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OUR VIEW: Protect your credit like your home

Data breaches like the one reported by credit-reporting company Equifax are a great calamity of modern life. The ancient Egyptians had swarms of locusts; we have plagues of identity thieves and computer hackers. Nowadays we aren’t totally at...

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Our view: Distraction kills

A law that goes into effect Oct. 1 will increase the penalty for distracted driving in Oregon and broaden the definition of what “distracted” means.

The upgraded punishments reflect the ever-increasing danger of controlling a...

Other views: Wyden, Merkley, Walden all duel on Bounds nomination
Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the U.S. and abroad
Other views: We the people should celebrate Constitution Day
EDITORIAL ROUNDUP: Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
Our view: Back to school, for children and adults
Our view: Back to school, for children and adults

You certainly noticed the change in post-Round-Up weather: cool mornings and nights, gray and cloudy skies, and even some steady sprinkles of rain. Add football back to television and local stadiums on Friday nights, and it becomes clear that autumn...

Our View: Manage forests, or watch them burn
For many Western city dwellers, wildfires just got personal.
Our view: Bounds and determined
Our view: Bounds and determined

It’s exciting to think that a Hermiston High School graduate with strong Eastern Oregon connections could soon be sitting on the powerful, San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ryan Bounds’ nomination to that court by...

Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to the hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers in Pendleton, each of whom help make Round-Up Week everything it is.

That includes everyone who volunteers with the Round-Up itself, but the many others who give of their time at Happy...

Our view: Cities and seniors
Our view: Cities and seniors

The life of a modern senior citizen is different from those who came before them. Americans are living longer, and living differently than their preceding generations. So it’s only right that senior centers — where older Americans gather...

Other views: Remembering the Umpqua Community College tragedy

At long last, nearly two years after the tragedy that struck Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, 2015, the police released their investigation records about the incident.

For some, the records help provide some answers to the lingering questions...

Our view: Graduation without a home
Our view: Graduation without a home

The Hermiston School Board has found itself wedged between a rock and hard place in regards to the 2018 graduation ceremony.

The rock is the terribly undersized school gym, which is no longer suitable to host a graduation for Hermiston’s...

Our view: Ready for the Round-Up
Our view: Ready for the Round-Up

Every year we kick off Round-Up week with a welcome-to-the-rodeo editorial.

Well, not every one — back in 1909 we didn’t have a darn thing to write about. Luckily the Pendleton Round-Up came along the next year, and we’ve...

Other views: Our strength is in our unity
Other views: Our strength is in our unity
We unify as one nation, people helping people, sacrificing when necessary
Powell: Preparing ourselves for wildfire

Western forests are destined to burn. Before Euro-American emigrants arrived, Blue Mountain forests burned every five to 20 years when lightning or Native Americans ignited fires.

These fires moved swiftly across the forest floor, conserving the...

Our view: DACA and legislative failures

Earlier this week, Donald Trump rescinded DACA, an Obama-era policy that gave short-term relief to about 800,000 residents who illegally entered the United States as children.

Nicknamed “Dreamers,” those young people temporarily...

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

Tip of the hat to Echo and Stanfield city governments for working together to find a solution to a long overdue wastewater problem.

Their cooperation allows Echo to find a simpler, more economical and less painful way to solve that problem.

Our view: Hanford’s waste spread under a cloak of secrecy
Our view: Hanford’s waste spread under a cloak of secrecy
Government secrecy sometimes shields incompetence — in Hanford’s case, disastrously
Other views: Audit alert hits the bullseye

The Oregon Health Authority has had its share of problems this year, not the least of which was an “audit alert” from Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s office in May. The alert came as state auditors discovered OHA had fallen...

Our view: You can’t fix stupid, but you can take away its fuse
Our view: You can’t fix stupid, but you can take away its fuse

The Columbia Gorge is aflame, and the smoke from Eagle Creek has mixed its way (along with smoke from other fires burning in the region) into Eastern Oregon.

Although the view is hazy and the air quality abysmal, its quite clear that the massive...

Our view: How to raise an adult

Children across Eastern Oregon returned to school this week — that includes tiny toddlers just learning their ABCs to high school seniors ready to tear into trigonometry.

That teary-eyed walk to the bus stop is both a heartbreaking and...

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

A tip of the hat to the transportation bill, which Governor Kate Brown has been showing from Malheur County to the heart of Portland all week.

It’s hard in this era of urban/rural divide and political polarization for a statewide...

Our view: The most important niche of all
Our view: The most important niche of all
If the right niche can be carved out, size doesn’t matter. In fact, in the case of many niches, small may be better.
Other views: Modernize the national flood insurance program
Summary of recent South Carolina newspaper editorials
Our view: Rising to the emergency
Our view: Rising to the emergency

We occasionally remind our readers to be prepared for emergency situations, come what may.

In Oregon, we’re often thinking of Cascadia — an off-coast earthquake and resultant tsunami. Or perhaps we imagine another devastating...

Our view: Crop signs help bridge urban-rural divide
Our view: Crop signs help bridge urban-rural divide
We encourage farmers to participate in the crop sign program where available, and agribusinesses to support them financially.
Other views: Know the rules before flying a drone

They are becoming a common sight, much like seagulls and other birds in the air.

However, instead of the pleasant sounds of chirping, whistles and caws, this small flying object makes a buzzing sound as it watches and records everything around...

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