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  • Boycott breeders?

    May 23, 2024

    Why did PETA supporters steal the show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with a sign urging everyone to “Boycott Breeders”? Because “Best in Show” is the worst for dogs. As a licensed veterinary technician, I have seen firsthand the harms of selective breeding, which causes most, if not all, purebreds to suffer from debilitating health issues—and even shortened lifespans. Breathing-impaired breeds including shih tzus and bulldogs have intentionally flattened faces and distorted airways that leave them struggling for every breath; d...

  • Memorial Weekend - Savor your time

    May 23, 2024

    Summer officially begins this weekend and most of us love summer. Millions of Americans will enjoy having a weekend free from work next weekend. However, not everyone will be vacationing. Keep in mind that many Americans will keep convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and many retail stores open for your shopping pleasure. Many of these hard-working people will have a day off but it may not be Monday or even during the weekend. They are a hard-working group in our country who will make it possible for you to be out and about having...

  • Thank You McKenzie Community!

    May 9, 2024

    On behalf of McKenzie Community Track and Field I (Cliff Richardson), I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all the volunteers who worked the two Track meets this past week. Your commitment to our youth and those from other communities helped put a cap on the 2024 Track Season at our beautiful Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track. Many of the visiting teams, their fans, and coaches thanked and appreciated the work you all accomplished. Our 2024 Track Season at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track has been declared a success,...

  • Is the TikTok Law a Violation of the First Amendment?

    Kevin Goldberg|May 9, 2024

    On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed as part of a foreign aid package passed by Congress a law that could ban the video app TikTok. But can the federal government ban an entire social media platform or other form of communication? Or does that violate the First Amendment? Because it’s almost certain that one or more lawsuits will be filed, we explore whether banning TikTok violates the First Amendment. What does the TikTok law do? The law was originally proposed as HR 7521, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled A...

  • Digital Voting Guide

    May 2, 2024

    The League of Women Voters of Lane County (LWVLC) wants to help you prepare for the primary election coming soon on May 21st. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that is dedicated to helping voters become informed about and actively participate in government. The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. However, the League does advocate for important social policy issues but only after rigorous study and a consensus building review by members. The League of Women Voters produces a...

  • "Okay. What kind of American are you?"

    Eric Mortenson|May 2, 2024

    Now there’s a movie, “Civil War,” that projects the trumpian breakdown of America, with breakaway regionsband malignant militias. I didn’t go see “Civil War,” even though it’s an easy walk down to our charming old neighborhood theater, where they sell good beer that you can take to your seat along with a bag of decent popcorn. The $5 Tuesday tickets are a bargain, but I still didn’t go. I’d been reading quite a bit about “Civil War,” but by the time I worked up the determination to walk...

  • Support McKenzie Fire & Rescue levy

    Apr 25, 2024

    Carol’s and my families have lived on the McKenzie River since 1954. We believe McKenzie Fire & Rescue is a major benefit to our community. Next week each home will receive a 20-356 Operation Levy Fact Sheet in the mail. We encourage you to read these one-and-a-half pages. It briefly discusses all the benefits of supporting the upcoming Levy in the May 21, 2024 Election. Voter support enables McKenzie Fire & Rescue to maintain current staffing levels, response-ready apparatus, and equipment, continue Student Fire Fighter Programs, and allows f...

  • Candidates: What would you do on finance limits?

    Randy Stapilus|Apr 25, 2024

    They said it couldn’t be done, They said it couldn’t be done, but Oregon will finally more closely resemble most other states in how it regulates campaign finance. Thanks to a bill passed during the just-wrapped legislative session, contributions to state candidates will no longer be able to stretch to infinity. House Bill 4024, which Gov. Tina Kotek signed, takes effect in 2027. That is cause for celebration. But Oregonians should keep their expectations in line and take personal responsibility...

