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Letter: Taxpayers decide the quality of their fire, EMS response

A mere two years of residency in the city of Pendleton has given me sufficient time to observe and understand the core values this community holds dear. Perched at the very top, I believe, is compassion. As a firefighter/paramedic I am blessed to have...

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Letter: Commissioners need to stop adding taxes to equation

I think the reckoning in the East Oregonian’s headline might be missing something.

Looks like the Umatilla County commissioners have forgotten an important subtrahend. The difference might really look like this: Jobs + People +...

Letter: Scared Pendleton councilors could have done right thing

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to take away funds from sanctuary cities.

So you see, councilmen John Brenne and Neil Brown, you could have seconded the motion regarding the ACLU’s nine...

Letter: Renters, homeowners gouged by Hermiston school bond

Regarding the proposed Hermiston school bond on May 17, potential yes voters better think long and hard. The facts are that the current percentage of property taxes for a county resident toward schools is already 65 percent of the total tax...

Letter: New station offers firefighters a safe place to work

I urge you to vote yes to build a new fire station in Pendleton. The men and women who risk their lives to save our homes and property deserve a station free of carcinogens and one that meets current fire and building codes. A new station would also...

Letter: Old Pendleton fire station has outlived its usefulness

I am writing in support of the bond for the new fire station. To begin with, that building was built in 1959 and has served its usefulness. It is old and not big enough to accommodate the new larger fire trucks. It also was not designed to have both...

Letter: Don’t tread on native plants

Native Plant Appreciation Week is the end of April. It’s a good time to learn more about them and their importance. Native plants are indigenous to an area and the ones commonly seen (like sagebrush and bunch grasses). In short, they’re...

Letter: Ivanka Trump must separate herself from business interests

One wonders where the issue of ethics really lies when considering Ivanka Trump’s role in business and her “official” role in the White House. Retailers are moving carefully in dealing with her business. Is business making its...

Letter: Fire bond a bargain for Pendleton

I write to encourage Pendleton residents to approve the upcoming bond enabling the city to build a new fire station.

Every time we hear a Pendleton fire, ambulance, or police siren, we are witness to the dedication and professionalism of our...

Letter: Oregon should lift its sanctuary status

In reference to my recent article on sanctuary cities, yes, I should have stated more clearly that Oregon is ­— sadly — a sanctuary state. I appreciate the editor pointing out that fact. Stating that, however, now gives me the...

Letter: New fire station is a clear need for Pendleton

The ballot you receive in the special election this May is for one issue only: Are we to build a new lire station or not? Much has already been written in support of replacing the old and obsolete fire station with a new up-to-date facility. After 57...

Letter: Pendleton fire station a problem, but bond the wrong solution

For reasons mentioned in previous letters to the editor, I believe a new fire station is needed in Pendleton. However, the proposed station is not the answer.

The size of the proposed station is excessive. Per the Mackenzie report prepared on...

Letter: Hermiston schools need bond to remain a top district

On May 16, voters will be asked to consider a $104 million bond for the Hermiston School District.

The bond will address three challenges that the district is facing while trying to provide a premier education for our students. The issues are...

Letter: Support Hermiston school bond

I support the Hermiston School District’s bond to build/replace three elementary schools, add to the high school and update Sandstone Middle School.

I was a member of the School District’s facility master planning committee and...

Letter: Coalition owns the Rivoli

I write to respond to the recent letter to the editor regarding the Rivoli Theater project. The letter was incorrect in a variety of ways.

Perhaps the most important error was the passage referring to the “owner” of the Rivoli...

Letter: Vert has problems, but still a great place for a show

Seeing that the arts nonprofit I represent maintains its office within and produces most of its concerts at the Vert, I felt it prudent provide a response to Mr. Rohde’s

Letter: Fire bond provides multiple benefits to city

There are three points that strike me as I contemplate my vote on the bond measure that would bring a new fire station and lifesaving equipment to the city of Pendleton. First is the current fire station does not fill the needs of our city. In letters...

Letter: Hermiston student sees problems with school facilities

I am writing in support of the school bond that is to be voted on May 16 for Hermiston. As a student that has been through every level of my education in the Hermiston School District, I have seen and experienced many problems within the facilities.

Letter: No place for women in current Pendleton fire station

I am writing this letter in support of the new fire station bond.

Pendleton Fire is currently a combination department of career and reserve staff. There are 21 career staff (one female, 20 male) and 17 reserve staff. The reserve staff includes...

Letter: Alcohol is the most abused drug

I read with great interest the article “Alcohol industry jobs outpace software sector” in the March 14 edition of the East Oregonian newspaper. Senior state economist Josh Lehner is quoted as saying, “Alcohol production...

Letter: Greg Walden fizzles at public town halls

On April 14, Greg Walden appeared at the Grants Pass High School to a packed crowd. Unlike other town halls, Walden’s opening ploy was to go directly to questions from the audience. That was surprising, and apparently self-protective, because...

Letter: Pendleton emergency crews deserve safe facility

This is support of the new fire station for the city of Pendleton.

I have been a resident of the fantastic city of Pendleton for over three decades. There were three instances that I had to call on the fire department: a fire in the alley of our...

Letter: How about saving the Vert first?

It seems like the city of Pendleton and the city council is willing to let the Vert Auditorium rot away while giving away thousands of dollars to save the Rivoli Theater. The owners are asking the city for another $95,000, this after the city bought...

Letter: Sanctuary cities should lose funding, court cases

It is amazing to me that states, governors and mayors of our country would openly defy U.S. laws regarding sanctuary cities.

Major cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have declared themselves sanctuary cities, but so have Seattle...

Letter: Remembering the heroic Doolittle Raid

On April 18, 1942, Jimmy Doolittle lead 16 B-25 bombers from the U.S.S. Hornet to attack Japan. The Navy risked two of four aircraft carriers and 10,000 sailors. The Japanese six-carrier task force knew the Americans had sortied to the Western Pacific...

Letter: Data centers are irresponsible development

Your April 12 edition featured an article about the Columbia Development Authority obtaining ownership of the former Umatilla Chemical Depot. Director Greg Smith says a number of industries have shown interest in the property, which happens to be in a...

LETTER: Support your firefighters, vote yest on fire station bond

Citizens of Pendleton, I am asking for your support in passing the new fire station bond. The site was chosen and confirmed through a third party study, through public input, and through input from the firefighters themselves.

The Old St.

Letter: New fire station would be point of civic pride

As a homeowner of modest means, I look at new bond proposals carefully, weighing the cost against the benefit to the community. I don’t give every bond request an automatic thumbs up. But there are projects I’ve supported, like the one...

Letter: Pendleton fire station a subpar building

If you read my previous editorial, (East Oregonian, March 25) you know how I feel about the current Pendleton Fire Station 1. I wrote it from the viewpoint of a previous employee to give the reader a feel for what it is like to operate out of that...

Letter: Despite your hustle, time is always gaining

The year I entered high school we got a new football coach. He made his entry by telling us we would do great things if we would hustle. He declared we would hear that word often. Hustle. In our fundamentals, blocking and tackling and running. In our...

Letter: Oregon prisons continue to cut back on healthy meals

I just read where another Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate passed away unexpectedly. How many times has this happened? I do know there is violence in prisons, but how many have to die unexpectedly before we find out why?

The medical...

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