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Page 4 :lle ' ra - November 21,2012 i COMMUNITV OPINION From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... November 22, 1962 Phil Cole, resident engineer for the Green Peter and Foster dams project, outlined the work which has been done on the project dur- ing the past year. He noted that the entire Green Peter project would cover over 6,500 acres. Cole said that the starting of the main project will begin in March. The Sweet Home boys' swim team placed third at the state meet at Beaverton last Saturday, finish- ing behind South Salem and the championship Reedsport team. Progress is being made on the building at 15th Avenue and 'M' Street, which will house the Sweet Home branch of the Bank of Leba- non. Plans call for the opening of the branch office on Christmas Day. November 18, 1987 Thieves burglarized Sweet Home High School early Nov. 10 and stole a large number of class rings valued at $15,000, according to the SHPD reports. Competing against several other class AA bands, the Sweet Home High School Green Regi- ment Band finished third in the 36th annual Albany Veterans Day Parade. The Sweet Home High School volleyball team finished sixth at the State Class AA championships Sat- urday at Lane Community College. Senior Mindy Zgorzelski made first All-State team. Vale ended up as the state champions. Some thoughts ,)f thanks amid the gloom To be honest, this column was originally supposed to focus on the election - a bemoaning of the barrage of fallacial, sleazy and per- sonal attacks that comprised what seemed like an even more fractious "campaign" than usual. But kept having to bump it from the publication list over the past couple of weeks, for various reasons, and with Thanksgiving upon us, a full-scale whining ses- sion doesn't really seem appropri- ate. Besides, what's done is done and I think we're all a little fired of the election. So, I've chosen a more appro- priate topic: What do we have to be thankful for? Here's my list: Rain. Yep, rain. Water is life and if we've forgotten that, we need only recall what those corn fields in Indiana looked like last summer. Having lived in California for a spell, I recall one year when it only rained two or three times. Notes From The Newsroom I Scott Swanson Publisher Pathetic. The only reason we had drinking water was because water was piped in from storage facilities far away. People in Santa Barbara were painting their lawns green because they couldn't water them. That's when I realized how impor- tant water is. Yes, it's a little bit of a bother to have to carry an um- brella because too much is coming down at once. But believe me, the alternative is a lot more unpleas- ant. Dust. Dead plants. Fire. Rain A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.$weethomenew$.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 miriam@sweethmenewscm risty Keeney, Classified Ads dassifieds@sweethmenewscm Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 37g-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) 367.2136 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com is something to be thankful for. That Long Summer. Or was that fall? Anyway, despite my ap- preciation for rain, after the spring that seemingly never really came, I have to admit I enjoyed the seem- ingly endless sunshine of sunshine this year. The Classified folks. We've run a couple of stories in recent weeks, including the one on page 3 in today's paper - and the letter across the page - detailing some of the difficulties the school district classified employees have been ex- periencing. Although we've pointed out, editorially, that life's been tough for all of us - and it has, some classified employees of the school district are definitely experiencing rough times. Circumstances vary, of course, but it seems that a nota- ble number of them are facing real hardships from the four-day school week that's been forced on us by the economic conditions. I appreciate the ones who are hanging in there, helping the need- iest of our local kids, hauling the youngsters to school and to athletic events, fixing them lunch, cleaning up their messes. Yeah, the situa- tion isn't real flexible right now but I do appreciate the dedication I and many others have seen from our classified folks. Oregon Solutions Team. The story on page 1 in today's paper about the task force put together by the Governor to facilitate the de- velopment of a community forest is worth a read, even if it is long. I'ye read in old issues of The New Era about how, when Sweet Home was one of the kings of the timber world, politicians from Sa- lem would come en masse to local chamber dinners. They'd ride in the Frontier Days and Sportsman's Holiday parades, whether they rep- resented the local populace or not. As we all know, politics have changed and so have Sweet Home's fortunes, for longer than anyone cares to remember. But suddenly Salem has taken interest in us again. This is, as some of our local politicians have pointed out, a big deal. This doesn't mean that Sweet Home will stop being a timber town. There will still be plenty of forestry jobs, but this could mean there may be more. Sure, the prod- ucts might not be boards or ply- wood, but the players who are lin- ing up behind us in this are people with vision and energy. They want to make something happen here - whether it be people renting rafts in town or entrepre- neurs investing in the production of alternative forest products or mountain bikers riding up a trail from Sweet Home to Cascadia and beyond. They want people to move here because Sweet Home has some great things to offer. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I've lived in other tourism:oriented communities - 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 numberin case we need to contact you. Also, we require !hat 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. Grants Pass, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo - and Sweet Home has more potential than any of them for developing a solid tour- ism industry. In the 01d days tourism wasn't needed. But if we want our kids to stay here and raise their fami- lies, developing the potential that's there isn't a maybe. It's a must. And that's Why I'm thankful for the Governor's Oregon Solutions Team. Running - and walking. As the guy who lumbers around town behind my yellow dog at the end of the leash, I'm not trying to put a guilt trip on all of you out there who don't share my joy for the road. But I am thankful that I can still put on a semblance of running and I'm thankful too for the in- creasing number of fellow joggers and walkers out there, Five years ago, it seemed like I could count on one hand the number of people I regularly saw out there getting in shape. Nowadays, they're every- where -particularly the women. I know we can credit our local gyms for a lot of that, but here's hoping still others will be sharing my gratitude for that pleasure next year at this time. The ability to be in "shape" is good for morale. It's good for health. It's- something to be thankful for. Conservative politicians. I don't mean politically conserva- five, though I do appreciate many of the attributes those offer. I mean fiscally conservative - the ones who have managed to keep our lo- cal governments afloat. Yes, I haven't necessarily agreed with all the choices they've made, but overall I think our City Council, our Board of Commission- ers and our School Board, along with some of the smaller governing bodies, have done a pretty good job of keeping things livable in tough economic times. See Notes, page 5