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This letter is in response to the public meeting held on Nov. 13 regarding the Roseburg Urban Growth Boundary Swap. The purpose of the meeting was to present a proposal to adjust the Urban Growth Boundary to remove some unbuildable acreage from inside the UGB, and add some buildable acreage …

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I’ve been a 6-term mayor on Oregon’s south coast, a 25-year port commissioner and a 38-year high school teacher. I am also a huge supporter of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project. I understand the direct and secondary benefits to our region’s economic well-being the project brings, as well …

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When I saw that The News-Review had reprinted the Register-Guard editorial about the re-opening of libraries in Douglas County on Sunday, I felt compelled to write a letter to you similar to the one I sent to the Register-Guard after the editorial appeared there.

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The World Food Program recently announced that 14 million people in Yemen are on the brink of starvation due to Saudi Arabia’s attack and blockade of Yemen. Over 50,000 Yemenis have died from the bombing, including 40 children on a school bus in August, while Save the Children estimates that…

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To participate in an election in this country, all would-be voters need to be American citizens, and all would-be voters need to be able to provide legitimate identification that is associated with an acceptable signature (or mark). To call this requirement “racist,” based on its implication…

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Opening our U.S. borders, welcoming illegal immigrants, awarding them benefits and allowing homeless squatters on public property, street vendors on sidewalks in front of businesses —not in America, not possible. In August we visited Los Angeles and were in the Wilshire district near Alvarad…

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Although it is important to vote, we often overlook our city council races. However, these are the races where we can have the most impact, and it really matters who represents us there. That is why I am voting for Ruth Smith for Roseburg City Council.

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I recommend William Schmidt for the county transportation board. He has the knowledge and experience, and he is a veteran who helps others. For someone who is honest and trustworthy, vote for William Schmidt.

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I recognize that Douglas County is a hunter’s paradise, as well as noting its accompanying firearms culture. And I have no desire to limit or curtail this county’s residents of their right to enjoy the sport.

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By now, most of you know that that the mass shooter in Pittsburgh railed against an organization named HIAS. HIAS helps people from other countries migrate and assimilate into the U.S.

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As a member of the Oregon Laborers, I’m fortunate to have an income that covers housing costs and necessities. But for too many hard working folks in our community, wages aren’t rising as fast as housing costs. Some are working full-time, earning an average salary and still can’t afford to e…

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Roseburg can be proud of having hatched a real homegrown hero, Alek Skarlatos. I actually got to meet him at the Oct. 16 candidates forum — the first time in my 86 years to have spoken and shaken hands with a person who is world-famous for a noble deed. The other candidate who impressed me w…

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Like other fellow vets who volunteered to join the U.S. Military, many of us further volunteered for the jungles of Vietnam. Likewise, Alek Skarlatos also volunteered to put his life on the line by serving his country in the U.S. military. His historical desire to serve for others is reflect…

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Do you know that Douglas County has the fourth lowest property tax rate in the state of Oregon? This is because for generations we have depended on $50,000,000 in timber revenues and the urban areas are beating us up terribly about that.

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I just received The News-Review’s annual "Roseburg’s Best" survey. They want to know what subscribers feel about the services and goods Roseburg has to offer. The list includes many businesses, professions and locations. Among them are Best Funeral Home, Best Pest Control and Best Title Company.

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My wife and I went for a stroll around the wonderful mill ponds next to downtown Yoncalla on a recent afternoon. On the lovely wooden bridge leading to the ponds we noticed that the structure had been defaced with stickers featuring political slogans, most of which had fallen off and were li…