Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Guest Column: Oregon SB 932 can favor undocumented students

July 31, 2015 — 

A significant bipartisan majority of the 2013 Legislative Assembly voted to enact House Bill 2787, which became known as the “Tuition Equity Act.” It established in-state tuition eligibility for students who demonstrate the intent to become United States citizens and who met certain previous attendance requirements in schools both in Oregon and other U.S. states and territories.

The bill’s Legislative Fiscal report estimated that only 38 undocumented alien students would access the opportunity to pay in-state tuition to attend an Oregon university during the 2013-15 budget period. The report estimated that 80 students would participate during the 2015-17 biennium. The Act didn’t affect Oregon community colleges, because they do not have residency requirements.

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Letter: Safeguard 'by the people, for the people' process

July 31, 2015 — 

Let all voters’ voices be heard

Last week I listened in on a national conference call with Representative John Delaney of Maryland who discussed the Open Our Democracy Act, HR 2655, which he recently introduced.

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Guest Column: Wishes may improve physical, emotional health

July 31, 2015 — 

Eloise is a 6-year-old with big dreams for the future. When she and her family moved into their new home a few years ago, she and her dad talked about getting a playhouse for the backyard. But one thing led to another; the playhouse was never built. 

Then she was diagnosed with leukemia. All attention now turned to making her healthy again. That’s when Make-A-Wish Oregon came into her life. When Make-A-Wish Oregon wish granters asked Eloise for her one true wish, it was no surprise that she wished for a playhouse. 

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Letter: Syndicated opinion columnists' statements questioned

July 29, 2015 — 

Terrorists?

The News-Review recently published “Don’t help the terrorists,” a column by Steve and Cokie Roberts. They attempt to persuade readers not to focus on Muslims as domestic terrorists with an outrageous claim. “Before 9/11, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil was conducted by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, two native-born, white Christians who bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, claiming 168 lives.”

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Letter: Students experience other cultures with exchange program

July 28, 2015 — 

Rotary offers opportunity

The four Rotary clubs in Roseburg and Sutherlin will host one international exchange student each for the 2015-16 school year. The local clubs have a long tradition in hosting inbound exchange students, i.e. students from overseas spending a year here in Douglas County. However, we have not had much success recruiting local students who are interested in going abroad.

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Guest Column: Hope and help essential to student success

July 28, 2015 — 

When it comes to kids, most of us have high, but simple hopes: We want them to be happy and healthy in all stages and phases of life. We want them to succeed in all their endeavors.

What it takes to make those hopes reality is not simple. Living a healthy lifestyle, while sometimes difficult to achieve, has at least some tangible and visible measurements.

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Letter: Myrtle Creek has free band shell music in Millsite Park

July 27, 2015 — 

Enjoy the local music lineup

I like almost all music genres, so I enjoyed reading the Opinion section, “Music on the Half Shell takes off strumming,” on page A4 of your July 3, 2015 issue.

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Publisher's Notebook: When hell breaks loose, will we be ready?

July 26, 2015 — 

Most of us can’t help at least wonder what we’d do if all hell broke loose. The 24-hour news folks remind us daily of all the ways hell could break loose and there seem to be more ways than ever before.

It probably explains why most Americans are living their lives in fear, which is not a healthy way to live a life, especially your own.

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Editorial: Henny Penny was wrong

July 26, 2015 — 

The sky is not falling. Despite the national discourse rising to a deafening din, the world as we know it is not about to end. Earth certainly will incinerate when the sun expands to become a red giant somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 billion years from now, but the panic, vitriol and hatred being disseminated by countless sources seem to indicate that the Earth’s demise will be tomorrow.

Because life rarely turns out as we hope it will, or even as we suspect it could, many people let their disappointments, heartaches and anger turn into fear — of the future, of progress, of the unknown and of other countries and religions. Why not blame our failings and inadequacies on the invaders, the apostates, the heretics, the atheists and the neighbors?

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Letter: Mature perspective needed before sex-change decision

July 24, 2015 — 

Disagree with HERC

As a respected Douglas County judge for more than 30 years, I feel I must speak out on the Sunday, July 12 article, “15-year-olds can legally do WHAT?” by Jeff Ackerman.

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Letter: Roseburg council puts overlook project on hold

July 23, 2015 — 

Commending city council

On July 13, 2015, the Roseburg city council heard residents of the Lane and Mosher neighborhood express their concerns about potential river overlooks at the end of these streets. As a resident of this neighborhood, I am pleased the city council has deferred making a decision on these overlooks and no decision will be made unless a public hearing involving the neighborhood is held.

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Letter: Life-changing decisions before reaching legal age?

July 22, 2015 — 

Decisions made without a vote

Once again Oregon is the frontrunner in another outrageous ruling. Now it seems that our liberal congress and our liberal governor have decided that 15-year-olds who want a sex change do not have to have parental consent and we, the taxpayers, (not that any amount of taxes will ever pay for our mounting debt) foot the bill.

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Letter: Some things can only be provided by a local library

July 22, 2015 — 

Library still has advantage over Internet

Douglas County’s budgetary constrictions seem to have put the County Library at the bottom of the priority list. Recent comments from the commissioners lead me to believe they think libraries will soon be obsolete, since folks these days can access any information they want on Google.

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Guest Column: Empty nest is also a rite of passage

July 21, 2015 — 

My life literally revolved around my children. Active mothering: It was an overloaded life, but I loved it. Having three children in four years, I never completely understood the pining of the end of the last child’s right of passage: potty-training, kindergarten, Little League try-outs, prom, graduation. We did them all in rapid succession. Isn’t organized chaos the goal during those years?

