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COMMUNITV OPINION I i lr,, a, "ra - April 4, 2012 m Court's decision- a historical juncture It's hard to think of a time that the U.S. Supreme Court has played a more important a role in our na- tion's life than it is tight now. The Court has handed down many decisions that altered the course of our nation's political and social history, some of them monu- mental. Marbury v. Madison in 1803, for instance, is often called the most important case in Supreme Court history, as t defined the Court's role as the ultimate arbiter of the constitutionality of laws and executive actions. Brown v. Board of Education (1953) unanimously held that racial segregation of children in public schools violated .the Constitution. which laid the groundwork for the Civil rights changes that swept the EDITORIAL nation over the next few decades. New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) established what is today considered the "freedom of the press" under the First Amendment. Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) was the initial recognition of a constitutional tight to pri- vacy, which has since become a precedent for abortion rights (Roe v. Wade) and homosexual rights (Lawrence v..Texas). Miranda v. Arizona (1966) established the "Miranda rights." which require police to inform criminal suspects who have been detained of their right to an attor- ney and protection against self- 00'rm 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@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifiedssweethomenews.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-ma, news@sweethomenews.com incrimination. Last week the nine justices spent three days - a lengthy period for a Supreme Court Case heating arguments on the constitutional- ity of President Obama's univer- sal healthcare law. the Affordable Care Act. more commonly known as "'Obamacare." They voted af- ter conferring together on the case last week. but only they and their clerks will know the outcome until their written decision is announced before the court term. likely on or around July 4. At issue in this case. Florida v. The Department of Health and Human Services. is whether the government can force individuals to buy health insurance, the "'man- date." as it is known. Without going into all the ar- guments for or against the law. which would require much more space than we have available here. we will only say that this case highlights the importance of the Supreme Court in our governmen- tal system. Those who believe that this healthcare law s symptomatic of a move toward wholesale social- ism - or worse - in America. as increasing numbers of citizens get sucked into dependency on gov- ernment and relinquish their indi- vidual rights and responsibility in the process, will see the Court as one of their last hopes to stop that process. Sen. John Comyn, R-Texas. one of those in the courtroom last week. put it thus: "As government grows, individual freedom shrinks. That's what this case is all about." Those who believe it is the government's responsibility to provide for-the health needs of its citizens, and end the $43 billion-a- year cost-shifting of free care pro- vided the uninsured by taxes and rising insurance rates, will see the Court - or at least its five-justice "conservative" majority - as the major hindrance to solving that problem. Thus we have the questions: Can Congress compel individuals to buy health insurance, especially with the threat of a financial pen- alty if they fail to do so? Can Con- gress threaten to withhold funding of free basic health services for the poorest and the disabled Medic- aid - to punish states that refuse to implement Obamacare? The Court's decision will like- ly focus quite narrowly on whether Obamacare is supported by the Commerce clause of the Constitu- tion. the Tenth Amendment. which empowers Congress to regulate interstate commerce. Obamacare opponents say that. though it gives the government power to regulate existing commerce, it does not give Congress power to compel people to enter commerce - to force them to purchase something regardless of their personal preferences. Sup- porters say that it is constitutional under the Commerce Clause gener- See Editorial, page 5 From Our Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage & east Lhm County... April 5, 1962 Ten youths from Sweet Home have been chosen to attend the J962 4-H summer school. Each of the students will receive a schol- arship. The week will be spent in educational tours and classes at the OSU campus. Over 80 scholarships were awarded, total. Three Lebanon juveniles, be- tween the ages of 14 and 17 years old, were apprehended Tuesday near Sisters in an auto which Wan- da Vinson, of Sweet Home, had re- ported stolen. The car was stolen out of the Oregon Plywood Corp. parking lot, two hours before it was found in Sisters. One of the youths was also carrying a .32 caliber revolver. Bob Burke, sharpshooting bil- liards ace from the University of Oregon, recently won the National Collegiate Billiards championship at Bloomington, Ind. Burke was the only representative from the West Coast. April 8, 1987 Sweet Home's telephone sys- tem will become "state-of-the-art" by the end of 1987. A $1.1 million digital multi- plexing system is being installed. Sweet Home's system was de- signed specifically for the area by Northern Telecom of Raleigh, N.C. The county parks department is starting a transformation at Sun- nyside park. near Foster Lake. The park. which is used mostly by local residents, is expanding its scope and adding many new facili- ties. Dyrol Burleson. director of the Parks and Recreation Department explained that tourism is going to play a huge role in Linn County's economic future. East Linn County is seeking tourists in an attempt to bolster the falteting economy which has been heavily based on timber. Memberships are being sold until Saturday for the Lebanon- Sweet Home Community COncert Association season, according to board member George Wenzel. The local series has operated for 29 years, usually to full hous- es. 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 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. lit ..... ,r-- r '1[, ........ l ,',