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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.

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We read in a recent News-Times article that the Lincoln City City Council approved a $110,000 loan to the Congregational Church of Lincoln City so that they could get their roof fixed and their siding spruced up (“Lincoln City approves substantial loans for two projects,” Aug. 27 edition).

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VIA Oregon continues to submit news articles, run half page ads in local papers, submit supporting documents to the Lincoln County workshop site and provide links to their website outlining the financial benefits of short-term rentals (STRs) and the revenue they generate within Lincoln Count…

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As Mayor Dean Sawyer has said, he is sorry that his passengers sere injured in that crash landing two years ago. I am sorry also, and I thank God that no one died in the crash landing.

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I have seen the impossible proved possible early on in the pandemic, where skies cleared, pollution was reduced, and a rare silence settled over cities, bringing animals out of hiding and bird songs to our ears, which were no longer jammed with noise. I saw myself and others freed temporaril…

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi seemed pleased that “any political settlement that the Afghans pursue to avert bloodshed must include having women at the table.” (Wall Street Journal).

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Left to its own devices, COVID will mutate. The latest variant, delta, is a variant that science says is 12 times more contagious than anything we have seen so far. But the vaccines that have been available to us are effective against this variant. The latest, and worst surge is affecting th…

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Dean Sawyer works so hard for Newport. In the many years I have known Dean, he has been someone that walks his talk. He is an honorable, godly man that has been a brother, husband, dad, police officer, neighbor, mayor and now grandpa, along with a million other roles. He has been consistent …

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This is in response to Newport’s idea to save about 37 parallel parking spaces on Highway 101, from Newport City Hall to Pig & Pancake. This actually comes down to 11 parking spaces on the 400 block with the school district office, Arch, Kit Shop and others. The other seven sides of each…

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Lincoln County lost a treasure last week. Former county commissioner Don Lindly passed away. I lost a friend.

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Two thousand, one hundred fifty-five. That is how many licensed short-term rentals there are in Lincoln County — 1,160 in the cities and 995 in our neighborhoods and outlying areas.

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In between meetings and calls, busy this time of year, situated at the national interagency fire center in mid August, in the midst of a reoccurring epic fire season, I read your obituary.

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I wish to address a few things about the plane crash two years ago that I was involved in. Given a pending lawsuit, my attorney advised me not to make any comments about the crash. I wish I was in a position to say more, but I am not.

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Having worked for the city of Newport for almost 12 years, I recognize the financial impact that the COVID pandemic has had on all revenue streams for private and public entities. The city's decision to cut staff and service hours at the Newport Public Library is understandable for the short…

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As I read through the opinion piece written by Carla Perry (“A no vote for both city tax proposals,” July 23 edition), I am impressed not only by her clearly well-researched information, but also by the arrogance of the city of Newport administration to spend several years ignoring an income…

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Newport continues to experience issues with their utilities. Last year it was the water filter problem. Then a large amount of sewage was dumped into the bay. Now it’s cuts to the use of water by residents (only).

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After reading the rant by Ken Lundie in the Aug. 6 edition of the News-Times (“COVID vaccine should not be denied”), it seemed important to defend the poor pharmacist who was most likely following company rules by refusing a COVID vaccination to someone with no ID.

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Currently, the city of Newport is in the process of updating/revising a Transportation System Plan. Due to COVID restrictions, general public meetings have not been conducted, yet the plan is well underway.

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Most of us are familiar with that old saying, so and so “fell through the cracks.” On Tuesday, Aug. 3, I ran across a real life example of this adage. I was attempting to get three persons, who periodically work for me, vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

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It has been a topic of discussion for years, sometimes resulting in some pretty heated debate. We’re talking about short-term rentals (STRs), also referred to as vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) and whether there should be stronger regulations regarding where they can be located.

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Coastal residents Bonnie Good, of Newport, and Reba Lovelady, of Waldport, wrote in their letters to the editor that working people are living in their cars. Two people from separate coastal communities, one large and one small, made the same clear observation about the lack of affordable ho…

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"Privilege means private law," wrote master satirist Terry Pratchett in his brilliant novel, “The Truth.”

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Most of us knew this was coming. Due to a severe lack of rainfall, water levels have dropped much lower than normal for this time of year, and now, in an effort to preserve this precious resource, steps are being taken to restrict water use.

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Recently, my great nephew was visiting, and Tom and I took him to Florence for a swim at Cleawox Lake and then out to dinner in Old Town Florence.

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I thought the health care for humans was bad here on the coast; it is even worse for our beloved pets. Seems like pet emergencies happen on the weekend for me. My small Jack Russell mix started having labored breathing at 4 a.m. on July 18. He wasn't panting, but short quick breathing. I cal…

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I comment on your July 7 article reporting "On the Police Advisory Committee". The reporter says "...we have not yet fully started our work to achieve the tasks given to us." From what I read, it seems to me to be the group may be tasked to find solutions to problems that are still to be fou…

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Wake up Lincoln County, we are in the middle of a housing crisis, and many of you don’t know it yet — unless you know someone looking for housing, or you’ve had your surgery canceled due to lack of nurses, or like myself, had to drive to Corvallis for an exam because the hospital lost anothe…

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The contrasts between Biden and the Trump/GOP administration couldn’t be clearer. In 170 days, Democrats have passed COVID-19 relief, vaccinated 65 percent of the population, brought unemployment down, kept the stock markets happy, created jobs, rebuilt important alliances and partially rest…

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We want to add our opinion on this recall. We support it and have signed the petition, not only due to his lack of responsibility of crashing his plane and all that entailed and revealed, but also he voted no, 6-1, in 2019 regarding a proclamation to fly the Pride Flag at city hall during Pr…