Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
Well, I see that the dump fee issue is causing trash to be dumped in areas that it wasn’t intended to. I said this would happen! I still say the best way to solve the problem is to have it in the tax base. A fee is still a tax, it is just called a fee to make it more saleable to the general public. Who do we sue, for stupidity, in not looking at the whole picture? Are the leaders of the county listening? They need to be held accountable!
George WestonLearn more »
I believed in protecting endangered species before I heard about the Save Endangered Animals Oregon ballot initiative. Now I support this initiative for an additional reason. Terrorist groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army slaughter elephants and sell their ivory to pay for ammunition that is used to murder innocent people. Shutting down the trade in endangered species parts is a win for wildlife and a win for the global community.
Washington saw the urgency in preventing the sale of endangered animal parts in their state and just passed a measure similar to the Save Endangered Animals Oregon initiative. We need to make sure that we do not contribute to this illegal practice any more by getting this initiative passed. I signed the petition to put the SEA initiative on the ballot thisLearn more »
With the change in seasons, kids back in school, and vacations ending, I thought it was a good time to look at how to make sure every user of our streets stays safe and comfortable for all.
I want to begin by saying walking is increasingly seen as a way to improve individual health, as well as make communities more vital and prosperous. But we all have a role to play to make that happen.Learn more »
I wholeheartedly approve of Gov. Brown’s support of accepting Syrian refugees. Other countries have taken millions of them in and we have only taken 2,500. President Obama has made promises to help the Syrian people and he has broken those promises. The U.S. has spent millions of dollars to train Syrian rebels and there are only a handful of active U.S. trained soldiers in Syria. This is the most serious humanitarian crisis since WWII and we have done practically nothing to help. I am embarrassed right now to be an American. Never before in our history have we had such an inward focus and lack of compassion for others.
Yes, there are crazy people everywhere, even here in Roseburg. But that has never stopped us in the past from accepting refugees from Iran, Cambodia, and Vietnam, to name a few. Over a dozen mayors of eastern U.S. cities have begged President Obama to accept more refugees because they need to revitalize their inner cities. We could easily find room for hundreds of thousands. I would like to ask Gov Brown, “Where is the sign-up list?” I would take a family into my home just to do something. Many of the men have been killed leaving widows and orphans. Please think about your own families and how you would feel if they were in this situation and nobody helped them. We have been immensely blessed as a nation and as individuals. The spirit of Thanksgiving is sharing our bounty with others and being grateful for what God has given us. I hope that we will all agree with Gov. Brown that accepting Syrian refugees is the right thing to do.Learn more »
The front page story (Hearing set in Morgan’s suit) from November 24th has some very questioning aspects that pop out in it.
1. Since when does a County Resolution/ordinance trump State law?Learn more »
I agree with those who believe that Susan Morgan is using our taxpayer money to sue in hopes of maintaining the very generous income that she has become accustomed to.
If term limits are unconstitutional, how come the office of President of our country has term limits?Learn more »
Mischaracterizing rhetoric over bringing Syrian refugees here is counterproductive and divisive. Most of us expressing concerns about the president’s plan aren’t blindly opposed to it. It’s naïve to think there’s no risk if for no other reason, because the president’s own national security team has said there is risk. Because the consequence of the risk he wants to take unilaterally will be ours we want and deserve explanation exactly how the vetting will be sufficient.
Perhaps critics of our desire for a pause to evaluate the vetting process don’t recall that the Obama administration instituted a 6-month pause to evaluate the Iraqi refugee vetting process. Which makes it interesting that president Obama would react this way to requests for a similar evaluation regarding the Syrian refugees which are arguably a greater risk due to ISIS desires to infiltrate them.Learn more »
Please take time this Thanksgiving to give thanks for all the things in your life that make you smile and warm your heart. Especially this year, I give thanks to you – the people of Douglas County.
