May 18, 2020

There Is Still Time to Vote!

Ballots are accepted until 8pm on Tuesday, May 19th. Remember, postmarks don’t count! Drop off your ballot at one of these locations:

Douglas County Clerk’s Office​​​​
Rooms CH124 & Hallway Slot
1036 SE Douglas Avenue
Roseburg, OR
Open M-F 8am-5pm
Election Day, Hallway Slot until 8pm

Douglas County Court House
Front Lawn
1036 SE Douglas Avenue
Roseburg, OR
Walk up 24 hours a day
Election Day until 8pm

Library East Parking Lot
Corner of Fowler Street & Diamond Lake Blvd
Roseburg, OR
Drive-up 24 hours a day
Election Day until 8pm

Umpqua Community College
Admin Building Drop Slot
1140 Umpqua College Rd
Roseburg, OR
Walk-up Mon-Thur 7:30am-8pm; Fri. 7:30am-5pm
Election Day until 8pm

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May 14, 2020

We Can’t Afford to Wait

The News-Review’s recent editorial claiming now’s not the right time for the Roseburg School Bond campaign is shortsighted and selfish. The tax increase won’t go into effect until next year, and the bond spans 20 years. In another year, our economy will be much healthier, and so will our schools if we pass this bond.

Our schools today are outdated and need to be modernized, so they’re safer, securer, and our children have the best learning environment possible. The bond is modest …

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May 13, 2020

“It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.” – MLK. Jr.

In the News Review, May 12, 2020, the editorial board of our community paper of record makes several statements regarding the School Bond Levy for Roseburg Public Schools. (see excerpt at the bottom)

  • The editors agree the bond will create jobs.
  • The editors agree the bond will make the area more attractive for prospective residents.
  • The editors agree the bond will help create a workforce capable of tackling the 21st century’s complex and technologically-advanced problems. 
  • The editors agree that investing in education is critical in maintaining a strong community.

But, according to the editors, “2020 just isn’t the year …

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May 13, 2020

Give Students an Updated Home

My husband and I put forth time, energy and money to update our home. Whether voluntary or involuntary, our actions are driven by the reality that time erodes and our home demands attention.

Perhaps it’s replacing a leaky faucet, carpet bearing years of traffic, an outdated HVAC system or dry rot, to a homeowner or renter, your home is personal. We value our living conditions, and we desire comfort, functionality, and safety …

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May 12, 2020

Perspective on Taxes for Roseburg School Bond Levy Dollars

Yes, if this Bond is passed, our property taxes are going to go up a little.

But, “What’s a little?” Here’s “a little”:

We are currently paying an average of $0.64 per $1,000 of assessed value on our property for schools.

If the Bond passes, will NOT pay for any increase in our property taxes until November, 2021 …

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May 11, 2020

$94 Million Roseburg Public Schools Bond Levy Said To Improve Safety, Security District Wide

As ballots have been sent to voters throughout Douglas County, those living within the boundaries of the Roseburg school district are asked to vote on a $94 million bond levy that is said to improve safety, security, vocational education and make improvements districtwide.

“Kids deserve a great place to learn and teachers deserve a great place to teach,” Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cordon said. “I’ve always viewed schools as one of those community treasures that should be viewed …

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May 8, 2020

Support Levy for Safety and Security by Jennifer Weiss

If we have learned anything in this community in the last five years, it is that we should be more vigilant in our emergency preparations. The primary feature of the Roseburg Public Schools bond levy is to increase safety and security for our students.

When our schools were built, we did not need entrance vestibules, perimeter fences and walls, and surveillance; today we do. The bond levy funds …

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May 6, 2020

Providing a Good Education Is Our Responsibility by Tony Hobert, Jr.

The 2020 Capital Improvement Bond is much needed and overdue. Many of this school district’s facilities are in disrepair, and in May we will be given the opportunity to fix them.

One of the foundational principles I teach my students about the American government system is federalism — national government entrusting state and local governments …

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May 5, 2020

School Bond Was Well-Planned, Thought Out by Micki Hall

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

In real time, when a pandemic has both our country and our community embraced in worry, it is difficult to know if any of us are doing the best thing, as well as the right thing, when decisions are made. Individuals, businesses, public officials, and families are all facing these moments of decisions. But one thing we all know with certainty is we cannot stand by and do nothing …

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May 4, 2020

Support the Roseburg School Bond Levy by Harold Hall

The Roseburg Schools Bond Levy, on the ballot May 19, is a much needed boost for our kids, our schools, and our community.

The safety and security bond upgrades systems such as entryways, cameras, fencing, door locks, and other security features all schools should have. Our community should be proud to see these safety measures …

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