  • Support Fire Levy

    Conrad Brown, President Deerhorn Ranch Acres Community Organization|Apr 18, 2024

    McKenzie Fire & Rescue is asking us to maintain current emergency responses by approving a levy of $1.05 per $1,000 assessed property value for five years starting in 2025. This would replace - not add on to the current levy of 60 cents per $1,000 which our community approved in 2018. There were 804 emergent calls to the stations during 2023! Fires, vehicle accidents, and medical assistance were responded to by skilled personnel- in all kinds of weather, day and night. These calls for help have more than doubled during the past ten years! Our...

  • Which way of living do we want?

    Francesca Anton|Apr 18, 2024

    As the Harbick green signs appear again for the third year along the McKenzie River, it felt like a good time to do some research online to give me some tools in my attempt to be a responsible voter. The first thing I did was to pull up Mr. Harbick’s submission to the Oregon Voters Overseas/Military Pamphlet (https://oregonvotes.gov/voters-guide-military/votersguide.html). The second thing and I humbly admit my complete lack of knowledge he even existed, I saw Charlie Conrad’s name also listed for State House District #12, so I pulled that one...

  • Walterville Open House - April 21st 2 to 4 PM

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Walterville Grange invites you to an Open House at the Walterville Community Center on Sunday, April 21 from 2 to 4 PM. Please stop in for refreshments and conversation as we recognize April as Grange Month. Joining us will be other community groups providing information on Plant Care, Emergency Radios, EWEB, The Discovery Center, Representative Charlie Conrad, and others. We would love to see you there and bring your friends and neighbors. The Walterville Community Center is located at 39259 Camp Creek Road in Walterville. Thank you,...

  • Ridin' the Rapids

    Ken Engelman|Apr 4, 2024

    Does your newspaper talk to you? McKenzie River Reflections does now, thanks to a project I’ve been working on for the past month. I’m not talking about a text replacement. Instead, the plan was about complementing written words and giving readers something I’ve been hearing they wanted: content on the go, when looking at a screen is not an option. Some said they’d like the convenience of being informed when “too busy to read but want to know what’s going on.” Other people have been accessing mckenzie river reflections newspaper.com on cell pho...

  • Easter

    Eric Mortenson|Apr 4, 2024

    Easter was a pretty big deal, growing up in Hood River, Ore. We’d dress up especially nice for Mass at Saint Mary’s, of course, and I remember frowning to myself because you’d see people at church on Easter that you never saw any other time of the year. We went to mass every damn Sunday but here were these people, strolling in all holy and high and mighty a couple times a year. We always had a big meal afterward. Ham, usually, I think, and Mom’s famous cinnamon rolls. Many years we went to our...

  • How to safeguard your sobriety on St. Patrick's Day

    Marie Garceau|Mar 14, 2024

    There are undoubtedly good times had by all who take part in St. Patrick’s Day. It’s known for lively parties, green beer, and brutal hangovers. Yet, if you want to stay sober and avoid alcohol, it can pose a challenge. Suppose someone is in recovery from alcoholism, choosing a healthy lifestyle, or recently decided to give up alcohol for whatever reason. Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day without a plan may lead to disaster. While it is only one day a year, it can quickly derail any progress on sobriety. Fortunately, there are practical appro...

  • Sometimes all we could do was hold hands and listen

    Eric Mortenson|Mar 7, 2024

    My first column about The Whip appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard in Oregon in December 1994. She called the newspaper because the DMV wanted to yank her license. I don’t know if those people still call or write to media outlets. I hope they do. Some of them from my newspaper days became legendary figures, such as the “Rain Lady” who badgered reporters at The Oregonian for years. During her, yes, reign of terror, any reporter who dared write cheerfully of sunny weather or who dispa...

  • Make time for healthy habits

    Feb 15, 2024

    February is American Heart Month, a time to recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, especially in the African American community. African Americans are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites. However, African Americans can successfully prevent and beat these diseases by understanding the risks and taking steps to address them. Being physically active, eating healthy, not smoking, and finding healthy ways to deal with stress are all ways we can improve our heart health now and...

