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 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Freedom of the press is something we should take seriously

Last week I voiced my opinion concerning the appearance of a recently refurbished home in town. I received many comments, pro and con, about the article. I appreciate that people took the time to...

 

Thanks, Creswell Grange!

Dear Editor, We would like to express a huge thank you to the Creswell Grange members for all the efforts put into the dinner honoring Vietnam War veterans on March 29. Al and Kathy January Creswell...

 

Thanks, South Lane County Fire & Rescue!

Dear Editor, Thank you to the teams and volunteers at South Lane County Fire & Rescue for their fast, professional and quick response on Feb. 8 and also on April 8, in response to my husband, Al. I called them both days, and they transported him to...

 

Previously restored home now full of junk; is the City enforcing codes?

A couple years ago, local builders and contractors donated their time, equipment, labor and materials to rebuild a couple of houses for free through the Hope Restored program. They did a wonderful job...

 
 By joi Ito    Opinion    April 12, 2018

AI engineers must open their designs to democratic control

In many ways, the most pressing issues of society today - increasing income disparity, chronic health problems and climate change - are the result of the dramatic gains in higher productivity we've ac...

 

Facebook's targeting system can divide us on more than just advertising

It's heartening to see, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, growing skepticism about how Facebook handles data and data privacy. But we should take this opportunity to ask the bigger,...

 
 By Erin Tierney    Opinion    April 12, 2018

MEDIA ALLOWED. ACCESS DENIED. NOW, MINUTES WITHELD

As last resort, Chronicle files complaint with Ethics Commission On March 14, now a full month ago, The Chronicle was unlawfully booted from the Creswell School Board executive session — a blatant...

 
 By Phil Barnhart    Opinion    April 5, 2018

2018 short session was perhaps the most ambitious one yet

The "short" session the legislature holds each even-numbered year is always intense and fast-paced and the 2018 short session was no exception. It was the fourth short session we've convened since...

 
 By Richad Heyman    Opinion    April 5, 2018

A matter of transparency, honesty and honor

Every State in our Union has laws to protect the citizens and we have a unique one that pertains to open meetings by governing bodies. This law pertains to rules and regulations that must be followed...

 
 By Letti Lister    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Help stop new paper tariffs; 600,000 newspaper jobs at risk

The threat of paper tariffs has been a deep concern for our company and the entire newspaper industry since last fall, when one lone paper supplier, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), sought...

 

Changes needed to 2nd amendment, but don't do away with it

In the year 1920 the 18th Amendment to the United States of America's Constitution was ratified and became the law of the land. Section 1 of the Amendment reads as follows: "After one year from the...

 

When Good People Say Nothing, Evil Wins

With the recent lawsuit filed Feb. 14 against Creswell School District regarding staff and the sexual assault of a developmentally disabled child in the elementary bathroom, the safety threat of our children clearly comes, not from from the outside,...

 
 By Erin Tierney    Opinion    March 29, 2018

School Board technically 'complies' with Chronicle requests, but questions still linger

In last week’s edition, The Chronicle reported that at the monthly Creswell School Board (CSB) meeting on Wednesday, March 14, this reporter was unjustly kicked out of an executive session — a...

 

There's a reason why the public doesn't attend public meetings

City council meetings and school board meetings are conducted by fixed sets of rules developed by the boards and councils themselves. Mostly those rules are carried over from previous administrations...

 
 By Scott Olson    Opinion    March 22, 2018

Time to make some decisions on policing

Drug trafficking in Creswell has been a major issue in Creswell, and to some business owners and residents of the community the issue seems to be getting worse. From the outside looking in, it...

 
 By Jim Zachary    Opinion    March 22, 2018

Sunshine always right

Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and...

 

Carl Sorenson: From 'rags to riches'

We all have heard "Rags to Riches" stories and now I find that there is one of those persons in our city. It is a man raised in Pleasant Hill. His family had a 150-acre farm in an area close to...

 
 By Pam Fine    Opinion    March 15, 2018

ASNE Sunshine Week 2018: Everyday people fighting government secrecy

If you’re an editor who believes “success breeds success,” then Sunshine Week, March 11-17, is a perfect time to highlight efforts by private citizens to keep state and local government open to the public. Citizens like Alan Cowles of...

 

We are a nation of problem-solvers

The senseless killings in schools around the nation are problems that must be solved – and the sooner the better. When I was in school there was a killer that hit our local school. It was named...

 

Is sexual harassment a civil rights Violation? It should be.

If the recent wave of sexual harassment and sexual assault revelations has taught us anything, it’s that we have not done enough to end sexual harassment and gender-based violence. It has been over 30 years since a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court, in...

 

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