Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Publisher's Notebook: Oregonians aren't all from California

April 24, 2015 — 

I’d heard the stories prior to moving to Oregon.

“They hate Californians and it rains every day,” most warned.

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Editorial: Please share the streets and roads

April 24, 2015 — 

Most of us first learned to pedal along sidewalks and putter around driveways on tricycles, with our parents strolling nearby. When we became big enough to insist that tricycles were for little kids, mom and dad affixed training wheels to a “real bike,” then tested the limits of our bravery and the neighborhood. And when the next step in our bicycling evolution involved removing those training wheels, we understood freedom for the first time.

Sadly, however, many drivers of cars and pickups in Roseburg seem to have forgotten the joy that riding a bike brings to riders. A pedestrian standing on any corner in town will likely inhale the exhaust fumes of hundreds of cars before three bicyclists pass by. The small number of bicyclists would be of no more concern than the small number of pogo stick users if the only issue were abundance. But the prevailing concern is safety.

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Kudos: Roseburg boy gets unexpected reaction to act of kindness

April 24, 2015 — 

Sharing acts of kindness

On March 6, I had occasion to go to the bank in Green. Since my 9-year-old grandson, Austyn, was not in school that day, he went with me. When we got to the bank, he ran ahead and opened two heavy doors for me and then stood quietly until my business was done.

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Kudos: C. Giles Hunt helps feed the needy in Douglas County

April 24, 2015 — 

Grant buys food for the needy

The St. Francis Community Kitchen Executive Committee and its volunteers would like to thank the C. Giles Hunt Trust for its very generous grant.

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Kudos: Camas Valley, Tenmile pull together for a special Easter

April 24, 2015 — 

Donors earn high praise

Thank you to all the volunteers and local businesses who contribute annually to make the Camas Valley and Tenmile Fire Districts Easter Egg Hunt so wonderful. We couldn’t do it without your generosity.

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Letter: A Democrat's perspective on foreign affairs

April 24, 2015 — 

Get all the facts straight

Hillary Clinton recently announced her candidacy for president in 2016. The Republican smear campaign was quick to respond.

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Letter: House Bill 2307 does not support both sides equally

April 24, 2015 — 

Beware bias of HB 2307

House Bill 2307 pounds yet another nail into the coffin of Oregonians’ freedom: Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech and Parental Rights.

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Letter: Small business owners should have civil rights, too

April 24, 2015 — 

In the news: Gay rights?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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Letter: 'Politically correct' doesn't always make it right

April 24, 2015 — 

So where is the real tolerance?

Tolerance: For years I’ve heard and read that the Democrat Party was the party of tolerance and the Republicans were the bigots, homophobes, etc., etc., etc. Really?

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Letter: Child abuse is not an option

April 23, 2015 — 

Just a sprinkle does the trick

With all the talk of child abuse in the news lately, I want to share a punishment that has worked extremely well for us. Just a sprinkle of water in the face and the little one stops the poor behavior. Don’t quite understand why this is so effective since it is just a little water, but it certainly gets their attention.

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Letter: Roseburg carwash will help fund search for missing boy

April 23, 2015 — 

Help us find Kyron Horman

As you may be aware, Kyron Horman will be missing 5 years on June 4, 2015. He went missing from his Portland, Oregon, elementary school. Last to be seen with his ex-stepmom, Terri Moulton-Horman. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Kyron Horman.

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Letter: Know the facts and fictions of gun control laws

April 23, 2015 — 

Protect liberties while we can

The following quote applies in spades to the current imbroglio about gun control in Oregon: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” — John F. Kennedy

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Guest Column: Open dialogue is key to good management

April 21, 2015 — 

I recently attended a “town hall” discussion on pesticides co-sponsored by Beyond Toxics, a group from Eugene opposed to pesticides, and local environmental organization Umpqua Watersheds. While The News Review estimated attendance around 100, the majority of attendees were the professionals who use pesticid7es on their lands — foresters, farmers, small woodland owners, and applicators. We were there to listen to concerns about pesticides and engage in a respectable public discourse.

I have always been proud to work for a company and an industry that respects opinions and is willing to talk with anyone about why and how we manage, even if they disagree with us. I believe it is our responsibility as a landowner and a neighbor. Our forest management activities, particularly cutting trees and aerial spraying, are very visible. And unlike farming practices which occur annually, we only harvest and reforest on a parcel once every 50 years or so. This can be quite disappointing to a neighbor who moved here from an urban area or from another state, particularly if they envisioned a permanent stand of mature trees on their neighbor’s property.

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Letter: Sutherlin citizens need full-time Fire Department

April 21, 2015 — 

Be proactive for Fire Dept.

I have lived in Douglas County for over 30 years, and I continue to monitor the local news there. It seems the citizens of Sutherlin are either confused about their Fire Department issue or are not aware of the issues they face. You have a town of almost 9,000 people and some people want to get rid of your paid full time fire and emergency medical response team. This appears to be in an attempt to save money.

