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Fall brings Oktoberfest and time to celebrate the labors of summer with a great big party. This longstanding tradition in Germany is celebrated in countless communities here in the U.S. as well. Great music, German-themed food and lots of specially-crafted beers are usually found in abundance.

  • Mike Winter Think About It
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Water is the essential ingredient to all life, period! Without sufficient quantities we all suffer. Fish, farmers, industry and communities are dependent on high quality abundant water. Without it we are dead.

  • 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. A book of his columns, “You Had to Be There,” was published in l…

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  • Steven D. Feldkamp and Douglas B. Feldkamp Guest Column
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In 1931, Herb Sullivan began purchasing milk from local farmers and making butter and ice cream, which he sold to townsfolk in and around Roseburg, Oregon. Soon after, he was joined by our grandfather Ormond Feldkamp who contributed his 1929 Hudson and $500 to the business. It wasn’t long be…

  • Charles Ross
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Misinformation is killing us. The recent opinion article in the News Review claiming that non compliance with taking medications is the path to reducing health care costs is troubling as it deflects attention away from treating the root causes of disease.

  • Norman Paul Neal
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As our nation’s political circus continues to unfold, (unravel?), it’s obvious that, with some exceptions, political headlines are always made by people in political power positions. That’s probably not you, and I know it’s not me. However, the power to make news, (and history), lies before …

  • Alberta Phillips Cox Newspapers
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AUSTIN, Texas — With all of the negative hype in the lead-up to the Olympics — I’m talking scares about the Zika virus, massive doping by Russian athletes, polluted Brazilian waters and the country’s woeful economy — I had all but given up on watching, much less enjoying, the 2016 Summer Oly…

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Summer 1996. College road trip, visiting the University of Oregon after being accepted. We arrive at a Denny’s on the I-5 corridor. My mother orders a slice of chocolate pie. “I’m sorry. We are all out.” A couple who arrive and order, well after us, get chocolate pie.

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When someone says, “People should pay for the things they use,” I politely bite my tongue. No one among us—not even the Ford family—pays directly for all the things they use. We drive on interstate highways, fly safely in airplanes, drink sanitized water, breathe clean air and trust that som…

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A most heartfelt applause to Bob Jaquette for his truthful presentation of democratic abuse over the past 40 years. Well done. Kudos as well to others who see through the lying and cheating that is strictly Clinton’s and Obama’s. Of course the press too has been lying to us for 40 years. Con…

  • 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. A book of his columns, “You Had to Be There,” was published in l…

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While driving home through Utah, Idaho, and Oregon yesterday, I notice it again...flags at half staff. Is it left over from Orlando, for Dallas, or some other senseless tragedy? I lose track these days. My older kids will hear about it and I will tell them it's very far away, except UCC is j…

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I am writing in response to a letter from Rita Jost that appeared in The News-Review’s “Public Forum” on July 8, 2016. The letter was filled with inaccuracies, and it is disappointing to me that The News-Review would print a document with so many erroneous charges leveled at the President an…

  • BILL DUNCAN Elder Statesman
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I sure wish I knew who Anonymous is. Contributors to my email continue sending me stuff written by this fellow Anonymous.

  • JAMES BURGE Guest Column
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As more people walk or ride their bike for pleasure, health, or transportation, both here and nation-wide, we see that cyclists and pedestrian fatalities nationwide have climbed at a faster rate than those riding motorcycles or driving or riding in a motor vehicle. The preliminary data from …

  • Andy Kerr
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2.6 million acres of federal public forestlands in western Oregon are administered by the Bureau of Land Management, most of which are the so-called “O&C” lands. Due to a sordid history of land and timber fraud, the O&C lands are subject to a 1937 law, which has historically been int…

  • Norman Paul Neal
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I have reason to believe that always assuming my glass is “half-full” (as opposed to half-empty) has helped me make it this far through life’s adventure. Such perspective is likely rooted in my much earlier days during a “kinder, more gentle time,” as they now refer to it. The following uses…

  • Ken Elliott
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Please remain calm, it’s only a very small knife that is about to separate your head from its normal resting place. Remain calm, it’s only a small flame; pay no attention to the five liters of petrol sitting next to you in the cage.