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Letter: Nothing recreational about marijuana

I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. I support marijuana for medical use as I believe the evidence is conclusive as to its benefits in that arena.

Our neighbor to the north (Washington), after legalizing marijuana...

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Letter: Banking and the PDC

Recently, the Pendleton city manager and the city council, wearing their Pendleton Development Commission hat, agreed to provide funds to a bank for overhauling their elevator. The PDC operates on money they actually borrow from a bank. Now maybe I...

Letter: Threats cause commissioner to abandon his principles

The headline of George Murdock’s Feb. 11 column cut to the chase. Murdock himself is for immigration but nervous that the president could retaliate if our state is for it. As a result our county would be shorted needed funds.

Letter: Obama oversaw much larger market gains

Before the Republicans get giddy with glee about the recent stock market surge, let’s remember that on Election Day in 2008, the Dow was hovering around 6,900. When Obama left office, it was over 18,000. All the while the GOP claimed that he...

Letter: Take time to select new Pendleton superintendent

Dave Krumbein’s advice on searching for a new Pendleton school superintendent makes a lot of sense to me — hire an interim superintendent to give school board members time to do a thorough search instead of following an arbitrary...

Letter: Citizens question Adams city council vote

From a concerned citizens’ group in Adams: It is our belief that in June 2016, some of the city council of Adams at that time acted with impropriety and possible illegality (the matter is still under investigation) in the manner in which they...

Letter: No easy solution for Milton-Freewater mobile home park

It is with gratitude that I write to thank you for shining a light on the situation at Locust Mobile Village (Page A4, Feb. 17.) It was good to have an EO reporter at the recent meeting of the Milton-Freewater City Council.

Unfortunately, the...

Letter: Deny proposed Pendleton dispensary across from bus stop

As a resident of Pendleton for 28 years, I am deeply concerned about recent events that are changing the face of Pendleton and will affect the well being of our children and families.

The Pendleton Planning Commission received a conditional use...

Letter: Trump’s first 100 days will be as successful as any

In early November 2016, pre-election, the Dow Jones closed at 18,200. On Feb. 20, the Dow Jones was at 20,600. This is a gain of 2,400 points, which translates to a gain of $2 trillion. Donald Trump has had a stream of CEO/business people to the White...

Letter: Waste of time to protest against America’s laws

Waste of time to protest against America’s laws

A day without immigrants? What a farce. Everyone in the United States of America is here as the result of immigration except for American Indians and Eskimos.

I don’t know of...

Letter: Hard to get bottle deposit anywhere in Pendleton

I read your story about collecting 10 cents on cans and bottles you only paid a 5-cent deposit on. What a joke. I can’t even get stores in Pendleton to take cans that I have bought at their business. I thought there was a bottle bill in...

Letter: Time is now to overhaul government

These are very interesting times. A time of change. Now is the time to drain Oregon’s swamp.

Our public employees retirement systems must be changed and all of the public employees need to join Social Security with the rest of us. Why...

Letter: Hermiston schools bond much too expensive

The Hermiston School District is ramping up for another large bond issue. The one in 2008 runs for 29 years; this proposal would also run for 29 years.

Various school taxes are now in excess of 50 percent of your total property taxes. About a...

Letter: Electoral College needs overhaul

After reading Ken Parsons’ recent letter in “Your Views” (Feb. 16) it seems only fair to raise a few other points regarding the Electoral College. The argument that the Electoral College balances the rural and urban vote sounds...

Letter: Pendleton fire station, and EOTEC update

Public safety, though important, did not make it into the top four goals of the mayor and new city council. Could it be because of the dramatic increase in the estimated cost of a new fire station at near double the original estimate? Perhaps it was...

Letter: New columnists would be good people to know

One of the quality tests of a columnist is whether you would like to know them personally. With that in mind, I would say you have done very well with your choices of Saturday columnists. Both Matt Wood and J.D. Smith meet this criterion.

Don...

Letter: First Amendment is first for a reason

Recently there has been a national trend towards limiting free speech from the political right. This movement manifests in a broad array of circumstances, including national and regional politics, state organizations, nonprofits and personal...

Letter: Bad press the response to bad policies

In response to the Feb. 13 letter from James Tiede:

No one is really at war with Donald Trump. I remember back in the old days I used to think just like you do, that the big bad ol’ local newspaper is doing us all a disservice by printing...

Letter: GMO regulations tie hands of farmers

Response to “Preemption of local GMO regulations must remain.”

While admitting harms from GE contamination, the East Oregonian wants to leave farmers’ hands tied to prevent contamination.

GE crop contamination...

Letter: Could electoral college work in Oregon?

Could electoral college work in Oregon?

Our founders, in their infinite wisdom, created the Electoral College to ensure the states were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the...

Letter: Trump the one spreading falsehoods

In response to Ron Linn’s letter: I have to wonder if he ever takes the time to re-read what he put into quotes in his calling for an end to the democrats’ temper tantrum. A falsehood gaining credence? Who specializes in that better than...

Letter: Oregon headed down the path of no return

We have been ruled by ambitious hypocrites for the last 30 years. That goes to all the way down to many cities. Ego and political ambition trumped national security for too many elected officials. The only morality that liberals know is what will...

Letter: Walden sides with energy companies over planet health

Most climate scientists agree that climate change is happening, that human activity contributes to that process and that there isn’t much time left before it becomes irreversible. We’re at a point where we don’t get to pick and...

Letter: Liberal tantrum overlooks real problems

It is unbelievable the extent this tantrum has come to be. And I, one who supports the right to express a difference of ideas, am beginning to think this is mindless.

Every effort of President Trump is met with disagreement and conflict. Is...

Letter: Soon newspaper reporting will induce penalties

I am appalled at the East Oregonian newspaper and others that seemingly are at war with Donald Trump. There was a time when journalism was a respected profession, but no longer, as it appears you are shooting yourselves in the foot.

I predict...

Letter: Pendleton School District values public input

The EO recently gave a “Kick in the Pants” to the Pendleton School District “for sending out a survey with unworkable choices … (leaving) the public feeling …misled and patronized.”

On behalf of the...

Letter: Fire bond more expensive than advertised

I do support our Pendleton police and fire departments. I am in favor of improvements to the existing fire station or a less-expensive solution. The city has a lot of things that need repaired or fixed. We cannot afford to spend $10 million on only...

Letter: Support Pendleton fire bond and its firefighters

I am writing on behalf of the Pendleton Fire Department bond. My support does not come from just a common sense approach of community investment and finances, but also out of concern for my husband, Pendleton firefighter/paramedic Mark Cave and his...

Letter: EOTEC saved county millions in upgrades to old fairgrounds

The Pendleton City Council must be relieved. Pendleton’s expert on everything Rick Rohde has paused in criticizing Pendleton city government, and turned his crosshairs on the county commissioners, the city of Hermiston and EOTEC. His tortured...

Letter: Trump a president of action, targeted by the press

What makes the average taxpayer more outraged — the food stamp-carrying, paid protest marchers or the “know-it-all” media telling industrious working-class people what they should do or think? Thank goodness the majority of...

Letter: EOTEC will be a success, as long as donations continue

The Umatilla County commissioners appear to be finally concerned that the EOTEC board has no concrete plan for long-term operations.

With the shortfall in the county’s budget I would hope that they were aware that, since the center has...