  • Oregon's highway freeze is not about the weather

    Feb 15, 2024

    The last segment of Oregon’s Interstate Highway system opened in 1982. One would think that since Oregon has a nationally prominent planning system, there would be efforts underway to plan for the next generation of great roads. But that is not the case. Planners almost universally hate highways, so they have made sure that the Interstate system remains stagnant. Even where changes are being contemplated, such as a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, they are not designed to address growth. The Interstate Bridge Replacement Project, now i...

  • Guest Opinion

    Bridget Good, CERT Volunteer|Feb 8, 2024

    January 26 marked the 322nd anniversary of the last major Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake. As a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member living in Salem, I’ve spent the past six years working to motivate community preparedness around this topic. You can see a tornado travel; you can watch it shift direction. You can see floodwaters rise and landslides and avalanches flow. You can watch a volcano spewing and wildfires and storms approaching. Earthquakes are different. They are s...

  • Fixing Measure110

    Charlie Conrad|Feb 1, 2024

    Conversations regarding Measure 110’s (M110) failure and the drug addiction crisis have been ongoing for well over a year and really began in earnest during January Legislative Days. The Joint Workgroup on Addiction and Community Safety Response (JASCR) held multiple public meetings beginning in October 2023 to hear testimony and develop policy recommendations and the corresponding budget request. When the short session begins on February 5th the discussions will continue and intensify as various policy options are vetted. I sit on both the H...

  • Guest Opinion

    Kevin Sabet and Connor Kubeisy|Jan 25, 2024

    The debate over Measure 110, passed in 2020, was framed as “treatment over incarceration” for drug offenders. It seems all of us have now learned how wrong this framing was. What appeared to be a constructive debate about finding a better response to drug use was a ballot measure that made drug use a penalty-free behavior, in effect encouraging it. The failure of prior penalties for drug use does not mean that all penalties should be removed, as was done. At a conceptual level, treatment should be the penalty for drug use, rather than inc...

  • Guest Opinion

    Representative Jami Cate, R-Lebanon, Oregon House District 11|Jan 18, 2024

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed plans to lethally remove 470,000 barred owls in our West Coast forests to try and help the spotted owl species survive. If the spotted owl sounds familiar, it’s probably because this problem was already supposed to have been solved—back in the 1980s. The spotted owl was the catalyst of environmental activists crippling our logging industry. They leveraged the plight of the spotted owl to result in drastic reductions in our ability to log and proactively manage our forests—all in the name...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    When I received a text from a friend congratulating me for being named Woman of the Year, my reply was “News to me!” I confirmed it was true and instantly felt honored. But, when I read the names of the other women nominated, I felt humbled. So, I would like to propose a new McKenzie tradition: Everyone nominated for this honor march or ride together in the Walterville Parade in September. I love where I live and the people who live here. Thank you for this blessing in 2024 and Happy New Year to all. Gerry Aster...

  • Ridin' the Rapids

    Ken Engelman|Jan 11, 2024

    Yikes, more bad news from the news business. There have been added concerns about the viability of Oregon’s weekly newspapers recently, with the worst being the announcement by the Eugene Weekly that it had laid off its staff and couldn’t afford to print another edition. The problems came about, they explained, after an employee had not only failed to make payments to the staff’s retirement accounts but had run up $70,00 in billings to the webpress owner that printed them. Even worse news - according to the Associated Press - the total hit m...

  • Outlooks

    Dec 28, 2023

    “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” —Babe Ruth The “Babe” was born George Herman Ruth in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1895. By age seven, he was known as an incorrigible child due to many counts of misbehavior. Perhaps due to his parents’ long work hours, they signed over custody of young George to the Xaverian Brothers at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, which was both a reformatory school and an orphanage. St. Mary’s served as his home for the next 12 years. At St. Mary’s, George found a mentor in Brother Matthias, a man who...

  • Christmas Story

    The Brothers Grimm - Jacob and Wilhelm|Dec 21, 2023

    December 20, 1812 There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. Then he cut his leather out, all ready to make up the next day, meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles; so he went peaceably to bed, left all his cares to Heaven, and soon fell asleep. In the morning after he had said his prayers, he...

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