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LETTER: We all should take a knee sometimes

Since when is kneeling disrespectful? When you pray at home or in a house of your God do you kneel? When you receive an honor from the monarchy do you kneel? Do you kneel before a fallen comrade, or to give CPR? That is out of respect for life. I am...

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Letter: Tax relief for billionaires at the expense of the middle class

The proposed tax reform bill under consideration by Congress will reduce the tax rate paid by those making over $400,000 and eliminate federal income tax for those making less than $25,000 per year, and it will eliminate the federal estate tax, which...

LETTER: Political manipulation swings both ways

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, was the deadline for referring legislative action to the ballot. Our democratic overlords in Salem have again done their best to corrupt and defeat our referendum/petition system. It appears the tax or assessment on health care...

LETTER: Commissioners paid better than governors

Umatilla County commissioners announced that two are running for re- election. George Murdock said his focus remains on the county’s financial management and stability. He is the commissioner responsible for the county budget and said he works...

Letter: U.S. taxpayers can’t afford adding Puerto Rico as a state

How sad to see the devastation in Puerto Rico. They have now been hit with two terrible storms, leaving the island in near total ruin. The U.S. is struggling now to pay for our own disasters in Texas and Florida but is now making an attempt to help in...

Letter: PFLAG Pendleton reaches out on National Coming Out Day

For far too long members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have had to hide in fear, living their lives “closeted” to protect their jobs, homes, families and relationships. Constant fear of being rejected by...

LETTER: Forefathers knew exactly what they were doing with Second Amendment

The East Oregonian editorial of Oct. 5, 2017, once again advanced the worn out anti-Second Amendment argument that the framers of our Constitution lacked the “foresight” and were “ill equipped to handle the technology and...

LETTER: Wolf toll will soon expand to hunting economy

Not unlike the traffic from former eclipse seekers, Heppner’s thoroughfare saw a parade of hunter regalia pass during deer season opening. Expensive recreation vehicles outfitted with generators and pulling four wheelers seemed to be the norm.

Letter: Removing Confederate flags a crusade on Pendleton history

Encouraged by their successful campaign banning the sale of the “stars and bars” on city property, local vigilantes vow to continue their crusade to cleanse the city’s conscience of past misdeeds. They hope to convince city...

Letter: State budget is out of control, against desire of rural voters

I cannot resist the fodder in a recent La Grande Observer: “Deficit climbs to $25,300,000,000” by Ted Sickinger of The...

Letter: EOCI prisoner was more than his rap sheet

I’d just like to say a few kind words about the gentleman that passed away on Sept. 24 at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution here in Pendleton.

I didn’t know David Kirby well but our time spent here at EOCI was unlike time...

Letter: Flag debate is foolish

The big flag debate is stupid. Far-right imbeciles that fly Confederate flags and have the gall to use the Stars and Stripes as a curtain, display it at night without properly lighting it, display it with the field of blue facing the wrong direction,...

Letter: Trump has contempt for ordinary people

A wise man once said, “There are no great men, only ordinary men rising up to do great things.” The ordinary men, in my opinion, are the ones in uniform, not only in our military but in football uniforms across this country who have...

Letter: Oregon prisons incapable of providing good medical care

I wish to comment on the letter written by Ms. Engstrom. She is right in many ways. The prisons are incapable of providing the much...

Letter: Oregon sliding into socialism

Gov. Kate Brown and our socialist-controlled legislature has turned Oregon into North America’s version of Venezuela.

HB 3464 strengthens Oregon’s claim to the greatest sanctuary state in the Americas where serial rapists, like...

Letter: Follow your nose — Dynes still stinks

Luke Dynes’ recent guilty verdict was the start of the good people of Hermiston fighting back to finally stop his dirty deeds from smelling up our town. We don’t have to accept as a “fact of life” the rotten vegetable...

LETTER: Respect is a two-way street, even on Pennsylvania Avenue

I always adhered to the idea that there is an obligation for the citizens of this country to respect the person in the office of President of the United States, regardless of your view on the politics of the moment or whether you voted for that person...

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