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Page 4 h *g r,, - November 7, 2012 COMPIIJNITV OPINION m % CLIFF From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... November 8, 1962 Although houses were shaken, no damage was reported here as a result of an earthquake that rocked northwest Oregon and southwest Washington last Monday night. It was felt as far north as Longview, as far west as Astoria, as far south as Eugene, and a far east as Hood River. It registered a 6 out of 12 on the modified Mercali scale at both University of Washington and Oregon State University. The firm of Morin & Long- wood of Eugene has been selected as architects for construction of the proposed new Elks lodge build- ing here. The firm has also been selected by the city of Eugene to construct a new city hall. November 4, 1987 Mother Nature smiled on Linn County over the weekend with a slight rainfall. It was a blessing to the fire- fighters and reopened most of the forest for hunting and recreation. Acting on a tip, Linn County Sheriff detectives recovered some valuable evidence - a weapon - last Wednesday morning from under- neath the Pleasant Valley bridge in Sweet Home. Three individuals are currently in jail on charges of aggravated mur- der and armed robbery. First a car theft, then a wild 80 mph chase, and ramming a police car and fleeing. All this excitement happened early Sunday before police finally arrested an escapee from the Oregon State Penitentiary Salem. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, hit and run (3 counts), attempted assault on a police officer, driving while under the influenre of intoxicants, attempt to elude, reck- less driving, and driving while sus- pended. He was returned to the state penitentiary from which he escaped. LETTERS TO TtlE LbiTOR where are the true leaders?. Editor: Leadership. What is il? We have not had an exam- ple of it in the Oval Office, from the one who claimed in rhetoric, framed by a speechwriter and teleprompter, "I can ?" It did not take long for the American people to become dis- enchanted with such leadership when we saw him bow in defer- ence to, and later, even apologized for, America. It has been the order of the day. When trouble broke out in Libya, our leader waffled at his responsibility and finally referred the whole process to the United Nations. Reminds one of the old comic strip where the cowardly one says to the fighter, "I'11 hold your coat, Butch." In contrast, when Ronald Reagan was president, an uprising in Libya threatened our people in the embassy. Ignoring the advice of ttie military, he gave the com- mand to "Go?" As a fesUlt; we heard no more from Libya for years until several months this administration, where we see in- decision, ignorance, ineptness and inexperience. When trouble broke out in Egypt, we see a repeat of the same indecision. We see no evidence of statesmanship as he painfully attempts to hide his inability to make a decision, sending Hillary as a front, and she is equally in- capable of doing anything that is politically incorrect. At this particular time, we see his ineptness in glaring colors as we read and hear about the slaugh- ter at Benghazi. We have seen the i00hr 00Era 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 sc°tt@sweeth°menewscom Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, ClassifiedMs classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenewsc°m 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 statements from the CIA and the Army that all of the events at the time were routinely sent to con- cerned agencies in Washington, D.C., and most certainly, as head -. of state, to the Oval Office. There is no doubt that the president, the vice president and the secretary of state viewed and knew what was going on, and our leader refused the pleas for help. As a matter of fact, in the af- ternoon, our leader left for a self- serving fund-raising campaign in California. The result of these actions be- came heart-rending. In absence of any help from the Oval Office, all agencies that could have sent aid found their hands were tied. But not so. A Navy Seal, who could not bear the thought of the people at the embassy being in danger, took it upon himself to ignore the refusal to help and be- gin his own rescue. Tyrone Woods worked seven hours on his own, rescuing all he could before his own life was ended. Those seven hours could have given the secu- rity forces plenty of time to inter- vene. "No greater love had no man than he that layeth down his life for a friend." What a contrast: One who has the authority to step in and save lies departs on a self-serving fund-raising campaign. Another ignores the indifference and fights for seven hours, rescuing those he can and in the end losing his own. life. At the time of the debate be- tween.the vice president and Ryan, the response of our vice president, when questioned as to why this terrible debacle occurred, repeat- edly responded that none of them . knew about it and were not in- formed about it until much later. Again and again, he repeated this lie. Later, it was recorded that our leader praised the vice president for his appearance. To support this lack of knowl- edge statement, much ado was made about a video that was sup- posed to ignite the forces that caused this slaughter, even after it was made public that everyone, including our leader, watched the fiery event. Susan Rice made a public statement that a video was the cause of the demonstration. That was five days after the event. It is a matter of fact also that our leader repeated this statement to the UN, which obliquely puts the blame on the United States again. Why was there not more pub- licity for the sad return of these martyrs? The flag should have been lowered to half-mast. The nation should h'ave been put in mourning for the day. The presi- dent should have given a speech 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 exhaustedin previous letters will be edited accordingly. honoring the dead, expressing proper remorse. As the father of Tyrone reported it, the president was the last one to come to him and say that he was sorry, giving him a .reluctant. handshake. He would not look him straight in the eye. Even Hillary Clinton at this late date assured him that the producer of the video that caused the massacre would be punished. Why have the media not given this event more publicity? It is evident there was decep- tion and collusion surrounding the Benghazi attack. An investiga- tion should be held and the truth brought forth. Our leader has de- creed there will be an investigation following the election, which an- nouncement itself is self-serving. Watergate exposed a president, but no lives were lost. Benghazi- gate also exposes a president, but lives were lost. Leadership is not fiery rheto- ric. It is not mouthing platitudes. It is not standing in the public eye and shouting, "I can," when such statements come, obviously, from the mouth of one who has no idea what they mean. Leadership comes from expe- rience, from knowledge and from - a sense of moral responsibility. It is time for a change. Rachel E Vogel Sweet Home Veterans wrote a 'blank check' Editor: Here is my opinion of what a veteran is: A veteran is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is honor, and there are way too many people in this coun- • See Letters, page 5