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Page 4 :le  ra - May 23, 2012 -- .CON 00IJNITV PINION f They hover as a cloud From Our of witnesses above this Files Nation. - Henry Ward. t Looking back on more than 80 years of covOrage in east Linn County,.. May 24, 1962 Graduation for the Sweet Home High School seniors will be held on June 1 in the SHHS audi- torium. This graduating class con- sists of 150 seniors. Elmo N. Stevenson, presi- dent of Southern Oregon College at Ashland, will deliver the com- mencement address. Stevenson is also a Red Cross executive member, and serves on the executive board of the Crater Lake Boy Scout Council as well as the board of directors of the Na- tional Council. Stevenson also is a Lions International counselor. May 27, 1987 A joint groundbreaking cer- emony for the new Linn County Jail and Albany Police Station is scheduled for June 1. The ceremony will signal the start of contstruction on the 100- bed jail facility which has been 10 years in the planning; and the new City of Albany police station. "Linn County Shuttle" is 'now giving Sweet Home residents an op- portunity to get a ride from Sweet Home to Lebanon or Albany. The rides are free to the elder- ly and disabled. On the first day, 12 people rode the shuttle, and the number is steadily rising. Work on the new Hoy's True Value addition got under way last week according to owners John and Greg Mahler. The 8,000-square-foot addi- tion will nearly double the store's capacity It will allow the owners the space and opportunity to pro- vide a full-line home center. LKTTLRS TO THE EDITOR Think of fallen on Memorial Day Editor: As we approach Memorial Day 2012, on Monday, May 28, we pause to remember the more than 1 million men and women who have given their lives to preserve our nation and our way of life from the time of the Revolutionary War to the current wars in the Middle East. While I join my fellow veter- ans and citizens in honoring these brave military personnel, this Me- morial Day, I will be thinking of the 3,758 Oregonians who.lost their lives during World War II. Just nine days following this Memorial Day and on the 68th an- niversary of the D-Day landings in Europe, we will conduct a ground- breaking ceremony for Oregon's own World War II Memorial. The Oregon World War II Me- morial will be built on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Sa- lem near the intersection of Court and Cottage streets, The public ceremony on June 6 will begin at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to learn more about the long overdue Memorial or make a donation, please go to www.facebook.com/oregonww- 2memorial. In addition to rememberitg our honored dead, Memorial Dry can also be an educational opporu- nity for our youth. There are maly ceremonies scheduled throughout Oregon. I encourage those who can to take some young people to these ceremonies so that they can under- stand the real price of freedom. My heart is also with those families who suffered the loss of their loved ones during their war- time service. May these ceremo- nies help them as they continue to griev e for these most honored Or- egonians. Jim Wills Director, Oreg(n Department of Veterans' Affai's T0 r 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.corn 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 newssweethomenews.com Blessed to live in great small town Editor: I feel so blessed to live in Sweet Home, Oregon. Where else can you live where: If you need prayer go to a drive through coffee shop; thank you, Angle. If you need an item and can't find it, Lester's will call around for you. You can find one of the best and friendly hardware stores in town; that would be Hoy's. You can not only find what you need, but get it at a discount and someone to install it for you, and for a very reasonable price, Thank you, Scott at South River saw. Three people are dedicated to find you the product you need. Thank you, Foster Mall. You can find every type of restaurant willing and ready to serve you, The Point has wonder- ful food and great service. Mexi- can food, pizza, Italian food, Ko- rean, Chinese - not to mention every type of fast food that you could want. You can find a video store that also features a local artist gift shop and friendly service. Look, they have moved to Main Street. Wow, the place looks great. Tlanks, Kathy and Doug. We have at least two great competitive grocery stores and a wonderful health food store where Brandi will go out of her way to get you the product you need. We have gas stations, ga- lore; have you noticed the won- derful guy, Steve at the Union station, whose sweetest smile will make your day? We have two very nice high- quality second-hand stores. I thank you, Nancy, for all the hard work you do on behalf of our town. You can love the home town attitude at the feed store and the nursery is a blessing to all who love plants. Great job. You can just drive through downtown and see all the won- derful work done by volunteers adorning the main street with flowers. Yes, even the city manager gets his hand in the dirt. Good job and I thank you so much. You" can find a church of every denomination and Dan Dee Sales will give you direction to any one of them, along with sell- ing you all type of sports equip- ment, guns, knives, and yes, even shoes. Great place to shop. You can find enough bars and taverns that you should never lack for entertainment of one type of another. There are so many peo- ple and businesses that make up our small community, it seems a shame that you should ever have to leave town to find what you need. 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 cornrnents on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly. It would be impossible to mention them all. So please shop locally before going out of town, chances are you will find what you need or they will tell you where you can find it. Last, but not least, a great little newspaper that still believes in the freedom of the press and encourages all of you to write a letter expressing your opinion. Thank you, New Era. Jeani West Sweet Home Management out of touch at park Editor: We had a beautiful Mother's Day Sunday, perfect for a walk in Cascadia State Park. I heard the noise as soon as I stepped outside, and then smelled the fumes. Two park employees were running wood through a chipper. I asked why on earth they were doing such a thing on a Sunday morning - Mother's Day. They told me the park man- ager told them to do the job on this day. It is beyond me why, in 2000, we got the park folks to run their chainsaws, blowers and mowers during the week and not on the weekend, when more folks are apt to visit our park. Here we are again, 12 years later, dealing with the same is- sue. On this Mother's Day morn- ing the people running the chip- per were very clear that they were going to do the job they were as- signed, regardless of any feeling the public may have - sort of a "you don't like what we're doing, too bad. What we do trumps any- thing the public might think." Is it wrong to think our park is to enjoy? The camas field i starting to bloom; at least that hasn't been cut down. Wildflower Buttitta Cascadia