Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Commissioners make thankless choices

March 6, 2015 — 

The choices facing Douglas County’s three commissioners are bad and worse.

With a shrinking piggybank and a budget that depends on the generosity of the federal government, the county held budget meetings last week that were about as much fun as a root canal.

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Letter: Studies are inconclusive on diet-cancer link

March 6, 2015 — 

Cancer data

is incomplete

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Letter: Veteran disagrees with premise of Richtel article

March 5, 2015 — 

‘Thank you for your service’

A New York Times article by Matt Richtel dated February 21, 2015, titled “Please don’t thank me for my service” sets forth the premise that veterans resent being told “Thank you for your service.”

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Letter: Oregon parents should know about proposed amendment to Senate Bill 442

March 4, 2015 — 

What does this bill demand?

Senate Bill 442-3 would eliminate non-medical exemptions to vaccination for all Oregon school-children ages K-12. This would affect public and private schools, as well as “children’s facilities.”

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Letter: The wrong people will be taxed

March 2, 2015 — 

OReGO should be OreGONE

It looks like OReGO is the latest scheme that the Oregon Department of Transportation has been charged with implementing to find a new way to get money from Oregonians. Well, specifically, it’s to get money from rural Oregonians to the relief of Portlanders, the Salem crowd and other large city residents.

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Letter: Government should consider safety, not just money

February 27, 2015 — 

Pipeline comes with dangers

I recently read that the Republican congress passed the bill for the Keystone XL pipeline. There goes the votes for a Republican President! A lot of us have decided to become Independent voters. Having a third party would not hurt, either.

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Letter: Entry to the U.S. today is different than in Ellis Island days

February 27, 2015 — 

Take a look at disease control

I don’t know why some folks are surprised that diseases they thought were under control are spreading throughout the country. I have my own take on this, although it is not “politically correct.” You make up your own mind.

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Letter: Empower medical professionals to provide veterans with the best care

February 24, 2015 — 

Vets deserve excellent care

The VA Roseburg Healthcare System has an opportunity to be the best place for veterans to receive health care. It can be the best in Oregon, perhaps the nation.

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Letter: Cast no stones at Kitzhaber

February 24, 2015 — 

Kitzhaber: he’s only human

There’s been a lot of hollering going on, but remember a few things:

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Letter: Douglas County assessor’s progress appreciated

February 23, 2015 — 

Our assessor’s progress report

Roger Hartman’s 30-day progress report as Douglas County Assessor is a passing grade with flying colors. He had the public access computers back for use on his first day in office. He immediately hired multiple highly qualified motivated individuals with an abundance of experience. He opened up the office and absolutely turned the attitude in the assessor’s office around 180 degrees.

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Letter: Heal from the inside out at VA Roseburg

February 23, 2015 — 

Leaders must stand for vets

I’ve appreciated The News-Review’s reporting of the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, chronicling issues since 2009 that related to veterans’ care and the VA leadership responsible for that care.

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Letter: Douglas County is a great place to live

February 23, 2015 — 

Better weather than East Coast

Douglas County is a great place to live. Every night when I see the weather on the East Coast, I wonder how people could live there.

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Publisher’s Notebook: On the front lines of Douglas County’s problems

February 22, 2015 — 

On his way out the door – at a time when he should have been worried about his own future after learning he’d just been fired from a job he loved – Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer was more concerned about our children.

“Really, in the whole scheme of things, my job is a speck compared to what happens to a society when two babies get murdered,” Dannenhoffer told us last week, when we called to ask him how he felt about being fired by a company (Architrave Health) he pretty much founded.

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Letter: Oregon’s Coal to Clean Energy bills may lead to more secure future

February 19, 2015 — 

Step up for Energy bills

Oregon needs to lead toward a more stable energy future. Fossil fuels will not give stability. Stability for our pocketbook? The price swings uncontrollably. Our security? We’re spending the most taxes in the world on a military to protect the supply and us from new enemies. Our beautiful land? A no-snow normal and acid oceans will be joined by many bad surprises.

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Letter: Spend half the money and save tax dollars in Roseburg for proposed Health College

February 19, 2015 — 

Use the old hospital site?

On Friday, January 30, the front page of the paper had an article regarding a possible study for a Health College in downtown Roseburg. To me, the estimated cost makes it prohibitive.

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Letter: ‘Pay as you dump’ has drawbacks

February 18, 2015 — 

No such thing as a ‘Free Dump’

I have seen references in this publication over the years that the Douglas County dump is “free.”

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Letter: America — what a freedom it is!

