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The virus can travel 6 feet, it cannot travel 6 feet one inch or greater. It can live on all surfaces except anything that comes in the mail, especially from Amazon. It does not live on airplanes or buses, or in Target, Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, or any grocery store.

Joe Biden still has time to do the smart thing and name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo his running mate. The top two reasons would be Cuomo's proven competence managing his state's coronavirus crisis and a strong personality unafraid of that other son of Queens, President Donald Trump.

Our nation is in a battle that has already killed over 90,000 people, sickened and injured millions more and dealt a devastating blow to the economy that sustains us all. As in any war that attacks and endangers all of us, this requires a massive, intelligent, competent and caring response f…

In my opinion: Our county has been dropping the ball on a competent and efficient 911 calls center for decades. First 911 was in Coos Bay, North Bend tried too, then during state reorganization it mainly ended in Coquille at the County Sheriff's office. But a small part of it is still in Coo…

Tuesday night was a disaster, not just for the progressives, but for the environment, for healthcare, for our economy, and for our future. Establishment Democrats, some of them incumbents, some of them backed by incumbents, won over progressive challengers in many races across Oregon. Undoub…

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Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time for Oregonians to get outside, travel to their favorite vacation destinations, and welcome the return of summer. Today, Governor Kate Brown was joined by a bipartisan group of 26 mayors from across the state in urging all Oregonians, especially Po…

President Trump is conducting a concerted and calculated campaign to undermine every institution in the American political system that can hold him and his political allies accountable for their actions. His list of targets is long: judges and journalists, intelligence analysts and inspector…

Out of an abundance of caution, the Coquille Valley Garden Club has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Town and Country Garden Tour, planned for July 11. Ongoing COVID-19 concerns, and possible public event restrictions, were deciding factors.

It has been my honor to serve you in the State Legislature for the last 15 years. I have gained a deep understanding of the unique needs of our coastal communities and fought hard for the district I represent. It takes grit and collaboration to make sure our coastal communities aren’t left o…

On Election Day and any Oregon election, we want voters to know they can count on the League of Women Voters to provide unbiased, nonpartisan candidate and ballot measure information. Any qualified candidate across the state can submit material to our on-line Voters’ Guide, Vote411.org; have…

We don’t have a crystal ball. And you likely don’t either (unless it’s part of some long-forgotten Halloween costume). Even without that crystal ball, if you’re a business owner, we can likely guess what’s on your mind.

Reports of price gouging have increased 279% since January 2020, according to the latest statistics from the International Association of Better Business Bureaus.

I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present.

As a retired nurse, I am appreciative of all the recognition that has been extended to “Frontline Workers/Responders.”

Immorally using the pandemic as a distraction, the Republicans sneaked in their controlled power over FERC to approve the permit for the Jordon Cove LNG plant. Thankfully, Oregon regulatory agencies will not fast track necessary state permits that jeopardizes the sovereign rights of Oregon c…

I am 92 and grew up in Marshfield, Coos Bay. Oregon strong - still working. Worked at the Water Board, several attorney's offices, and for 17 years at the Independent Stevedore Company doing payroll for the longshoremen. Saw my Brother Neil Johnson off on the train to the Army in 1941 along …

Wow! Even the sophisticated big city of Portland realizes it is not appropriate to tax its citizens without first getting their permission in an election. We may be real working-class people here, but I think we deserve at least this much respect from the Mayor and the North Bend City Council.

As a proud mother on this Mother’s Day, I am happy to endorse Sam Schwarz, my son, for Coos County Commissioner and reminding everyone to vote this week. It is the single most important power we the people have in a democracy.

I am a local nurse in our community and an avid supporter of healthcare and community wellness. I am also a single mom of two teens. I believe that right now we need someone to be a strong advocate for healthcare and our families. That is why I have chosen Cal Mukumoto to fight for us in Salem.

"It's scary going to work," White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett told CBS. "I think that I'd be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing."

Joe Biden has not been loudly beating up on President Donald Trump for his pathetic performance during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has already killed over 80,000 Americans and cratered the economy. And the United States has become an object of international pity.

We all know that dialing 911 is for an emergency.  How would you feel if this 911 system was not working?

I happened across the story of a restaurant's defying the governor's orders, people up in arms. I can understand, to a point. What I don't understand is local furniture/mattress stores that never closed, never stopped delivering mattresses. One even had their employees removing the old used …

Timm Slater has made Bob Main’s long held dream of being accepted by the North County chamber crowd a reality with his recent letter promoting Main’s reelection to the county commission. However, Slater’s lackluster endorsement is less a commendation of Main’s prowess as a leader and commiss…

I read and reread (a) letter … in Saturday's paper, May 9. I was not sure whether he was taking a position for or against Measure 6-177 regarding the limitation of the Public Safety Fee to no more than $15 with a requirement that any future increases to the fee be subject to a vote of the el…

(A letter last week) notes … that Bi-mart employees don't don masks. Walmart workers only mask their mouths but not their noses and the State of Oregon releases prisoners into our community with a mask but only if they exhibit symptoms. Maybe we should protect everyone and just wear goggles …

I ran into a lady at the post office who was in a really good mood because retailers in Reedsport were going to defy the Governor's recommendations and open their stores.

My wife and I were both born in the Bay Area, lived here all our lives, raised our six children here, and have always supported efforts to improve our community. I served on the board of directors of Bay Area Hospital for 14 years, the first four years while we were designing and building th…

What can we as a community do to increase our capacity for handling the very sick from COVID-19 related illness? Correct me if I'm wrong on my math here, but it seems like an opportunity exists.

The USA’s response to the pandemic has been confused, chaotic, feeble, unfocused, disjointed, shoddy and sinister. Consequently, our nation is suffering the most deaths and financial losses of any nation. In a perfect world, we would have responded as a nation to this pandemic in the manner …

The American people have not had to sacrifice as one nation, one people since they did away with the military draft after the Vietnam War. (I'm a veteran of that war). 

By now you have received the latest Voters' Pamphlet and have reviewed 6-178, a property tax levy to replace the current 911 system in Coos County. 

Please let me know a couple of things. First, where is my all-time favorite paperman? I hope he is OK. Mr. Coppenger?

The following information I found out by a friend is that the City Council was going to vote on a new $15 raise on our water bill for public safety with NO vote of the people. So I went to the meeting and gave them the following information: 

Last year seems a lifetime ago, but even then, cash was no longer king. The greenback had already lost its premier role as Americans' medium of exchange in dollar terms. Plastic card and digital transactions had taken over. And that's how stores, restaurants and other businesses seemed to want it.

Justice Tom Balmer is running for re-election in the May 2020 primary. He has been on the Supreme Court of Oregon since 2001. I served as a judge on the Circuit Court for Coos and Curry counties from 1980-2017, 36 years of which were as presiding judge. I have known Justice Balmer since he j…

Growing up, there came a time when my mom's hugs embarrassed me. I thought I was too big.

We write these commenst to address Measure 6-176 as being presented to the voters of the City of North Bend. The three councilors signatory to this letter did not vote for the last $15 per month increase to the public safety fee. In fact, some of us didn't vote for the earlier $10 per month …

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