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 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    June 13, 2019 

Reminiscing

It seems that, this time of year, I tend to recall things from years ago, I guess because so many things happened in late spring and early summer during my teens, upwards to my 40s. Of course, lots...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Through the Eyes of the Colonel - Beautiful ranch, fast cars

After all the years we have lived here, we never had visited the Dorris Ranch. It is so easy to get there. The ranch is just south of Springfield, right alongside the river, and there is so much to...

 
 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Lest we forget

Seventy-four years ago this month, World War II ended in Europe. The conflict continued with Japan for another three months. We persons who had fought in this conflict and the ones who supported the...

 

Driving home the point on poor roads

About 20 years ago I read an article in the newspaper about a U.S. Supreme Court hearing concerning the liability of government officials who were responsible for maintaining of public properties, roa...

 

A flood of memories, and thanks

The big news this week is the high water, and we sure got our share of it. We can be thankful that we made it through without loss of life. I am certain that there were property losses, but it is...

 

What in tarnation?

Chronicle columnist Richard Heyman came across this rather large boulder on Melton Road on Monday. He suspects it likely fell off of a vehicle and was dragged to the side of the road. Does anyone...

 

Through the Eyes of the Colonel: On-demand movies, PBS provide options

I realize that the programs on commercial TV are paid for by corporations that advertise to sell their products. The programs now on prime time sure have changed. Sensationalism, mayhem, sexual...

 

Multiple observations

I have several things that I wish to discuss in my column this week. First, I have always resisted the urge to jump on any sitting president for their actions that I don't agree with. I did not...

 

Though the Eyes of the Colonel - Chronicle change of ownership

I have had the pleasure of working with Scott and Jeanne Olson, now former owners of our weekly newspaper. It has been a real pleasure to be allowed to write a weekly article for the newspaper and...

 

2019 winter snow storm

There are a lot of stories being told about the recent snow storm we had and the problems we suffered, but I believe it is great that we had such wonderful service that most of the power was restored...

 

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...

 

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