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Page 4 - October 31,2012 __.. w~20~Z From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County,., November 1, 1962 Damages to lands of the Wil- lamette National Forest as a re- sult of the Oct. 12 Columbus Day storm, is estimated at $1,715,000. An estimated 17 million board feet of timber was blown down. Dedication ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. next Thursday night for the new Sweet Home Ju- nior High School. An Honor Band under the direction of Paul McLain, music supervisor for Elementary District 55, will be present. This band will be comprised of 45 students from Sweet Home Union High School and the junior high school. Work on the new Crawfords- ville bridge across the Calapooya river is well under way. The existing bridge, a covered timber truss, will be left intact as a historical monument. The new bridge is scheduled for completion before the summer of 1963. October 28, 1987 Rodeo officials released the annual report Wednesday. The Sportsman's Holiday Calapooia Roundup festivities generated nearly $2,000 in "profit, redhced debtg by another $2,000 attracted nearly 300 contestants. Record crowds added to the excitement of record entries. "It helped being a part of the Budweiser rodeo circuit," said President Larry Dodge. "We have some major sponsorship from Bad and Jeep, and we think that this year even more major sponsors Will join us." Jody Karr was named queen and David Wooley king at the 1987 Homecoming Assembly at Sweet Home High School. a troubl id world, voting's than just an ption Watching this year's politi- Not F Are they just crazy? Really stu- the worldandembarrassedoural- world view. Likely, that fitwon't cal campaign, it's easy to become es rom pid? lies. Our health system is a mess. be perfect, but we're making a frustrated and cynical by the inane r-l-~l ~r Well, I've interviewed plenty Distrust of government and of coy- statement about what we believe is TV commercials featuring all man- l~e1'~ ewsroom of these people over the years and I porate America is rampant. Our right and that's important - that's ner of red herrings, half-truths and don't think they're crazy - at least retirement systems --,.Medicare and what democracy is all about. And the typical mud-slinging. As one not most of them. Many have no Social Security - are looking more unless we want despots telling us person said in my hearing recently, chance and they know it. They and more like houses of cards, how to live our lives, it's our best "it's like we're flooded with words aren't people-pleasers and they of- It's easy to be cynical and option. that have no meaning." ten have one or two issues - prin- wonder how our little vote can Yeah, the mere mention of Having reached the point Scott ciples - that they really care about, change anything, especially since "principles" and"duty" sound kind Where, if we haven't voted yet, Swanson But that's why they run: Be- legislators who actually operate ofstiffandold-fashioned, butmuch we need to start thinking seriously -- cause it's a chance to sensitize the according to principle (at least the as many post-moderns, millenni- Publisher about getting it done, the question public to those issues or principles, one you or I might hold dear) seem als, Generation Whatevers, might may arise: Why bother? - to get more attention than they increasingly few. chafe at the thought, principles are I heard someone ask that ques- heartened by the foolish decisions might normally for the cause that's Maybe your vote won't changestill what govern the processes of tion recently - an intelligent in- made in Salem by the citified ma- dear to their heart. It's the right the world, but voting is good for us our world. The principle that if dividual who has thought deeply jority in our legislature (and their thing to do. ' and it's our duty. you spend more than you make, about the issues in this election and constituents, who vote on initia- We come into this election In this day of diminished prin- for instance, will eventually come who has a very mature set of politi- tives that affect us rural residents), experiencing a world that is vastly ciples, we don't think much about home to rest for all of us, whatever cal beli.efs, it's a legitimate question. Why different from the one we lived in duty. But as citizens of a demo- we want to think. If you thinl~ the two leading bother at all? even 10 years ago. Our national cratic republic, we really do have If we don't dictate them, presidential Candidates ate cha- Here's a related question that debt has skyrocketed out of sight, an obligation to participate in our they'll dictate to us. meleons who have produced little might be worth considering. Why We are pulling troops out of one government. We're foolish not to. That's why we need to vote. convincing evidence that they're do some politicians run for office war zone and hoping we don't If nothing else, by voting, We need to say our piece, mark the the men for the job, if you're dis- when they know they can't win? have to commit to any more con- each of us is committing ourselves box on the ballot choices that best flict. We have, in the minds of to support a person or measure reflect ourview-imperfectthough many in AmeriCa, lost standing in that best represents our ideals, our they may be - and cast it. A locally ownednewspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers Miriam www.sweet homenews.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 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 ~-mail news@sweethomenews.com LETTERS TO Tllr_. EJ)ITOR President's there on campaign trail Editor: Watching TV, listening to the radio and reading the local papers about the flap over Libya, I can't help but wonder if the 'president (and hopefully he will) loses the election, whom he will blame - his czars? Can't blame it on Bush. Cer- tainly can't blame himself. He hasn't done anything but campaign for nearly a year. He couldn't even spare the time from campaigning WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of public interest, Letters shoutd 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 corn ............. 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 lettSr will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited forlibelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens o~ bus!nesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topi d emed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly: on the day after the death of our ambassador to Libya to attend his regularly scheduled morning secu- rity briefing. But then why would he? He hadn't attended one in months! On another subject, I put $550 in an annuity with a major insur- ance company about 1963. When I reached 65, I started to receive about $t03 a month for the rest of my life. If I die before I reach 85, my heirs will receive it until then. I able tO continue to contribute and am I sorry I didn't? You bet your sweet biffy I am! I don't know how much I con- tributed to Social Security but I put 7 percent of my base salary into an annuity and my employer contrib- uted a like amount for a period of See Letters, page 5