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Opinion Jun. 11
Swing-set thrill ride brings back rush of memories
I wrote my column this week from our comfy motel suite in Boardman, Ore., on the Columbia River. My sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dwight, are across I-84 in a beautiful RV park, situated next to the Boardman Marina and one of the prettiest city parks that I’ve ever seen.
Opinion Jun. 11
Rural refugees: We’re witnessing the loss of jobs, homes, communities
CRESWELL – On May Day, International Workers Day, this year I was traveling by automobile to Iowa. Much of the route was on secondary, two-lane roads.
Opinion Jun. 3
Oh, the outrage! Forget facts and yell louder
The school teacher called, concerned about “the impact on our kids.” Multiple business owners shared concerns regarding the potential near- and long-term effects on their stores.
Opinion May. 28
Reflecting on unity through diversity
For the second year in a row, Memorial Day observances in communities, organizations and even within family groups will look different later this month because of the pandemic.
Opinion May. 27
Locating history: Geocaching at the Old Schoolhouse
Historic Preservationists and Geocachers hunt for treasure. They both hunt for cultural treasure and often they cross paths in their methods. Historic Preservation is a profession and Geocaching is a hobby.
Opinion May. 22
Vaccine delivers normalcy
Last week, Jim and I were ecstatic to hear the announcement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that our country has reached the point in our continued fight against COVID-19 where all of us who are fully vaccinated will no longer be expected to wear masks or socially distance except in certain situations (i.e. assisted living centers, medical offices and hospitals, on public transportation, etc.) where masks might still be mandated.
Opinion May. 22
Recalling a bellwether event for Schoolhouse
In November 2020, I was contacted by Steve Jones who said that his family was in possession of a bell that may have come from Creswell’s old schoolhouse. It was on their property on Gibson Lane, which was being sold.
Opinion May. 21
Let’s get to work actually speaking and listening to each other on jobs
I am a retired, lifelong construction worker, a man approaching 70. Blue collar to the core, I was and remain a proud member of the working class. I am at an age where the rearview mirror holds more image than the windshield. Perspective we call it.
Opinion May. 12
Foundation saves old schoolhouse
In 1927, the Creswell Civic Improvement Club (CCIC) bought the building on the NW corner of south 2nd and D Streets from the Oregon Baptist Society. The Club had organized in 1913 as an affiliate of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs and needed its own meeting place.
Opinion May. 12
Cultural change requires forward-thinking leaders
Our culture is changing. This idea of culture is not confined to race. The culture of doing business, communication, spiritual services, interacting with our community, requires our ability to adapt, accept and respond to this reality.
FreeCommunity - Creswell May. 5
Treasuring yard sale moments with mom
Opinion Apr. 29
Strong evidence of transformation
During the April 19 City Council meeting on police use-of-force Mayor Sean VanGordon stated, “progress is different than perfection.” Implied in VanGordon’s statement is: 1. Perfection starts with progress. 2. Striving for perfection (excellence) is a worthy and real goal for Springfield. Longtime observers of the Springfield Council will note incredible transformation within just the past few months, with the promise of more change for the better.
Community Apr. 22
Choosing to see beauty around us
Thankfully, almost all of our adult family members have gotten at least their first shot of the COVID vaccine or are planning to do so when eligible. It’s a good feeling to know that we can venture out a bit even though we continue to wear masks and social distance in public.
Opinion Apr. 15
Seeing healthier conversations around mental illness
Over the last year, I’ve been graced with dozens of individuals, parents and grandparents who utilize their uninterrupted hour on my massage table to ponder the changes that have occurred in their lives since COVID first hit U.S. soil just over a year ago. It has given me a snapshot of perspectives and an opportunity to conduct an unofficial survey of the wellbeing of our community’s children, parents and family support systems.
