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Page 4 11 ., r - February I, 2012 I COMMUNITV OPINION /kT /k00OLL0 From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage #7 east Linn County... February 1, 1962 The Linn County court stated this week that the Waterloo bridge, which crosses the Santiam river, would possibly be opened for traf- fic within the next few weeks. Construction of the bridge started last summer. The new bridge is the fifth to cross the San- tiam from Waterloo. The first was built in 1889. A bridge built in 1913 was washed away by flood waters in 1920. Reagan vs Obama: two visions for U.S. By Rick Manning In his last State of the Union address, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan used the opportunity to re- mind Americans and Congress of the greatness that America aspires to, not through increased govern- ment, but through increased lib- erty. In the address he said, "I don't buy the idea that this is the last year of anything, because we're not talk- ing here tonight about registering temporary gains but ways of mak- ing permanent our successes. And that's why our focus is the values, the principles and ideas that made America great. Let's be clear on GUEST COLUMN this point. We're for limited gov- ernment, because we understand, as the Founding Fathers did, that it is the best way of ensuring per- sonal liberty and empowering the individual so that every American of every race and region shares fully in the flowering of American prosPerity and freedom. "One other thing we Ameri- cans like -- the future -- like the sound of it, the idea of it, the hope of it. Where others fear trade and 00Era A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.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@sweethmenews'cm Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethmenews'cm Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, 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 The 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 news@sweethomenews.com economic growth, we see opportu- nities for creating new wealth and undreamed-of opportunities for millions in our own land and be- yond. Where others seek to throw up barriers, we seek to bring them down. Where others take counsel of their fears, we follow our hopes. Yes, we Americans like the future and like making the most of it." Just 24 years later, we have had another of the annual State of the Union addresses, this time by a president desperate for re-election, trying to justify policies that have shredded liberty and economic freedom. A president who has made class warfare the hallmark of his LETTERS Thanks for B&G Club support Editor: The Boys & Girls Club-of Sweet Home wishes to welcome O'Reilly Auto Parts to our commu- nity and thank them for their gener- ous donation to our organization. It is the support of our partners that enables us to continue to grow and serve the youth of our commu- nity. We wish Jim Lewis and his staff all the best in Sweet Home. Andi Casteel Clubhouse Director, Sweet Home Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam presidency and through his philo- sophical intransigence has created a debt burden on our nation unpar- alleled in history. A president who has also de- clared war on the very U.S. Con- stitution that he swore to upheld by appointing officials outside of the advice and consent process that our founding fathers put into place to ensure that the executive branch did not become imperial. A president who will tout an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, and will ignore the millions of Americans who have given up hope of finding a job and are uncounted by government bureaucrats. No- where will we hear about the real unemployment rate of around 11 percent when those dropped-out Americans are counted. A president who will chide Congress for inaction on the debt, while it is his political party that has steadfastly refused all efforts to make even modest cutbacks in the size and scope of govemment. A president who will claim the creation of millions of "green" jobs See Compare, page 5 Charles Otip Triplett Jr., 23, of Sweet Home, was killed in a one- car traffic accident last Saturday morning near the Willamette Na- tional Lumber Mill at Foster. The vehicle Triplett was driv- ing reportedly struck a jiggle bar in the middle of the road as Trip- lett attempted to pass another ve- hicle. The car went out of control and skidded about 400 feet, then flipped. February 4, 1987 Items stolen from four Sweet Home-area burglaries were recov- ered last week during the arrest of two Salem persons in connection with an undercover methamphet- amine laboratory investigation. Two SHHS Huskies have been tapped to compete for the East squad in the annual East-West Shrine All-Star football game Aug. 15 at Baker. Dirrell Harper will play in the offensive backfield, while Jerry Farnsworth will play in the defen- sive backfield for coach Ron Au- gust's East squad. Each 30-man team is com- posed of 14 class AA and 13 class A and 3 class B players. As state AA runners-up to Dallas, Sweet Home was guaranteed two spots on the East team. By 1990, Sweet Home Stove Works, in conjunction with Will- Burt Manufacturing of Orrville, Ohio, will control 20 percent of the nation's coal and wood-burning stove industry. That is the prediction of Harry Featherstone, company president. Sweet Home Stove Works was recently sold to Will-Burt, a diver- sified, multinational corporation. The local company had operated independently for 10 years. 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 offce. 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.