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Page 4 - December 26, 2012 ~m From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage & east L&n County... County Chamber of Commerce for 1963 at a meeting last Monday af- ternoon. " Gerry Sevems was elected pres- ident of the Sweet Home-East Linn December 30, 1987 Sweet Home police have re- leased a composite of the man be- lieved to be involved in the Dec. 15 kidnapping. The victim was allegedly ab- ducted early Tuesday morning. The suspect forced the victim to drive to the Medford area, where he got out of the car. The victim then returned to the Sweet Home area and notified police. December 27, 1962 The building which will house the Sweet Home Branch of Bank of Lebanon is nearing completion. The building is scheduled to be c0mpletedJan. 4. 1987 advances made by the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce A vehicle was discovered in the were numerous and covered a mul- South Santiam River near here last titude of areas. Less than two years Sunday. The man whom the vehicle ago the Chamber had 85 members. Now it is approaching 200 members. belonged to has not been seen since It is expected to top that number in Dec. 14. The car was spotted in four 1988. feet of swift water at the foot of Clark Mill road, near the Sweet Home Sand Three brothers, seeking an out- and Gravel company pit. ing in the snow, ended up plunging down a 125-foot embankment Sun- day, on Canyon Creek, killing two and seriously injuring the other. To borrow that usually empty catchphrase, do it for the children In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, pundits and politicians are composing a shrill cacophony that has the fight wing, the NRA and many others talking about trained security officers in every school and blaming video games for violence. It has the lefties giddy with the chance to ban something. And their prescriptions are not mutually exclusive. Pretty much everything folks are saying could be implemented. If any of them get their way, we're likely to lose yet more of our civil liberties and throw away cash for little real gain all in the name of a crisis that Over The Edge Sean C. Morgan Staff Writer doesn't really exist. Right now we need to listen to H.L. Mencken: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." Words can't describe the evil murders of small children at sandy Hook. Only the sickest waste of 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 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 oaid 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 human skin and breath wouldn't ago. be utterly repulsed bywhat At best, the NRA is talking happened, about spending billions to save But it represents no crisis. 30 to 130 lives per year. If it COSTS Our nation has been headed $5 billion to put a security officer the right direction with crime rates in each school and it saves every in general since the early 1990s. life in a bad year, we've spent Crime rates are down. They keep $38.5 million to save a single life. going down. What we've been Chances of a single security guard doing is working. This is a fact. stopping every incident are low. The number of victims of mass Most schools have a lot of doors, shootings has ranged from about and the bad guy will always have 30 to 130 in the past 30 years, surprise on his side and a good While 2012 will be on the higher chance to get the drop on a guard. end of that scale, there is no trend That price tag ranges much upward, higher in a good year, in which "There is no pattern. There is 30 lives are saved, but some will no increase," said criminologist say that no price is too high to James Allen Fox of Boston's save a life. But if that were true, University in an Associated Press we could reasonably accept the story. He has been studying the costs of never driving and parking subject since the 1980s, spurred every car in the nation to save by a rash of mass shootings in post more than 30,000 lives per year, offices. The shootings that get the including children and adults. We most media attention are rarest, could accept the price of placing a "Without minimizing the pain security officer on every bridge to and suffering of the hundreds...who prohibit rocks from being dropped have been victimized in senseless on passing cars. We would accept attacks, the facts say clearly that the cost in liberty and remove [there] has been no increase in backyard pools, which cost some mass killings." Fox wrote. When 4.000 lives per year. clusters of incidents occur close The idea of spending more and together, he added, that likely morecashandlibertyonoursecurity reflects a mixture of copycatting has given us the Transportation and coincidence. Services Administration and the The chance of being shot in one Patriot Act. of these incredibly rare incidents A new ban on so-called"assault has decreased substantially. The guns" is the silliest idea of them all. U.S. population is now 311million. Security guards would no doubt It was around 225 million 30 years make some kind of difference. 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 personat 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. A ban will accomplish nothing, not to mention the inherent rights violation in such a ban. The - Columbine- sfiooting occurred on April 20, 1999, smack in the middle of the ban on assault weapons that ran from 1993 to 2004. It seems absurd to even have to mention a possible gun ban, but our ridiculous politician class can't help itself when it sees an excuse to curb citizens' liberties. All that said, we certainly have a problem when 30 to 130 people per year (out of 311 million today) are randomly killed. It's disturbing to imagine how easily we and our loved ones could be kicked off the planet, and these incidents bring that home. We can take steps to prevent this sort of thing from happening here, even though it's not likely we would have to deal with any such incidents in the next 20 years. Taking action, though, would further reduce the possibility and would leave us with better defenses in place. The cost is zero dollars and we can implement it quickly. It doesn't take federal or state action to improve our security in this case. Their solutions cost too much. They're too invasive. The answer is for the District 55 School Board to repeal its policy against staff carrying weapons. Our culture probably can't handle" open carry, and the board could retain a ban at that level, but there's no reason staff members who qualify for a concealed handgun license shouldn't be able to arm themselves at school. If a potentially violent incident were to happen m one of our schools, having armed staff members on the premises would ensure that it could be addressed immediately. No longer would it be solely the shooter who is able to move armed through the school. See Guns, page 5