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The COVID-19 pandemic confirmed the critical role that small businesses play in our daily lives. Neighborhood restaurants, entertainment venues, service companies and any business where in-person contact was the norm, endured periodic closures and suffered financial hardship. It sounds clich…

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Due to COVID-19 risks, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner could not be held as a public event in Siletz for the second year. But a big thanks to the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians for the Charitable Contribution Fund grant of $3,170. In addition, a big thanks goes to those who prov…

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” — Frederick Keonig

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“U.N. Predicts Disaster If Global Warming Not Checked — UNITED NATIONS (AP): A senior U.N. environmental official, Peter James Spielmann, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. He said go…

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By all means, let's teach history in its fullness of truth, as we ourselves learn and free ourselves from bias. The basic fact is, Stone Age tribes were crushed by more advanced and more powerful tribes, and we're all still dealing with the outcome of the shattering of those societies.

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I appreciated Paul Haeder's commentary (“Native American Heritage Month”) in the News-Times' Nov. 12 "Viewpoint" on the Opinion page. I agree, our education system has not provided a very accurate view of Native American history in this country. In the early ’70s, I read Vine Deloria's "Cust…

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Between the devastating effects of climate change, a stagnant economy and an unprecedented pandemic, the last couple of years have put the spirits of the Oregon coast to the test like never before.

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Newport Airport Committee member Ralph Busby offers generic justification for airport funding (“Airport benefits the community,” Nov. 5 edition), but as they say, the devil's in the details. Landing fees in this year's budget are projected to be $1,200 total, and it is a stretch to consider …

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15neighborhoods would like to give a giant thank you to everyone who voted "yes" on Ballot Measure 21-203, almost 10,000 of you. Obviously, a lot of people considered the need to restrict short-term rentals to be an issue of great importance to them.

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“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle

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Although not nearly as involved as I should have been, I still feel heavily invested in the Lincoln County ballot measure safeguarding residentially zoned areas in unincorporated Lincoln County.

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When I review my utility bills at the end of each month, I find that by far the highest of these bills is the city water bill. I asked myself why. 

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Thursday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and it’s a time to say thank you and show appreciation to those men and women who were willing to serve and protect the United States of America through their service in the military.

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The letter comparing the Newport airport to the library and recommending user fees (“How about an airport user fee?” by John Ertel, Oct. 27 edition) failed to recognize that a public airport is more than a business; it benefits the community.

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I like, generally agree with and support all three of our incumbent Lincoln County commissioners. But other than imposing a temporary moratorium on new, short-term vacation rental home licenses, they botched the issue badly, as evidenced by the large margin by which voters passed a five-year…

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Clanging doors, harsh voices over antiquated address systems, yelling, screaming, nauseous smells of disinfectant ... row after row in San Quentin and Folsom prisons, inmates housed in lonely, desperate circumstances

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My son is a rafter; not the Huck Finn-Tom Sawyer, romantic, tie a couple of logs together and pole across the muddy Mississippi type, either. He’s serious and does it throughout the season whenever he can in an inflatable, self-bailing, aluminum framed, crammed-full of everything (including …

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Dearest Bobbie, I read your final column and am so grateful for you and your wonderful words over the years. I am sad that I won't find funnies and tears in my Friday paper, but I have cut out so many of your columns and have been saving them, so I will always have a burst of Bobbie to read.

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Just as Lincoln County residents were poised to vote on the issue of short-term rentals (STRs) in unincorporated communities, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners proposed a revised STR policy. I voted yes on Measure 21-203 because the commissioners’ plan fails to address the root probl…

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Regarding Measure 21-203, it seems that a Samson and Goliath battle has developed, with power accruing to the monied side of the opposing forces. I would like to call out some of the misinformation that is being slung and the misuse of the bully pulpit afforded to local officials.

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To the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners: I am truly disappointed by your decision to weigh in on Ballot Measure 21-203 just prior to letting the people decide what is best. Licensing and allowing businesses to operate in single-family neighborhoods is the cause of this problem — a probl…

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Recently, the News-Times reported a bus driver shortage. I’ve been across the country, and there are shortages everywhere. Here in Oregon, some businesses are only open half days, and some have actually closed their doors do to lack of help. So tell me, if they don’t want to work, just how d…

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As a single mom, I started cleaning vacation rentals 22 years ago, which allowed me to go back to school and get my degree. I then started a cleaning service and expanded to property management. My small business employs several people at $20 per hour, and I make a point of employing single …

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We lost longtime residents who had been renting in our neighborhood because of thoughtless short-term rental (STR) neighbors on a very small cul-de-sac — which wasn’t designed for six extra vehicles. The owners advertised, "You and your five friends can bring your guitars and sit out by the …

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I'd like to share my perspective on Ballot Measure 21-303. I live in Eugene, so consider me an outsider if you wish, but please also consider the rest of my story when it comes to your vote.

