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Page 4 ltt  r. - June 20, 2012 COh'IPIUNITV OPINION From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County.,. June 21, 1962 The fourth annual Sports- man's Holiday celebration begins this Friday. A large variety of events and activities have been planned for the three-day celebration, such as parades, carnivals, a talent show, a horse show, square dancing, and barbecues. Gary Jones and Larry Sturholm, both college freshmen from Sweet Home, were among 18 Willamette University baseball players to receive letters. Jones lettered as a second base- man, and Sturholm for catcher. Two "Chips 'n' Splinters" va- riety show acts were featured on channel 9, Eugene, on the "Open House" program last Monday. The acts were a vocal duet by Mrs. Sharon Care and Dick Bauman, who sang "The Desert Song", and an adagio dance by Di- ana Wilson. June 24, 1987 Isabelle McKercher Braden was the first Goddess of Liberty, and although she cannot remember the year, this 84-year-old woman still recalls some of the thoughts that were racing through her head the day of the big Crawfordsville parade. "I can't remember the year, but it was before they started the rodeo "The first rodeo was in 1920 but this parade was a few years be- fore that. The next year I got first prize for the best buggy. "I decorated it with ocean spray and orange blossoms," said Mrs. Braden. To the artist(s): There are better ways to say this This is a letter, from the edi- tor, to the person(s) responsible for painting graffiti on Sweet Home's newest mural, as reported on page l, at 1206 Main St. As a journalist, I'm all for free- dom of expression, but I also under- stand that freedom requires respon- sibility. It also requires clarity. I'm guessing most of the resi- dents of Sweet Home had a chance" to view your handiwork. But the problem is, most of us are a little unclear on what you are actually trying to say, Do you have a personal beef against cops, or maybe, if you're older than your actions would in- dicate, you have a beef against the cop who's actually depicted on the mural? Or were you actually referring to Big Government in general with your crack "No 1984," which a lot of people surmised might be a ref- erence to George Orwell's novel on the topic of Big Brother? The responsibility part comes Notes From The Newsroom I Scott Swanson Publisher with your method. By defacing that mural, you basically slapped us in the face. Community funds that paid for the creation of the mural, and even though not every member of the community may be thrilled with the end result, it is an attempt at a trib- ute to the faithful officers who make our police force what it is - espe- cially during tough times when they're understaffed, underpaid and overworked. The individuals honored by Tier 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.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher mifiam@sweethomenews.com Chdsty Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales fifiel@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 o-mail nomene.s.com that mural are the ones who show up within minutes, if not seconds, usually, when something is going awry. I know because part of my job requires keeping an ear on what they're up to. They breals, up fights. They spend countless hours "coun- seling" people who should have learned from others how to behave respectably. They keep the crazies in line. They bust burglars. They occasionally find time to do the in- vestigation necessary to break up local drug operations. They unlock our car doors. The mural is a little different than some others in the community, since the subject matter is a little more modern, but it definitely has an effect- maybe unintended. How many of us, before we got used to it, involuntarily started to hit our brakes as we drove west on Main? It was actually pretty funny, how I glanced down to check my speed, then realized that it was the mural, not a cop car down there. Then you came along and ru- ined it, at least for a couple of days. We wonder why. Maybe you've had some bad experiences with cops. If so, I'm more sympathetic than you might think. I know someone who once got hauled off to jail by a couple of young Nazi-like highway patrolmen in another state who mistook a med- ical condition for drug use or some- thing and didn't listen. I'm the one who got the call the next morning to pick him up. It was a crock. He was a teetotaler in every way. Straight as an arrow. The cops didn't care. Yeah, there are bad cops, but that still doesn't justify splashing your paint all over somebody else's wall. If you're trying to make a point that government is evil, I certainly agree that it can be. But the very fact that you lash out by defacing somebody else's property shows why government is necessary. If there were no public restraints, what would you do next? My point is, you made our town look shabby and we don't like it. We had representatives in town from an organization that has done a lot to help Sweet Home get back on its feet. It was embarrassing driv- ing down Main Street and knowing they were seeing that. Graffiti is cool only in the minds of people who inflict it on others. I know there's a thrill fac: tor for many. I've lived in Califor- nia and seen plenty of it. It doesn't look good and it doesn't play well in Sweet Home. If you want to make a point, consider writing a letter to the edi- tor next time. Just keep it respect- able so we can print it. LETTERS TO TIIE [.DITOR Graffiti a slap at community Editor: It is truly unfortunate that someone had the uncontrollable urge to deface the new police car mural downtown. Whoever did it obviously does not know or, more likely, does not care about the amount of time, ef- fort, and money that went into that project. It is a slap in the face to the en- tire community but more so to our police officers whose dedication it is intended to honor. I am sure the damage to the mural can be re- paired. What cannot be so easily repaired is the statement it makes about our community. Every visitor to our town leaves with an impression. Those heading west will leave with a less than favorable one until the dam- age to the mural can be repaired. Incidents such as this "make one 6 wonder if community service is worth the effort. Kenneth R. England Sweet Home Mural not right for community Editor: I approve the creation of a mu- ral celebrating the lOOth annivers- ery of the Sweet Home Police De- partment. The recent application of a police car mural to a building in Sweet Home does not fit the his- torical theme of other murals in Sweet Home. It is more like a joke that will go away soon, but now it has been vandalized with a political state- ment. A more appropriate image would be a vintage police car from the '30s or '40s in a less threaten- ing pose than a modern police car about to apprehend a speeder. Riehard "Riek" Bergeron Sweet Home 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 ml, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era offme. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews:com. Please include a telephone n in case we .need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of  or your letter will not be punished. 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 cornplaln 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 wig be edited accordingly.