Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Letter: Affordable Douglas County waste disposal and recycling is key

May 28, 2015 — 

Keep it simple and economical

I admit I have not attended any of the open meetings of the Douglas County Solid Waste Advisory Committee concerning proposed fees (shame on me), but I would like to comment on the subject.

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Editorial: Enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

May 28, 2015 — 

Now that Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun. The days start early and last long.

The day this was written, the sun rose at 5:28 a.m. and set at 8:48 p.m. Dawn will come earlier and twilight later until the solstice.

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Letter: Douglas County landfill fee involves more than trash

May 27, 2015 — 

Implementing will be costly

The public needs to know that the fee proposals considered by the Douglas County Solid Waste Committee will involve hiring county workers to man each transfer site, constructing sheds for same, added security, possibly rearranging the main transfer site entrance, handling large sums of money, added administrative costs, possibly requiring us to buy a punch card, etc.

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Letter: Douglas County student education funds can't support mascot-changing costs

May 26, 2015 — 

Use education funding wisely

This letter is in response to an article on page A3 of The News-Review on May 24, “Board says again: tribal mascots must go.”

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Guest Column: Individualized counseling can help

May 26, 2015 — 

Congress is rewriting federal higher education policy.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, recently outlined his reform agenda, which includes a measure that could force colleges to assume some of the financial risk for their students’ loans.

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Kudos: South Umpqua School District receives $10,000 grant

May 26, 2015 — 

Whipple, Lilja get extra credit

South Umpqua School District would like to thank the Oregon Community Foundation, specifically the Whipple Foundation and the Lilja Foundation, for their $10,000 grant to help us purchase new library books, four new computers and eight iPad Minis.

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Kudos: Roseburg residents donate clothing to local veterans

May 26, 2015 — 

Spring cleaning helps veterans

We want to thank residents at River View Terrace for their spring cleaning donations of clothing to the Roseburg VA Clothing Room. Our veterans appreciate all that is done for them.

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Letter: Douglas County resident objects to landfill rates

May 26, 2015 — 

Landfill fees are too high

I am writing to oppose the fees proposed for the landfill. I thought the fees proposed by the commissioners were going to be $7 a load, or $5 a load if covered and recycling was implemented. Now its $15 a load. The commissioners need to step up and oppose these fees and stick to their original amount.

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Letter: Too many accidents at Kelly's Corner in Winston

May 22, 2015 — 

Put in overpass for traffic safety

Enough is Enough. Why so many deaths and mangled bodies on Highway 42 from Interstate 5 to Winston? We need an overpass at Kelly’s Corner.

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Kudos: Ford Foundation helps Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry

May 22, 2015 — 

Foundation aids Pantry

Sutherlin Oakland Emergency Pantry received a “Holiday Giving” grant of $5,000 from The Ford Foundation to help with the expense of holiday boxes for each of the families it serves in Sutherlin, Oakland, Umpqua and Wilbur.

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Editorial: Elders deserve respect and kindness

May 21, 2015 — 

The lead story on last Sunday’s front page recounted the delightful experience that seniors had the previous day attending the 50th anniversary of the Roseburg Senior Center. They danced, dined, laughed and discussed their lives with other community members “of a certain age,” while also celebrating the grand opening of the center’s large, new facility.

This example of the vitality that many seniors still display stands in stark contrast to the perception in much of Western culture that the elderly are irrelevant, at best.

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Letter: Pull together to defend the heartbeat of freedom

May 21, 2015 — 

Protect our Constitution

I am writing about the mess this country is in, politically, economically and world scene. The politicians in both parties, especially Democrats, seem bent on destroying America by ignoring our Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land (see Article VI).

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Kudos: Oregon Cultural Trust supports Douglas County Library

May 21, 2015 — 

Library grateful for DCCC grant

The Douglas County Library System wishes to express appreciation to the Douglas County Cultural Coalition for its grant award of $853 for Music and Motion implements.

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Letter: Fostering bicycle and pedestrian safety in Roseburg

May 21, 2015 — 

Think safety on our roads

On behalf of Bike Walk Roseburg, thanks go to the Roseburg Police Department and The News-Review.

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Editorial: Does our future include a high-tech vision?

