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Bad timing for proposed hike in minimum wage

House Bill 3351 has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature, which, if approved, would raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $17 per hour statewide by July 2022. In Lincoln County, that would increase the current $12 minimum wage by almost 42 percent. And it works out to just over $35,000 per year for someone employed 40 hours a week.

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Allowing use of city logo was poor choice

The Newport City Council approved an agreement last fall that gives a Pennsylvania company the right to market water and sewer line coverage to the city’s utility customers using the city’s logo and name.

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Light at the end of a long, dark tunnel

When a virus known as COVID-19 showed up on the scene just over a year ago, most of us expected it would but be a distant memory all these months later. How wrong we were! Not only is it still with us, it remains the main topic of discussion and arguably determines much of how we lead our day-to-day lives.

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  • Lincoln County short-term rentals reconsidered

    “...Across the county, there is growing concern that some home sharing platforms, such as Airbnb, HomeAway and Flipkey, are enabling the proliferation of ‘illegal hotels.’ Investors are buying rental properties with no intention of living there but solely for the purpose of renting them out to short-term visitors, just like a hotel. This unregulated commercial activity often compromises consumer safety, impacts affordable housing supply across the county and endangers the character and security of residential neighborhoods.

  • SLWA plans offer many benefits to Newport homeowners

    A reader recently asked about the city of Newport working with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA). On behalf of SLWA and its parent, HomeServe, I’m pleased to provide background on our partnership with Newport that launched late last year.

  • Hubris or humility

    My mom died on the fourth of January this year, exactly 103-and-a-half years after her July fourth birth in 1917. No one ever called her “Sparky,” though she did have a particular interior brightness and zest for life, and she took her smile with her everywhere.

  • Thank you firefighters

    I would like to thank Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue for responding to the barn fire on North Beaver Creek Road we had on Feb. 10, in the middle of the night. Also thank you to any other fire departments, fire marshals, water trucks — anyone who was there to quickly put out the fire.

  • Short-term rentals are an extractive industry

    Short-term rentals (STRs) fuel an extractive industry dominated locally by Vacasa. Why extractive? Because it takes public resources and generates wealth that does not stay in the community.