I didn’t expect to empty nest when I did. My eldest son was determined to join the Navy, deciding he wanted to “blow things up and shoot guns,” instead of becoming a pharmacist.

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Letter: What message is sent by flying a Confederate flag?

July 21, 2015 — 

Flag causes heartache

Last week, as I walked the bike paths with a friend, I saw a shiny pick-up go by flying an immense Confederate battle flag from its bed. My first instinct was to want to rip the driver a new one. How could anyone, particularly since the deaths of innocents in a South Carolina church, be so ignorant or callous or hate filled?

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Letter: Veteran appreciates care at Roseburg VMAC

July 19, 2015 — 

The staff offers great service

I have heard many negative comments about the veterans’ facility in Roseburg. I have had nothing but great, prompt, and courteous service from very friendly people there.

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Letter: Let's have a safe summer in Douglas County

July 19, 2015 — 

Make safety a higher priority

I can’t recall any previous summer like this one, and it isn’t over, yet. Every day in the newspaper, on TV, or on the Internet, there is another accidental death reported in our area.

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Editorial: Oregon truly needs to emphasize education

July 19, 2015 — 

In America, very few people would go on record to say that people should not receive an education. In every state, politicians and business people and mothers and fathers all regularly tout the importance of teachers, being sure to include the fact that educators are under-appreciated and underpaid. After all, every doctor and lawyer in the country took notes for decades while listening to the lessons of teachers and the lectures of professors.

Yet here in Oregon, it appears that many people give lip service to the importance of education while not doing nearly enough to help students learn and to encourage them to aspire to greatness.

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Publisher's Notebook: If I fielded 911 calls ...

July 19, 2015 — 

It wasn’t the couple having sex in public that caused me to pause midway through a recent newspaper police log. If you don’t have a home, where else are you supposed to have sex?

Nor was it the guy in the red shirt and khaki pants lying in the road, or the fellow who duct-taped flashlights to the hood of his truck because he couldn’t afford headlights who caused me to ponder.

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Letter: DeFazio supports Resilient Federal Forests Act

July 16, 2015 — 

Good forestry is essential

This letter is to thank U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio for voting in favor of the Resilient Federal Forests Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 9. DeFazio deserves credit for breaking ranks with party leadership and joining 18 other Democrats in supporting this bill to restore the health of federally-owned forests.

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Letter: Re-establish a middle class by controlling oligarchy

July 16, 2015 — 

In favor of democracy

Income inequality is the greatest moral issue of our time because it destroys democracy in America. I have a solution for it. Don’t you think it’s messed up that the top tenth of the top one percent in America owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent combined?

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Guest Column: U.S. national security cannot depend on Putin

July 16, 2015 — 

International policy decisions that once seemed reasonable can look ill-advised as facts change and relations evolve. Those relations can devolve into outright hostility, as is the case with the United States and Russia.

Why, when the United States is squaring off with Vladimir Putin over his international misdeeds, would our government fund Putin’s regime with American taxpayer dollars by buying legacy Russian rocket engines known as RD-180s?

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Guest Column: Douglas County residents won't benefit from pipeline

July 15, 2015 — 

Douglas County residents face the threat of eminent domain by a foreign corporate partnership. Canada’s Veresen, Inc., and Williams Companies strategized to construct the Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 36-inch high-pressure pipe carrying non-odorized fracked gas across rural properties.

If approved, that gas will be transported to the proposed Jordan Cove facility in Coos Bay, converted to LNG and exported to Asia for competing economic interests to the U.S. If built, Jordan Cove will become the top polluter in Oregon.

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Letter: Teach classes in Douglas County that help students get jobs

July 15, 2015 — 

Local students are the best

I would like to comment on two articles in your paper lately. Both were uncomplimentary to the students in Douglas County. What I have learned first hand from these students is that they are the smartest, nicest and best students on earth. I believe in them. They are pure gold in my opinion.

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Letter: The Game of What's Happenin' Now: An allegory

July 15, 2015 — 

The game of What’s Happenin’ Now: An allegory

The Softball Association has determined to make revisions to the game. The commissioner has made it clear “that deep-seated codes, [baseball] beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed!”

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Letter: Foreign investors would destroy Oregon forests, rivers

July 15, 2015 — 

Protect Oregon water and trees

Have you ever smelled the vanilla-pineapple essence of a Jeffrey Pine tree? You will never forget it. Fond of serpentine soil, the Jeffrey thrives along riverbanks in Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The Kalmiopsis is my most cherished wild place; it contains pristine wild rivers and diverse and rare plant life — unparalleled in the West, but it’s threatened by industrial strip mining.

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Letter: Build on the best, let go of the rest

July 15, 2015 — 

Let’s honor the positives

I am extremely tired of hearing the furor over symbols associated with the Confederacy!

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Second Tuesday column: As the name implies, leaders should lead

July 14, 2015 — 

What did we learn, other than Millennials and Gen-Xers with MBAs have a blinkered aesthetic, when Roseburg Forest Products said its headquarters staff will decamp for Springfield?

It was that younger people, even those wishing to build a career in forest products, don’t want to live in the Timber Capital of the Nation. They want to market the wood, but not live amongst the trees.

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Publisher's Notebook: 15-year-olds can legally do what?

July 12, 2015 — 

While some states are upping the minimum age for buying a pack of cigarettes to 21, Oregon is allowing 15-year-olds to get a sex change operation without parental permission.

In fact, Oregon may help pay for it.

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Letter: Public overlooks in Roseburg residential area make no sense

July 10, 2015 — 

Don’t overlook private homes

As a resident of the Lane/Mosher Streets neighborhood, I am deeply concerned about a project the city of Roseburg is considering for our area. Two potential river overlooks are being considered at the dead ends of both Lane and Mosher.

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