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With Newport’s proposed tax on prepared foods, the city will be able to add back three police positions that were cut two years ago due to budget shortfalls, and it will add three firefighters to our already understaffed fire department. Without these added positions, the residents will have…

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I read Kenneth Lipp's article about how much out-of-town and out-of-state money is being assembled in an effort to crush the STR (short-term rental) ballot measure. I agree with 15neighborhoods that the expansion of short-term rental housing should be more strictly regulated.

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A few property owners don’t want a vacation rental in their neighborhood and are trying to eliminate many short-term rentals. Lincoln County has strict regulations for STRs relating to licensing, quiet hours, number of persons and vehicles allowed per property, parking, health and safety, en…

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With redistricting final, I have been thinking about Oregon’s elected officials. I hope to see new and impassioned leaders focused on mitigating climate change while supporting our communities. One way our leaders can do that is by stopping the expansion of mega-dairies in Oregon.

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The citizens of Lincoln City have seen the Highway 101 traffic triple over the last 10 years, resulting in traffic backups and an increase in vehicle accidents.

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A brief comment on the negativity toward people who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine. There are 23.5 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune diseases — having this chemical cocktail injected into their systems can be lethal. Are you willing to give the shot and perhaps take anothe…

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I write with deep concern and a heavy heart. My country, America, stands crumbled and headed for destruction. Failing a major change of action by political leadership, I fear that within the lifetimes of my children, America will have slid into a dictatorship.

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It was disappointing to listen to the county commissioner's recent meeting. For two years, they ignored the problem and made excuses. Now, facing the citizen's referendum, they make a paltry effort to do something. Reduce the number of short-term rentals in the county by 12. Hardly impressiv…

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Voting no on Measure 21-203 is vital to the community, businesses and those that rely on tourism to sustain a living. I own an STR in unincorporated Lincoln County. My STR is my retirement income. If I cannot rent out my STR, I literally have no retirement income. I have trouble believing th…

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While it is easy to give a few second sound bite and sound like you know something, don’t believe the short-term rental companies when they say our Measure 21-203 will ban all short-term rentals. It won’t. It doesn’t, and it can’t.  

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The video of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin standing on the back of his yacht and talking down to his minions in small boats below him is a perfect example of what’s wrong with politics today. He should have been wearing a crown.

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You are looking for a home. You drive through neighborhoods and find one you like. You walk around, speak with some of the people who live there. Some are recent, some have been there much of their lives. They are friendly, and they want to know you. After all, you may become their neighbor,…

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This letter is regarding the continued support of the current occupant of the White House. Among his many other failures, President Biden oversaw the worst military blunder in our nation’s history, including the following examples:

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If you want an electrical vehicle (EV), go for it, however, don’t ask me to give you my tax dollars for a tax credit. Remember, the government has nothing to give that they don’t take from someone else first.  

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In reference to Susan Painter’s letter to the editor last week about Mayor Sawyer’s legal issues (“Dean Sawyer: what ‘pending lawsuit?’” Sept. 24 edition), I believe she is missing some facts.

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The “Committee to Recall Mayor Dean Sawyer” is led by a Harvard-educated attorney who has concluded from an FAA report on the mayor’s 2019 plane crash that Sawyer “lacks the moral compass to be mayor” and “tarnishes the image of lawful respect and friendliness” for which Susan Reece Painter …

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Dean Sawyer: When you obtained your pilot’s license, there were federal regulations even back then. Those are called “Code of Federal Regulations,” something you should be familiar with being a former police officer.

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My husband’s family has owned our house at Roads End in Lincoln City since the 1960s. We purchased it from the family about 15 years ago. It has been with Meredith Lodging for about 10 years off and on.