We have lasting values that anchor us here, make us smile and put energy into our lives. There are tremendous resources in the people around us. It is the willingness to serve, to share our time, skills, compassion and experience that make our communities and our institutions strong.Learn more »
Yes, the world has gone crazy. That is pretty much an established fact. With that settled, we can move to what still makes sense and thankfully, that list remains long. Each horrendous event which has stretched the pale of our minds has also uncovered the depth of kindness and generosity of many beautiful people. Thank God.
When I hit the wall, unable to escape an anxious mind or troublesome thought, I seek outside help. The Bible is chalked full of great advice and insightful examples of folks who have faced similar or often the case, worse life circumstances.Learn more »
I urge Congress to pass important Medicare Part D and prescription drug bills. Passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act (H.R. 3261 and S. 1884) would create one or more Medicare-administered prescription drug plans to compete with the expensive, privately administered prescription drug plans currently offered under Medicare Part D. The bill would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate for lower drug prices. Or, passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act (S. 31 and H.R. 3061) would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best possible prices of prescription medications for Medicare Part D. Passage of the Personal Drug Importation Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 2623) would give access to safe, reasonably priced prescription drugs by allowing importation and reimportation of prescription drugs from countries with safety standards that are at least as strong as those of the United States. Or, passage of the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act (S. 122 and H.R. 2228) would allow individuals to import safe prescription drugs from our northern neighbors.
Gary HannLearn more »
It’s a few days past Thanksgiving, but it’s never too late to take stock in one’s good fortunes.
Besides…what kind of columnist would I be if I didn’t weigh in with a traditional holiday message?Learn more »
In the weeks following Oct. 1, it has been a privilege to experience the compassion that drives the decision-making in our community. There is a power and magnetism in our community as it pulls together for the greater good. We feel that strength on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, when we honor our values and our traditions.
This month I am reminded of the rights and privileges that we owe to those who came before us — our indigenous people, pioneers, settlers and immigrants; leaders and followers; lawmakers, protesters, and voters; visionaries and idealists. I am thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours.Learn more »
In the days and nights since the massacre at Umpqua Community College, our thoughts have turned often to the victims, those murdered and those grievously injured. We think of the unbearable loss their families and friends have suffered. I am also humbled by the depth of what people on campus are feeling and by their courage in going on, doing what must be done.
A friend from Snyder Hall emails me: “We need to model positivity to our students (and each other), but many days I honestly have lost that energy. Now is when our students need us to be at our best, but frankly, this has been like climbing Mt. Everest.”Learn more »
I started to answer the question of the week and decided to make it a letter to the editor. We have too many refugees in this country as it is. I don’t think we should allow any more people into this country from anywhere when we can’t even take care of the people we have.
I think its unconscionable for our government, our GOVERNOR to even consider allowing Syrian refugees into our midst. Its like inviting terrorists for dinner, just before they try to kill us.Learn more »
Douglas County is struggling to provide basic services for residents of the County. It is vital to provide law enforcement, safe roads, fire protection and education for our youth. Something must be done to correct the dismal situation of our County Library System. Realizing this is a very emotional issue with many in our community it must be pointed out that this system is a privilege, not a right.
With that said, our library system is not used by all the citizens of Douglas County, only that segment that chooses to use this valuable service. Rather than depend on scarce funds from the taxpayers of Douglas County, it’s time to explore users paying a fee to use the library. For example, with a book circulation of 700,000 per year and a fee of $2 per book checked out; would provide $1.4 million income for library operations. This will undoubtedly upset many present users for a variety of reasons. It would be a stretch to say it would ruin the financial health of the users.Learn more »
I heard about Kelly Bingham through a mutual acquaintance at Winston’s Wildlife Safari.
There’s something special about that park that keeps moving in and out of my life at critical moments.Learn more »
Homemade signs with “Nous sommes Paris!” scrawled on them appear on TV among the flowers and other memorials at the sites of the Nov. 13 massacre in the City of Light.
