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Page 4 :I  "ra - February 15, 2012 00Lrm'. From a 0 u r Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... 0 February 15, 1962 James R. Abrell, of Lebanon, has been named Linn Chairman of the 1962 Heart Fund campaign un- derway in Oregon throughout Febru- ary. The Linn County Telephone company purchased the vacant build- ing next to the Pacific Power and Light company office on 10th Ave- nue. The building will be remodeled to meet the needs of the company. It will serve as the new Sweet Home office, which is currently located in the PP&L building. Message louder than money behind it The Sweet Home Union High School adopted a new policy at Mon- day night's board meeting which will restrict married high school students from participating in extra-curricular activities. Harold Dishaw, superin- tendent, said similar policies are in effect at many other high schools. Currently, nine high school students enrolled at SHUHS are married. "It's halftime in America." Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl commercial for the Chrysler Cor- poration stirred up a hornet's nest Of debate. There's been shrill criti- cism from those who saw his ap- pearance as shilling for the Obama administration - in an election year, no less. But there's also been ap- preciation from those who heard a a genuinely patriotic (though, per- haps, self-serving from a corporate standpoint) effort to point out some good things that have happened in a nation where a lot of bad stuff has gone down in the last few years. What it really showed was the pathetic lack of leadership on the part of the opposition - the GOP, which is trying to mount a credible alternative to Barach Obama. One of the loudest complainers was Karl Rove, former deputy chair [_.DITORIL00L of staff under the Bush administra- tion, who said on Fox News that he was "offended" by the commercial, which he said is "a sign of what happens when Chicago-style poli- tics, and the president of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising." What is offensive is that Ro,we and the other Republican leaders, who seem to have their fingers in the wind and appear to be more interested in perpetuating their ver- sion of the status quo (big govern- ment giving out big handouts to big business with big tax money) than actually taking off their gloves and addressing the very real problems A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 2L 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@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@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@sweethmenews'cm we are experiencing: crippling national debt and our resulting financial crisis, pervasive unem- ployment, increasing invasion of privacy and threats to liberties such as freedom of speech and religion, overseas wars that are beginning to smack of other pointless and cost- ly campaigns we have engaged in since the last war we actually won - World War II, etc. etc. Even though Eastwood was reading a script for pay for a com- pany that has had strong links with the Obama administration, which blew a reported $1.3 billion of our tax money in bailing out the au- tomaker, then selling it to Fiat, it might be wise for the GOP to con- sider what the actor actually said. Things like working together in tough times, rallying around what is right, acting as one. Sure, it sounds like the rhetoric we've been hearing for the last four years, but despite the credibility lack that some of us feel when we listen to such words, they're still right in many ways. If Americans don't address these problems with some singleness of mind, that fix will never come. Detroit may not be the shining. poster child of economic turnaround that Chrysler seems to want us to think it is, but there have certainly been some improvements in the auto industry there and we're talk- ing about one of the most depleted cities in America - one that literally has been on the topes. It's still a mess - massive crime, bad blight, failing schools - but progress has been made, especially in the fac- tories, where unions have come to the table to negotiate changes that have helped turn the tide for GM and Chrysler. Yes, the Detroit example might be a little hollow, but the message is the fight one. It's up to us to make changes if we want to turn it around. They may need to start at the ballot box. As Eastwood put it, "All that matters now is what's ahead. How do we come from behind, how do we come together, how do we win?" That's the question both Dem- ocrats and Republicans should be thinking about right now as we ponder our $15 trillion national debt, which increases by a million dollars every minute or so, and all our other challenges. What Eastwood is talking about in that commercial is focus, common sense. While Karl Rove flails away at the Other Side, Clint Eastwood's message is one that ac- tually resonates. It has historical inegrity. As any of our older read- ers know, Americans used to solve problems - win wars, build bridges, conquer looming obstacles of all kinds - by believing in themselves and applying some ingenuity and operating according to principle. Some have suggested that maybe Clint should run for presi- dent. Frankly, we like his tone a lot better than the shrill voices we're hearing from the sidelines here in the United States of America. February 18, 1987 A 47-year-old man from Leba- non died Monday in a logging ac- cident on Quartzville road about 15 miles from Sweet Home: A tree top broke off and struck him during a falling operation. The man was not cutting the tree, but was standing nearby. The ambulance crew that re- sponded pronounced the man dead at the scene. A bystander said he was killed instantly. New directional signs will be posted by the Department of Trans- portation at the Marcola Road exit of Hwy. 228 near Crawfordsville due to the efforts of Don Hopkins. In January Hopkins, who is also secretary of the Linn County Cham- ber of Commerce, sent out a letter to Scott Coulter, who is the state high- way engineer. He noted that with the increased tourist travel in the area, many per- sons traveling to Sweet Home via the Marcola Road become confused at the intersection of it and Hwy. 228. He also noted that within the City of Sweet Home, signs indicat- ing the location of City Hall, the Fire and Police Departments and the U.S. Post Office were removed sev- eral years ago due to the widening of Main Street. The signs should be installed within the week. 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.