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Page 4 IT, ,rm ra - January 18, 2012 LETTERS TO TIIE 00J)ITOR Thanks for help with stalled car Editor: Big thanks to the gentleman that helped me push my car out of the intersection 228 and 20, also to the two other parties that asked if I needed help. That's w'hat small towns are like. Bonnie Healy Sweet Home Let kids solve their own problems Editor: The public school system is broke and wasting money. Yet the local school board re- fuses input to stop the money loss. It's really easy. All families with high school- level children should be respon- sible to assure their children attend school, not the state. All high schoolers should be required to find their own transpor- tation to public school. To elimi- nate buses for high school-aged kids would save money. The problem is really a matter of control. The teachers union and school board will never entertain a solution to help with money loss. It takes control of families out of their hands. School boards and teachers re- ally believe that they, and not par- ents, have the only answers to run- ning our local education system. Students would respond well to loss of transportation and, given the chance, they would adapt, im- provise and overcome. It's sad that in a time of lead- 00'rm A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers nnN.sweethomenews.com .Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE - Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher minam@sweethmenews'cm Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales fifiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at.the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to "F10e New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367.2135 or e-mail necthomene'.com i ership, those in charge refuse to allow young people to overcome adversity and start the process of maturity. Royce Cantre|| Sweet Home Scare tactics don't solve problems Editor: I and several of my family members have lived in School District 55 since 1951 and have attended the schools and gradu- ated from the high school during that time. We have watched the city in operation and have been witness to good times, bad times and everything in between. I believe I have the backr ground to express my opinion about the way Sweet Home and District 55 have operated in the past and how it seems they are continuing to use the same old methods to cry "wolf" and get more money, despite the prior promises that if we would just pass this measure or close this school, that would cure the prob- lem and police protection would be fine, that students would get a better education. I would just like to ask, at this point, how many times you have heard this song-and-dance I routine. It appears to me that just as soon as the cuts are made and the money is approved, the es- tablishment brings up a new cri- sis. Of course, the only way to solve critical problems is to take money from the police or other emergency agencies and know- ing schools have been closed, the next thing we need to do is convince the struggling folks that we need to approve the four-day school week. I am certain that by reduc- ing the Police Department, it will make Sweet Home a much safer place. Perhaps other city employ- ees could fill in for our police (no pay increase, of course) until the city leadership can come up with a way to ensure that police will be paid a wage that will make them want to remain in Sweet Home, not just to get the training they need to enable them to transfer to another town that pays more, and give them certainty that their pay will remain stable. Regarding the matter of the four-day school week, if I cor- rectly recall when Mr. Schrader took over the reins at the district, he wasn't certain about going to the four-day week, but now, af- ter a couple of months, it seems [] See Letters, page 5 WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and may be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era office: E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews,com. Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly. From ..... FilesOUr Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... January 11, 1962 Construction of a new addi- tion at the local PP&L substation is expected to be completed some- time this month. When completed it should double the power capacity of the local substation. Fred Ingram told members of the Linn County Chamber of. Commerce that a dam site that would flood Cascadia State Park is the only economically feasible location. He said that re-location of the dam to another site to save the his- toric park and its mineral springs would cost too much money. Ingram pointed out that any alternative plan would bring the cost of flood control on the South- Santiam river to a point where it would not be approved. Reuben Hansen, 4508 East 'L' street, was taken to Lebanon Community Hospital by Sweet Home ambulance on Monday for treatment of a broken leg, sustained in a woods accident on Chandler Mountain. A tree that Hansen was in the process of falling suddenly "bar- ber chaired," striking him in the leg. A truck loaded with hay caught fire Tuesday night on Highway 20 about three miles east of Foster. The hay loaded on the truck caught fire as the owner and op- erator of the truck was jacking up the truck to change a flat tire. January 21, 1987 The Board of Directors of the Sweet Home Chamber of Com- merce has pledged unanimous support toward the construction of a natural history, logging mu- seum, science and community center. "We encourage Sweet Home residents to write the Chamber of Commerce so we can get an idea of what the community thinks," said president Greg Morse. "I haven't had one person give me any feeling of negativity yet." The project would encom- pass several acres and include an outdoor arboretum. The build- ings would include classrooms, research areas, a logging museum featuring year-round events, ex- hibition area where artists, crafts- men, quilters and the like could have showings, and a geology section where the many rare and special rock formations of the area could be spotlighted. Dave Holley, 47, was elected mayor Tuesday evening after the swearing in of the City Council's four .newly elected members They are Walt Volkers serving a second term; Don Menear, Sher- man Weld and Robert Whitfield.