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Page 4 - October 17, 2012 LETTERS TO TIlE LblTOR From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County October 18, 1962 The edge of Typhoon Frieda hit Sweet Home shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and winds as high as 100 miles per hour persisted for about five hours. The storm caused 17 deaths in Oregon. The damage in the Sweet Home area is estimated between $250,000 to $500,000. Only minor injuries were reported locally. A tree toppled, hitting the high school, and a number of Douglas firs were uprooted in the city park. Schools were closed Monday for cleanup due to the storm. About 3,900 of 9,300 tele- phones in Linn County were out of commission. The damage reported was the worst in Oregon history. October 14, 1987 Three firemen were injured friday during a house fire. 18 fire- men, three pumpers and a tanker responded to the blaze. Injured were Rob Younger, 33, who received second-degree burns to his face and neck; Ron Daniel- son, 26 and Larry Hyland, 31, both treated for heat exhaustion. It is believed that a lit cigarette started the blaze upstairs. It took over an hour to control the blaze. The firefighters were there for about three hours. Time to step up to Sharing Tree Editor: Once again it's that time of year; when the citizens of Sweet Home come together to help less fortu- nate local children and families for the upcoming holiday season. Our current national and local economic downturn like last year has created a huge need in our community this Christmas season. As in past years, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District will be conducting the "Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree Program" and the Sweet Home Emergency Minis- try (SHEM) will be coordinating the "Christmas Food Basket" program. Persons or families who wish to have a child's name placed on the "Christmas Sharing Tree" need to fill out a request form which can be picked up at the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District office at 1099 Long St beginning Oct. 22. The forms for food baskets must be picked up at SHEM. They will be preparing food baskets for delivery in time for Christmas dinner. Those who wish to make cash donations for food baskets may do so at the SHEM Food Bank at 1115 Long St Sweet Home, OR 97386. A donation of district personnel who will purchase non-perishable food and clothing is gifts to fill these requests. This year also welcome, as in the past, those requesting gifts Cash donations for the "Christ- will be asked to pick them up at the mas For Kids Sharing Tree" toy pro- Fire Department starting Dec. 12-14, gram may be made at the Fire and after being contacted by phoneI Ambulance District office at 1099 An increasing number of gener- Long St Sweet Home, OR 97386. ous people in our community have All cash donations will be used to requested to not only provide gifts purchase toys and needed cTothing for children, but for a whole fam- for local children, ily. If you would like the option of The names of children and fami- "Adopting a Family" this Christmas lies needing assistance will be placed season and purchasing gifts for an en- on the "Sharing Tree" at the Fire De- tire family, contact the fire district of- partment starting the first week of rice at(541)367-5882. We will have November. There will be another family groups available for you! tree placed at the high school Christ- These two great community mas Bazaar following the Christmas programs, as in past years, continue Parade on Dec. 1 for that day only. to provide a glimmer of hope at the In 2011, more than 500 children holiday season for hundreds of less and 20(3 p~us famiF~es requested as- fortunate children and families in sistance during the holiday season Sweet Home. Without the unself- This year we anticipate an even larg~- ish support of the citizens of Sweet er need for food, clothing and toys im Home, that glimmer of hope would our community, be a little dimmer. Please support the Anyone wanting to donate to the "Christmas for Kids Sharing Tree" "Sharing Tree" toy program is asked and "Sweet Home Emergency Min- to go to the "Sharing Tree" located at istry" (SHEM). The gift of giving is the Fire Department at 1099 Long St. priceless. and choose a name tag from the tree Thank you for your continued and then buy that child a gift, wrap support of these two great commu- it and return it to the "Sharing Tree" nity programs. Happy Holidays! at the Fire Department by Dec. 5. Mike Beaver, Chief The names that are left on the shar- Sweet Home Fire and ing tree will be taken by local fire Ambulance District The number of major carders in the United States fell from six pre- Airline Deregulation Act to three by 1991. Since 2000 every major airline has filed for bankruptcy at least once. The destabilizing effects of privatization were felt immediately and have become worse as time has passed. Along with a 40 percent drop in airfares since deregulation, airline employees have seen up to a 40 percent drop in income, affect- ing approximately 545,000 Ameri- can workers. A further consequence of the Airline Deregulation Act, Allison noted, which most Americans fail to appreciate, is that deregulation resulted in a "massive shift of air- line debt to the public," via a federal corporation established to pay the pensions (or a part of them) of the employees of airlines driven out of business or forced into bankruptcy. "I had no idea these things would occur," Allison says, back when he was a believer in de- regulating America's airlines. Robert Crandall, former CEO of American Airlines, stated in 2008, "The consequences of deregulation have been very adverse. "Our airlines, once world, lead- ers, are now laggards in every cat- egory, including fleet age, service quality and intemational reputation. Fewer and fewer flights are on time. Airport congestion has become a staple of late-night comedy shows. "An even higher percentage of bags are lost or misplaced. Last- minute seats are harder and harder to find. Passenger complaints have skyrocketed. Airline service, by any standard, has become unaccept- able." The purpose behind govern- ment regulation is to create a stable industry. Live and learn, right? Unfortunately, no. Diane Daiute Sweet Home I A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers aw.sweethomenews.eom 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 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. Postmasterf Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 9738.6 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367.2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com Deregulation and destabilization Editor: Tom Allison, at the time chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Com- merce Committee that wrote the Airline Deregulation Act law in 1978, says the ADA resulted in cuts to airline salaries, slashed re- tirement benefits, forced job cuts despite rises in the frequency of air- line services, bankrupted many for- merly great airlines or forced them into bankruptcy protection, ruined standards of airline service, raised fares on most non-mainline ser- vices, and made life miserable for travelers and airline employees. Exposure to competition led to heavy losses and conflicts with la- bor unions for a number of carriers. Between 1978 and mid-2001, nine major carriers and more than 100 smaller airlines went bankrupt or were liquidated including most of the dozens of new airlines found- ed in deregulation's aftermath. "oF ccOE--J O0g ReAl .4 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 wilt 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.