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Page 4 :[1 -f "ra - May 16, 2012 LETTERS TO Tllr_.. LBITOP. my daughter and her friend to ( Heights school playground ant was chained and locked due to v dalism. I was shocked. What kim a message are we sending our ki When I was growing up not one p was closed due to graffiti or vane ism - it got cleaned up. Graffiti a picnic table isn't a reason to cl the park. Every picnic table in rc parks across America have carvi: or graffiti on it...every one wile was a kid. They didn't close our parks graffiti or litter. They don't close beaches for litter; they have clean days, which parents of skatebo ers would and could gladly arra We are supposed to teach our ki not ban them. This will only get worse a four-day school week (which, the way, was passed even though majority of parents said no!) - q more day for our commttnity yo Closing play areas wrong for kids Editor: I've read several negative arti- cles and letters written to the news- paper in the last several months about the youth in our community - in particular the skate park, which, by the way, is a public park and is no more littered than the football stadium area. My son gets good grades, plays sports and skates at the skate park. Skateboarding is not a crime; it's a sport and a form of exercise. People complain about how our youth watch too much TV and play video games; but when they are too messy at the park'the town wants to close everything up? Closing everything down, in- cluding the pool. isn't the answer. Last weekend' I went to take )ak to be too messy, too costly and too it loud for the town, apparently. an- We are telling our kids. "We L of don't have the money for you, we is? don't have the staff for you and we ark don't have time for you." zl- Yes, kids are noisy. Yes, they on cuss when their parents aren't around. )se I did, and I still grew up went to col- ost lege and work and pay taxes. Yes, !gs they are messy. Teach them how to I clean up after themselvesl We don't close our homes or and the schools because of it. We [he shouldn't close our public parks, • up pools or movie theater to our youth. rd- It takes a village to raise a kid: ge. we need to take the time to talk with ds, them, and teach them. My husband and I work in this ith communi'y, and pay taxes for the by parks and pools but you want to the close them and lock them up? I want me a refund? Jth We need to invest our time and our money into our kids' future. What kind of a message are we sending them? Kathy Hansen Sweet Home Tell local cops thanks this week Editor: In 1962. President John E Ken- nedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Of- ricers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. National Police Week. May 13- t9. was established as a way to rec- ognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. It's a time to honor officers both living and fallen for what they do and have done. I think it's a week to express thanks to all of our men and women of law enforcement for their service to our communities. Especially to the sacrifice• and somenmes ultimate sacrifice, that they've given in the A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 2L 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers .$woothomonews.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-P.ublisher 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 sen( address cnanges to The New Era. Box 39. Sweet Home. Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (5411367.2135 or e-ma, news@sweethomenews.com / protection of pgace. Three naes joined the dozens / already on the Qregon Law Enforce- ment Memoria Public Safety last week. Eu Chris Kilcullen Sweet Home h wall - we want This wee ricers and Offi, [ Wall at the Oregon Academy in Salem gene police Officer was one on the wall. as one name on that to keep it that way. , Eugene police, of- fer Chris Kilcullen's family are traveling to Washington D.C., where Officer Kilcullen's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memo- rial. Two other Oregon law enforce- ment officers' names were added to the memorial wall last week. Oregon Department of Cor- rections Officer Buddy Ray Herron died Nov. 28, 2011 after he stopped to help a stranded motorist and was fatally stabbed. Lake County Sheriff's Office Deputy Samuel J. Lewis died shortly after being shot while he was guard- ing a prisoner in the Klamath Falls area in 1882. During this coming week. I en- courage you to thank a law enforce- ment officer for their work and to remember why they are out taere ... to protect and to Serve! Gina Riley Community Services Officer Sweet Home Police Department Our Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... May 17, 1962 Linn County Telephone com- pany is now offering radio-tele- phone service in this area. "Recent developments in elec- tronics have made possible the ex- pansion of regular dial telephone service to automobiles, trucks and other vehicles," said Lester Scott, manager for Linn County Tele- phone company. Subscribers can make phone calls over special high-fidelity radio circuits. They can call or be called anywhere in the service area. and they can make long-distance calls. The equipment is a small radio-tele- phone set and signalling unit, usu- ally installed in the trunk of a car or cab of a truck, and a telephone set mounted on the dashboard. Natural gas will now be avail- able to the residents of Sweet Home. Construction will take place until about June 1. At that time, there will be about two miles of pipeline in Sweet Home. After June 1, they will move on to Lebanon. May 20, 1987 A childhood fantasy for writing has blossomed into a lifelong hobby for a Sweet Home woman. Irene Shrock, director of the Sunshine Opportunity Center, has written nine novels, and several arti- cles for a number of magazines. Her latest novel, "The Sentinel." has a Montana setting and she made two special trips to,the state "just to get a feel of the location and people." Her favorite book. "The Mail Order Bride," is set in the Browns- ville and HoUey areas. She is work- mgon two books. "The Sinking of the Lucinda" with the setting off the Oregon coast and "The Mocking Bird Song," taken from the setting between Pleasant Valley and Scio. What seemed only a dream be- came a reality May 1 as the doors of the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club opened officially at 450 Oak Terrace. The property was donated by The Church of Latter Day Saints in January. It is open 3 to 6p.m. during the week, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, but closed on Sundays. It is being run by volunteer adults. We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to fe 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 dtizens or businesses on a personal level• Also, letters containing commen on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters wilt be edited accordingly. .... K ............................ 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