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Carl Sampson

A Grin at the End: Take the time – You won’t regret it

OK, it’s time for my annual joke. My birthday is this month. Yep, I’ll turn 17. And other than a slight case of dyslexia, I feel pretty good. With that out of the way, I have a few things to say about getting old. In summary, it’s not too bad. Other than an occasional time-out for heart surgery, let the […]

Letter to the Editor: Demand more – Silver Falls School District budget requires action

1,485 Respondents: During the May 2, 2024 (Silver Falls) school board “work session,” no comments were allowed. The board received collated documents from Superintendent Morelock for opinions on priority programs. Morelock was thanked for the extensive detail. This time-consuming, week-long, process was to determine the sacred cows. There were no surprises to scholastic or extra-curricular concerns. No insult intended to […]

Letter to the Editor: Off a cliff – Necessary SFSD oversight was missing

As a former board member who participated in hiring Scott Drue, I felt devasted listening to Jackie Olsen, OASBO executive director, explain to the current board about the overspending of this district, leading to a[n estimated] $9.9 million shortfall in the Silver Falls School District. After his second year in the school district, my concerns grew as I saw Scott […]

Letter to the Editor: School district leadership in question

On the Silver Falls School District financial situation: Where was (Assistant Superintendent) Dan Busch during the last 12 months? … Where was the School Board? The School Board absence and neglect during the past 12 month is completely unacceptable. The “thank you note” delivered to Mr. Drue at the March 13 public meeting is totally incomprehensible.  I invite you to visit […]

Carl Sampson

A Grin at the End: Cloud breaks – Seizing the opportunities

I have never paid much attention to the weather. After all, what’s the point? There is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Plus, the weather forecast is always more of a best guess than a guarantee. Even the meteorologists seem confounded. We’re supposed to be in the middle of an El Niño. In general, that means we should be […]

Palace Theatre

Letter to the Editor: How you can help Silverton’s theater

I am the new owner of The Palace Theatre here in Silverton. I am enjoying my adventure in restoring this historic part of our community. It has not been easy, nor has it been inexpensive. Refurbishing the decor, repairing an aging building, upgrading the seating, replacing the sound system and investing in a top-of-the-line projector has not been cheap. But […]

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton!

The Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club thanks the community of Silverton for all the help they received for their 2023 Tree of Giving project. Together we were able to make Christmas a little brighter for 216 children in the Silver Falls School District.  We wish to particularly thank: Hi-School Pharmacy, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Silver Creek Fellowship and Wilco for displaying […]

Dr. Elizabeth Smith

Letter to the Editor: Co-worker commitment

I want to share specifically what Dr. Elizabeth Smith at [Legacy Medical Group] Mt. Angel did on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in order to round on unassigned babies at Legacy Silverton Medical Center.  She bundled up, with the help of her two little boys, then walked a little over a mile up and down a very icy gravel driveway to make […]

Letter to the Editor: Another opinion

This is in response to Mr. Harris’ “Happy New Week” advertisement in the Jan. 1 issue of Our Town. First, we want to commend him and the growing team of Christians from local Christian churches for the bold and, we are sure, expensive continuing Christian outreach to Silverton and beyond. Our purpose in writing is to offer an alternative way […]

Letter to the Editor: Clarifying position on love, hate and hell

To the Editor: Pastor John Fredrick of Oak Street Church wrote in the Jan. 1 issue of Our Town that I believe members of the LGBTQ+ community “are going to hell for being queer.” That is not true. First of all, I did not write that in my ad, nor have I ever believed that. As a Christian pastor I am sure […]

Letter to the Editor: Standing in solidarity

To the Editor: I would like to respond to views expressed in recent advertisements run by Gregg Harris in Our Town. I am not writing to start a debate with anyone nor to criticize how this paper does business. Rather, I am writing as a community member and local pastor.  Though there are perhaps many areas where Mr. Harris and […]

Letter to the Editor: Pushing forward on complaint

An open letter to Rep. Lori Chavez-Deremer: I have called your office and written several letters. I’m still waiting for a response regarding my March 15 recording at your Open House. What ORS allows you to claim your taxpayer funded office is “private property”? Rep. Rick Lewis’ office says this isn’t a thing. Did you lie when you wouldn’t answer […]

Letter to the Editor: More to the fentanyl story

I wanted to respond to the Fentanyl article published in the Dec. 15 [edition of Our Town]. As a concerned citizen, mother, and public health advocate, I was happy to see some light being shed on this topic in our community. It highlighted how grim the current opioid crisis is; however, I feel like it overall downplayed the risk our […]

Carl Sampson

A Grin at the End: Lessons in fortune – Realizing how lucky we are

As we come down the home stretch of 2023, it’s time to take an inventory. Some of the major events of the year: Went snorkeling with the family in Hawaii. Check. Didn’t drown. Check. Took about 20 minutes to recuperate from not drowning. Check. Took about 30 seconds to figure out that I might have a problem more serious than […]