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 By Richard Heyman    Opinion    April 25, 2019 

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...

 

Resolutions

I'm just like thousands of others - I make New Year's resolutions. This year's one is simple and easy to comply with. No use revealing it. Barbara tells me that having a drink before dinner and...

 

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...

 

Use your constitutional right by voting

I believe that the election next week is going to be one of the most important midterm elections we will have. There are so many conflicting views and opinions. Who do you want governing you? Whose...

 

Time to utilize your right to vote

We received our voting ballot for the November election, and I noticed that there are only two persons running for the Creswell city council; however, there are three vacancies. I hope there are some...

 

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...

 

Creswell School Board Treasury

I believe we have honest and honorable citizens on the Creswell School Board and in the administration; however, I also believe the recent decision to turn the finance decisions over to the School...

 

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...

 

Let the campaigning begin

Election time is coming in about two months and campaigning is just getting going. We don't have a lot of influence in the state, county or national elections. But we do have the responsibility to...

 

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