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Passion for wildlife shouldn't override progress, survival of human race

I am amazed at times when I read about freedom of animals. Contention is that all animal life should be free and not encumbered in any manner shape or form. I can understand some of the reasons even...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - A tribute to my lifelong friend

This past week I received word that a friend passed away. This friend, Jack Leisure, became my friend in 1935 when we were both 11-years-old. Our friendship lasted all these years from belonging to th...

 

A simple 'thank you' is a common courtesy

There are a terrific number of charities, all beseeching for donations. Donations are sought in various manners and it is up to us to decide what needy organization we wish to contribute to. So often...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - Commemorating veterans for their service

In the mid-1930s in my hometown of Bartlesville, Okla., I remember when I was about 12 or 13 years old that we always celebrated Armistices Day, which was to commemorate "The War to End All Wars." The...

 

The largest producer of blueberry plants is in our own backyard

Blueberries. The biggest blueberry nursery in the country, perhaps in the world, is right here in our neighborhood - and they don't sell a single blueberry. No, they produce and sell millions of...

 

City Council election 2018

Perhaps I am conceited, but it sure is a compliment when people come up to me and encourage me to submit my name as a write-in candidate for mayor. I truly, for the first time in my life, wish I were...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - Addressing student safety as new school year looms

Every year when it is about time for the schools to reopen and classes to resume, we are reminded in many publications to watch out for kids crossing streets and to be more vigilant watching for them...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - It's election time in Creswell

It is time for politics in Creswell, a topic for much deliberation. This happens every two years with two slots for City Council members and a Mayor to be elected. I hear that Mayor Stram is not seeki...

 

Through the eyes of the colonel

I received an email from a retired USAF brigadier general recently. The man was a new lieutenant when he was assigned to my squadron to fly combat in F105s during the Vietnam Conflict in 1968. I wish...

 

Summer heat and childhood memories - Summer heat and childhood memories

When I was a young boy many years ago, we suffered from the Dust Bowl days. The summer heat was extreme. From June into September temperatures were 100 degrees or more every day - at least that is...

 

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 did I live...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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