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Today will be a day filled with food, football and family. And although it’s been a tumultuous year in America, it’s important to remember how lucky we are to live in a country where we have the freedom to express ourselves.

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Once upon a time, we were so dedicated to improving our community that we as a county banded together to form a single library system. It was well funded and fully staffed by professional librarians. The branches were open often enough that people could visit them regularly. And a beautiful …

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Facebook is a great place to watch baby pandas tumble down slides, take joy in BatDad yelling at his kids in a grizzly tone, or spy on your friend’s relationship status. But as a place to gather meaningful news, Facebook is possibly the worst place to be.

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On the surface, Measure 97 looks like a simple case of the little guys standing up to corporate giants and insisting the latter pay their fair share in taxes.

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Walk into a Sutherlin City Council meeting, and you’ll see a recurring scene: councilors bickering, others with their faces in their hands. A city attorney — telecommuting via webcam — trying to speak over the clamor and make sense of it all.

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While it’s clear that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is discouraged by the state of Congress these days, he’s also one of the rare members continuing to get bills passed as the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Black lives do, in fact, matter. For quite awhile, competing slogans around race have been thrust into the national limelight. Some say “Black Lives Matter,” others “All Lives Matter,” and more recently, after the July 7 shooting of five police officers in Dallas, “Blue Lives Matter.”

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Roseburg’s looking for publicity. We’ve got a lot to offer, and we want to get the message out about our wines and wood products, our scenic rivers and spectacular fly fishing, our proximity to Crater Lake.

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At times, the county’s difficulties can seem overwhelming, but it’s also home to a lot of great people with good ideas. Recently, we asked members of our Community Editorial Board to share their ideas of ways we could make our county better. Here are some of their best suggestions:

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There are times when, embroiled in the latest controversy or discouraged by statistics about the economy or the state of our health, even the most optimistic among us can lose sight of what’s truly great about Douglas County.

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Recently, a group of community leaders convened for The News-Review’s first Community Editorial Board. Members of this group debate the issues facing the county and suggest solutions for moving forward.

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It’s clear that Victoria Hawks and Gary Leif are at the top of the pack of contenders for the Douglas County commissioner seat now held by Susan Morgan. And it’s likely that Hawks and Leif will each win enough voters to move forward to the November general election.