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If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, a perioperative registered nurse was responsible for you or your loved one's well-being throughout the operation. Perioperative registered nurses provide specialized nursing care to surgical patients before, during, and after surgery i…

I enjoyed the “Meet the Candidates” article in the October 10 edition of the Western World. It has helped me decide how to mark my local ballot. My vote goes to all the challengers for mayor and city council in Bandon: Nancy Evans for mayor, Patrick Salandro, Robin Boyan, Geoffrey Smith for …

Please, before we make our final decisions on who to vote for as our next mayor and city councilors, consider, another issue you may have not have thought of.

Recently, I was at a park in North Bend with my granddaughter and grandson. While pushing them on the swings, I overheard a conversation between a man and woman. He stated, “The problem with our country today is women in power.” Since it was spoken loudly enough for me to hear, I felt compel…

Some time ago (about 6 years), the City of Coos Bay agreed to install six select pieces of adult gym equipment in John Topits Park if I raised the money to buy the stuff.

Again, we have suffered another summer of hideous unending smoke. As a native Oregonian, it angers me to hear the news blame mismanagement of federal and BLM lands. Plenty of evidence points to the problem — "fake forests." Industrialized timber landscapes, thousands of acres planted entirel…

I feel it is important to remind us all that the political parties are not enemies. Their members love America and their families similarly. They just have different views of how to make this country better. It’s important to realize that no political party has a corner on the truth, or the …

I am the dad of a police officer daughter and I strongly stand by our law enforcement officers. I am supporting Boomer Wright for state representative for many reasons but especially because of his support of law enforcement. I grew up here, knowing and loving Boomer in his work in administr…

Congressman Peter DeFazio has proven he's an effective fighter for Oregon workers, seniors, and veterans; also for health care, safe bridges, good roads, firefighting, clean water and common sense. As transportation committee chairman DeFazio has supported the infrastructure that underpins o…

Jessica Engelke is a 100-percenter. That’s why she has been effective as a North Bend city councilor. It is why I believe she will make a good mayor of North Bend. When Jessica cares about working on an issue, the needs of a group of people or an organization, she puts 100 percent of her tho…

James Rose is running for North Bend mayor on the “mad as heck” platform. He’s hoping that public resentment of the city council’s decision to fund public safety with a fee added to water bills will propel him into office.

Clearly Mr. Rose sees the City Council as a governing body that serve the interest of the citizens while maintaining a reasonable level of services in the areas that the citizens desire for the city to provide.

Jessica Engleke is exactly who our community needs for our next mayor. Born and raised in North Bend, she understands the value of growing up in a rural community. As a professor of business at SWOCC, she has developed relationships with countless small business owners across the city and ha…

A lot of claims are being made about what is on the ballot this year. When we all scrape away the hyperbole and rhetoric, the fear tactics and aggression, we all agree on simple truths — we want to vote for candidates that listen to those they serve. The Oregon Education Association has endo…

As I begin to write about a public servant, I want you to really know, it is clear to me the same worn words used for many can never describe the dedication of Joe Benetti. As a popular downtown business owner for years, providing the best Italian food you could find anywhere, Joe’s establis…

Oregon has not voted to elect a Republican presidential candidate since 2000. Hillary Clinton received 1,002,106 Oregonians’ votes in 2016, the most votes for one candidate in the state’s history. We may see many Trump supporters around and think that everyone is voting for him.

When I first saw Alek Skarlatos' TV ads, I thought he was a nice young man. He was a hero for sure when he and his friends took down a terrorist on a train in France. His ads were normal at first. Then, I believe, his handlers from back east told him he had to be nastier. Here are some false…

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