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Our view: Living with Trump
Our view: Living with Trump

Friday it became official: Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

No, he is not favored by a majority of Americans, but he won the election. The keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have exchanged hands and the...

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Other views: Freeing Chelsea Manning

President Obama’s decision Tuesday to commute the 35-year prison sentence of Pfc. Chelsea, née Bradley, Manning will be celebrated on the left as a vindication of a well-intentioned whistleblower whose imprisonment at Ft. Leavenworth as a...

Our view: Build under your own risk
Our view: Build under your own risk

A lot of big changes are coming to a small piece of the Columbia Basin.

The tree farm alongside Interstate 84 that long hypnotized travelers is in the process of being removed and roughly one-third of it renovated into what could become...

Other views: Inauguration boycott is misguided

More than 50 Democratic members of Congress have decided to follow the lead of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and boycott the Friday inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Some are doing so out of respect for longtime congressman and civil rights icon...

Our view: Owyhee Canyonlands monument plan shelved?
Our view: Owyhee Canyonlands monument plan shelved?
Congress, the affected states and local residents should have more say over national monument designations.
Other views: Trump’s cabinet must be properly vetted

All U.S. presidents have the right to appoint members of their cabinets, and they should be able to do so without partisan harassment and preconceived notions. But congressional oversight is also part of the process, and regardless of which party...

Editorial: Rent control for Oregon is a fool’s bargain
It creates bureaucracy with unintended consequences.
Our view: Obama, a man before his time
Our view: Obama, a man before his time

You can debate whether Barack Obama is a great president, but he is undoubtedly one of the greatest people this country has ever produced. And as we send him off this week into the annals of history, we should take a moment to appreciate his numerous...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Tips to the weather (suprise!) and a kick
Conflict in the governor’s office

Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s top staffers stepped down last week following news reports that employment they held outside of her office could compromise their work for the government.

The governor’s spokespeople argued the assertions...

Our view: Ceding social media to the trolls

There was a time we thought that social media could be a beneficial, progressive influence on the world.

In 2010, it helped Tunisian protesters organize and overthrow an oppressive regime. In Egypt and other places where governments controlled...

Other views: On pay raises for Oregon legislators

A pair of legislators from central Oregon recently made a bit of news when they said they would not accept the pay raises for legislators that were included in Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget.

The legislators, Rep. Knute Buehler and...

Our view: Research helps better understand grazing near streams
Our view: Research helps better understand grazing near streams
Now we know that cattle probably don’t cause as much damage to streams and riparian areas as popularly thought.
Our view: Brown sets priorities in inaugural speech

Gov. Kate Brown outlined three priorities in her inaugural speech Monday, which — if she and the 2017 Legislature achieve them — could dramatically improve Oregon:

• Create more and better jobs in rural...

Our view: The carrot or the stick for old Pendleton city hall solution

It’s the age old question: What is the most effective way to get someone to do something they don’t seem all that interesting in doing?

Some of the world’s most accomplished CEOs have debated it, as have generals and...

Other views: Improving health care in Oregon

Oregon got both some good news and a pat on the back when the federal government recently announced the state is one of a handful chosen for a pilot program to provide better behavioral health care in areas that are currently under-served.


Other views: President Trump deserves a chance

Last year was long and often ugly. Tensions around the world were high, with terror attacks in numerous places, a humanitarian crisis in Syria, the never-ending strife between the Israelis and the Palestinians, heightened strain between Russia and the...

Other views: Future of driverless cars under Trump Administration

For all of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises about bringing back millions of jobs to middle America starting in 2017, this year is shaping up to be one of the machine, not the human.

Artificial intelligence is almost ready...

Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to new public officeholders in our area — many of whom were sworn in this week during the first meeting of the new year, and others who will do so in the coming days.

We appreciate them running for their positions and...

Other views: So far, so good for Oregon snowpack

The snow just keeps coming to the Cascade Mountains, and while that can cause headaches for travelers, it’s good news for skiers and other folks who enjoy winter recreation.

It might also be good news for farmers, who rely on a supply of...

Our view: Improving data security must be a top priority

Russian meddling in the U.S. election certainly should make all Americans angry, no matter our political differences. Moving forward, it’s important to learn from it and incorporate these lessons throughout our personal, professional and...

Culture corner: Martin Marten
Culture corner: Martin Marten
‘Martin Marten’
Our view: It’s time to free the Hammonds
Our view: It’s time to free the Hammonds
Dwight and Stephen Hammond, Oregon ranchers serving five-year sentences for burning BLM land, should receive presidential clemency.
Our view: The promise of another new year

As we limp toward the end of 2016, the promise of a new year awaits.

The holiday is always a mix of nostalgia and optimism, as we look back on another year of getting older and look ahead to a fresh new beginning. Hanging a new calendar offers...

Many rural Americans seek less attention from Washington D.C.
Many rural Americans seek less attention from Washington D.C.
Tom Vilsack says Democrats have ignored rural America. We think they would do well to ignore it more.
Our view: Eastern Oregon can be treacherous in winter

Winter in Eastern Oregon.

It can be a beautiful time and place, as long as you have the option of staying indoors next to a burning fire.

Tuesday morning broke to 45 degrees and windy in Pendleton, a balmy start to what would be a mild...

Our view: Columnists have wide range of experience, expertise

For some, the editorial page is the first stop after reading the 1A headlines when picking up the newspaper. The candor of the letters to the editor, the biting satire of the political cartoons and of course the deep wisdom in the local...

Culture Corner: Studio C

If you like your comedy free of profanity and politics, Studio C is like a breath of fresh air. This sketch comedy series from BYUtv is family friendly, always goofy and often hilarious. Kids of any age can watch, but they’ll really start to...

‘Good news, great joy’
‘Good news, great joy’

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census.

Other views: Venezuela president grinch grandstands as Santa

Venezuela’s nadir keeps finding a new low. The country’s currency, the bolivar, has lost so much of its value that storekeepers have started weighing bolivar notes instead of counting them. Everyday living is all about lines —...