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Much has been said about the hot button experiment of STRs. By voting yes on 21-203, will there be a loss of county tax revenue? Yes, but much, much less than opponents say because they’ve lumped all STR tax revenues to include all hotels as well as STRs in cities, none of which will be affe…

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A government jurisdiction exercises preemption when it prohibits law-making by a lower government jurisdiction. Very wide-ranging matters can be subject to preemption. Federal or state governments can preempt/prohibit local laws that are racially discriminatory. Currently, Florida and Texas …

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Within two blocks north, east and south of my home are four licensed STRs. And there are at least three suspected unlicensed STRs. One of the suspect STRs recently sold. The new owner told a neighbor “only family and friends will use our new home.” Prospective buyers hear “it has been an STR…

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I have absolutely nothing against STRs. They serve a good purpose both for tourists, local businesses and the owners. It’s important to know, though, that Ballot Measure 21-203 by no means prohibits the existence of STRs in all of Lincoln County, only those that exist in places they don’t be…

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I opened the brochure from the city of Newport trying to justify passing two tax levies in November, the gas tax and a prepared food tax. The city is grasping at straws for reasons to justify these two taxes.

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I urge Newport voters to support the two tax measures on the November ballot. As a Newport city councilor, I worked on the budget committee, through a long and arduous process, to hammer out cuts. We offer two modest tax proposals to bring our budget into balance with the help of visitor dol…

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Among detractors of Measure 21-203, the popular argument is “property rights are sacred, therefore if I want to rent out my house 300 nights a year, then by golly no one but God almighty can stop me.”

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The city of Newport’s proposal to impose a 5 percent food sales tax is flawed and unfair for many reasons. The projected revenue expected from the tax is optimistic and ignores economic reality. The small, family-owned restaurant owner is faced with many challenges to turn a profit. Even dur…

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Today I drove to three different stores trying to purchase items that have been available almost universally in the past. This is a first world problem, I know. Still, combined with gas prices that are at a seven-year high, running all over town to get basic goods grows more expensive by the…

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Newport is trying to impose a 5 percent prepared food tax on its residents and those of the surrounding areas. Unlike the room tax, this tax is hardly focused on tourists because our current lifestyle causes us to dine out at least once or twice a week. And restaurants couldn't survive just …

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It isn’t often that voters like you have an opportunity to vote in the affirmative on a ballot measure, but that chance has arrived.

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Countywide Ballot Measure 21-203 — vote yes. This ballot measure drops maximum occupancy rates down to a reasonable two people per bedroom, and would allow a five-year phase out of vacation rental licenses in residential areas of unincorporated Lincoln County. The measure does not involve va…

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Recently, I received a mailed correspondence from the Yachats Rural Fire Protection District (YRFPD) for the proposed local option tax, Measure 21-207.

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After reading Kenneth Lipp’s articles in last week’s News-Times, one can only come to the conclusion that the financial impact of Measure 21-203 is as uncertain as the numbers. Phase out of STRs in residential neighborhoods of unincorporated Lincoln County (ULC) will not happen for five year…

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While most of the debate around voting no on Ballot Measure 21-203 has focused on the loss of revenue, jobs, county transient room tax and tourism, what is also at stake is the individual property owner’s rights. A subset of Lincoln County residents wants to take away legal, managed and regu…

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Can we do better? During our last election, only approximately 30 percent of Lincoln County’s registered voters actually voted. As a registered voter, you recently received your ballot for the Nov. 2, election. Your vote matters.

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We have lived in a residentially zoned area of Otter Rock for 25 years, and after almost 20 years of a peaceful, respectable neighborhood, two-thirds of the homes on our street are now short-term rentals. These STRs create specific problems for the permanent residents like parking, litter, e…

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A brutal fact confronting Newport is that our spending over the last five or so years has exceeded our income. Continuing on this course will result in reserve and contingency funds going to zero and additional maintenance being added to the existing backlog of maintenance.

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As the owner of Local Ocean, here’s why I am voting no a 5 percent food and beverage tax. The city suggests that it’s not a business tax, but a consumer tax, therefore it has no impact on the business. It’s not that simple.