• BILL DUNCAN Elder Statesman
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan, a long-time journalist, have returned to The News-Review. Duncan, who died in November 2011, wrote a weekly column for The News-Review and The Capital Press of Salem from 1981 to 2011. Duncan wrote the following column in June 1997. His thoughts are…

  • Bob Heilman
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Visitors from other countries are often puzzled by our nearly unrestricted American style of free speech. In much, perhaps most, of the world what you can and cannot say or write publicly is limited by the government. Often, there are seemingly good reasons for this pre-emptive banning of ce…

  • BILL DUNCAN Elder Statesman
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan, a long-time journalist, have returned to The News-Review. Duncan, who died in November 2011, wrote a weekly column for The News-Review and The Capital Press of Salem from 1981 to 2011. Duncan wrote the following column in June 1995. His thoughts are…

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  • Umpqua Training & Employment Inc. Board of Directors
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In June of 1975 a group of Douglas County residents came together because they wanted direct local influence over training and employment programs in Douglas County. They felt a private nonprofit corporation with a local board of directors would be more responsive, more efficient and effecti…

  • Penny Tannlund, Rick Sohn, Leann Grogan and Karen Bratton For The News-Review
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On June 11, the grey skies looked threatening. No rain came, but 400 people did; they streamed into seats set up outdoors, in front of the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, bearing individual flowers and to honor their friend Gardner Chappell in a celebration of life.

  • Guest Column
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I’ve been blessed with doing a lot of things in my life, but the Senior Services programs have been a few of my “highlight memories.” First, delivering food baskets to the Meals on Wheels was so inspiring; I know that I have to do it more than once. The seniors’ response to seeing a county c…

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My wife and I are both in our mid 90s. We have long since given up mountain climbing, water surfing and 10k running. We are fortunate, though, in that our brains do not seem to have experienced the same degradation as our bodies.

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We in Douglas County are facing a very grim future economically, and our county government will be running out of reserve funds within the next two to three years. This will have a direct impact on our Sheriff’s Department, which will have to cut positions by two-thirds unless other funding …

  • Michelle Alba-Lim Guest Column
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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein is often credited with this statement, although researchers cannot locate it in his writings. Others believe Alcoholics Anonymous originated it. Who knows? Perhaps it started with an exas…

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On Saturday, June 10, an event was held in Sutherlin regarding Bigfoot sightings. A very special "thank you" should be given to Linda Newton-Perry, the Calapooia Reflection Museum and the city of Sutherlin for putting on this event.

  • The News-Review editorial board
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The News-Review’s prep athlete of the week banquet was the official end of the high school sports season, and summer sports have already started in Douglas County as the Dr. Stewart’s Legion baseball team played its first two games this weekend and schools are getting ready to shut their doo…

  • JIM STELSON Smart Energy
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In numerous public forums around the county, Douglas County Smart Energy has been recruiting energy champions — homeowners willing to take actions to make their homes more energy efficient and to share the success stories with their communities. For The News-Review readers who missed these f…

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