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Letter: Another perspective on forestry management in Oregon

April 20, 2015 — 

Enforce the forestry laws

While Kevin Kehoe and I share much in common — we are both foresters with deep ties to this region — I have to take issue with his conclusions about the use of herbicides in forestry.

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Letter: Douglas County Commissioners' choices questioned

April 20, 2015 — 

Not seeing any conservatives

What’s with our County Commissioners?

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Publisher's Notebook: Given the chance, don't shoot — run!

April 17, 2015 — 

In the middle of all this Oregon gun talk I ran across a slick and glossy handout that read: “What happens when … you are forced to SHOOT?”

On the flip side of that handout it indicated there was going to be a Lethal Force Conference at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and that the speakers would include a judge, the district attorney, the sheriff and a couple of lawyers.

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Letter: Time to step up with strong leadership for America

April 17, 2015 — 

Stand against liberal agenda

The Republican party has progressively left the traditional conservative values and rather than being the opposition party, fighting for conservative principles, it has chosen the path of moderation. Staying on this path has been the reason for Republican defeat in the past two major elections.

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Letter: Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center director must get involved

April 17, 2015 — 

More active role needed

I very much agree with an April 2 letter writer that the Roseburg VA hospital is sliding back into the “same old groove” as before, where veterans don’t receive the quality of care that they deserve and should have.

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Editorial: Everything has a cost, including the dump

April 16, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Commissioners made a bold and necessary decision Wednesday to start a process that will lead to fees being charged at the currently “free” county dump. The decision will ultimately treat county residents and garbage haulers fairly while protecting county government.

Following nearly two hours of “trash talk” in a public hearing, the three elected commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that didn’t immediately set those fees but gave the commissioners new authority to do so and to launch an examination of how those fees will be structured.

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Editorial: We must decrease the number of auto fatalities

April 16, 2015 — 

One downside to being newspaper journalists is that we have to report on murders, suicides, drug overdoses, rapes, assaults and other kinds of tragedies and behaviors that do not show humans in a positive light.

Although it’s true that readers often devour these stories — “if it bleeds, it leads” is a journalistic maxim — we can become dispirited when reporting on traffic deaths, since the people who die in car crashes are most likely not guilty of anything.

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Letter: Concerned citizens are needed

April 16, 2015 — 

Curtail the corruption

I am an 88-year-old World War II Army vet who has lived (with my wife) as proud Oregonians since 1990.

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Letter: Recognize Obama for what he's done

April 16, 2015 — 

Veteran stands up for Obama

A recent letter criticizing President Obama for caring more about immigration laws than our veterans was way off the mark. As a Vietnam combat veteran, I’ve closely watched our president’s handling of veteran affairs since President Richard Nixon was in office and not one president since has done more for veterans than President Obama. Since signing into law two tax credits that encourage businesses to hire veterans, to increasing the VA budget and expanding the hiring of mental health providers to treat our wounded veterans. He implemented and improved the post 9/11 GI Bill that became the most comprehensive educational benefit for veterans since World War 2. Working with the VA, he wants to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

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Letter: What was gained by Douglas County health study?

April 15, 2015 — 

Study raises more questions

Did I understand your reporting correctly? A publicly-elected official unilaterally hired his previous campaign manager and personal friend to the tune of $15,000 in taxpayer money for two months of work culminating in 11 pages of text without any recommendations made to correct the problem for which the study was initiated?

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Letter: Gun law won't stop criminals

April 15, 2015 — 

Don’t infringe on Constitution

Do you really think registration for gun sales between family members and close friends is going to solve murders?

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Letter: Those who make trash should support Dougas County landfill

April 15, 2015 — 

The dump: it’s a simple concept

The dump is a necessity. We all make trash, therefore, we all must pay for it (as we currently do).

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Guest Column: Childhood stress linked to adult health costs

April 14, 2015 — 

In this time of fiscal scarcity, Washington State has projected savings of $55.9 million each biennium though integration of ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) initiatives and research.

Those are savings Oregon may want to take note of. Washington State has witnessed a decrease in youth alcohol and drug use, high school dropout rate, children in out-of-home placement due to abuse or neglect, teen suicide attempts, teen pregnancy, teen violent crime, and domestic violence.

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Letter: Douglas County leadership volunteers earn praise

April 14, 2015 — 

Volunteers are appreciated

To spread the word about an event I’m organizing, I’ve been traveling all over Douglas County. I’ve been to chamber meetings in Canyonville, Winston and Myrtle Creek, Economic Development meetings, a Roseburg Downtown Association meeting, high school classrooms, staff meetings and assemblies. I was able to talk on-air with Donna Spicer at KPIC and was invited to talk with Kyle Bailey at KQEN.

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Letter: Kelsey Wood runs for Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority Board of Directors

April 13, 2015 — 

Vote for Wood for RUSA Board

What a pleasant surprise to see that Kelsey Wood is running for a position on the Board of Directors for the Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority.

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Letter: Workplace equality symbolized by April 14 Equal Pay Day

April 11, 2015 — 

Women’s pay trails behind

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women’s full-time earnings catch up to men’s full-time earnings for the previous year. This year, Equal Pay Day will be April 14.

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