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I was disappointed with the four letters published in the June 16 News-Times issue in response to the Views on the News question of the week.

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This letter is in regard to Newport’s waste disposal on a field in the Logsden area. Yes, I see your truck going past my house on Logsden Road. Yes, we did convince Depoe Bay to update their waste disposal system so that the two semi-trucks that used to come up here no longer do that. Thank …

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Hello, remember me? Some people call me Old Glory; others call me the Star Spangled Banner. But regardless of what they call me, I'm your flag. The flag of the United States of America. Something has been bothering me lately. I thought I would talk it over with you because it's about you and me.

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The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote down many children’s stories and folktales, and the peoples of the world have been enjoying those tales for nearly two centuries. Perhaps his most remembered is the one about Hans Brinker and his silver skates — brought to folks of a certain ag…

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How do politicians get rich? Simple, they target things like the not so "green" energy deal into forcing the "free market" in the direction of their portfolio holdings using tax dollars as investment capital.

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On behalf of the Yachats Trails Committee and View the Future, an organization whose mission is to promote land conservation, cultural preservation and recreational opportunities in south Lincoln County, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Oregon Parks Foundation Fund for awa…

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Are we witnessing the twilight of democracy in the United States? I try to rationalize “no,” that could never happen. But there is compelling evidence it really is “yes,” and it came close to happening on Jan. 6. Unsuccessful then, yes, but the drama continues without any support for an inve…

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Our nation's affordable housing crisis has grown worse with the coronavirus. Locally, our businesses suffer endlessly from gaining employees because people cannot locate housing. Our Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) has displayed an utter disinterest in this front-burner issue, and we need a…

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After almost a week of daily visits to one of our local box stores — and being able to do so mask free — imagine my chagrin this week when I was told we need to mask back up.

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I would like to publicly thank Frank Wood for his devotion and dedication to our country and community. A Vietnam veteran, Frank, for years, was responsible for placing our flag through town in honor of Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July.

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Earlier this week, on my drive home from work south on Highway 101, I had to slow down considerably to accommodate the driver of the car in front of me.

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WALDPORT — After an out-of-state driver Wednesday led law enforcement on a high-speed vehicle pursuit from the northern portion of Lincoln County almost completely to the south on Highway 101, personnel from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Patrol combined to end a po…

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We’re coming up on Memorial Day weekend, which for many people in America is little more than a three-day weekend marking the start of the summer season. In fact, a Gallup Poll taken some time back revealed that only 28 percent of Americans know the real meaning of this holiday.

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The blowback has gotten so extreme around the six Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be published because of “racially insensitive, hurtful and wrong imagery” that the publisher, along with supporters, are now accused of “canceling culture.”

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Since April, illegal fireworks have been terrorizing the permanent residents of Bayshore. Not all are set off on the beach. For the short-term rentals on the dune, it is a shorter walk from their doorsteps to the tinder-dry beach grass before the beach.

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One of the most amazing wildlife encounters we can have is watching whales. The fact they are mammals who breath air, living in an environment so alien to ours, their sheer size and unique behaviors make them fascinating animals to observe. Oregon has excellent whale watching opportunities.

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When I recently hung a flag of the Earth outside my home, I felt connected to something much larger than myself and my country of origin. That simple act bore a warm feeling of fellowship toward all the world’s inhabitants.

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Fire season came early for some parts of Oregon this year, and all signs point to the potential for significant wildfires around the state during 2021. May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon, and the Office of State Fire Marshal has said it’s not too early to take steps to protect our hom…

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In light of the fact the federal government and state of Oregon have decided to extend the moratorium as to prevent tenants from being evicted for the non-payment of rent, it is only right that landlords should be forgiven for not paying property taxes — not to mention mortgage payments, ins…

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It’s a moment many of us have been looking forward to for a long time — finally ditching that face mask and once again breathing unobstructed air. But there are exceptions, and the new mask-free zones are quite likely to result in considerable controversy among those who are not part of that club.

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I am writing regarding the May 7 New-Times article, “North Bayview Loop residents face mail delivery issue.”

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With President Biden at the helm, America can score a dramatic diplomatic coup. We could leave a lasting mark for the better — both in purely humanitarian terms, but also in terms of restoring a national image that the Trump regime left badly damaged. The pieces are in place, and the time is…

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I keep reading about fears of socialism, but most of our allies practice some form or another. They have good economies and free and fair elections.

