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Adversity can bring us together

There are so many unknowns in our world right now as we all, each in our own way, try to come to terms with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s really no way to grasp what it all entails because the situation continues to evolve on a daily, sometimes even hourly basis.

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  • Response to viewpoint

    That high-pitched turbine noise in your ears is the sound of Gabriel Garcia Marquez spinning in his grave with enough velocity to light up the Oregon coast over Stan Shell’s viewpoint (“Trump in the Time of Coronavirus,” March 27 edition). There will be no movie deal here — not because it is an untimely political rant, but because it’s already been done.

  • We pay lawmakers to make laws

    Gilbert Schramm took 20 column inches to state his dislike for President Trump (“Coronavirus, health care and our community,” March 25 edition). We pay lawmakers to make laws, not act like children. Both parties have trivialized impeachment, while President Trump remains in office, and folks around the world are dying of a disease that, as yet, has no cure. If we discover a cure, Mr. Trump will be reelected.

  • Scary items in the news

    There were several scary items in last Friday’s News-Times: “COVID-19,” “aerial pesticide spraying,” some guy wanted for “strangulation and assault,” and so on. The most frightening to me: “More than 2,000 buyers … clearing the shelves and walls of firearms” at a Lincoln City sporting goods store. Yikes!

  • Guns are gone article

    I was disappointed to read that a local gun store was catering to out-of-state gun buyers (“Guns gone, but fishing remains,” March 27 edition) while our coastal communities are trying to prevent “out of towners” from bringing coronavirus into our area.

  • How about some distant socializing?

    Hats off to Bobbie Lippman. Once again, in the March 27 edition, she’s nailed our current situation with her “Chicken Soup for the Soul” suggestions. I try to read Bobbie’s Beat as a matter of course. I also try to read opinions and viewpoints on a regular basis. Typically, though, I’ll glance at signatures and gloss over those who regularly disagree with my own all-too-frequent points of view.

  • I am so mad

    I am so mad. I’m mad for the people who have died and the ones who are going to die. I’m mad for the people who are sick and the people who are going to be sick. I’m mad for the people who are scared, for the hospital staffs that are working without proper equipment and for the children who are isolated and afraid because they don’t know what’s happening.

  • Eviction update from Legal Aid

    Many people who are suddenly out of work or are having their hours cut are concerned about not being able to pay the rent and being evicted from their homes. For those people, there is some good news.

  • I ask for your vote: Baldwin for judge

    In a time when our nation faces grave threats to democracy and the rule of law, our courts must be open and accountable to the people.

  • Accept it, Newport is a tourism town

    I’ve spent years coming to the Newport area to enjoy the ocean and recreate. And during that time, I’ve spent thousands of dollars in the local economy at restaurants and on lodging, local stores, attractions, fishing, etc. You could say that I love Newport and all it has to offer. It’s obvious to me that Newport is a tourism town. History of the area shows that people from the valley have been coming to visit the area for over 100 years.

  • COVID-19 and aerial pesticide spraying

    The state of Oregon has insisted on allowing aerial pesticide spraying in spite of its documented link to many grave illnesses, in spite of a whole county’s vote to ban it, in spite of the increase in cancer cases where spraying occurs (particularly among those whose work puts them in contact with the chemicals used for spraying), in spite of the harm it does to people’s immune systems, in spite of the deformities it causes in human as well as non-human fetuses, in spite of the fact that Oregonians are overwhelmingly against this murderous practice.

  • Prohibit aerial spraying of pesticides

    I am a 73 year old who has been diagnosed with COPD, which is quickly exasperated by toxic chemical exposures. I am frequently made ill in my own neighborhood by exposure to my neighbors' output of fragranced laundry sheets, excessive diesel truck idling and toxic smoke from a shop stove.

  • Thank you to our doctors

    Since 1933, March 30 has been celebrated as Doctors Day — a time to say a special thank you to physicians everywhere for the vital role they play in fostering health and healing. The commemoration was established on the first anniversary of the date when Crawford W. Long, M.D., first used ether anesthesia on a patient.

  • Trump in the age of coronavirus

    Numerous times since I last submitted a viewpoint, I have started to construct a new one only to have events overtake it and decided to wait for further developments. So, you readers have been spared my opinion on the events like Trump’s shakedown of the Ukraine president, the circus that the GOP House members demonstrated during the impeachment hearing, the insulting trial where GOP senators refused to consider facts and witnesses and the retribution program unleashed by Trump since his acquittal.

  • County should support the vacation rental industry

    In response to the earlier viewpoint, “County Commissioners: work for us, not against us” (March 20 edition), I'd like to start off by saying that whomever wrote this clearly hasn't interacted with a lot of VRD (vacation rental dwelling) owners.

  • Help our local restaurants

    As we face lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 virus, one of the positives is watching families, neighbors and communities come together to help one another.

  • Russ Baldwin for circuit court judge

    Russ Baldwin is running for circuit court judge, position 1. Please vote for him in the May 2020 primary, just eight weeks away.

  • Coronavirus, health care and our community

    As a nation, we are now getting a clear lesson about the importance of national health care. We need to get that lesson in clear focus. For years, the debate has been confused by a simple, deep contradiction: as a nation, we are obsessed with health care as an individual choice — not a public health issue. The difference is enormous.