Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
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 »
The evolution of the party
I read with interest the article of Tom Hawksworth regarding the Republican Party’s history, and was wondering if he will write Part 2?Learn more »
On Planned Parenthood
I listen to the President and the elected Democrats regarding defunding of Planned Parenthood. The President says he will veto any bill defunding Planned Parenthood.Learn more »
Beefing up the memory
I am seeking help from Roseburg area residents regarding the former existence of an In-n-Out Burger stand in Winston.Learn more »
In case you haven’t been watching the news, you may have missed all the commotion about “Black Lives Matter” and all the unrest in the black community about blacks being unfairly targeted by the police.
And, if you haven’t heard, all the communities where the problems have been occurring are those run by progressive Democrats — Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc. This should not come as a surprise, since the Democrat party has never been a friend of the black community. And this goes back a long time.Learn more »
Boice doesn’t understand the 1937 O&C Act
Commissioner Boice’s News-Review editorial from Sept. 3, where it references the 1937 O&C Act and “certain ‘environmental groups’” is about as useful as a Big O retread gone flat. His column makes clear that his understanding of that act has a hole in the middle as big as a tractor tire’s. That law mandates not just sustained yield extraction, but also protecting watersheds, regulating stream flow and providing recreation facilities.Learn more »
Deny permission for LNG proposal
I am opposed to the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas proposed plant and the associated Pacific Connector Pipeline that is intended to transfer high pressure natural gas from Malin, Oregon, to Coos Bay in a 36-inch pipeline.Learn more »
Credit given where credit’s due
I was very pleased at September’s first Commissioners meeting with all three Commissioners agreeing to support and enhance Sheriff Hanlin’s position on not enforcing the gun registration between private parties in Douglas County. This is a very positive move and hopefully just the beginning of more to come of nullifying unconstitutional laws being forced on Douglas County Citizens. There are many that should be repealed and with the budget woes temporarily under control Boice and Freeman should be able to start working on those issues.Learn more »
Treaty involves more than U.S.
Critics of the proposed Iran nuclear deal make it seem as though the treaty is bilateral, negotiated only between the U.S. and Iran. In fact, we had a strong negotiating coalition with Germany, Russia, China, France and England. It has been unanimously approved by the UN Security Council.Learn more »
Because of the Mercy Shaw Heart Center, I’m here today. This year, I had a heart attack. It was nothing I would have expected. I feel fortunate that state-of-the art medical care was right here in Roseburg when I needed it, so I didn’t have to travel out of town. I’m also proud to be a nurse at Mercy for more than 25 years. Now more than ever, I realize what a special place Mercy is in our community.
My heart attack story sounds different in some ways from what most people expect. I’ve been a long distance runner most of my life. I’d hoped my active lifestyle would keep my heart healthy, but I also knew my family history put me at risk.Learn more »
Actions have consequences
I recently received an email of an old black and white photo of Adolf Hitler. It had been photoshopped to include him wearing a gimme cap. The words on the cap were, “MAKE GERMANY GREAT AGAIN.” I admit that is a bit harsh, but it does give reason to examine Donald Trump with respect to the balance between form and substance.Learn more »
A lot of people in Douglas County still haven’t heard of Bernie Sanders. It’s as if instead of informing us about candidates, the media wants to decide for us who is worth paying attention to. Well Bernie Sanders is worth the attention.Learn more »
A Libertarian critique
I used to love Lord of the Rings when I was a nerdy kid growing up. But now I ask us all: is the ideology correct?Learn more »
Before you complain too much about having to pay dump fees, check out the latest from Seattle, where garbage collectors are now garbage cops.
Under a new city ordinance, it’s against the law to throw a horrible meatloaf, burned muffins or dad’s failed pasta salad in the garbage.Learn more »
Students are returning to a much-admired institution in our midst: Umpqua Community College. A great deal has changed there and things remain in limbo since last spring. Some critical challenges and decisions confront the board of trustees, faculty, students and administration.
Most conspicuous is the recruitment and selection of a new college president.Learn more »
There’s good news for all Douglas County students with an interest in science and technology. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, jobs linked to those two disciplines, along with engineering and mathematics, are growing three times faster than any other kind of jobs. Clearly, these four disciplines represent crucial skills with a high demand in the workforce.
Now for the news that’s not so good. Despite the increasing importance of these skills, nearly two-thirds of Oregon students in the fourth and eighth grades are falling behind in their academic development. That’s based on National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, which show that only about a third of students in those grades test at or above the proficient level in math and science.Learn more »
Summer to many of us in Douglas County means swimming, barbecues, concerts on riverbanks and family vacations. Baseball in its various forms — from pickup sandlot games to Major League teams battling in front of thousands of fans — fills the air with the crack of bat on ball and the thwack of flashing leather. Residents can stroll their neighborhoods in shorts and T-shirts, and children play enthusiastically, without the threat of homework looming over them.
Yet, considering how unbearably hot the summer of 2015 has been, we are likely not alone when we say, “Enough already.” Friday and Saturday once again saw temperatures soar after a pleasing chill teased us last week. Just as many of us started to rearrange our wardrobes to accommodate sweater weather, Mother Nature rescinded the cool promise of fall.Learn more »
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
So said the warden to Cool Hand Luke and his fellow inmates in one of my favorite films of all-time.Learn more »