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Page 4 i  T Era - May 30, 2012 COMMUNITV 00)PINION i Granting city raises right for now We support the council's decision last week to keep its word to its non-union employees• Two excellent arguments were clear in the discussion. First, voiced most clearly by Councilor Ron Rodgers, the City Council made a commitment via resolution last year to extend the same raises to non-union personnel that it gave to the city's general employees. who are represented by a union. While it is not an official contract, it still represents a commitment. We find this argument most persuasive. The city is not currently in an e situation, although it wa and it is likely to be again This, along with cit) statements that the city hold the line. is what pro1 support a proposal to fr4 aaergency last fall l. officials' needs to npts us to ;eze non- EDITORIAL union wages, a savings of nearly $18.000. For the time being, it can honor the commitment, and we respect this. Second, non-represented employees raised a case for retention, concerned that supervisory employees could take other jobs. Honoring the co.mmitment this year and revisiting wages and insurance premiums in the future may help keep them involved in hunting solutions, as they have already done so well, and keep them in Sweet Home at a time when Mayor Craig Fentiman maintains stability in management is important. This group of managers have recommended and taken pay freezes in the past. City Manager Craig Martin took one last year and he offered to take one again this year. A couple of councilors offered up their small stipends, for what they're worth. That said. we look cautiously toward the future. The councilors who raised this issue and then voted not to rescind the raises, as welt as the councilors who voted to freeze wages, had an important point. Mike Hall. who voted not to rescind the raises and freeze wages, articulated the relationship between the public and public employees, which is at the heart of the issue. He pays some 25 employees, and they, in turn, pay city employees. Hall's employees didn't get raises this year. When utility employees receive raises, it comes with an increase in utility rates. This is happening during trying times when many of the folks footing the bill haven't received commensurate raises and many are out of work. Folks in that position effectively suffer a decrease in buying power while the folks they're paying to do very important work receive raises that help them offset the rising cost of living. We don't have it quantified, but anecdotally speaking, it seems common. A councilor or two is actually in this position. The resources that citizens • See Editorial, page 5 Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... May 31, 1962 Rintha Gae Betts was named • 'Miss Sweet Home" at the BPW- sponsored pageant here last Satur- day night. In winning, Miss Betts earned the right to enter the "Miss Or- egon" competition, which will be held at Seaside in July. For her talent number. Miss Betts played "Glow Worm" on the accordion. Sweet Home Mill representa- tives met and discussed the ship- ping problem caused by shortages of wide-door railway cars. Mel Lester, owner of two local mills, claimed he has been losing customers as a result of not obtain- ing shipping cars in time to meet commitments. Bob Sanders claimed that $50,000 worth of inventory is sit- ting at the Oregon Plywood Corpo- ration. June 3, 1987 Five Sweet Home residents were arrested Friday night in a raid on a home at 1122 18th St., as the result of an ongoing controlled substance investigation. Roughly $1,100 in cocaine was recovered from the house, which is located directly behind the Sweet Home High School. After 55 years, the Crawfords- ville covered bridge is getting a facelift, due to the efforts of Com- munity Services Consortium em- ployees. The project is expected to be completed by mid-June. It is get- ting new paint, a shingle roof. and special treatment of the structural timbers. The covered bridge is one of seven that remain in Linn County. Two decades ago, there were 14 covered bridges still remaining. A locally own Scott VV'NINd Office: 1313 Ma Mailing addres., Phone: (541) 3q ;d newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 md Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers ;weethomenews.com inSt., Sweet Home, Oregon The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 7-2135 • 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 (USPS 379-1001 is published each Wednesday. Periedical postag( paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmpster: 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) 3672135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com LETTERS TO Tile EbntOR Shame to see shop cuts at HS Editor: I have lived in Sweet Home all my life and graduated from Sweet Home High School. I was sad to read in the May 23 issue of The New Era that the high school auto-shop program is being cut. I was equally a.s disappointed to see that Bill Chandler's position has been cut. in lieu of having an- other vocational high school teach- er teach the class. I understand that there has been a dip in the interest in the classes. and I also understand that cuts had to be made. I am not chastising any member of the School Board. or the board as a whole for making the decision. I just hope this is not a precursor tO more shutdowns in shop-related classes. For those youth graduating high school who choose not to go to college, auto, welding, and wood shop classes give real-world expe- rience and skills that are required in many trades today. I myself took several shop classes all throughout high school and I gained much knowledge and feel l am a more rounded person from it. I understand the cuts - I wish they didn't have to be made. I just hope this cut isn't a sign of things to come. Chas Palmer SHHS Graduate 20 I0 Sweet Home WRITE ER readers to their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of publ Letters Should be e submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era offce. E-mailed letters may besentto n letter will not be published. There is no iength restriction, but letters may be edited for length and letters containing comments on topics dee by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters 11 be edited accordingly•