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Our view: A short, civil session
Our view: A short, civil session

For much of Oregon’s history, a biennial legislative session was enough to attend to the matters of the state. Every odd year, elected representatives, lobbyists and citizens would meet at the Capitol to debate and enact law while developing...

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Other views: Measure 101 debate needs to be based on facts, not fear

There are plenty of reasons to vote “no” on Measure 101, the referendum on new taxes to fund Oregon’s Medicaid program. The sheer inequity of asking college students, K-12 school districts and small businesses to shoulder the cost...

Our view: Go ahead, put a label on it
Our view: Go ahead, put a label on it
We believe most consumers rely on another label — the price tag — more than all the other labels combined.
OUR VIEW: PERS reform by nickel and dime

The message to Oregon legislators from Gov. Kate Brown’s staff last week was that PERS has an immediate problem.

Yet the solutions proposed by the governor are modest at best.

The problem is the Oregon Public Employees Retirement...

Our view: Two big issues for 2018

The year is 2018, which has a science fiction kind of ring to it until you realize 2018 is now. It’s not the future anymore, it’s the present.

So before this year gets away from us and we’re staring down the barrel at 2019...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Tips and kicks

As we prepare for the beginning of the Legislature, we tip our hat to one priority that Gov. Kate Brown hopes to accomplish during the short session.

That priority is affordable housing. Her proposal to allow the state to temporarily waive fees...

Our view: Offshore drilling here? Absolutely not
Our view: Offshore drilling here? Absolutely not
Greed, politics drive Trump plan, not need for energy
Our view: Marijuana money rolls in
Our view: Marijuana money rolls in

The results are in: Marijuana receipts in Pendleton — the only municipality in northeast Oregon to allow recreational and medical sales — are far beyond initial expectations.

In the current fiscal year, which started in July and...

OUR VIEW: Dean of the House
OUR VIEW: Dean of the House

Politics isn’t easy.

Combining personal principles with the will of your constituents and coming up with a workable policy is one thing.

Selling that policy to a body of differing principles and wills and agendas is another.

Our view: Measure 101 is a Band-Aid
Our view: Measure 101 is a Band-Aid

The one-issue ballot that arrived in your mailbox earlier this week, and the complicated question therein, is proof that something is rotten in the state of Oregon.

It’s a confusing, complicated decision that asks a lot — too much,...

Our view: Tips and kicks

▪ A kick in the pants to Jeff Sessions’ decision to nix the Obama rule that directed the Department of Justice to leave states alone if they decide to decriminalize and legalize marijuana.

Oregon, of course, is one of those states.

Other views: Congress must fix gun database

Three large U.S. cities last week filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense, alleging that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership haven’t been reported to the national background check...

Our view: DEQ should catch up before adding new work
Our view: DEQ should catch up before adding new work

Rural Oregon is no stranger to watching laws and rules get made in Salem that have negative and unintended effects in our part of the state.

It’s also not uncommon to watch the state make a grandiose plan with the intent of improving the...

Brown: Leading a newspaper into 2018
Brown: Leading a newspaper into 2018

Being in the newspaper business is always fascinating, but 2017 was the most interesting and challenging in my memory.

In 2017, we heard the word “media” used more frequently than ever before. Some people used it disparagingly, as...

Our view: Fair trials and federal tricks
Our view: Fair trials and federal tricks

It should be obvious: When the U.S. government goes after anti-government protesters, it must follow the highest legal, ethical and operational standards. To do otherwise is to reinforce the protesters’ notion of an unfair, untrustworthy and...

East Oregonian’s best read letters of 2017

Here are our best read letters of 2017, along with a line summarizing the writer’s thoughts:

1. “Lybrand should be behind...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to our new neighbors.

You have hopefully met many of them this year, and you definitely met a few this week. People who moved to one of our Eastern Oregon communities in the last year have appeared on our front page all week...

Other views: Learning to spot ‘fake news’

A student-developed online plug-in idea, Open Mind, offers some hope in the war against “fake news.”

Because one person’s definition of fake news can differ wildly with another’s, of course, don’t expect this...

Other views: A big boost for Anthony Lakes

Lest anyone believe it is always quixotic to even try to influence the federal government, we cite the case of several Forest Service campgrounds near Baker City.

Although the lobbying effort in this case included some high-profile aid —...

Other views: 9 million children need Congress to act on CHIP

There’s a tendency, whenever Congress isn’t doing what we personally would like it to do, to say that the honorables have their priorities mixed up.

But when it comes to funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program,...

Our view: Oregon must protect its agriculture zoning rules
Our view: Oregon must protect its agriculture zoning rules
It’s unclear who is clamoring for county’s proposed “non-resource transitional lands,” but it’s a safe bet there would be demand from wealthy retirees and out-of-towners looking for vacation properties to take advantage...
Our view: Safe train travel must be part of Pacific Northwest’s future
Our view: Safe train travel must be part of Pacific Northwest’s future

The Associated Press reported that since 1969, nearly 300 people have died in U.S. train crashes that existing technology could have prevented.

Add the three people killed in last week’s crash south of Tacoma, Washington, and the toll is...

Other views: This gift could cause serious harm

Fort Dodge (Iowa) Messenger

Drone owners must exercise great caution and follow the rules.

No doubt some local residents found remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees...

Other views: Domestic violence too often a holiday tradition
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Our view: Tips and kicks

With Christmas around the corner, we’re naturally in a hat-tipping kind of mood.

So we say thanks to everyone in Eastern Oregon who contributed to our opinion pages all year long, and debated civilly and respectfully both online and in...

Other views: OSU seeks funds for Bend campus

As Oregon State University officials have worked to develop the Cascades campus in Bend, the big question has not been about the demand for a four-year campus in the central part of the state — the enrollment growth the campus already has seen...

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