In nearly identical wording in English, “We are UCC!” can be found on front lawns and in the back windows of cars and trucks throughout central Douglas County. “UCC Strong!” shows on the reader boards of many businesses.Learn more »
I just had my first experience with the new trash dumping fees in Douglas County. I had two 33-gallon black trash bags not even full and was charged $6 to dump them. I thought it was a little high, but I paid the county employee. I backed my truck up beside a man with a homemade trailer about 6 feet by 10 feet in size and we spoke for a moment. I told him what the county charged me and he said he had to pay $50 to dump his trailer with two foot high sides! Something stinks in Douglas County. During hunting season I noticed a mattress, here and there on BLM roads, TV boxes with the glass shot out, a box springs in another area bags of trash where the roads dead ended. A few couches that were slid out of the back of Pick Ups. What are our forest and multiple use lands going to look like in another year; another decade? The county is rolling in the dollars but at what cost? They are only open four days a week!
Daryl HauserLearn more »
Regarding Friday’s inhuman rampage, there are no words. Except these: Now that our Islamophile president has given the Muslim Iranians a stern talking to and told them not to make atomic weapons, and then sent them off to go make atomic weapons, we may well one day look back on this massacre (which of necessity confined itself to the weapons at hand: grenades, rifle fire, and murderous incantations) and look upon these bloody times as the good old days.
Shooting bicycling innocents (Holland), stabbing people at random (two weeks ago at UC Merced), or butchering people by the dozens at a race finish line, or by the hundreds at a music venue, will seem quaintly yesterday if/when some terrible afternoon the body count reaches up into the irradiated hundreds of thousands. Or millions. You think dynamiting a gigantic Buddha, or knocking down a pair of office towers full of innocents, or hacking to death Christian prisoners gives a Muslim terrorist a tweeter rush? Try incinerating Berlin. Or Buffalo.Learn more »
With the carnage in France fresh on the minds of the world, and confusion regarding whether one of the murdering psychopathic terrorists was in country with refugee status from Syria, this is no time to be taking in refugees from same. If you agree that 10,000 largely Islamic refugees may pose a “clear and present danger,” call or write Senators Merkley and Wyden, your district’s Representative, local State Representatives, and the Governor’s office: Let them know you fear Islamic refugees, especially since it’s been shown many appear to be 20 something males.
They should clear out a safe haven in or near their own country.Learn more »
I am ashamed that we Americans have allowed our government to shred our constitution bit-by-bit and that we have allowed our political representatives the unabashed freedom to pad their pockets at our expense.
Why do we continue to elect the same do-nothing, money grubbing bureaucrats over and over; all the while getting farther and farther from our Constitutional Rights? From the County Commissioner to the President, elected officials want to change things for their benefit not for those who elected them.Learn more »
Several letters were printed in the News Review a few weeks ago from people protesting the picketers who were carrying signs to protest the President’s visit to Roseburg. One person even went so far to write how “ashamed” she was of Roseburg for allowing these people to do this. What happened to free speech? Was I asleep when they passed yet another law prohibiting people from expressing their views? Oh, that’s done in totalitarian countries. As far as I know people in America can still picket and express their displeasure at something or someone they disagree with. For example, a mob paraded through New York city chanting “what do we want, dead cops” etc. Was the person who was ashamed of Roseburg also ashamed of those protesters? I hope so.
On the night of the massacre, President Obama got up on the podium and mixed with expressions of sympathy and grief over the slaughter at UCC, he promoted his agenda of stricter gun control. I believe that the people who were carrying the signs had as much right to express their views as the people in Chicago or Missouri. Those people not only carried signs in protest, they threw rocks and robbed businesses. Those protesters had a right to carry signs. Robbing businesses is still illegal. It is isn’t it? Roseburg is a nice place to live and generally pretty quiet. I am proud to have lived here over half of my life. I am sorry that someone felt so strongly about people exhibiting their constitutional rights by protesting. In Cuba, Russia or almost any middle eastern country, protestors keep the people from expressing their opinion. A wise person once said, “ I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will fight to the death your right to say it.” Nuff said.Learn more »
If a guy who looks like he just got out of prison knocks on your door, wanting to sell you a vacuum cleaner he doesn’t actually have, you shouldn’t give him $1,150.
