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Page 4 lle e r. - March 14, 2012 COMMUNITV OPINION Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... March 15, 1962 Glenn Huston of Lebanon announced this week that he will be running for senator this year. Huston owned and operated a funeral home in Lebanon for many years• He has served on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Also, Leo McClurg, Albany Democrat, an- nounced his candidancy for sena- tor. LoNG £00c6 00INUES,,, For GOP, no substitute for victory By Rich Lowry If anyone does a year-end wrap-up of the worst ideas of 2012, losing the presidential elec- tion deserves to be high on the list. A note of gloomy wishful- ness has entered Republican thinking of late. Maybe a loss in November (if Mitt Romney wins the nomination) won't be so bad because a cleansing fire will rid the party of moderates once and for all. Or, from the opposite point of view (if Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich were somehow to get nominated), a devastating defeat will teach the party's pur- ists a lesson. In any event, a Republican Congress could foil President Ba- rack Obama's noxious initiatives in a second term. All of this is hopefulness masquerading as hardheadedness. No shift in the balance of power within the Republican Party, no GUEST COLUMN congressional check on the presi- dent, no silver lining can possibly outweigh the setback t:he GOP wilt suffer if President Obama wins a second term. Assuming it's not struck down by the Supreme Court, ObamaCare will be on the books until 2017, and probably forever- more. No matter how unpopular now, it will eventually become part of the permanent architecture of the welfare state, as unmovable as almost every other entitlement. It won't be long before Republi- cans are couching their criticisms of the program in terms of "sav- ing" it. The repeal movement will eventually feel as dated as opposi- tion to the creation of Medicare. If Republicans hold the House and at least a substantial 00'rm A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers m.$weethomenews.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 Sevems, Advertising Sales tiriel@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 minority in the Senate, the presi- dent's ability to pass major new programs will be limited. But the debate over the Health and Human Services contracep- tion mandate demonstrates the power and discretion attendant to controlling the executive branch. The administration came up with the rule mandating coverage with no exemption for religious insti- tutions all on its own. What could congressional Republicans do to stop it? Nothing. This is a theme. What could congressional Republicans do to stop the auto bailouts? Nothing• The Libya War? Nothing• The Federal Reserve's quantitative easing? Nothing. They objected to the administration's dithering on the Keystone Pipeline, so they included a requirement that Presi- dent Obama make a decision in an unrelated piece of must-pass legislation. He escaped this clever trap - by rejecting the pipeline• This is the tale of congres- sional frustration when Republi- cans have been united. There's no guarantee that they will remain so if their numbers diminish next year and if their standing with the public remains low. President Obama will pre- sumably replace the liberal Su- preme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be 80 in 2013, with another liberal who will serve for another 30 years. If Jus- tice Anthony Kennedy or Justice Antonin Scalia steps aside (both born in 1936), he gets the oppor- tunity to shift the balance of the court for decades. The downbeat musings on the right are driven by the dreary primary season and the belief that the party's nominee will be weak. But so is the president, who leads likely nominee Mitt Romney only narrowly even after his season of self-inflicted wounds. For Repub- licans, the general election is still winnable, and there is no substi- tute for victory. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. LETTERS TO Tile [,blTOP. Prospective adult shop not SH's first Editor: This is concerning the recent letters to the editor about the porn shop to open in Sweet Home on main street• Back mid-2002 I purchased property and buildings at 5480 Hwy 20 in Foster• The building and attached sheds housed a long- running porn shop, so I, personally, was happy it closed down. But some months later they re- opened at the opposite end of town on main street next to the launder- mat. This business did finally close this past year but Sweet Home has had a porn shop for well over a decade or two ... on Main Street. Just sayin'... Donna Price Foster Lake Mall Foster The Sweet Home Union High School mat crew placed third in the state A- I wrestling tourney at Corvallis last weekend, finishing behind Grants Pass and Medford. The Cavemen from Grants Pass scored 69 points for the cham- pionship, while Medford came in second with 49 points, and Sweet Home with 42 points. Bill Lynn was 123-pound champion and John Gaskey was 130-pound champion. Keith Marshall Jr., placed first in two events in his age .bracket at the Orego n State AAU Championship swimming meet, held last weekend in Portland. He set the new state record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.7. March 18, 1987 Donna Neal Stepp, author, reared in Sweet Home and the daughter of Valentine Neal and the late Don Neal, is touring the Southwest while promoting the first of her two books on there- cently finished Texas Sesquin- centennial Wagon Train Tours. Mrs. Neal, a local artist, added the cover illistration that is embossed in gold on the cover of her daughters first book. Her first book is "The Ses- quicentennial Wagon Train Story In Poems." Her second book is called "From Sulpher Springs to Cowtown." An Albany man was killed March 10 at approximately 9 a.m. when a tree fell on him at a logging location in Canyon Creek about 10 miles southeast of Sweet Home. He died instantly due to head and chest injuries. He was caught between the felled tree and a maple stump. 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 sulmitted 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.