Constitution
“... the person elected must qualify by filing with the county clerk of the county in which the person is elected the persons certificate of election, with an oath of office indorsed thereon, and subscribed by the elected person, to the effect that the person will support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, and faithfully carry out the office being assumed.” — Oregon Revised Statute 204.020 (2).Learn more »
Pay attention to the voters
It’s a shame that Susan Morgan feels as most politicians do, that the voters have no rights; they said two terms, and that should be the way it is!Learn more »
Listen to the majority vote
I am so disappointed in Susan Morgan’s decision to disrespect the “will of the people” of Douglas County. Seventy percent of those voting want to limit the terms served as county commissioner. Her list of high-powered people backing her lawsuit does not serve her well.Learn more »
‘By way of comment’
Ever notice how many times Commissioner Sue Morgan uses that phrase at our weekly Wednesday morning commissioners’ meeting? It’s a lot! So hopefully she will understand the voters’ message that I’d like to remind Ms. Morgan of, “By way of comment.”Learn more »
Hollywood has glamorized America’s criminal underworld, from “The Great Train Robbery” to “The Godfather” and beyond. At least as portrayed on film, criminals generally adhere to a code, and the worst breach of that code a criminal can commit is to be a rat, a snitch, a canary. Betraying one’s cohorts by revealing details of a criminal enterprise to law enforcement or other authorities deems a felon to be the lowest of the low.
Of course, among law-abiding citizens who pay their taxes and have respect for the social and legal structures that define the society in which they live, “singing like a canary” is usually called “blowing the whistle” or “being a whistleblower.” In sports, referees blow whistles to indicate that players have broken a rule, which is how the term derived.Learn more »
Sometime in the late 1990s, a 14-year-old student set out to show just how easy it was to get people to sign petitions.
You know … those petitions that get shoved in your face as you are walking out of the post office or supermarket with your hands full of groceries and kids clinging to your shorts?Learn more »
You don’t get to cherry-pick the Constitution.
It’s why women get to vote and why we are free to express our opinions.Learn more »
Political coincidences are uncommon. Political accidents are even more exceptional. The seemingly piece-meal progression toward the legalization of marijuana in Oregon and other states has been well-planned and orchestrated, and could not be described as either an accident or a coincidence. It has also, unfortunately, led to unintended consequences for residents of the states that have opted to be first in line to be a testing ground for these new policies.
The efforts to legalize marijuana in Oregon have generally corresponded with the timeline for doing the same in Colorado. For the most part, the same organizations have implemented similar methodology to successfully advance legalization of pot in both states, as well as in Washington.Learn more »