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Letter | Hammonds part of a long Oregon tradition

In the 1800s, brave and independent individuals suffered hardships and trials to reach Oregon. These founders of our state had strongly held beliefs about their God, their county and their Constitution. Having strongly-held beliefs is still the...

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Letter | Umatilla violated policy in choosing interim city manager

Dear fellow citizens of the city of Umatilla, it’s time to wake up. Our city council is taking us for a ride through its violation of established personnel policy, and by not upholding its fiduciary responsibilities to taxpayers.

Most of...

Letter | Walden not doing enough to stop Trump

Representative Walden’s campaign rhetoric portrays him as an active legislator working on behalf of District 2 constituents. But as chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he now is high in the hierarchy of the governing party and has an...

Letter | Pendleton city council has no role as bankers

As a taxpayer in our community, I am dismayed at the necessity of Pendleton Development Commission. I do not understand the necessity of the city council members to also be the makeup of the PDC.

The council feels that they are a banking...

Letter | Old Emigrant Road curls down Cabbage Hill

It was a pleasure to read the editorial by Chris Rush on Eastern Oregon. My bird-watching ladies and I go out every Wednesday to seek birds, wild flowers, and enjoy the fantastic scenery in Eastern Oregon. I was also happy to notice Chris included my...

Letter | An informal survey on Pendleton’s problems

The following is based on conversations in my daily travels around our city — opinions expressed by local citizens.

Without citing any specific accomplishments, the Pendleton City Council met behind closed doors and awarded our city...

Letter | Fast, reliable internet is key to rural economic success

Last weekend, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and U.S. Congressman Greg Walden were in Weston for a meeting to discuss the importance of rural broadband deployment and adoption. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend and participate in a conversation...

Letter | Rep. Greg Walden has led his flock astray

This week Greg Walden sent me a letter to tell me how he was instrumental is passing the Federal Right to Try Act. Forgive my skepticism for thinking your actions were more motivated by your Big Pharma donors rather than your compassion. You compound...

Letter | Rep. Walden serves, supports military veterans

I recently heard an ad via an internet news link that is grossly inaccurate. “News” such as this sickens me. I ask the veteran whose voice is on the radio ad to do better research before attacking our representative. I too am a veteran...

Letter | Sad to see The Oregonian pull out of Eastern Oregon

When I picked up my Sunday Oregonian at Dave’s Chevron this weekend, I found a yellow sheet inside informing me this was the last Sunday Oregonian that would be delivered in Pendleton, as well as Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla.

What...

Letter | Businesses should offer environmentally safe options

I am really thankful to a couple of our grocery stores in Hermiston that are, at least, offering their customers a choice to help the environment. Safeway has joined Fiesta Foods in having paper bags available for my groceries at the checkout...

Letter | Second District could use new representation

Recently Rep. Greg Walden slipped into Umatilla County unannounced. I was always under the belief that our representatives were supposed to hold town hall meetings in their districts more than once every two or three years.

Rep. Walden, when...

Letter | Still time to speak out on forest plan

I understand that the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision will be released on or before June 29. While my public comment was shouted down by staff of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest supervisor’s office, and I nor any other citizens of...

Letter | Use TV white space to bridge digital divide

As mayor of Pilot Rock, I firmly believe that communities should be united in working to ensure affordable, reliable internet access in rural areas of Oregon and throughout the country. About 34 million Americans lack a broadband connection and the...

Letter | Separated families show unbridgeable divide

How can a country claim to be great, or aspire to be great, when we see and continue to allow the mistreatment of children on our border?

When we think this callous, thoughtless, hypocritical administration has sunk to its lowest level, they...

Letter | We must do better than cruelty

We can all do better. We can demand that the government deliver justice consistent with our values. 2,000 children are now being held in shelters and in some instances in temporary earthen shelters. On Monday, Dr. Colleen Kraft, current president of...

Letter | Policy of separating families has no place in this country

This letter is directed to my current representative in Congress, Greg Walden: While I often disagree with your policies throughout the many years that you’ve served in Congress, I know you personally to be a dedicated representative that...

Letter | Separating children unacceptable and appalling

I am appalled, saddened and ashamed that in recent weeks our country has chosen to abuse children by unnecessarily removing them from their families.

The separation of children, including very young children, from their families strikes me as a...

Letter: No more roads to nowhere

I am certainly in favor of jobs in Pendleton. I just wonder if a $25 million UAS industrial park is the best use of our money.

I was impressed with the tour of the UAS command center. When talking to the people in charge of the center, the...

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