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So much we don't know. What we do know is truth changes. Science is not about truth. It’s about finding the truth. When scientific findings change, it did not lie to us. It just learned more. It’s like learning to bat. The ball comes at you at different levels and speeds, and you must learn …

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As I read the viewpoint article, "Vote no on Ballot Measure 21-203" (by Freddy Saxton, president of the Lincoln County Board of Realtors, Sept. 22 edition), my eyes jumped ahead to the signature line with the author's occupation. I thank him for his heavily biased argument, no surprise, for …

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"Nepotism: favoritism shown to a relative (as by giving an appointive job) on a basis of relationship." (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary_

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This letter is a response to Mr. Quinn's "Disinformation" viewpoint (Sept. 17 edition), specifically the part of his letter that addresses immigrants. Mr. Quinn states that "as many as 20 million illegal immigrants" are "wandering around this country — some carrying disease, some felons — dr…

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I believe some things are just plain wrong. There is no need to debate or argue about them or to try to change people’s minds. They’re just wrong, and there is no rationale for thinking otherwise. There is nothing to be gained by presenting facts and trying to change attitudes. It just engra…

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We would like to commend the residents of “The Dwellings” community in Yachats for their ongoing and incredibly valiant efforts to protect one of our city’s significant natural wetlands from loss due to a proposed development.

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So the city of Toledo has declared itself a "sanctuary" from "unconstitutional" vaccine mandates.

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Dean Sawyer’s recent effort to keep his job by saying in a viewpoint item he is “sorry” Debbie Reasoner was permanently injured when he crashed his airplane is too little, too late. It’s nice he is praying for her, but his remarks are insincere and selfish.

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Humans are members of the most intelligent species on Earth. So why are many humans so stupid as to deny climate change, so egotistical as to refuse to protect others by wearing a mask, and so prejudiced as not to respect humans of other races?

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I cut my teeth in El Paso as a graduate assistant teaching English — writing, composition, remedial reading, literature — in the early 1980s. That’s when librarians were robust, gutsy and on the front lines of free speech. They helped develop library materials and organize talks around Banne…

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As a lifelong coastal resident, I find it disappointing and embarrassing that such a draconian and discriminatory ballot measure like 21-203 will find its way to the polls in November.

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Several regulars in these columns have opined over the summer on the current political environment and the reign of Joe Biden in the White House. I have watched, waited and kept my powder dry. Righteous in their political correctness, they attributed the remarkable gains in the fight against…

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The Lincoln County Democratic Party has endorsed Ballot Measure 21-203, recommending a “yes” vote on the measure, which will curtail the proliferation of short-term rental vacation homes by prohibiting new short-term rental licenses in single-family residential zones and phasing out existing…

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When too much emphasis is put on tourist accommodations by welcoming the loss of single-family homes to short-term rental investment, the consequence is high. For Lincoln County, the cost is greater than 2,000 homes sacrificed to provide tourist accommodations. Many once single-family neighb…

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I am writing to express support for a project being undertaken by a unique partnership between Newport’s First Presbyterian Church, Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations: Hope Rises Village.

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I would like to thank Mayor Dean Sawyer for all the hard work he has been doing lately for the city. He invited Sen. Jeff Merkley to town for a tour of the Big Creek Dams and the senator came with staff members. Mayor Sawyer knows the importance of having the senator’s support as federal mon…

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Well, since we have had, thanks to Amazon’s rocket boy Jeff Bezos, our Marie Antoinette moment, isn’t it about time we started to seriously consider going into the future without oligarchs? After all, like fossil fuels, they are obsolete.

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Thanks to all who contributed to the most wonderful Agate Beach Surf Classic this past weekend: sponsors, officials, fans, and surfers! The days couldn't have been more perfect. The livestream and announcers' patter ranked second to none.

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Oct. 14 will be my two-year anniversary with Newport. In 2019, this day was my first as Oregon State University’s new director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Hatfield Marine Science Center. It would be January of 2020 before my husband and I had sold our house and moved our possessions up…

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Like Michael Edwards (“Response to Lincoln City approving project loans,” Sept. 3 letter to the editor), I, too, questioned the decision of the Lincoln City City Council to lend public funds to a religious entity (Congregational Church of Lincoln City) and not to another not-for-profit like …

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The people claiming it’s their freedom not to get vaccinated or wear a mask are the same people that will vote to end a woman’s reproductive freedom. These people are not pro-life, they are pro-birth. If they were pro-life, they would vote for gun reform.

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This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — often referred to as simply 9/11 — a series of four coordinated attacks on America by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda.

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On behalf of the Teak Lady Society, I would like to express my appreciation for all the hard work that helped to make this year’s Teak Lady Sail on Aug. 22 possible.