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Letter: Done talking to Greg Walden after his votes on health care

Don’t waste your time attending U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s community meetings or calling him at his office. Rep. Walden simply does not listen and has no problem lying to your face.

Last spring I attended one of his town hall...

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Letter: Hermiston shouldn’t have cut and killed old cedar tree

A western red cedar was cut down in the park and placed into the asphalt on Northeast Second Street in Hermiston recently. This western red cedar was one of only three of this species, age and size in Hermiston. Now there are only two.

This tree...

Letter: NORCOR stories a reminder of need to protect children

Phil Wright’s article “Juvenile jail accused of inhumane methods” enraged me. It is vital that we begin closely examining...

Letter: City of Umatilla has not sat dormant

In the city of Umatilla’s November newsletter, some restatement of the facts needs to occur as it appears the author of “City of Umatilla welcomes new staff” is not very familiar with what has gone on in the city over the past 15...

LETTER: Evaluate politicians by policy, not personality

Stop it. Name calling Trump isn’t going to bring him down. Accusing him of being a racist isn’t going bring him down. This Robert Mueller “investigation into collusion with Russia” isn’t going to bring him down. The...

LETTER: Tax bill no help to middle class

Why do our elected representative keep telling us the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helps the middle class? While the bill initially reduces taxes for low and middle income taxpayers, many of the allowances that contribute to those reductions phase out...

LETTER: Menace in the Blue Mountains

Farmers, hunters and hikers beware! There is a murdering herd of chipmunks killing off cows, sheep, llamas, deer, elk, turkeys and grouse.

If this sounds ridiculous to you, consider the fact that ODFW can investigate a llama kill that is partly...

Letter: Echo and crimes of hate

A crime does not have to be an illegal activity. A crime can be a senseless or shameful act, or a serious violation of a moral code. The FBI on hate crimes tells a sobering story according to a recent Washington Post article. In 2016, the FBI counted...

Letter: Trump’s racism is deeply ingrained

President Trump’s racism is deeply ingrained and embedded in his personality and he chooses to flaunt his racism at any time. For example, at a recent White House ceremony recognizing the famed World War II code talkers of the Navajo Nation,...

Letter: Walden’s support for tax bill cost him support of local man

Through no fault of my own, I have been dealing with a chronic health condition these past 10 years. My annual medical expenses have typically approached $10,000, with a few years nearly hitting $15,000 — and that is with good health and...

Letter: Condolences, thanks to officer who shot suspect

Condolences to the Pendleton police officer who neutralized the crime suspect near Walmart and his or her family for having to go through what they are going through now for doing what he/she is paid to do for us.

Also, thanks.

Gary...

LETTER: The ‘money-sucking pigs’ of Pendleton

When I first heard this term, and having not attended the recent city council workshop, I naturally figured that the mayor was referring to the Rivoli Theater restoration and the relocation of the Eighth Street Bridge projects. I was actually...

Letter: Thanksgiving is a feast to thank god for his blessings

According to the Nov. 22 East Oregonian editorial taken from Indian Country Today, Thanksgiving 1) “is a myth,” 2) the 1621 feast “was not repeated in the years to follow,” 3) the Pilgrims “didn’t exist until...

Letter: Bipartisan action is possible, even in divided times

Even with the partisan divisions in Congress today, it is good to know our delegation can find ways to work together on issues that matter to Oregon.

I am writing to thank U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden for their work this year to...

Letter: Rep. Walden’s votes against Medicare will cost him seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden: I hope you enjoy your last term.

You have voted without discussion on a bill that will harm Medicare, and those who rely on it and have paid into it for most of there lives.

You are no longer a representative of the...

Reese: Echo city councilor should resign

I’ve recently learned, after living for three years on a ranch outside of Echo proper, that moving to town and opening a business and renting a studio is a little like living with someone after having known and admired them from a distance.

Letter: Oregon representatives must support net neutrality

I urge our representative to protect net neutrality. Out of all the things this country needs to thrive, the internet is an important one of them.

And if there is a small chance that the internet could be micromanaged and put behind paywalls by...

Letter: Having issues out in open, Round-Up can now unify

First let me state that there are few, if any times that I have ever even come close to agreeing with the editorial board’s comments in the East...

Letter: Embarrassments galore from President Trump

In the age of Trump and the unbelievable after unbelievable acts, statements and daily proof of total incompetence by the “leader” of the free world, we now hear of his questioning of the authenticity of the Hollywood Access...

LETTER: Tax plan provision hurts graduate students

I am a graduate student at the University of Oregon, where I study marine invasive species. I am writing to you to draw your attention to how the House Republican tax plan (HR 1) would impact the ~145,000 graduate students across the nation.

LETTER: Roundabout safer option for dangerous intersection

I am pleased to see the concern for the danger at the Feedville/South Edwards intersection. But, I am not convinced adding stop signs on the east/west route will solve the problem. I imagine every person involved in an accident there thought there...

LETTER: Stop sign isn’t the answer

Congratulations to all of the people who got their 4-way stop sign at the intersection of Feedville and South Edwards roads. Surely when an accident occurs at Feedville and Canal Road you can get another one there. Maybe Umatilla Road Department with...

Letter: Eastern Oregon is being carved up for Idaho’s benefit

A travesty is happening in Eastern Oregon and it seems there is no way to stop it. The Boardman to Hemingway power line proposed by Idaho Power, of all companies, is on the path to approval. We in Oregon are about to let an Idaho company gouge a...

Letter: Symphony orchestra keeps Pendleton tapping its toes

If you worry that things in Pendleton are too slow, think about dropping in on the Oregon East Symphony concerts at the Vert Auditorium for great music and a roomful of enthusiasm.

Keeping a 50-member orchestra going in northeast Oregon is not...

Letter: New four-way stop should include lighted signs

I’m glad to see that there will finally be a four-way stop on Feedville and Edwards. But one thing needs to be added: The stop signs with the flashing lights should be used. There will be fewer excuses for drivers who still run the signs to...

ISOM: China’s role in North Korea

Will Chinese pressure bring North Korea to the negotiating table and help stop its ambitious missile and nuclear program, maybe even letting the ruthless and sassy Kim Jong Un fall by the wayside? The U.S. is confident that newly powerful Chinese...

Letter: HIV-AIDS remains dangerous, but there are treatment options

The Pendleton chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) would like to call attention to November as National AIDS Awareness Month. Great progress is has been made in the treatment of AIDS and it does not carry the stigma...

Letter: Walden’s votes in Congress will cost him votes in election

This letter is directed to my neighbors in Oregon’s Second Congressional District who, like me, have been supporters of our Representative Greg Walden.

We all need to pay attention to Rep. Walden’s vote last week in support of the...

Letter: Starkey wolf killing deserves thorough investigation

The wolf shot and killed near Starkey Experimental Station Nov. 2 deserved a thorough investigation before Union County’s DA gave the story any credence. The hunter’s claim of self-defense goes against all science regarding wolf behavior...

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