Category: Guest Opinion

Everyone’s input helps build a great community

by Sally Cook Given the opportunity to reflect on my short time on the Salem City Council, I want to begin by thanking my friends and neighbors in Ward 7. I am humbled by the support, insight and perspective of the working families that take time out of their day to call, write, email, or attend a meeting to make their voices heard. As busy as I feel, at times, I know plenty of people in my ward are managing 30-50 hour weeks, juggling family life with parents and kids, struggling to make ends meet, and working hard to...

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Salem Climate Action Plan

By Laurie Dougherty Portland; Beaverton; Corvallis; Eugene; Ashland, Spokane; Boise; Tacoma; Boulder; Salem, Massachusetts – and on across the country and around the world. Where is Salem, Oregon? What these cities and others have that Salem lacks is a well-defined plan for dealing with the crisis of climate change. Climate change is real and already disrupting natural systems and cycles that we depend on for life and livelihood and the stability of our society. It will only get worse unless we take solutions into our own hands. Salem, Oregon needs to be on this list.  Why bring it up now?...

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Killing and Dying for Trump

by Mark Wigg Donald Trump has not divested his properties. The dozens of hotels and resorts around the world bearing his name are now symbols of America just like our embassies. Our embassies are defended by Marines, blast walls, and elaborate security measures. The Trump properties are not. These properties are soft targets. Terrorists and maybe some of our ‘allies’ are already planning attacks on these properties. Targeting high-profile symbols of America such as embassies or the World Trade Center has happened before. It won’t be a surprise to our intelligence agencies if a Trump property is attacked. After...

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It’s hackneyed because it’s true: If the people lead; the leaders will follow

by Greg Wasson How convenient that the Oregon Constitution gives us a way to lead the city council away from the fiscal precipice that is the “Third Bridge.” On December 5, 2016, the city council approved Ordinance # 14-16, keeping the half-billion dollar “Third Bridge” monstrosity alive.  The signatures of 2,500 Salem electors are enough to demand a vote on this decision. A website – www.NoThirdBridge.org – provides down-loadable signature sheets, instructions on how to collect and certify signatures, and, an address. If 500 people send 5 certified signatures, we make the ballot.  If 1,000 circulators return an average...

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The City Within a City

There are still a number of neighborhoods that are completely new to me.  I catch sight of the place The Ventures played, or the childhood home of Herbert Hoover, and I’m fascinated.  That fountain sculpture in front of the Capitol Building?  A hundred times more interesting than that gold statue.  Even The Carousel – a landmark that is known to most people outside of Salem – even that holds quite a bit of charm to this outsider’s heart.  I didn’t grow up in Salem.  But in the two years that I’ve lived here, I find something new to love...

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