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Letter: Criticism comes with the territory

I would suggest that Mayor John Turner check with his city attorney before he rebukes a citizen at a public hearing. As a public servant, your rights concerning libel and other items are much different. If this person wants to call you a disgusting...

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Letter: Fire bond tax hike higher than advertised

We now know for sure who’s idea it was to use 14 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value in the pro-May fire bond literature: Paul Chalmers.

He is Umatilla County’s director of assessment and tax department, and he should know...

Letter: Development must consider return on investment

Looks like the Pendleton Development Commission has done it again — backed another loser.

The closure of the Pendleton Coffee Bean and Bistro is indicative of a problem all too common at City Hall: public servants pretending to be...

Letter: Boutique an improvement over previous airline

Taking four flights between Pendleton and Portland on Boutique Air have been a smooth experience — consistently good quality and no-muss, no fuss among agents or pilots. Boutique service is more professional than that of SeaPort Airlines, which...

Letter: Oregon has a great state flag

Your editorial of June 14 “A flag worth celebrating” about the U.S. flag was very good, except for its dig at the state of Oregon flag.

I love the Oregon flag. If you can not see the symbols on the Oregon flag, get a bigger flag.

Letter: Don’t help fund the Rainbow travelers

I am not sure it the general community has noticed or not, but there has been a recent influx of, for a lack of better term, “rainbow hippies” passing through our town and indeed all of Eastern Oregon. I write to inform the general...

Letter: Charter keeps customers from watching Rose Parade

This is definitely a “Kick in the Pants” article, and its to Charter/Spectrum TV and the FCC.

I wonder how many people in the Pendleton, Hermiston, Athena, Weston and Milton-Freewater area were waiting to watch the Portland Rose...

Letter: Bill would make drug prices affordable

I’m a pharmacist in Enterprise, Oregon, at one of two places in town where patients can get prescriptions. I enjoy being a pharmacist because I like to help people. But I don’t like seeing how the prices of needed medications gives my...

Letter: When you love an invasive plant

Here I am in the middle of farm country, chairman of the Athena Caledonian Games and everything, and I love scotch thistle.

I collect the stuff ... well, dishes, papers, fabrics, priceless glassware, you know. The thistle patterns are...

Letter: Country needs to move on without Trump

Watching Thursday’s Senate hearing with former FBI director James Comey, I can’t help but remember back to this same time of the year during the peak of the Watergate hearings and watching them in the early morning hours on the...

Letter: Racism part of daily life for people of color in Eastern Oregon

We have a serious problem. I am one of your own, and you could say that I am one of your successes. I grew up in your community, my parents have separately given to and served your community, I was a part of your highly successful dance team and...

Letter: World, we’re sorry for our dope of a president

To the people of the world, I know this may not mean much to you and you may never get a chance to hear it, but please know that on behalf of the people of the United States of America, let me offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for all the...

Letter: New faces, same story in Pendleton city government

I’ve talked to a few people and asked, “Why didn’t you vote?” The usual answer was: “It makes no difference, they’ll do what they want anyway,” lost confidence in leadership being a common thread.

LETTER: Measure 11 needs reform, not repeal

I wrote a letter to every senator and representative asking why they do not have the courage, after being voted in to make the hard choices and the right ones, to reform Measure 11. I was told that they are “scared” of looking soft on...

LETTER: Carry a gun, protect yourself from terrorism

Have we been paying attention? I’m referring to the warning by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. He said if we knew what he knew about the ISIS threat in the United States, we would not leave home. OK, I believe him.

Now I know...

Letter: No respect for authority any more

Aretha Franklin was always one of my favorites. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” was the song I always loved to hear over and over. It seems respect is much harder to find now, however, and it is a sad thing.

It seems everywhere you look now you...

LETTER: Leave Twitter to meadowlarks

Let’s face it, if you wake up every morning and hear Trump trumpeting like a bull elephant, it shouldn’t surprise you. About seven o’clock the twitter begins. We have an angry president.

But we may now have help. The Justice...

LETTER: Federal financial support makes local project possible

The recently approved omnibus bill supported by Oregon’s members of Congress — Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Greg Walden — maintains key community and economic funding through September 2017. Knowing...

LETTER: How will new trail affect traffic?

There have been several articles regarding new projects in Hermiston. Improving turn lanes for trucks, the new senior center project, etc. Today it is stated in the East Oregonian that the Highland Trail/bike lane will probably begin in early 2018.

LETTER: ‘Death Panel’ must be put down

The GOP failed to repeal Obamacare, and with that, left in place one of its most destructive pieces. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), sometimes called the “Death Panel,” is a provision of Obamacare disliked by Republicans...

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