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Through the Eyes of the Colonel - Vacationing in Phoenix

I am in Phoenix, Ariz., for a week visiting family. I thought I would get away from the rain, which incidentally doesn't bother me, but surprise, surprise, it was a downpour when we landed; last night...

 

Roberta Tharp is a key employee at City Hall

Creswell has a staff in city hall who on a week-by-week basis do an outstanding job of taking care of our civic business. Without their dedicated service it would be utter chaos here in town. Roberta...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - The issue of homelessness

I read an article last week about a court case involving the rights of indigent homeless people, and an interpretation of cruel and inhuman treatment under the constitution. I'm not certain I got it...

 

Enjoying winter in paradise

I am so happy when I view the green grass and the evergreen trees here in the Willamette Valley at this time of year. I feel fortunate that I don't shovel snow and have to be concerned about getting...

 

Thank you to everyone who is dedicated to working during the holidays

The holidays are over, and now we can all think about our joys and sorrows of the past year. I find it much better to remember the good things, although I must admit, one thing we knew would happen...

 

College isn't for everyone, lots of trade jobs to be had

What is the employment situation for the high school graduates today? There are many grads that don't have the desire to go to school after 12 years of studying. They aren't interested, financially...

 

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...

 

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