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Our view: Our choices for Pendleton city council
Our view: Our choices for Pendleton city council

There has been a dramatic change in the makeup of Pendleton City Council in the last few years. McKennon McDonald, just 27 years old, will have gone from the newest city councilor to the second-most tenured in just one term.

More changes are in...

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Our view: Will ‘new’ NAFTA be better for ag?
Our view: Will ‘new’ NAFTA be better for ag?
Some Trump critics say the administration, despite the president’s bluster, is striking a more conciliatory tone in order to close the deal and claim victory.
Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to a bill before the U.S. Senate that would legalize hemp.

The bipartisan bill — spearheaded by Oregon Democratic senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden along with Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is known...

Our view: Special session about politics, not policy
Our view: Special session about politics, not policy

Gov. Kate Brown is trying to have it both ways. She’s taking a tax break from Oregon businesses and she’s calling a special legislative session to give businesses a tax break.

If that sounds like election-year posturing by a...

Our view: City should tread carefully on long-term deal
Our view: City should tread carefully on long-term deal

Main Street makes downtown Pendleton, and Pendleton’s downtown district is what makes this city a draw for tourists year-round and a pleasurable place to live and work.

So it makes sense that city government should support efforts to...

Our view: Slow and steady can win the tsunami race
Our view: Slow and steady can win the tsunami race
Science gives us a head start in adjusting to risk
Our view: Independent media survives in your back yard

The website Deadspin created a video last week, which creepily showed dozens of Sinclair news anchors around the country saying the same words, in sort of a toneless monologue.

Here is part of the script, transcribed from the Seattle-based...

Other views: Public email for public business

Back in 2016, when transparency in Oregon government was all the rage, state agencies were reminded of some basic tenets of open government. Among them: Public employees and officials should use their state-provided email accounts for public business.

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

A tip of the hat to a return to drug court to Umatilla County.

Thanks mostly to a decline in state funding, the court, which was operated by the county community justice department, was shuttered last year. But community...

Our view: Multiple opportunities for spring cleaning
Our view: Multiple opportunities for spring cleaning

When spring weather blows into our area, many Oregonians find time to spruce up their homes and their neighborhoods.

A good spring clean after a long winter with the doors and windows shut tight can be a joyful and pleasing experience —...

OUR VIEW: A ballot full of choices, and a month to prepare
OUR VIEW: A ballot full of choices, and a month to prepare

It’s not even Christmas but we got exactly what we asked for this year.

In a few weeks, Umatilla County voters will receive a ballot in the mail that offers some real choices of nonpartisan candidates for city councilor positions in...

OUR VIEW: The weak argument for newsprint tariffs
OUR VIEW: The weak argument for newsprint tariffs

American newspapers are under attack — from a Pacific Northwest paper company and the U.S. government.

It’s an odd and unfortunate situation that will drive up costs for newspapers, including this one, unless the government...

Our view: So much to do and see in Eastern Oregon
Our view: So much to do and see in Eastern Oregon

When the sun breaks through the clouds, temperatures begin to rise and Daylight Savings Time gifts us extra hours of evening light, it’s only human to get that itch under your feet. It compels you to throw open the doors and windows that have...

Our View: The balance between predator and prey
Our View: The balance between predator and prey
The competition for salmon is strong
Our view: #DeleteFacebook
Our view: #DeleteFacebook

Across the world, the hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been trending on Twitter, Google and, most ironically, on Facebook itself.

It is in immediate response to the news that Facebook allowed companies to steal data from its users (as many as 50...

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