Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Guest Column: Dolezal remains in the news

June 29, 2015 — 

You can’t turn on any form of media and not hear about the transracial woman named Rachel Dolezal. Over the past few days, allegations came to light that the former Spokane chapter president of the NAACP claimed to be black, but in fact, was white. This story was published by news station KXLY and by the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Her biological parents confirmed June 11 with news station KXLY the allegation that Dolezal is lying about her race. Later that day, they confronted her about her race in an embarrassing video, where she walks away after the reporter exposes her race.

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Letter: Roseburg Forest Products relocates headquarters

June 29, 2015 — 

Where is our county vision?

It is a sad day when Roseburg Forest Products chooses to leave Douglas County, the self-proclaimed Timber Capital of the Nation. Who can blame them? They can’t attract talented people who want to live here.

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Editorial: We all salute you, Charlie Company!

June 28, 2015 — 

Welcome home, Charlie Company!

The return of the Oregon National Guard unit has brought joy all over central Douglas County this week. It’s a sentiment The News-Review shares.

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Kudos: Thanks for supporting education in Winston

June 26, 2015 — 

Promoting our local education

The Winston Community Education Network extends its heartfelt thanks to all those who supported our annual fundraiser dinner, auction and Support Our Schools campaign.

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Kudos: Sutherlin Rotary Club supports local food pantry

June 26, 2015 — 

Rotary helps Food Pantry

Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry thanks the Sutherlin Rotary Club for its generous donation of $1,200.

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Letter: No river overlooks in residential Roseburg, please

June 26, 2015 — 

Child safety comes first

The city of Roseburg is considering building river overlooks on the ends of Land and Mosher Streets, and also at Riverside Park. Overlooks are a great concept and Riverside Park is a good place for a project like this. But it’s wrong to site these structures in residential neighborhoods.

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Letter: Douglas County looks at water conservation

June 26, 2015 — 

City should set good example

I read The News-Review concerning the Douglas County Commissioners declaring a drought emergency and I am wondering if the Parks Department got the word.

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Letter: Roseburg hospital staff appreciated

June 24, 2015 — 

Staff were excellent

Recently the Mercy Medical Center treated me for 10 days, assisting in my recovery from pneumonia. I would like to express my thank you to the great staff and to Dr. Thawani. The always available help, wonderful humor and kindness made my stay at the hospital exceptional.

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Letter: Oregon timber issues still fuel dissent

June 24, 2015 — 

O&C remains controversial

This is regarding The News-Review’s June 12 page 2 article titled “Timber industry: BLM violates O&C Act.”

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Letter: Protect the American people

June 24, 2015 — 

View on Senate torture vote

The Senate has formally denounced the supposed torture of terrorists. They accumulate political capital by berating the people who on our behalf face shrewd, ruthless enemies amid frightening uncertainties. They gain approval of those who require an asymmetrical morality, undefiled by perceptions of looming evil.

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Letter: Another perspective on Oregon log usage and taxes

June 22, 2015 — 

Local logs for local markets?

I was surprised by Steve Swanson’s comment in The News-Review: “… there’s not enough wood to go around …”. You see, I had just come across an item on the Coquille Tribal website crowing about the first shipment of raw logs to leave the tribe’s dock in Coos Bay, bound for China.

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Editorial: We should all be fire ready

June 21, 2015 — 

On Thursday evening, a house on Buckhorn Road caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames. The owners of the home, Phil and Josie Jacobs, have owned the property since 1966.

Despite the efforts of three fire engines, three water tenders, one command unit, one ambulance and 12 firefighters from Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Glide Fire Department, the house was a total loss.

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Publisher's Notebook: Sticker shock: $300 million to fix $15 million building?

June 21, 2015 — 

It’s taken me a few days to digest what I heard out of Salem this week.

My job description requires that I pay attention to state and local politics, so I have to listen to things I probably wouldn’t give a second thought to if I were sitting in the Jacuzzi at home. And after years of paying attention to state and local politics in three different states I’m not easily surprised by anything a politician says or does.

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Letter: American: Be the best you can be

June 19, 2015 — 

Responsible for our own actions

It seems like there is a trend about identity. We hear in the news how schools are allowing kids into bathrooms by how they identify themselves, not by physical difference. There’s a story in Washington about a “white” woman activist pretending to be black. And people seem bothered by this.

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Letter: Clean Fuels bill: Make the right choice

June 18, 2015 — 

Take a look at House Bill 3470

It’s time to show the coming generations that we can make the right choice by passing the Clean Fuels bill, HB3470, in the Oregon Legislature. It is an opportunity for Oregon to increase leadership in renewable energy, both in jobs and production.