May 20, 2015 — 

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Letter: Douglas County property tax appeal system gains praise

May 19, 2015 — 

Positive change for our county

I have to compliment how well the change in the new assessor has been for Douglas County property owners. The property tax appeal process has been streamlined to the point of almost non-existent, not to mention the fair and reasonable value placed on our properties.

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Letter: School fundraiser recognizes law-abiding gun use

May 19, 2015 — 

Support lawful gun ownership

A fellow reader wrote of his astonishment at a raffle which is part of Geneva Academy’s May 30 Three Gun Fundraiser.

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Letter: Yoncalla school board members make difficult decisions

May 18, 2015 — 

Board members protect schools

Friends of Yoncalla Education recently sent out an informational flyer describing intentions of the Yoncalla School District regarding the current state of our high school. Their flyer showed support for two candidates they described as “100 percent committed” to keeping a high school in our community. The implication that those currently on the board are not totally committed to those goals must be addressed.

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Kudos: Bank managers foster caring atmosphere in Coos Bay

May 15, 2015 — 

Planting cheer at Hope Center

On April 9, 2015, there were 11 Umpqua Bank managers from all over the region who gathered to support an organization serving their community.

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Guest Column: New Roseburg Public School superintendent steps in July 1

May 15, 2015 — 

My name is Gerry Washburn and I am honored, humbled and excited to be Roseburg Public School’s next superintendent. I have a great admiration for my new home district. We have a strong commitment to supplying 21st century tools and experiences for its students now and in the future.

We honor and respect all students. The district’s strong partnerships with the community are reflected in the community’s commitment to education. Last, but certainly not least, our district has a proud tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, music, art and college and career preparation.

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Letter: Elect community-minded board members for Winston-Dillard School District

May 15, 2015 — 

Your votes help the children

The Winston-Dillard School District is facing a challenging future. Our board needs to be comprised of strong, transparent and ethical leadership.

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Letter: Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room needs quality care

May 15, 2015 — 

ER care not up to expectations

I have noticed over the years what I consider to be a disproportionate number of letters about the VA Emergency Room in the general complaints about the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Letter: A new twist on a philosophical question

May 15, 2015 — 

Unexpected fundraiser

I was astonished to see a local Christian Academy flier advertising an upcoming fundraising raffle in which a Glock 17 pistol, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Mossburg 930 JM Pro Shotgun are the prizes.

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Kudos: Raffle funds help student see Oregon legislature

May 15, 2015 — 

Raffle sponsors local student

The American Legion Auxiliary Baird-Heaton Post 152 in Oakland would like to thank the individuals who supported our American flag afghan raffle.

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Publisher's Notebook: Rapid train travel exists, just not here

May 15, 2015 — 

I took a train from California to Colorado a few years ago. It was scenic (including the rafters on the Colorado River who would drop their pants and moon us as the train passed) but during parts of that two-day trip I could have outrun the locomotive, and I have screws in my ankle.

While our trains are flying off the tracks at 100 miles per hour, there’s a train in Japan that runs more than 600 kilometers per hour while “levitating” above the tracks.

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Editorial: This is a democracy, so vote!

May 15, 2015 — 

“There. I’ve voted. Now I can complain about the government.”

That waggish assertion would be heard at the polls on election days prior to 1993 while Oregonians still went someplace to vote.

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Kudos: Douglas County Master Gardeners appreciate supporters

May 13, 2015 — 

Expo success, thanks to you

Douglas County Master Gardeners wish to thank all the individuals and business members of our community for making our Plant & Garden Expo such a fantastic success again this year.

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Letter: Vote for success of our Roseburg School District students

May 13, 2015 — 

Elect Parker to school board

John Parker, candidate for the Roseburg School District, is exactly who we need to serve our schools. John is a veteran and has the ability to see the job through to the end. He is the fine young man who brought us County Commissioner term limits.

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Letter: Choose a strong advocate for Roseburg School Board for our at-risk youth

May 13, 2015 — 

Support Parker with your vote

I am Loma Wharton, a business owner in Roseburg, Oregon.

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Letter: Herbicide toxin research speaks for itself

May 12, 2015 — 

Studies show cause for alarm

Criticisms of the April 8 herbicide forum did not address the issues raised. Rather, they questioned the fairness of the moderator, who attempted to process numerous inquiries in the brief time available. These criticisms missed the point.

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