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Page 4 :I I", ra - October I 0, 2012 COMMUNITY OPINION FFOlTI Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County,., October 11, 1962 Bennett'sShell Station, seven miles east of Foster, was plowed into on Monday morning by a pickup. The two men in the pickup were shaken, but uninjured. After being struck by a heavily loaded log truck, the pickup left the high- way, mowing down both of the gas pumps and knocking down the canopy. The driver stated that he decid- ed to pull off of the highway when the log truck started crowding the pickup, but as he started to signal the log truck struck the pickup, m knocking it into the gas station. A Portland hunter bled to death last Sunday after being struck in the hip by a bullet from a companion's rifle along the north side of Green Mountain about 15 miles east of town. The group of hunters were walking back to there vehicle when they spotted a bear. They went af- ter the bear, and during the chase one hunter tripped and fell over a broken limb. When he fell he ac- cidently discharged his rifle, hitting the victim. October 7, 1987 Crews have been working for two weeks preparing to rebuild 10th Avenue, which has fallen into poor condition, The project includes new storm drainage, demolition of the previous roadbed and widening of the road. It is expected to be completed in about a month. With full slate of candidates, time to ask questions Today, starting on page 5, we present City Council candidates' an- swers to questions about some of the council's biggest discussions over the past year. Voters in Sweet Home are priv- ileged to have a full slate of nine candidates for four seats. (One is a write-in candidate, for reasons that are explained on the next page.) Ballots for the Nov. 6 election are scheduled to be in the mail starting Oct. 19. We have choices to make be- tween candidates who clearly care a lot about their community and want to help make it better. Our goal in "interviewing" the candidates this way was to give ourselves and our readers an idea how each prospective councilor might vote on these issues, some past, some current. The candi- dates were fairly limited in their responses because, well, we have nine of them and this isn't a forum for persuasion on any of the topics but simply identification of where EDITORI.AL a candidate stands. We expect that anyone running for council should have some kind of clue about these issues, and we hope to find candidates who have solid views on how to deal with them. Ideally, we can look and see how each one feels about short- circuiting Measure 5 compression problems with funding that have adversely affected Sweet Home's, particularly in funding itsPolice De- partment. While they won't directly decide that issue, the League of Or- egon Cities represents our city, and it will be lobbying for changes to ad- dress police funding. Our council's voices will matter on this issue. And when we choose to vote for candidates, we should make a decision based on their opinion on this issue, as well as others. The council made a decision on chickens, along with a few other 00.rm 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 mifiarn@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Fidel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.corn 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 changes in the animal ordinance. Some folks-weren't happy with the decision. Others were ecstatic. Fact is, people are eating eggs they got out of their back yards and, other than occasional over-exhuberant clucking by some hen that's done her duty, it appears the chickens aren't causing any major problems. We chose these and other ques- tions because they are the topics our council has been discussing. They are the sorts of things our council does. We appreciate our City Council. We appreciate the fact that they can state their opinions, which aren't al- ways in agreement, without personal insult. Our city faces a challenging and interesting future as we climb out of this recession, as we work to iymprove our local economy, as we develop resources both within our borders and in the surrounding areas that, it is hoped, will make Sweet Home an even better place to live. We need council members who can LETTERS TO the EblTOP. SHEDG needs to answer questions Editor: Diane Gerson's letter of Oct 3 brings up several of the concerns I have about the organization and budgeting of the Jamboree. As a non-profit organization, I believe full disclosure is required by law and that meetings and re- ports should be made available to the community. Particulars on sponsors, gate receipts, and dona- tions as well as how the money is spent is of concern. A 10-year-old study is not adequate to answer questions from 2002 to 2012. It was my understanding that the Jamboree is to help support the growth and development of Sweet Home. Why the new vendor fees? Who benefits - do the profits go to- ward projects in Sweet Home? An additional concern I have is the volunteers. If the Jamboree intends to run a second event it seems to me that many of the same volunteers would be called upon for help. Is it reasonable to expect them to help for two events run- ning back to back? I agree that a second event would be worthwhile for the community but maybe in May or June. As the Jamboree faces a new stage of development, Sweet Home residents need to be informed and invited to participate in the pro- cess. Larry Lane Sweet Home Common-sense spending needed Editor: I found it very disturbing when I was informed that a vote to give administrators, supervisors and confidential employees a raise was coming. I find it hard, amongst all the cuts and services to students by way of employee hours being cut, to justify even the thought of such a notion. The administration and board keep telling us we don't have the help direct the process of getting these things done, who are engaged, who can work together and who have vision, who will do more than simply show up for a meeting every couple of weeks. The brief candidate perspec- tives we offer today will hopefully help us figure out who most closely represents our own views in this election. We need to took for those Who we feel are best informed while holding opinions closest to ours. Our council voter's guide should help us do that. funding to service our schools, yet a raise is coming to the table? Seriously? What is wrong with this picture, folks? Shame on the powers that be who would even consider such a request. If the school board is the powers that be and is Considering this, perhaps we need to give this board the boot and elect new people to these posi- tions. I'm not trying to sound nega- tive, but I think a little common sense might be in order here, folks. If we don't have it, don't spend it. Call me crazy, but if the adminis- tration and board say we are in cri- sis mode, why would this even be considered? Please, a little common sense on this issue, people? Joan Kindsey 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 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.