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Letter: Aerial pesticide spray drift is in the news

June 18, 2015 — 

Spray vacation is not a solution

No, this is not a typo of something as benign as a spring vacation; it is something much worse. After attending a monthly speakers’ forum held by the volunteers with the Blackberry Pie Society (a much appreciated and needed service to the community), I had to write this letter. As speaker for the month of June, they hosted State Representative Cedric Hayden, Jr.

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Editorial: Can Douglas County collectively find a vision?

June 18, 2015 — 

Local governments are approving budgets for the new fiscal year.

Now what? Is that all there is?

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Letter: Medical marijuana decisions have widespread consequences

June 17, 2015 — 

Putting our children at risk

How happy are we going to be when marijuana is finally legalized?

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Guest Column: Douglas County timber issues are critical

June 17, 2015 — 

Douglas County residents should pay close attention to the draft Resource Management Plans that have recently been released by the Bureau of Land Management. These draft plans will determine the future of over 2.5 million acres in Western Oregon, including 2 million acres of “O&C” forests.

This is a big deal for our county. There are over 727,000 acres of O&C lands within our boundaries, and these lands have historically served as a major source of economic activity for our communities. Because the federal government does not pay property taxes like the rest of us, the BLM is required under the O&C Act to actively and sustainably manage these forests to produce revenues for Douglas County. That’s why timber receipts, and later payments under the Secure Rural Schools program, have directly supported a number of important county services.

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Memories and adventure await our Douglas County grads

June 16, 2015 — 

Cheers for the new graduates

Four years ago, I returned to my hometown, Roseburg, because I could afford the cost of living here and Portland became too expensive for my limited income. It was a hard move for me, since I left all my friends and family behind in Portland. The real draw to Roseburg, though, is that I grew up and graduated from high school here.

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Kudos: Calapooia Reflections Museum recognizes local businesses for donations

June 15, 2015 — 

Donors to Bike Show thanked

Kudos from the Calapooia Reflections Museum.

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Letter: Think for yourself and vote accordingly

June 15, 2015 — 

Don’t follow the Judas ram

We live in a two-party system. To pretend anything different is to live in Never-Never Land.

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Publisher's Notebook: One giant step on road to opportunity

June 14, 2015 — 

It could be the new president of the University of Oregon is worth every penny of the nearly $800,000 per year (plus perks) that public institution will pay him.

He’d better be. As the father of a U of O student who graduated this weekend, I worked hard for that money.

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Kudos: Douglas Community Fund helps Celebration of Literacy

June 12, 2015 — 

Altrusa offers kudos for grant

Douglas Community Fund and the Oregon Community Foundation awarded $1,500 to Altrusa for Celebration of Literacy 2016.

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Kudos: Wilbur Women's Society assists local Kitchen

June 12, 2015 — 

They help the needy

The St. Francis Community Kitchen would like to thank the Wilbur Women’s Society for its generous gift of $600 to our Kitchen. This assistance will help purchase the food and supplies necessary to provide meals to those in need.

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Guest Column: Douglas County needs proactive plan for water safety

June 12, 2015 — 

The tragic Memorial Day weekend deaths by drowning of Dustin Conopa and Froylan Carrion-Estrada have added to the annual toll of preventable drownings.

Recall the drowning of Natasha Brooks on July 10, 2013. She drowned in the South Umpqua River when one of her three children was swept under the water, followed by Natasha foreseeably rushing to save her child. The youngster resurfaced and climbed out of the river, but the mom, Natasha, went under … stayed under … and did not resurface.

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Editorial: Football vs. academics at UO

June 12, 2015 — 

The University of Oregon is No. 1. This time the rank applies to the size of the paycheck going to its campus president.

Newly hired Michael Schill will be the highest-paid academic chief executive in the state. He’ll get $800,000 and reside in the campus presidential mansion along with other benefits.

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Editorial: Join us outside tomorrow

June 12, 2015 — 

We hope many residents laced up their hiking boots, straddled their bikes or horses, cinched their personal floatation devices or hoisted their bird-watching binoculars to be a part of National Trails Day, the annual event sponsored by the American Hiking Society that took place Saturday. And we’re sure those who participated had a good time, though we suspect many residents, including ourselves, spent too much time watching other people being active on television.

The weather forecast for Saturday, however, calls for sunny skies and a temperature of 82 degrees, both of which sound close to perfect for National Get Outdoors Day.

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Letter: Call to support House Bill 3470

June 11, 2015 — 

Reduce gas emissions

Oregon and Douglas County are being impacted by climate change. Drought, fires and diseases are negatively affecting our forests and communities.

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Letter: Roseburg's post office parking project pushed forward

June 11, 2015 — 

Still opposed to parking project

I hope the citizens of Roseburg are ready for the street changes to commence in July (and I’m not talking about the Oregon Department of Transportation project from Interstate 5 to Diamond Lake Boulevard).

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