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Lincoln County began licensing short-term rentals (STRs) in 2016 under an ordinance regulating businesses. Until March 2019, when a citizen group met with each of the county's board of commissioners and the county counsel, the county was oblivious to the fact that it had licensed hundreds of…

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The fire service in America is, and has always had to deal with change and remain adaptable to the situation at hand to mitigate often life-threatening incidents for their community. These incidents may involve family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

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When the Lincoln County Democrats recently announced the endorsement of Mike Rawles (District 3), Peter Vince (District 4) and Senitila McKinley (District 5) in the May 18 special election, some asked why we would take positions in this non-partisan election.

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To have witnessed the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin was to have witnessed the removal of the dressing that hides a rot within our society. Before uncovering the nature of this corruption, perhaps a little history is in order.

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More than 19 months and hundreds of pages of public input were condensed by the Lincoln County Office of County Counsel into draft recommendations for the Short Term Rental (STR) Business Licensing Program, delivered to the county commissioners shortly before their March 29 meeting. They fal…

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The Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon (CAC) is the only statewide organization lobbying Salem on behalf of art, culture, heritage and the humanities. CAC includes nearly 400 cultural, historical and heritage organizations in every corner of the state from all-volunteer rural community gr…

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Lincoln City is a very special place, and I feel blessed to call it home. I care deeply about the leadership of our city, which is tasked with making decisions that will affect our future. This May, we will be selecting a new mayor during the special election. While Lincoln City is fortunate…

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The Lincoln County Democratic Party Central Committee and the Lincoln City Democratic Club by the Sea have endorsed four candidates for the May 18 special election: Susan Wahlke for Lincoln City mayor and, in the Lincoln County School Board races, Mike Rawles (Zone 3) Peter Vince (Zone 4) an…

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I recently reconnected with a couple I was very close to in the ’70s. The husband and I worked together at HP and were as close as two peas in a pod. Then I found my long-ago buddy was a Trump voter. When I asked him how that could be, he responded by saying, “Well, I’m afraid of socialism.”

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For nearly 140 years, newspapers have provided information to residents of this area, well before it was incorporated as Lincoln County. The names of the newspapers have changed over the years, but for the bulk of that time, the News-Times has been the one providing people with the latest in…

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I am pleased to support the candidacy of Mike Rawles for the Zone 3 seat on the Lincoln County School Board. I have known and worked with Mike on many community issues through the years, and his concern for community outreach and engagement and inclusivity for all children and families is cl…

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There are many reasons for municipalities to exist. Chief among those is the municipality’s responsibility to its citizens, like providing necessary infrastructures and services. Such responsibilities are provided through sundry fees and representative taxation, many of which are user-based …

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Here I sit, safe, warm, fed and scared out of my mind. I cannot watch the news anymore because my blood pressure rises, my heart aches, and I am terrified of the liberal Democrats that have taken over my country.

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We’ve said many times before that the area where we live has some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, and each of us shares a responsibility for doing what we can to ensure that this beauty will still be here to be appreciated and enjoyed by our children, their children and the gene…

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I planned on staying neutral in this matter, but I feel I need to be part of the public that you want to be involved in the discussion. As the business that sits on this property (on Southwest Second Street, across from Newport City Hall), I am ecstatic that we are finally getting a business…

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Spring is here! With the ground ready for planting, you might be gearing up to start an outdoor project that involves digging. Before you reach for that shovel, remember to call 811 before you dig.

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The large signs posted on both sides of Highway 20’s Toledo business loop, reading “Timber Unity – Standing Up For Working Oregonians” have been ominously on my mind ever since I saw them for the first time.

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It’s that time of year when sunny skies and warmer weather motivate people to get out and enjoy their surroundings, spending time with family and friends and gathering with others at festivals or other events. Under normal conditions, that would be great, but we are not back to “normal.” The…

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Mike Rawles gets my vote for Lincoln County School District School Board. It is time for change, and I support Mike Rawles to be a part of a newly elected team.

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A large number of your fellow citizens, most of whom are staff and volunteers with North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, have made it possible for us to get past COVID-19. They have given of their free time to help deliver COVID-19 injections in north Lincoln County. While we can never thank them…

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If the majority of high school athletes were used to taking the easy way out, they probably wouldn’t be student-athletes in the first place.