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Page 4 - April 18, 2012 ~-_-_ -_ _- _-_-_---__--- -_ The new junior high build'~ ,~;... ing at 22nd Avenue and Mountaih Our View Road is about 65 perce complete. The recent carpenter Files strike didn't affect the construction of the building. Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... April 19, 1962 Don Pen(old was elected as exalted ruler of Sweet Home Elks Lodge No. 1972 at installation cer- emonies held at the lodge Satur- day night. He is succeeding Lloyd White. A welfare center in Sweet Home was opened last Thursday morning. A ribbon placed across the the archway leading into the building was cut by manager Bob White. The center had already aided 96 persons m this area. passing on 350 garments, seven quilts and 125 food baskets. Cheryl Wolfenbarger, a studerd from Oak Heights Elementary, won the blue ribbon for her science fail project at the county science fair held last week in Albany. She will now be entered in the statewide competition. April 22, 1987 With the Oregon and North- west Championship already under their belt, the Sweet Home High School chess team leaves tonight from Portland International Air- port. for the National Chess Cham- pionships in Pulaski. Va. "The SHHS chess team has a unique oppurtunity to'represent Sweet Home at nationals" said Vice Principal Vic Zgorzelski. "We are proud of everyone that is a part of this chess team." m 'A couple of weeks ago we pub- lished an editorial that. more than anything, pointed out what we be- lieve are some of the reasons why the U.S. Supreme Court's review of and eventual decision concerning Obamacare. the Affordable Care Act. will be immensely important to our country's-future. A few days later. I received an e-mail from an organization called the Small Business Majority. which included the subject: "Small busi- ness owners in Oregon support healthcare reform law. tell Supreme Court to uphold it." Of course. I was interested. In a nutshell, the press release (be- cause that's what it was) quoted some small business owners who support Obamacare. "The costs have been crushing us." the release quoted one. a Mike Roach. co-owner of Paloma Cloth- ing in Portland Small Business Majority, in Notes From The Newsroom I Scott S~vanson Publisher case you're wondering (I was), is a "national nonpartisan small busi- ness advocacy organization founded and run by small business owners and focused on solving the big- gest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses," accord- ing to its home page. It conducts "extensive opinion and economic research" and works with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson. Co-Publishers w w.sweet homenews.eom 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 IUSPS 379-100)ispublished 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 LinnCounty: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541,) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com I "'bring small business voices to the public policy table." OK. so it's a lobbying group. I get e-mail from these groups all the time. I usually don't pay much attention to them. But. just like many of you readers. I've got a very personal interest in the whole area of health care. As a small busi- ness owner m a community that has experienced its share of economic problems. I'm certainly sympathet- ic to the problems cited by Roach "and represented by folks such as the SBM. To be blunt. I know exactly what they're talking about, as do many local small business owners. I know what it is like to be with- out health insurance. We've been there. The problems cited by Roach and others, about having to choose between offering needed benefits (health insurance) and laying off employees, about the difficulty of continuing to be competitive and creating jobs. about the tremendous costs of meeting what used to be "basic" needs and benefits, are very real. I've learned, the hard way, that as a business owner you're often at the bottom of the barrel, even if as- sistance is available - such as state health assistance programs for the low-income population like some struggling business owners I know. The bureaucrats who operate these programs apparently don't under- stand business and when they see numbers like "gross income" (the amount of income you take in be- fore you've paid your bills) they see things that the business owners and their bankers aren't seeing, at least not after their business has paid its expenses. So. in my experience. even the programs that exist are of little assistance to businesses be- cause they assume that if you're still afloat, you must be making money, that you've got to be in pretty good shape. Well. I guess it does mean that the business owner still has a job. But after you tally in all the fees. the taxes (remember Measures 67 and 68?), the costs of maintaining employees (wages. more taxes, un- employment insurance and. maybe. benefits), the costs of goods and services necessary to do whatever it is you're doing, debt service, etc.. there isn't much left over except in the minds of our leaders who see "Business" as a cash cow. That might seem like a rabbit- trail rant. but I mention that because I do understand these people's frus- tration. There is no question that healthcare is every bit as problem- afic as the supporters of Obamacare suggest. It's a mess. Recent news accounts have documented how hospitals sometimes bill exorbi- tantly for services that aren't even clearly identified, how patients with insurance pay one rate while the impoverished uninsured get treated for free. or close to it - paid for by WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of pub c 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 c,]se 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 res ictioni 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 bus=nesses 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. the insured, As someone who gets a kick out of solving problems. I'd love to do it here but I don't have the answers - unless some fundamental attitude changes take place in our nation. Capitalism is a wonderful system as long as there is conscience em- ployed somewhere in the mix. But when greed becomes the sole driver in capitalism, it can get ugly. and to me that is what we're seeing in the medical field today: profit over pro- bity (integrity, uprightness). Medi- cine is too much of a business now. and too little a profession of actu- ally serving the needy. So having said all that, you'd think I was an enthusiastic propo- nent of Obamacare. which, its sup- porters keep telling us. will even the playing field. I'm not. though, because al- though the Affordable Care Act would indeed provide immediate solutions to small business owners. the cost will ultimately be paid by small business owners, limiting or removing their (and others') ability to contribute to the general prosper- ity and welfare or even survive. Unfortunately, history gets short shrift from today's society. We post-moderns are all about our- selves, you know. We only care what we think, how we feel. So we ignore the fact that socialized medi- cine was a disaster in Russia and Eastern Europe (along with the rest of the communistic systems there) and although those societies have had their struggles in the process. they've deep-sixed a lot of that because letting things operate on a free-market basis just works better. thank you. We ignore the fact that doctors come from Canada to work in the U.S.. including some local physi- cians, simply because although our system stinks, theirs stinks even more. We run a lot of columns in this newspaper advocating free-market See Notes, page 5