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Why is it taxpayers get hammered with new taxes every year for schools? We pay for free meals, for getting the students to school. Then we find out Oregon now doesn't require a student to read or write in order to graduate.

I would like to voice my support for the North Bend School bond measure for this upcoming vote. We have resided in North Bend for 47 years and our sons have both been through the NB schools from K - 12. They had great experiences. We had great experiences following their school journeys.

How sad to see the North Bend School Board meetings and a board member threatened. What is even more sad is that the board chair had the perfect opportunity to make a statement denouncing the threats and intimidation tactics after explaining the change to an online meeting setting. Jim Jorda…

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

Chances are that you’ve heard the expression, “nice guys finish last.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This statement is used by many to justify less than ethical treatment of others.

Words are powerful. Used effectively, they can change the world, sell more widgets or gently break the bad news to Dear John. But it’s a paradox of writing that too many words can dampen the power of your words. Less is usually more. That’s why editors chop dead-weight expressions out of wri…

Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional? I lean towards unintentional but they have become deeply ingrained.

I do not know how most other North Bend property owners feel about our City Council supported school bond measure 6-192, but, I can tell you that after almost five years of fighting with our present, and former city council over their incessant attempt to pry more and more money out of us, I…

Good news from the Langlois Lions Club: Sandie's World Famous Chicken Pot Pies are back for your winter enjoyment. This will be a long overdue fundraiser event as the annual Holiday Craft Fair has again been canceled due to the COVID-19 logistics and restrictions. 

Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area would like to acknowledge the long-time financial support of the Menasha Legacy Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. With their help, as well as funds from the Coos Rotary Foundation, our 2021 Little Red School House school supply program brought new schoo…

I see how intimidation works on school boards. You threaten to recall them, and the superintendent and they change their minds about reopening Coquille schools over COVID. School is now the new free childcare. So watch out superintendent and school board members. Never mind the safety factor…

When people resist changes to the language, I get it. Who wants to be told that the rules they learned in school — stuff they believed, like “healthy” can’t mean “healthful” — are obsolete, or worse, totally fictional? That the sweat equity they once invested in being right now renders them …

In their September 13 edition, National Review printed an article entitled "Biden's Blunders."  They did an excellent job of identifying and explaining his policy failures. First and foremost was his lack of foresight in anticipating the humanitarian crisis that would follow his precipitous …

I have had a lot time reflecting these last few days especially with all the drama happening in Salem over the redistricting. The reflection has brought me to a question that I kept coming back to, over and over again; Am I the only one that thinks we just are not doing it right here in Salem? 

When it comes to apostrophes, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts. The least-understood and most crucial of all is: Don’t use an apostrophe to form a plural. One luau plus another luau is not two luau’s. It’s two luaus. One Roddenberry plus another Roddenberry do not make up the Roddenberry’s…

Critical Race Theory. It has been the hot topic in the area lately, despite appearing nowhere in any local school district. It's like a specter haunting the minds of racists. Right-wing individuals and groups have simply conflated anything to do with equity, systemic racism or any honest U.S…

I am a white male American and am a father of two. My children fill my world with love and joy. I have friends of every ethnicity witch I love dearly, I coach kids sports and volunteer my time to public functions, with the desire to help my community

My wife and I, as well as our three children, are thankful graduates of the North Bend School system. We received an education that got us started on career paths as a teacher/coach, a librarian, a website designer, a marketing operations manager and a journalist. The North Bend School Distr…

We are at a moment in the nation – and in Oregon – when a paradigm shift is in reach to update ineffective, top-down systems to be more responsive, effective and equitable for all families. Today, the American Rescue Plan provides unprecedented resources to improve the lives of families who …

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.

Ultra right conservative viewpoints do not constitute majority thinking in this country. History has demonstrated that such thinking put into practice (anti-mask, anti-vaccination and denial of climate change being examples) is invariably destructive of the lives and physical and economic he…

We had to leave Bandon early because of a health problem, but I can’t let this pass. We went to the Wheelhouse for our favorite last dinner. A younger couple was sitting across from us. He was wearing a cap with what looked like a first responders badge. They finished their meal and left.

The Coos Food Cupboard would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the members of the Coos Bay Elks Lodge for their exceptional generosity.

I want to thank those individuals that don't wear masks and refuse to be vaccinated in Coos County. The people that are unvaccinated and refuse to wear a mask are the reason that the Blackberry Festival, Bay Area Fun Festival, numerous rummage sales, countless social events that bring revenu…

Sixty years ago, President Kennedy signed into law legislation creating the United States Peace Corps. With one stroke of a pen, President Kennedy deepened our nation’s ability to live out key values — values like service, peace, sacrifice, commitment and learning from those we hope to serve…

Today, 1 in 7 children in Oregon may face hunger in the wake of the COVID pandemic. But Congressional action during this crisis has significantly blunted hardship and hunger for many families.

If you’re one of those people who composts everything you can think of because you want to build up your garden soil, you might — like me this summer — learn to love the maggots of black soldier flies. They put composting on speed dial.

