Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

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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Guest Column: It's a different world when you're a sports fan

May 12, 2015 — 

“Sports” mean something different to us all. My Oregonian husband wore his Civil War shirt on a visit to California when we dated long-distance. I taught American history at the time and I never remembered seeing a Duck in the textbook.

When my sister-in-law, Kelly, visited from St. Louis for the first time, she flew to Portland and drove a rental car to Roseburg. Usually well-spoken, she stammered when she inquired about all the vehicles that had “zeros” on the back windows. The puzzling part was that they were primarily yellow and green, she explained.

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Letter: Hartman's first quarter as Douglas County Assessor garners praise

May 11, 2015 — 

Assessing first quarter activity

Roger Hartman has now completed his first quarter as Douglas County assessor. The progress he and his team have accomplished in just 90 days is simply outstanding. As of this writing, he’s had very minimal employee turnover, unlike his predecessor, who had an extremely high turnover rate.

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Letter: Both sides should be allowed to speak at Roseburg town hall meeting

May 11, 2015 — 

No moderator bias, please

I would like to comment on Eric Geyer’s guest column on the Umpqua Watersheds/Beyond Toxics town hall meeting.

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Kudos: Book Distribution Grant goes to Douglas County Library System

May 11, 2015 — 

Literacy grant is appreciated

The Douglas County Library System wishes to express appreciation to the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub. It awarded us a $1,900 Early Literacy Book Distribution Grant.

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Editorial: Getting the most from ourselves

May 11, 2015 — 

Most of us believe we are trying our hardest to be the best possible versions of ourselves. Sure, Douglas County has its share of people who define themselves as slackers, just as every other county does. The rest of us, however, show up at school, at work, at the gym, at church or at the family dinner table believing that we are giving each endeavor our all. We pursue every activity with gusto, or at least believe we do.

The News-Review published two articles last week, though, that should make us all rethink our level of commitment to whichever goals we set out to achieve.

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Guest Column: Baseball, hot dogs and saving the planet

May 8, 2015 — 

April has always been a significant month for me, and this past April was no exception. We marked the annual celebration of Earth Day, committing ourselves to being responsible stewards of the planet. But more important, April signalled the beginning of the baseball season.

I’m embarrassed to confess I am a Philadelphia Phillie fan. Someone has to be. So I eased my pain by listening to the classic Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s On First?” But this led me to another Abbott and Costello skit and how we must save the planet.

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Guest Column: Honor those who fought and those who died

May 8, 2015 — 

Today Americans will celebrate and Germans will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II as I knew it. At 11:01 a.m. on May 8, 1945, the European phase of the worst war that mankind has ever known officially ended.

The war began in Europe on September 1, 1939, when Adolph Hitler’s troops stormed into Poland. America joined the war in December 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Kudos: Country Lady Quilt Shop in Roseburg supports local library

May 8, 2015 — 

Quilt Shop helps library

I’d like to thank Country Lady Quilt Shop for its recent donation to the Friends of the Library Book Sale in Roseburg. The $300 donation made it possible for anyone to pay $2 and fill a bag with children’s books. It was so much fun to see the children picking out so many books at one time.

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Letter: Vote Kelsey Wood for Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority board of directors

May 8, 2015 — 

Keep costs reasonable

One of the common refrains at election time is “It’s time for a change.” This time, however, it really is time for a change. I’m talking about the Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority Board of Directors.

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Editorial: Stop passing along problem teachers

May 8, 2015 — 

We received a call recently from a citizen concerned about the state of one of the local school districts. She made accusations about an educator that we looked into, but we decided not to report on the incidents because we considered them neither timely nor relevant to the performance of the educator’s duties.

We also recently heard a rumor about a teacher being inappropriately involved with an underage student. Although we cannot report on rumors for various reasons — not the least of which is that lawyers will almost certainly become involved — we were surprised to learn that many of the nation’s school districts engage in a practice that is colloquially referred to in the field of education as “passing the trash.”

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