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Much of the conversation around North Bend’s mayoral race has been focused on our city’s finances. Certainly, North Bend’s fiscal health is important — and Jessica Engelke, with her business acumen, is well suited to sit at the helm when financial decisions are being made. However, the role …

The October 10 “theworldlink.com” contains a letter to the editor from current North Bend Mayor Rick Wetherell which, after fact checking, leads us to write this rebuttal.

I'm writing to convince you to vote for Cal Mukumoto for State Representative for House District 9. When I retired here a few years ago, most of my friends in Portland couldn’t find Coos Bay on a map, and probably still can’t. We definitely need a forceful presence in Salem.

I hope you can join with me in voting for Mary Schamehorn to continue as our Mayor.

Dallas Heard’s record makes it clear he is not about protecting the little guy. Even during a pandemic, he voted against protecting tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent. Luckily the bill passed anyway, so the tenants of SD1 are protected, but no thanks to Heard. Kat Stone RN is bett…

I like problem solvers. Katy Eymann is proposing we do something more than just “reduce or eliminate fees” to solve the housing problem. We all want safe and affordable housing, but changing those fees alone will not bring back the builders or make new housing affordable. We have to signific…

Mayor Wetherell and council members have proven to the citizens of North Bend they serve special interests, instead of those that elected them. Ignoring their budget, Mayor Wetherell and the council, passed a “Safety Fee.” Lying to the citizens of NB that these fees were paying for law enfor…

Many Americans — whoever they support — feel the first Presidential debate went terribly off the rails. People naturally speculate on who the winners and losers are in debates, but in that disastrous exchange, the losers were plainly us, the American voter. At its best and historically, the …

I am voting for Kat Stone RN for Oregon Senate District 1 because she cares about everyone, her opponent has shown repeatedly that he does not. His record in Salem is all about protecting businesses, including big foreign corporations, instead of those who actually have to work for a living.

Peter DeFazio lives in Springfield. He was recently forced to evacuate with others in his area due to the intense fire activity. When he is in D.C., he lives on a houseboat, one of the most economical accommodations available.

My wife Teri and I enthusiastically support Cal Mukumoto to be our next legislator for District 9. Cal not only loves our coastal area, but he is extremely well qualified to represent us. He has the education, diverse experience, and commitment needed for this position in Salem. Both of us h…

Every senior in my high school took a Civics course. The purpose was to make us into informed lifelong voters. We had to keep up with current events and both discuss and listen to all sides of an issue. It sunk in because I have never failed to vote. Now, one of our political parties is prou…

No one can say that Calla Felicity is your run-of-the-mill politician. Calla, running for State Representative, is indeed a unique personality in the Curry/Coos election scene. But that is exactly what I am looking for and what I believe our District 1 needs; a unique outlook on the challeng…

I could not think of a better person to serve as mayor for the city of North Bend. I met Jessica years ago when we both moved back to this area to raise our families. She has always shown so much passion and excitement for what this area could be.

In late 2018 I was a legislative aide for Kim Thatcher, I often relay that I simply, "wouldn't be where I am today" if it weren't for her and her grace as a public servant and a leader. Kim and many voters understand that there are huge gaps we need to fulfill after Secretary Richardson's pa…

I write this letter in support of Kim Thatcher for Secretary of State. Although I am a registered Libertarian, I am crossing party lines and will vote for Kim Thatcher enthusiastically.

The Coos Bay area lost one of working folks' finest advocates with the passing of Jerry Lantto. For over 25 years I worked closely with Jerry when we both served on the Executive Board of the Oregon AFL-CIO. He was truly one of "the good guys" of the Oregon Labor Movement.

The Coos County Friends of Public Health has a mission to promote health in Coos County. To that end, the Board of Directors of CCFoPH supports passage of Measure 108, which would increase the tax on tobacco, and also tax vaping materials. We recognize the hardship that this may have on peop…

Did you ever eat at Benetti's Italian Restaurant? If you did, you would have seen the owner, Joe Benetti, greeting his guests. He treats everyone with friendliness and dignity. I saw this first hand working with him in my teens, twenties, and thirties.

Netflix’s explosive new documentary My Octopus Teacher chronicles a complex relationship between a man and the world’s most bizarre animal – an octopus. It further testifies to our highly conflicted relationship with non-human animals and the natural world.

Have you noticed that the North Bend City Council always says that people don’t ever come to their meetings and speak out to express their feelings about a particular issue that affects our city?

My wife and I recently received a political mailing from a political action group in Portland. The group title is Facts and Fairness PAC.

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