Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Letter: Know the voting record of your senators

September 3, 2015 — 

Favoring recall of Prozanski

For all those who may be undecided on which side to support in the recall of State Senator Floyd Prozanski, A short review of the facts will be helpful.

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Letter: Comparing our government to a corporation is too simplistic

September 3, 2015 — 

Think about all the issues

If Trump’s quick quips seem like easy answers to solve complicated issues, please think again. Our government is not a corporation. Running a successful corporation is not a good enough qualification for our highest office of national leadership. Government does not operate on a free economic system of supply and demand. We are a nation for the people and of the people, not a business whose main goal is to make a profit.

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Save our landfill, library, and parks!

September 3, 2015 — 

We’ve seen a lot of changes in Douglas County since the last election. There have been charges implemented at the landfill and county parks, and donations being asked for to renew a library card!

What is going on? Is the local government wasting your money to the point where they have to reach deeper into your pockets to survive? Is there some shortage of cash due to the economy, or did you get duped at the last election? I’ve heard them all and I promise you did not get duped.

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Guest Column: Fight forest fires with water cannon aircraft

September 3, 2015 — 

During the Vietnam War, the military modified several C-130 aircraft to be gun ships with great firepower. They flew these aircraft in tight circles around a small ground target and directed their guns on that target. They were very successful.

Why can’t we use this technique to fight forest fires? Instead of bullets, the aircraft would very accurately pour water, lots of water, onto the target fire.

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Letter: Sutherlin Volunteer Firefighters showed skill, compassion

September 3, 2015 — 

It was a tough job well done

Thank you so much for the positive and supportive article in your August 29 edition regarding the excellent performance of the Sutherlin Volunteer Firefighters who handled the duplex fire on 2nd Avenue on Friday, August 21.

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Letter: Douglas County Fair board discusses vendor space, fees

September 3, 2015 — 

Fair board gives its perspective

I would like to thank the August 25 writer for her letter to the editor, “Reconsider Fair Vendor Charges.” That letter allows me to get the facts out about the fees the Fairgrounds charges commercial vendors. It also lets me brag about what a phenomenal job Fair Manager Harold Phillips and his incredible staff do, not only in organizing the fair, but also those events that take up the other 361 days of the year.

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Letter: Adequate services are based on appropriate funding

September 1, 2015 — 

Look at funds and services

I recently read an editorial about the Roseburg VA Medical Center not providing adequate care for veterans. I don’t think the root of the problem is with the medical providers, but with members of Congress.

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Letter: Gun confiscation will cause more victims

September 1, 2015 — 

Confiscate guns to aid criminals

Responsible gun owners have a gun in their home to protect themselves from violence, not to cause violence.

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Editorial: Every little bit helps

September 1, 2015 — 

Labor Day signals the end of summer to many Americans, but by the time families fire up the grills while watching preseason NFL football local students will have already been adjusting to their new teachers and classes.

With the possible exception of people who pursue the performing arts (“possible” being the operative word), students in today’s world have to succeed in high school, then at least make it through college in order to have much of a chance to achieve what is often defined as “the American dream” — a house, a happy, healthy family and a satisfying job that pays well.

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Guest Column: Call for Gov. Brown, senators to oppose LNG

August 31, 2015 — 

With wildfires raging across Oregon, it has become even more urgent for Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely to oppose the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline proposed for our state by a Canadian energy company.

The Stouts Creek Fire, one of the largest current blazes, is impacting at least 17 miles of the route the Pacific Connector pipeline would take to bring LNG from Canada and the Rockies to Coos Bay for export to Asia.

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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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