I shouldn’t have to tell you that, but feel obligated after a Roseburg woman did just that last week.Learn more »
How are you doing? It’s a question we are asking each other a lot lately. We are asking because we live in a community where people love and care for one another. We are concerned for family members, friends, neighbors, and strangers on the street.
We all know that something went terribly wrong on Oct. 1. Along with the death and maiming came a less obvious, community-wide trauma. The wave of media coverage, coming at a time of high emotion and disarray, evoked a raw and perhaps unfair depiction of our community.Learn more »
Regarding recent News-Review articles: “Harvest of Conflict” and “Tree Harvest is Well Documented,” I applaud our County for using our God given resource of trees to help meet our financial needs. Do we continue to use these trees for the mostly silent majority, or do we lock up this needed resource for the outspoken minority? “It’s the greater good for greater number of people,” said Gary Groth, Manager of Douglas County parks. Thereafter, “A state senator, who doesn’t even represent this area was demanding answers.” — Jeff Ackerman, News-Review. So the Oregon Department of Forestry provided a history lesson on Park, complete with public notice dates and inspection results. “Frustrating that we need to spend time responding to the extreme agenda-driven social media...” —Gary Groth. And I might add misinformed liberal elected representatives.
The extreme environmental agenda has changed what was the backbone of the economy of Oregon. The silent majority of reason allowed the radical assertive minority to have their way. We said, they cannot stop economic harvest on Federal and State lands. Well, they did. We face the same situation once again with social issues of the day and the false narrative of climate change.Learn more »
Gun control — only for the little people
I write in response to an opinion in the paper, October 14, 2015 in regard to “fact not rhetoric.” She lamented about elected officials who refuse to carry out a duly enacted law because they believe it is morally wrong. We had a disgraced Governor, who was a physician, who took a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. He apparently misinterpreted it as hypocritical oath, since he supported the wholesale destruction of the innocent unborn. He refused to sign an execution order for a man who murdered a girl for her truck while escaping from prison. There were two eye witnesses to his crime. Three penalty phase trials by 36 different jurors sentenced him to death. Two different judges for those three times sentenced him to die. He is still alive. Now we have another Democrat appointed governor who can’t decide about performing what she raised her hand and swore to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of Oregon and sign an execution order. Using Ada Duncan’s logic, shouldn’t the current governor step down?Learn more »
Angel on a stormy day
Twelve years ago when we were on our quest to find our future retirement landing spot in Oregon, we came upon Roseburg. It took us 10 years to actually make it here from Texas, but now that we are here, we are continually reminded of what a special place this town along the Umpqua River is.Learn more »
Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry would like to thank everyone who attended our Hobo Stew Fundraiser in October. We especially want to thank Murphy Company for the generous donation of $5,000. The money will be used to purchase food items that are not donated to us. It will help us provide food boxes to the needy in Sutherlin, Oakland, Wilbur and Umpqua. The Pantry operates solely on grants and the generous gifts from our community.
LaVern Suhar BrownLearn more »
Politicians keep talking about leveling the playing fields and standards.
Yet we have definite double standards when it comes to our active military (Junior Enlisted all the way to Senior Officers), Civilian Government employees, Contract DOD workers and those elected/appointed to an office that requires the handling of Confidential to Top Secret and above data.Learn more »
C. Giles Hunt grant helps food pantry
C. Giles Hunt Foundation has been very generous in approving a grant of $10,000 to Sutherlin Oakland food pantry for the purchase of milk for the year. Each food box we distribute receives milk according to the number of people in the family. Milk helps make a complete meal with the rest of the items we place in each box. The volunteers at the Pantry are thankful that the Hunt Foundation continues to help us each year with this project.. The pantry is open Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at 183 First Ave., SutherlinLearn more »