Opinion Apr. 15
Lane Transit District charges ahead with e-buses
Emptying out the notebook … Last week I wrote about the visceral reaction I had to driving an e-car for the first time, and likened it to previous experiences around race cars. While I made a passing reference to the environmental impact of battery-powered vehicles, Lane County Transit District leaders are making a significant commitment with a variety of sustainability initiatives and projects.
Opinion Apr. 8
Holy Week: A reflection on faith and year-round service
We called the past week “Holy Week.” It was the week that preceded Easter weekend and Resurrection Sunday. This is the time Christians celebrate the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem to face His death on the cross for the sins of the world... As I write this article it is Good Friday. This is the day Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, accused by the religious leaders, scourged, rejected by the religious leaders for the pardon of another criminal, then crucified.
Opinion Apr. 8
An electric, exhilirating glimpse of the future
I was fortunate to spend time close to the NHRA drag racing circuit in my career. Mostly, it was in the 1990s while I was sports editor at the paper in Gainesville, Fla., where the Gatornationals event took place each spring. It was a big event for the community, and we looked forward to covering it. The stars of the sport were always accessible and likeable. John Force. Kenny Bernstein. Joe Amato. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.
Community Apr. 1
Is that a spring in our step? You bet!
As a weekly columnist for two local newspapers, I have found it difficult in the last year to come up with something to write about each week. Oh ... there have been plenty of national and worldwide things to write about, but trying to write about what’s been happening locally in our community of Lorane has not been easy.
Opinion Mar. 25
Five things I’ve learned at Oregon Farm Bureau
Organic, conventional, biotech, no-tech, small-scale, mid-size, commercial-scale, direct-to-consumer, contract for food processors, international exports – all can be found in Oregon and all have an important, vital place in agriculture. The myth that one type of farming is “good” and another is “bad,” and therefore should be pitted against each other is just plain untrue.
Opinion Mar. 25
The work continues: Advocating for women and girls still vital
The Eugene-Lane branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is 44 members strong, includes members from Cottage Grove, Eugene, Florence, and Springfield, and 5 of those members are students at the University of Oregon; they REALLY embody the “University Women” part of our organization’s name, and we’re thrilled to have them. We also have a member who serves as our liaison with Lane Community College, an equally vital source for higher education in our community.
Opinion Mar. 21
Sometimes, it’s all about getting through February
As I was writing recently, Feb. 28 according to my calendar, it was the last day of winter. I don’t like February. In fact, every year I try to invent a way to cut it from the calendar (apologies to my friends with February birthdays). Science says spring starts on March 21. Astronomers assign season-starting dates by dividing the Earth’s orbit around the sun into four equal segments. It’s a tidy little system contrived for our convenience, but it seems pretty arbitrary, so I figure what’s the harm in jumping ahead a little.
Opinion Mar. 18
‘The League’ offers more than voting aid
Oregon’s first constitution banned slavery while making it illegal for free African Americans to live in the state. A few years later, in 1872, Mary Beatty, an African American woman living in Oregon, joined three other women — Abigail Scott Duniway, Maria Hendee, and M.A. Lambert — in an attempt to vote. And while it would be 1912 before voting rights expanded in Oregon, these early activists brought attention to the campaign known as “women’s suffrage.”
Opinion Mar. 11
Area women’s organization still advocating for equity, support
When #MeToo became a national movement in 2017, it was a milestone in advancing equity for women and girls. So was the push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. So was the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, now more than a century ago. But did you know that the Eugene-Lane branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been pushing for the same things, even longer?
Opinion Mar. 11
Almanac section, new voices part of growth
Ideas evolve, and so does The Chronicle. We first introduced the weekly Page 2 Emerald Valley Almanac in January 2020 to forge a direct connection to our agro-readers. The idea was sparked after a conversation with Creswell resident Patrick Mooney, whom I affectionately call “Pinecone Patrick.” He sells Oregon pinecones nationally, by the bushels and by truck loads, as well as green sphagnum moss and natural forest products found only in the Pacific Northwest.