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Wuerthner: The targeted grazing scam

The Idaho BLM is implementing what is sometimes called “targeted grazing” with livestock in an effort to reduce large wildfires. The theory is that if livestock graze enough of the “fuel,” then large wildfires like the...

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Letter | Founders wrote Second Amendment for a reason:

In response to Mr. Shippentower’s letter:

He misses one reason for the Second Amendment that the Founders made very plain in their...

Letter | Boycott Hermiston’s out-of-state commencement

It’s a shame that a handful — of individuals rewrote Hermiston High School’s history by altering the 2018 graduation commencement. They decided to move the ceremony out of state in another city.

With all the property they...

Letter | Forest Service’s firefighting futility

“Acts of futility” is an appropriate description of the U.S. Forest Service’s use of aircraft to fight forest fires today. But let’s examine the evidence that earns such criticism:

First, there is little if any...

Letter | Second Amendment can be amended

Holly Jo Beers recently wrote a very interesting guest op-ed column in this newspaper. It was given the title “Second Amendment cannot...

Letter | Pullen has heart for Umatilla County citizens

I support Rick Pullen to be our County Commissioner #1. Not only has Rick been born and raised in this county, but Rick has a heart for the people and that they have a job that not only support their families, but a position that makes our county...

LETTER | Retain a winning team for Hermiston council

I strongly urge voters to retain a winning team, i.e. Jackie Myers, Lori Davis, and Doug Smith. This council has very effectively positioned the city to meet the inevitable challenges of growth. They have engaged in a careful, in-depth analytical...

Letter | Newspaper attempting thought control

The East Oregonian editors thought control police are in force once again determining what our local school boards should teach and what children (ten-year-olds) should read. At issue is the book “George,” written by an author...

Letter | Innes will serve the community well

Ward 1 voters have an opportunity to select an excellent representative to the Pendleton City Council. I have known and worked with Carole Innes for nearly 20 years, both in Altrusa and on the BMCC Foundation Board of Directors. Carole is smart,...

Letter | LeValle a driven, dedicated choice for city council

I have known Chuck LeValle for almost 10 years. I met him when we were working on a mutual friend’s campaign for state senate in Georgia. Chuck was resourceful, enthusiastic and working with him was exciting!

I moved away from Savannah...

Letter | Murdock works in the trenches to get the job done

Local elections are often tough. We are often faced with knowing one or more of the candidates and are faced with a tough decision. We know they are both good people and we don’t want to compromise friendships. I experienced that first-hand...

Letter | Salmon Recovery Fund crucial to Oregon conservation work

Blue Mountain Land Trust works with and for landowners across 10 counties in Oregon and Washington. Two of our most recent accomplishments are securing funding to purchase conservation easements on Canyon Creek Ranch near the Painted Hills, and...

Letter: Collins a clear choice for judge

I wish I could agree with my colleagues Kara Davis and Maureen McCormmach and why they support Mike Breiling for judge. But my personal experience doesn’t allow it.

Mike Breiling is not knowledgeable in the intricacies of juvenile law...

Letter: Military training shows benefit of Pendleton airport

Twice in late March, the night skies over Pendleton were crowded with Army rangers, paratroopers, planes and helicopters. In asking around for information, it turned out that the night exercises did not involve unmanned drones that are being tested at...

Letter: More problems in Pendleton

Are you tired yet of driving past the dilapidated Edwards Apartments year after year? Going to the recycle center and seeing garbage strewn about? Residential housing that the city cleans up, but continues to look like a garbage dump, wrecking yard,...

Letter: Breiling’s youth, experience make him a good choice for Circuit Court

In the upcoming election I find I am faced with making a choice between two individuals running for Circuit Court judge, both whom I know personally and like. Both are admirable, qualified men who have substantial ties to the community. Both are...

Letter: Vote no on ‘never-ending’ tax measure

OSU’s Measure 30-126 affects local taxing districts. This never-ending tax crowds into the property taxing structure. It squeezes the amount of tax the local districts are currently allowed to collect for their individual budgets.

This...

LETTER: Pendleton letting pot get out of control

Something is amiss when city hall approves three marijuana grows and four marijuana retail stores, but the city is afraid to visit a marijuana store without a police escort. Then, the city breaks the public meeting law by sequestering the public from...

LETTER: Breiling has character to be judge

Few people understand the judicial profession better than me. If you have assets these vultures will try to steal them from you. Just look at all of the advertisements by attorneys to sue for everything on television. It is a despicable profession!...

LETTER: Vote Gomolski, vote for change

The other person who impressed me at the Hermiston City Council forum was

Mark Gomolski. I have known Mark for about four years. We have become the best of friends. Mark is a go-getter. He loves Hermiston, the area and the people.

Coming...

LETTER: McLeod-Skinner the best candidate for rural Oregonians

“Grass roots” is a term that we hear thrown around a lot, especially during election season. I’ve been actively involved in local politics for 18 years at various levels. This time around, as a volunteer for the Jamie...

LETTER: Shafer a solid choice for commissioner

Can I encourage you to vote for John Shafer as county commissioner? It is time for a change in Umatilla County. As you can guess I believe in term limits, and I have told John I will not vote for him after three terms in office.

John is a...

LETTER: Extension measure an unfair tax

I am writing this letter to strongly encourage readers in Morrow and Umatilla counties to vote no on Ballot Measure 30-126 because, at its core, it is an unfair tax. Measure 30-126 combines support for the Cooperative Extension Service and the...

Letter: Walden and Republicans are irresponsible on debt

Greg Walden has become the poster boy for the swamp. While he has stepped up on some local issues, he didn’t do so well on the biggies. He talked about the importance of adequate internet for rural parts of the state. The telecom giants...

Letter: Oregonians should support safe gun storage

I’m writing to respond to an inaccurate claim that was recently in the East Oregonian in the letter titled “Vote out Democrats in...

Letter: Givens is dedicated to Umatilla County

I support Larry Givens for Umatilla County commissioner.

In his 12 years serving as a county commissioner, Givens has seen it all and has the experience and knowledge to make the right, and sometimes tough decisions, while representing all...

Letter: Document fee hike hurts low-income residents

House Bill 4007 passed by the 2018 Oregon Legislature raises the $20 Housing Alliance Tax to $60 on June 4, thereby raising the first page document recording fee in Umatilla County for deed and mortgage records to $96 and most liens to $76, plus $5...

Letter: Hermiston School District chose to go against its stated values

It is an embarrassment that Hermiston School District chose to forbid any of its schools from participating in the voluntary reading program Oregon Battle of the Books, because one of those books broached the subject of transgender...

Letter: Neahring the candidate to fix a broken system

I endorse Jenni Neahring for Congress, a physician and problem-solver who has diagnosed the hardships Greg Walden has inflicted on Oregonians across the 2nd District and who offers the vision, skills and homegrown devotion residents need to improve...

Letter: Shafer a fresh face, fresh viewpoint

I wanted to write this letter in support of John Shafer for county commissioner. I have personally known John and worked with or around him for many years. He has consistently proven time and again that he is a thoughtful decision maker and exercises...

Letter: Ogden’s honesty, experience keys to his success

Vote for Lou Ogden for commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Ogden has been the very successful mayor of Tualatin for over 20 years, shepherding it through lots of growth in population, industry and jobs. As commissioner he would...

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