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Page 4 le ie ra- June 6, 21D1 2 -- COJVlMLJNITV OPINION A 00IEF TIMEOUT FRON00 TV, 00RI'00005,VII;00 co00G, ETC,,, State education boaI'(t stepping over line By State Sen. Fred Girod The Oregon State Board of Education has overreached with its recent ban on Native American- themed mascots. Its ruling violates legislative authority, threatens the finances of cash-strapped schools and violates common sense. The new policy, adopted on a 5-1 vote May 17, shoulders its way into an area of decision mak- ing that should be reserved for the State Legislature. Decisions of this sensitivity and consequence should be carefully debated and vetted by representatives of all the people, with the checks and balances of a committee process: two legis- lative chambers and a governor. Instead, a six-member appointed board made a decision that will have far-reaching implications for 15 Oregon schools. In my opinion, the Board of Education has over- GUEST COLUMN reached beyond its limits of au- thority. In addition to stepping outside the proper role of their board, the members of the Board of Educa- tion have entrapped school dis- tricts with a daunting strain on their budgets, when most schools can ill-afford to be wasting money on ascetic changes. Imagine your local high school having to strip years of radition and school pride from its campus. That means designing and approv- ing a new logo, repainting gym floors, lockers, hallways and mu- rals, purchasing new uniforms and sporting equipment, and tearing down statues. All of those projects Tier 00'rm A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers WmN, 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 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 news@sweethomenews.com cost a significant amount of money, money that could be going towards reducing class sizes or expanding class offerings. Is this really the most impor- tant issue facing our schools? This seems like an example of misplaced priorities and a failure of common sense. Communities with Native American mascots consider them a point of pride. There is no shame, disgrace or bigotry associated with these mascots. To the contrary, these schools consider it a matter of respect and tradition to honor these mascots and the heritage that inspires them. The Oregon State Board of Education should step back from this issue. If it must be addressed, it should be dealt with through the proper channels, starting with the State Legislature. Ideally, this is an issue that would be left up to the discretion of local communities, who should be free to make deci- sions about their values and sym- bols as they see fit. Fred Girod represents' the 9th Senate District, which includes the Sweet Home community. LETTERS TO TIlE [_.DITOR 'Inflamatory' characterization Editor: I was rather disappointed whh your final editorial state- ment last week: "City employees and their union leaders need to consider if things do not improve economically in the near future, whether they are spending their political capital wisely in accept- ing raiseswhile everyone else is hurting," and "The assumption that the funding faucet can sim- ply be turned on to provide wage 'increases at will." Our "union" leaders are us. We get very little in return for our required dues from the AFSCME state or national institution. Our local collective bargaining unit leaders are local citizens who work for the city. Any "union" involvement we participate in other than actual contract negotiations is done on See Letters, page 5 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 comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly. From ..... FilesOUr Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage & east Linn County... June 7, 1962 Jon Edwards, Wes Jenkins and Kerry Tyler, of Sweet Home, have been selected to attend the Ameri- can Legion's Beaver Boys State at Oregon State University at Corval- lis and the state capitol. Some 550 high school juniors from Oregon were selected to par- ticipate. Construction on the new Ju- nior High School is scheduled to be completed on July 15. The building is completed, and sidewalks are currently being put in. General contractor for the project is Erwin" Batterman, of Sa- lem. About 150 diplomas were handed out to Sweet Home Union High School seniors during gradu- ation ceremonies at the high school gymnasium, on Friday night. The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Elmo Steven- son, president of Southern Oregon College, of Ashland. Samuel Tyler, board chairman, presented the di- plomas. A logging contest will be held June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the 75th annual Pioneer Picnic at Browns- ville. Seven events will be held. They include log bucking, power saw bucking, log chopping, axe throwing, choker setting, load binding and tree topping. There will be novice competitions in axe throwing and choker setting. June 10, 1987 Dozens of well wishers turned out Thursday evening to help dedi- cate the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce community informa- tion center. The office is located in the former Rosemead Realty build- ing near Taco Time. Volunteers prepared the building by moving out the old furniture located in the building, repainted it, repaired many windows, and instal led park- ing barriers. The chamber has attempted to secure the structure for two years. Previously, a tourist information center was located at the former Truax gasoline station in east Sweet Home. It was manned by volunteers and under the direction of the C of C tourism committee. Carmen Wolthuis has been named 1987 winner of the David and Donna Eason Award, consid- ered the most prestigious award in Oregon for young pianists. Wolthuis, a June 5 graduate from Sweet Home High School, has studied piano for 12 years with Virginia Hawley Buhn of Eugene. She plans to continue her studies at Brigham Young University, where she has been awarded a piano scholarship.