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Inflation was 1.2% under Trump. Now it is over 8% with Biden! Democrats made us buy Obamacare or pay a fine. Now they're pushing EV's on us! Republicans want us to keep our freedoms, and our choices. It's an easy call.

Last year, Oregon ranked 11th in the U.S. for the number for trespassing casualties involving railroad tracks. Across America, a person or vehicle is struck by a train every three hours. These are powerful statistics to reflect on this week as we mark Rail Safety Week, a national event to ra…

As I read Stan Avery’s letter of 9/17/22 a familiar feeling set in: weariness. Marxists! They’re behind every tree these days, waiting to leap out and make our children embrace Communism, hate America and, through evil Critical Race Theory, feel bad about themselves for being White. That is …

As a resident of North Bend and a local business owner, I want to thank Mayor Jessica Engelke for her persistent, inclusive vision for our city. Engelke has been a resounding breath of action-oriented growth and acumen and has startled me with her attack on local development and problem solv…

Admit it, you’ve never stopped to wonder how the United States gained the Pacific island of Guam, have you? There’s no reason to. It doesn’t come up at dinner party conversations. And they certainly didn’t teach it in school.

They are icons of America’s past, symbols of our pioneering spirit. Eyes flashing, nostrils flaring, tails obscured by a cloud of dust, they tear across the landscape. I am, of course, referring to feral hogs. 

I believe Stan Avery (Letters, World 9-16-22) is correct in pointing out that privilege and persecution have always existed. But it seems to me naive and demonstrably false to imply it no longer exists in America (“failure of past centuries”). I think there is a difference between indoctrina…

I am thinking about January 6.  January 6, 1941.  I was in the first grade at the Golden Falls School and that is the day President Roosevelt made his Four Freedoms speech in his State of the Union address that year. World War II had already started in Europe and throughout grade school at A…

Alek Skarlatos  did a brave thing. He was traveling in Europe with two men who had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan together. On a train in France they were confronted with an armed radical terrorist.

With all the wildfires we are having, we need to stop and do some logging. Because being afraid to log has contributed to the fires. If less dead trees are used they would not be burnt and the smoke would be less.

The timber industry and its politicians also want the public to believe more logging will stop large wildfires. But in 2016, in the most expansive analysis of the issue so far, scientists found that forests with the fewest environmental protections and the most logging had the highest — not …

People are just fascinated by records. Who can run the fastest or jump the farthest, who can win the most times, who’s the oldest or youngest to achieve a particular endeavor. One recent example was Serena Williams playing in her record 25th U.S. open. The last match is worth watching.  

As part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Coos County Out of the Darkness Walk, I will be walking on Saturday, September 24, at Mingus Park to draw attention to the importance of suicide prevention. I won’t be walking alone. I will be joined by many who share my dedication.…

Jessica has been a great mayor of North Bend during the most challenging of times and is the best choice for the city moving forward. She has collaborated continuously with the NB community and businesses as well as our ambassador with our neighbor Coos Bay and communities throughout the state. 

Communities throughout Oregon rely on student activities and athletic events to be a safe haven of support and collegiality. These activities are important places where students, families, and staff can join together with pride and enthusiasm that comes with community, competition, and celebration.

As we enter a new election season, people may have questions about their ballots and election procedures. The League of Women Voters of Coos County is here to help. In October we will be holding candidate forums, conducting interviews, and posting a wealth of information on our website, mylw…

I would like to address the integrity of one of the candidates running for governor. Last year, allegations were made against the La Grande football team and the officials that officiated the game. These allegations were later found to be unfounded by the OSAA investigators. When the allegat…

In case you didn’t notice, in Ukraine the Russian vehicles of war are identified by the letter ‘Z’. This graffiti-like symbol was apparently intended to represent ‘moving always forward. The fact is the Russian, or Cyrillic alphabet, contains no letter Z. Therefore, I suggest that the Z shou…

Coos Bay is home to a diverse array of people, from fishermen and loggers, to school teachers and medical professionals. Many of us have differing goals for our area, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s this: we love our beach. The stunning coastline is one of the best things …

White privilege is a Marxist myth, but American privilege is a demonstrable reality.

Why won't Biden go to the Southern border? Why is he sending billions more dollars to Ukraine? Why doesn't he care about our security?

As a new school year begins, Oregon students will no longer be required to demonstrate skills in reading, writing and math. For five years until 2026, an Oregon high school diploma will no longer guarantee academic achievement, but only participation in a system with undefined parameters. Th…

It’s the first week of school for North Bend students, many arriving by school bus. The North Bend City Council could smooth their ride and support their bus drivers.

“Grammar error — July 7 column” read the subject line of an email from a reader named Bill. The body text was concise:

Political vandalism happens every election cycle. And some of our neighbors are busy stirring an undercurrent of political mischief. Is pulling an opponent’s campaign signs really a harmless prank? 

Have you ever thought someone you love might go through some mental illness in their lives? You always see them smiling, bringing a positive vibe to the surroundings. But deep down inside, they are holding the invisible pain, no one can see, only them can feel.

