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Sweating it out in Phoenix

Now and then I get an opportunity to travel; probably it is not so much an opportunity, as just doing it. However, I am spending a week visiting family in Phoenix, Arizona. The summer is next to unbea...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: After 74 years, D-Day is still etched in my memory

I remember 74 years ago so vividly. I had just turned 20 years old two weeks earlier. The 5th of June I was returning from a weekend of rest and recuperation after having been in a "dogfight" over...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    June 7, 2018

I wouldn't do business with those who fail to keep their word

Last fall, prior to the election, the proponents of the marijuana initiative assured the City of Creswell that they would pay for the special election (if they lost). On Jan. 16, 2018, the city...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 31, 2018

Reminiscing about holiday parades and celebrations past

When I was a young lad in the 1930s there were several holidays that were observed every year. Naturally they included New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July (Independence Day), Labor Day,...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: MAY IS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PRESERVATION MONTH

The history of Creswell seems to be tied up in one old building. It is the Old Schoolhouse, which was built in 1875. It served for many years as the only school in town. A fire almost destroyed the...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: Peer Court should get green light

About a year ago, Sergeant Scott Denham, who is Lane County Sheriff Office's contract supervisor for Creswell, presented to the city council a suggestion for Peer Court to be organized here in town....

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: It's a sad state of affairs if we can't trust our elected officials

We have three organizations that our taxes support. They are all very important to our livelihood. I refer to the Creswell City Council, the South Lane County Fire & Rescue Board and the Creswell...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 3, 2018

Craigslist scam: If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true

It finally happened: I advertised on Craigslist to sell a tow bar hitch, I got a generous reply and a check for $1,400 over asking price with instructions to keep an extra $50 and give the balance to...

 

The secret to getting older is living life

Quite often, people tell me I don’t look my age. I’m not certain if they believe I look older than my years or younger. Whatever, I soon reveal I’m proud I made it this far. I’m asked, how...

 

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...

 

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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: Weapons in the wrong hands are lethal

The most recent school shooting which occurred in Florida is a grim reminder that we don't live in a perfect world. I have read the United States Constitution and the first 10 amendments many times....

 

Bear Mountain Honey is a local agribusiness success story

Congratulations to the Creswell Chamber of Commerce winners for the year. For all persons and businesses, both those selected and others nominated are considered are worthy of the honors. I wish to...

 

Proud of the efforts that goes into Saucy Jazz fundraiser

Saturday night there were two very important happenings in Creswell. One was the annual Creswell Chamber of Commerce awards banquet at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort; we really desired to go to...

 

Pedestrians take their lives into their hands crossing Oregon Avenue

I am amazed about the lack of painted pedestrian markings at the Oregon Avenue intersections. I asked the city public works supervisor about this, what I consider a safety problem. His reply was that...

 

City missed opportunity to provide positive public relations

Patriotism is a word that most of us hear and use on a regular basis. Most people, like me, truly believe that it means loyalty and devotion to our country, admiration of those who serve and...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel

There is a new manager at Emerald Valley Golf Course as of the first of this year. His name is Laine Wortman, a gentleman that has expressed a true desire to be an active participant in Creswell...

 

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