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About The Siuslaw news. (Florence, Lane County, Or.) 1960-current | View Entire Issue (June 30, 2018)
| JUNE 30, 2018
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NED HICKSON , EDITOR
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Letters to the Editor policy
A moment of pause, but only a pause
She’s right. And without
Even at our small paper question, Thursday’s tragic
with a news staff of four shootings have had a ripple
and within a community as effect through newsrooms
tightly knitt as ours, near- everywhere that has cul-
ly each of us has received minated in a collectve mo-
threats — veiled and not-so ment of pause.
One of our reporters here vield, anonymous and di-
But only a pause.
at Siuslaw News, wanting
to offer condolences and
support, made a late-night
From the Editor’s Desk
phone call Thursday to the
Capital Gazette, which du-
tifully answered its phone
at 2:30 a.m. Maryland time, rect, physical and financial,
Because, as I told her, the
through messages left on work of dedicated jour-
While shattered glass and voicemails at work and at nalists in newsrooms large
the blood of fellow journal- home — that came as a re- and small, in communi-
ists was being cleaned up, sult of reporting we’ve done ties around our country,
members of the editorial on controversial subjects or will continue — and must
staff at the Gazette were community forums we’ve continue — despite what
working dilligently to re- held.
has evolved into a discern-
port the news and uphold
In a Facebook message able tone of mistrust and,
their commitment to read- this morning from a friend in some cases, outright
ers who depend on them and past editor here at the hatred for journalists that
for information about their Siuslaw News, she wrote, has trickled down to even
“I couldn’t sleep last night the smallest of community
So, early this morning, thinking about every news- newspapers.
less than 24 hours after a room and editorial office
That being said, I still of-
gunman killed four jour- I’ve ever been in and what ten work into the evening
nalists and a sales assistant it means to be in that line with my back to a large
in its newsroom, today’s of work. The good and the window facing the street,
edition of the Gazette land- bad. Because of the shoot- and I do so with little con-
ed on people’s front porches ings in Maryland yesterday, cern — because regardless
and in newspaper stands I know this will be a hard of the occasional threat, I
day for you and the folks at trust that the community
Because it’s what journal- the Snews...”
we serve has our back.
Ultimately, the relation-
ship between every news-
paper and its readers —
much like journalists and
those who agree to speak
with them off the record —
is one built on trust.
Trusting to be fair.
Trusting to to get it right.
Trusting to own up if it
And trusting to pro-
tect one another through
shared knowledge and be-
ing an informed commu-
As I write this, I can hear
each of our reporters typing
away, preparing stories for
this edition. At the same
time, I know that each of
them is thinking of the Ga-
zette staff members who
were lost — Rob Hiaasen,
Wendi Winters, Gerald Fis-
chman, John McNamara
and Rebecca Smith — and
dealing with that notion of
loss in their own way.
This editorial is mine.
However, serving our
community each day, and
with each edition of this
newspaper, is our way of
dealing with the loss to-
Because it’s what we do.
What is happenning
to my America?
I am 75 years old. I have seen pres-
idents come and go — some good,
some not so good.
This mob mentality is not the
American way. We are a democracy.
We have the right to disagree, but we
do not have the right to impose our
will on others. We are the greatest
country on Earth and this mob men-
tality is going to lead to violence.
It will get someone hurt or killed.
The issue is not who you voted for,
whether you agree with the policies
or whether you personally like or
The reality is this: Donald Trump
is the President of the United States
of America. He was democratically
elected and the office of the presi-
dency must be respected.
If not, we are endangering our own
Let’s tone it down a bit and let de-
mocracy work the way it was intend-
It is time for the adults in each po-
litical party to step up, take control
and talk respectfully to each other.
No end in sight to hypocracy
Th e June 27 edition of the Siuslaw
News published a letter from Ian
Eales (“No Limit It Seems To Liberal
I fi rst thought it was written in jest
but then realized it was no joke.
“Many of the recent images of ille-
gal immigrant children in cages were
taken during the Obama administra-
tion,” he wrote.
How about the many real-time
images taken within the past few
Eales went on to say that the Dem-
ocrats (by name) “... are on record ...
stating ‘Illegal immigration must be
Th at has been known and attempt-
ed by administrations for many
He went on to say “Now that
[Democrats] are out of power, no
level seems too low to stoop in order
to dupe an ignorant populace.”
Well, his letter seems to me to be
a refl ection of that populace. No
doubt that populace receives its false
information from the likes of Glen
Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
“It seems liberal hypocrisy has no
limit,” he fi nished in his letter.
Well, Th e Donald has taken hy-
pocrisy well over that limit — with
no end in sight.
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Emal letters to:
WHERE TO WRITE
Pres. Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
160 State Capitol
900 Court St.
Salem, Ore. 97301-4047
Governor’s Citizens’ Rep.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
313 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio
2134 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
State Sen. Arnie Roblan
900 Court St. NE - S-417
Salem, OR 97301
State Rep. Caddy McKeown
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
West Lane County
125 E. Eighth St.
Eugene, OR 97401