The Washington Redskins National Football League franchise is a disgrace!  In the year 2020, Washington team owner Daniel Snyder cannot possibly continue to rationalize keeping his ridiculously racist team name in the face of widespread, righteous public condemnation of Snyder’s racist recal…

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I listened to the recent Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting regarding the beaver trapping ban in the national forests. The intent of the ban was to protect our declining fisheries. Beavers are a “keystone species,” an organism whose pond-creating powers support entire …

I recently read a Letter to the Editor in the Epoch Times Newspaper, regarding voter fraud. It caught my attention as it was from a resident of Oregon. She and her husband moved from South Dakota in July 2019, established residency and applied to vote in the May election. They both received …

Trump previously campaigned as a conservative to drain the swamp, serve working Americans, and promote health care. While he eked out Electoral College victory, most voters rejected him.

After reading the rebuttal to my letter of June 20 regarding the 1902 lynching of Alonzo Tucker in Marshfield (as it was then called), I did an online search to try validating details my source had provided. Steven Greif, a Coos History Museum board member, co-wrote the rebuttal with Richard…

Last week I wrote about what I observed during the May primary election.

No one disagrees that the murder of Alonzo Tucker, a black businessman living in Marshfield, who was killed by mob action in 1902, was a despicable event that needs to be understood and memorialized. The Coos History Museum and representatives from the Equal Justice Initiative conducted an e…

Many people have proposed that a statue be erected to the memory of Alonzo Tucker. But monuments are at risk of vandalism and/or damage by the passage of time. Another way to honor Mr. Tucker could be by creating The Alonzo Tucker Memorial Scholarship to provide financial aid for tuition and…

FINALLY!!! I am starting to NOT be ashamed of being a ... white American. I am so encouraged by whomever it has been, to organize the protests in our small community...and we had a good turnout! It gives me HOPE!

I just learned a bit of Coos County history, an incident that occurred 118 years ago. It involves Alonzo Tucker, a black man residing in Coos County, falsely accused of assaulting a white woman. Mr. Tucker was immediately arrested and jailed for this alleged crime. But it wasn’t enough to sa…

The best propaganda generally has some true in it. For example Nikita Khrushchev did use the “bury you” comment in reference to capitalism and colonialism on several occasions as noted in the Reuters article. As Mr. Woods now notes and Reuters noted there is no evidence of the rest of the qu…

Just a thought: It seems it was Hitler who, in the 1930s said MAKE GERMANY GREAT AGAIN! And Mussolini who parroted by saying: MAKE ITALY GREAT AGAIN! You see how that turned out.

It’s quite bad that the citizens of North Bend and all of the services that are needed now, more than ever, are being cut. You all paid a price.

Dr. Martin Luther King saw intangible liberties as preeminent to personal sovereignty by saying, “When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall h…

This letter pertains to Curry County Sheriff John Ward’s Facebook post June 2 in which he warned of “3 (busloads) of antifa” headed our way “looking for a fight.” In his post he said he was “sure we have a lot of local boys too, with guns that will protect our citizens and their property”. W…

Hardly a day goes by, recently, where you don’t hear the chants “defund the police,” “abolish the police.” I would like to state here and now I support these radical ideas, I believe this would be a most interesting social experiment. I would add one caveat that these cities, or states, must…

I read Mr. Woods' letter to the editor with some interest. Having studied the period in question at length as a university student, I could not remember ever seeing the comments attributed to Nikita Khrushchev by Mr. Woods.

This is for all of you in our hometown of Reedsport. I step out on the front and pack porch to smoke numerous times per day. Thirty days ago, I decided to write down every species of bird that I observed.

Police and fire work are the most difficult public service jobs. As a former teacher I never had to face an adversary with a gun who wanted to kill me. I never had to climb on a roof that was burning under my feet.

In recent weeks, I’ve heard numerous Media outlets repeat the calls from groups like Black Lives Matter that Police Departments be “defunded." These calls have also been repeated by Democratic leads such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bill DeBlasio, nine members of the Minneapolis City Coun…

Russia’s Khrushchev said "We will bury you!”

How about standing for the EMT's, firefighters, the medical staff treating COVID-19 patients, among many others? Are not these, also, "professional, hard working, caring, honorable" giving "time, money and hearts?"

I want to thank the law-abiding citizens of Coquille for exercising their right to protect their property from those who would seek to destroy it. I'm glad I live in a town where there are still people who know the difference between right and wrong.

The Rev. Alfreda Pinther Batdorff is thankful for her 37 years of service as a volunteer Chaplain at the Bay Area Hospital. At the encouragement of her husband Jim and Pastor Tom Colby she traveled to Portland and graduated from the National Institute of Chaplaincy Studies in 1994. This qual…

I read the on line article about and saw the picture of Brandon Moore wielding a gun and “allegedly” pointing that gun at the peaceful protesters on Saturday afternoon. I was surprised that his picture was not on the front page of the Monday paper. This may be shocking to some but it does no…

Although we don't have any school-aged kids, I was so impressed when I saw that our local Empire 7-11 store was handing out free lunches daily from 11-noon to any child 18 years or younger.

I am sure like me, you are watching the protests and police actions around the nation with concern. The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department was a long overdue wakeup call for millions of Americans; for our African-American citizens, it was another sad remi…

In response to the supposed "RIOT" (!?!) In Coquille involving 100 "concerned", armed residents, about all we can say is; Is this a joke, or something?

I would like to respond to Joseph Byrne's Guest Opinion of May 28, 2020. I agree wholeheartedly. I have felt the same and have noticed the same things in Bandon.

Every reading person knows that history is replete with examples of mindless opportunism undermining legitimate causes or undertakings.

Colin Kaepenick was right. In 2016 as a 49er quarterback he refused to stand during playing of the national anthem at a pre-season NFL football game. When asked why, Kaepernick responded: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people…

Christmas Day 1941 Admiral Chester Nimitz arrived alone by Catalina flying boat to command the Pacific Fleet.  He saw the Pearl Harbor attack had missed dry-docks, repair shops, and the tank farm.  Therefore, the carriers, their escorts, and submarines stood ready to take the offensive.

This year our Coos Bay boys bowling team worked tirelessly to achieve excellence and now has accomplished incredible success making it to the nationals in Cincinnati, however they may face an insurmountable competitive advantage, because of our continued lack of governorship.  We have a faci…

Kudos on your superb pull-out section "Remembering the Fallen" on Memorial Day. As a fourth-generation newspaperman (my great-grandfather helped found the Oregon Journal/Oregonian) and former magazine editor, I was both impressed and deeply moved by your editorial choice to print this remembrance.

Let me make this easy for you who call yourselves a Democrat.

I would like to respond to Ralph Mohr's comparison of Trump to Nero. Some of the ancient writers (ie. news people) paint Nero in a very negative light but many modern historians doubt these writings (ie. fake news).

Today, when I arrived with my 11-month-old dog to this familiar dog park. I encountered five children who appeared under 8 years old, each having bicycles riding throughout the dog park. Several female adults were sitting at the picnic table.

In what seems to be an abundance of bad news recently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an approval for the Jordan Cove Export Terminal, then, even more recently, the FERC denied the request for a rehearing. This is frustrating for the communities in Southern Oregon who…

What was the state's reasoning for shutting down most of the DMV offices, and the ones left open only serviced commercial driver’s licenses?

In 64 CE, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, Trump golfed while the U.S. death total from COVID-19 neared 100,000.

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.

Our nation is in a battle that has already killed over 100,000 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 …

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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