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Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional? I lean towards unintentional but they have become deeply ingrained.

I do not know how most other North Bend property owners feel about our City Council supported school bond measure 6-192, but, I can tell you that after almost five years of fighting with our present, and former city council over their incessant attempt to pry more and more money out of us, I…

Good news from the Langlois Lions Club: Sandie's World Famous Chicken Pot Pies are back for your winter enjoyment. This will be a long overdue fundraiser event as the annual Holiday Craft Fair has again been canceled due to the COVID-19 logistics and restrictions. 

Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area would like to acknowledge the long-time financial support of the Menasha Legacy Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. With their help, as well as funds from the Coos Rotary Foundation, our 2021 Little Red School House school supply program brought new schoo…

I see how intimidation works on school boards. You threaten to recall them, and the superintendent and they change their minds about reopening Coquille schools over COVID. School is now the new free childcare. So watch out superintendent and school board members. Never mind the safety factor…

When people resist changes to the language, I get it. Who wants to be told that the rules they learned in school — stuff they believed, like “healthy” can’t mean “healthful” — are obsolete, or worse, totally fictional? That the sweat equity they once invested in being right now renders them …

In their September 13 edition, National Review printed an article entitled "Biden's Blunders."  They did an excellent job of identifying and explaining his policy failures. First and foremost was his lack of foresight in anticipating the humanitarian crisis that would follow his precipitous …

I have had a lot time reflecting these last few days especially with all the drama happening in Salem over the redistricting. The reflection has brought me to a question that I kept coming back to, over and over again; Am I the only one that thinks we just are not doing it right here in Salem? 

When it comes to apostrophes, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts. The least-understood and most crucial of all is: Don’t use an apostrophe to form a plural. One luau plus another luau is not two luau’s. It’s two luaus. One Roddenberry plus another Roddenberry do not make up the Roddenberry’s…

Critical Race Theory. It has been the hot topic in the area lately, despite appearing nowhere in any local school district. It's like a specter haunting the minds of racists. Right-wing individuals and groups have simply conflated anything to do with equity, systemic racism or any honest U.S…

I am a white male American and am a father of two. My children fill my world with love and joy. I have friends of every ethnicity witch I love dearly, I coach kids sports and volunteer my time to public functions, with the desire to help my community

My wife and I, as well as our three children, are thankful graduates of the North Bend School system. We received an education that got us started on career paths as a teacher/coach, a librarian, a website designer, a marketing operations manager and a journalist. The North Bend School Distr…

We are at a moment in the nation – and in Oregon – when a paradigm shift is in reach to update ineffective, top-down systems to be more responsive, effective and equitable for all families. Today, the American Rescue Plan provides unprecedented resources to improve the lives of families who …

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.

Ultra right conservative viewpoints do not constitute majority thinking in this country. History has demonstrated that such thinking put into practice (anti-mask, anti-vaccination and denial of climate change being examples) is invariably destructive of the lives and physical and economic he…

We had to leave Bandon early because of a health problem, but I can’t let this pass. We went to the Wheelhouse for our favorite last dinner. A younger couple was sitting across from us. He was wearing a cap with what looked like a first responders badge. They finished their meal and left.

The Coos Food Cupboard would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the members of the Coos Bay Elks Lodge for their exceptional generosity.

I want to thank those individuals that don't wear masks and refuse to be vaccinated in Coos County. The people that are unvaccinated and refuse to wear a mask are the reason that the Blackberry Festival, Bay Area Fun Festival, numerous rummage sales, countless social events that bring revenu…

Sixty years ago, President Kennedy signed into law legislation creating the United States Peace Corps. With one stroke of a pen, President Kennedy deepened our nation’s ability to live out key values — values like service, peace, sacrifice, commitment and learning from those we hope to serve…

Today, 1 in 7 children in Oregon may face hunger in the wake of the COVID pandemic. But Congressional action during this crisis has significantly blunted hardship and hunger for many families.

If you’re one of those people who composts everything you can think of because you want to build up your garden soil, you might — like me this summer — learn to love the maggots of black soldier flies. They put composting on speed dial.

Why is it taxpayers get hammered with new taxes every year for schools? We pay for free meals, for getting the students to school. Then we find out Oregon now doesn't require a student to read or write in order to graduate.

I would like to voice my support for the North Bend School bond measure for this upcoming vote. We have resided in North Bend for 47 years and our sons have both been through the NB schools from K - 12. They had great experiences. We had great experiences following their school journeys.

How sad to see the North Bend School Board meetings and a board member threatened. What is even more sad is that the board chair had the perfect opportunity to make a statement denouncing the threats and intimidation tactics after explaining the change to an online meeting setting. Jim Jorda…

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

Chances are that you’ve heard the expression, “nice guys finish last.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This statement is used by many to justify less than ethical treatment of others.

Words are powerful. Used effectively, they can change the world, sell more widgets or gently break the bad news to Dear John. But it’s a paradox of writing that too many words can dampen the power of your words. Less is usually more. That’s why editors chop dead-weight expressions out of wri…