February 17, 2015 — 

Our freedom is still here

We live in the land of the BitCoin, where a free libertarian man can invest his money into a truly concrete, tangible currency like BitCoin and use it to buy whatever he likes off the Internet — without even having to deal with those lazy jobless minimum-wage earning store employees. Some call us libertarians “anarchists,” and say we don’t believe in order. I believe in the order of the free market.

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Letter: Have some perspective on Kitzhaber issue

February 16, 2015 — 

Give credit where it’s due

One of the minor frustrations during my years as president of Umpqua Training and Employment was with the constant turnover of news reporters at The News-Review. It seemed like each time the paper wanted a story on us, there was a “cub” reporter who hadn’t a clue what UT&E did or our relationships in the community. It was understandable. The News-Review is a training ground for ambitious young reporters and then they typically move on.

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News-Review wants reader feedback

February 15, 2015 — 

We want your feedback.

What do you think of the content in each day’s News-Review? Are you satisfied, dissatisfied or feeling somewhere in between?

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Publisher’s Notebook: Kitzhaber blinded by love, burned by the media

February 15, 2015 — 

For the record, I never dated Cylvia Hayes.

So I was kind of surprised to hear Gov. John Kitzhaber blame my colleagues and me for his resignation, which will be effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Letter: Oregon has unique opportunity to lead the world in renewable energy

February 13, 2015 — 

It’s time for Senate Bill 477

The Coal to Clean Energy Bill is the right way to take the lead in a belatedly needed approach to dealing with climate change. We need only a strong and concerted effort to build the infrastructure to make this happen and it can be done economically within the next 10 years as proposed by this legislation.

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Letter: Studies support case for raising minimum wage in Oregon

February 13, 2015 — 

Call to increase minimum wage

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Fromdahl and State Senator Jeff Kruse believe bills supporting a modest increase in the state minimum wage and one week of mandatory sick leave for all workers would cause the failure of many small businesses and the local economy (N-R, 2/4/15). Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Letter: The U.S. is long overdue for tax reform

February 11, 2015 — 

We’ve become a taxation nation

After decades of work, life and strife, I’ve observed that the foundation of equality in this country begins with an equitable system of taxation cast upon us all. It supports everything else worth living and fighting for. A complete and real overhaul of the U.S. taxation system is long overdue. It would bring so much meaning and significance to all of us if it were unbiased and did not subsidize life for many on the strained backs of the others.

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Letter: Yoncalla area cleanup leaves community looking good

February 10, 2015 — 

Taking out the trash

Kudos and a huge thank you to the crew that cleaned up Eagle Valley Road from the Interstate 5 exit south all the way through Yoncalla. What a difference that makes in the appearance of our town.

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Letter: Immunization issue draws attention in Douglas County

February 10, 2015 — 

Go back to the 19th century?

I just want to give a tip of the hat to former commissioner Marilyn Kittelman and her ilk for their efforts to remove immunizations from our healthcare priorities.

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Letter: Douglas County dump fee still an issue

February 9, 2015 — 

Look forward, not backward

Will continuation of a free dump for some residents attract companies or job creators to Douglas County? I think not. What will attract them are safe communities with good amenities like parks, libraries and a healthy sense of community focused on the future.

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Letter: Who will speak for you at the final judgment?

February 9, 2015 — 

Thoughts on Roe vs. Wade

Another year, another 1,000,000 babies dead.

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Publisher’s Notebook: Will Oregon’s first couple live in bliss or prison?

February 8, 2015 — 

I met Governor John Kitzhaber last fall, when he came by the paper to meet with our Editorial Board seeking our endorsement. We didn’t talk about his girlfriend because I thought we had better things to discuss (the Cover Oregon website, for example) and I really didn’t care who he was dating.

A few days later my newsroom got an email from one of the governor’s flaks chastising us for not referring to his girlfriend as the “First Lady” in a subsequent article on that visit.

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Editorial: Douglas County’s immunization rate impressive

February 8, 2015 — 

You’ve heard us lament the poor health of Douglas County residents on this page many times.

We’ve pointed out that our county ranks 30th out of 33 Oregon counties measured in health rankings. Basically, we smoke too much, drink too much and weigh too much. That leads to all kinds of diseases that could be prevented.

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Letter: Senator Whitsett recommends opposition to Senate Bill 324

February 6, 2015 — 

Beware of a covert gas tax

One of the first public hearings of the Oregon Legislature’s 2015 session was for Senate Bill 324, which extends the sunset for a low carbon fuel standards program set to expire Dec. 31.

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