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I believe Stan Avery (Letters, World 9-16-22) is correct in pointing out that privilege and persecution have always existed. But it seems to me naive and demonstrably false to imply it no longer exists in America (“failure of past centuries”). I think there is a difference between indoctrina…

I am thinking about January 6.  January 6, 1941.  I was in the first grade at the Golden Falls School and that is the day President Roosevelt made his Four Freedoms speech in his State of the Union address that year. World War II had already started in Europe and throughout grade school at A…

Alek Skarlatos  did a brave thing. He was traveling in Europe with two men who had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan together. On a train in France they were confronted with an armed radical terrorist.

With all the wildfires we are having, we need to stop and do some logging. Because being afraid to log has contributed to the fires. If less dead trees are used they would not be burnt and the smoke would be less.

The timber industry and its politicians also want the public to believe more logging will stop large wildfires. But in 2016, in the most expansive analysis of the issue so far, scientists found that forests with the fewest environmental protections and the most logging had the highest — not …

People are just fascinated by records. Who can run the fastest or jump the farthest, who can win the most times, who’s the oldest or youngest to achieve a particular endeavor. One recent example was Serena Williams playing in her record 25th U.S. open. The last match is worth watching.  

As part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Coos County Out of the Darkness Walk, I will be walking on Saturday, September 24, at Mingus Park to draw attention to the importance of suicide prevention. I won’t be walking alone. I will be joined by many who share my dedication.…

Jessica has been a great mayor of North Bend during the most challenging of times and is the best choice for the city moving forward. She has collaborated continuously with the NB community and businesses as well as our ambassador with our neighbor Coos Bay and communities throughout the state. 

Communities throughout Oregon rely on student activities and athletic events to be a safe haven of support and collegiality. These activities are important places where students, families, and staff can join together with pride and enthusiasm that comes with community, competition, and celebration.

As we enter a new election season, people may have questions about their ballots and election procedures. The League of Women Voters of Coos County is here to help. In October we will be holding candidate forums, conducting interviews, and posting a wealth of information on our website, mylw…

I would like to address the integrity of one of the candidates running for governor. Last year, allegations were made against the La Grande football team and the officials that officiated the game. These allegations were later found to be unfounded by the OSAA investigators. When the allegat…

In case you didn’t notice, in Ukraine the Russian vehicles of war are identified by the letter ‘Z’. This graffiti-like symbol was apparently intended to represent ‘moving always forward. The fact is the Russian, or Cyrillic alphabet, contains no letter Z. Therefore, I suggest that the Z shou…

Coos Bay is home to a diverse array of people, from fishermen and loggers, to school teachers and medical professionals. Many of us have differing goals for our area, but if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s this: we love our beach. The stunning coastline is one of the best things …

White privilege is a Marxist myth, but American privilege is a demonstrable reality.

Why won't Biden go to the Southern border? Why is he sending billions more dollars to Ukraine? Why doesn't he care about our security?

As a new school year begins, Oregon students will no longer be required to demonstrate skills in reading, writing and math. For five years until 2026, an Oregon high school diploma will no longer guarantee academic achievement, but only participation in a system with undefined parameters. Th…

It’s the first week of school for North Bend students, many arriving by school bus. The North Bend City Council could smooth their ride and support their bus drivers.

“Grammar error — July 7 column” read the subject line of an email from a reader named Bill. The body text was concise:

Political vandalism happens every election cycle. And some of our neighbors are busy stirring an undercurrent of political mischief. Is pulling an opponent’s campaign signs really a harmless prank? 

Have you ever thought someone you love might go through some mental illness in their lives? You always see them smiling, bringing a positive vibe to the surroundings. But deep down inside, they are holding the invisible pain, no one can see, only them can feel.

Inflation was 1.2% under Trump. Now it is over 8% with Biden! Democrats made us buy Obamacare or pay a fine. Now they're pushing EV's on us! Republicans want us to keep our freedoms, and our choices. It's an easy call.

Last year, Oregon ranked 11th in the U.S. for the number for trespassing casualties involving railroad tracks. Across America, a person or vehicle is struck by a train every three hours. These are powerful statistics to reflect on this week as we mark Rail Safety Week, a national event to ra…

As I read Stan Avery’s letter of 9/17/22 a familiar feeling set in: weariness. Marxists! They’re behind every tree these days, waiting to leap out and make our children embrace Communism, hate America and, through evil Critical Race Theory, feel bad about themselves for being White. That is …

As a resident of North Bend and a local business owner, I want to thank Mayor Jessica Engelke for her persistent, inclusive vision for our city. Engelke has been a resounding breath of action-oriented growth and acumen and has startled me with her attack on local development and problem solv…

Admit it, you’ve never stopped to wonder how the United States gained the Pacific island of Guam, have you? There’s no reason to. It doesn’t come up at dinner party conversations. And they certainly didn’t teach it in school.

They are icons of America’s past, symbols of our pioneering spirit. Eyes flashing, nostrils flaring, tails obscured by a cloud of dust, they tear across the landscape. I am, of course, referring to feral hogs.