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Russell | Pills a pain for celiac sufferers
Russell | Pills a pain for celiac sufferers

It all started with an offer to take a tour of the Tillamook Cheese plant in Boardman with Congressman Greg Walden. I had been on a tour of the plant about 10 years ago, but as an elected county official always appreciate face time with my...

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Merkley | Constitution is for the people, not the powerful

When you look at our United States Constitution, our Founders’ message is clear: “We the People.” Those words are deliberately written larger than everything else — large enough that you can read them from across the...

Op-Ed | A Trump turn on trade?

Washington thinking on trade has reached a consensus that China poses a serious economic challenge to the United States. From key business groups to trade lawyers to the full spectrum of Washington think tanks, there is no longer a willingness to...

Husted | A happy poem for hard times
Husted | A happy poem for hard times

This past month has been a challenging one. At least one story in every morning’s headlines has made me think Pogo the Possum was right: We have met the enemy and he is us.

Struthers | Take charge of your own story

We’re all going to die.

There, I said it. As much as people generally don’t want to think about their eventual demise, there’s just no getting around it at some point or other.

I think about death more than most people...

Editor’s notebook: The press failed its duty, and the nation went to war
Editor’s notebook: The press failed its duty, and the nation went to war
Movie dramatizes an ugly chapter in the history of journalism
Letter | Debates would reveal true rural champion

In just a few months, on November 6, 2018, we the people in the 20 counties of Oregon Congressional District 2 will be choosing our next representative to Congress for a two-year term. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic Party contender for our...

Our view | Five reasons to go to the Umatilla County Fair
Our view | Five reasons to go to the Umatilla County Fair

It’s hot outside. The kids need to go shopping for new school clothes. You’d like to get out of town one last time before the fall routine kicks in.

There are lots of reasons to skip the Umatilla County Fair this year. But...

Letter | Walden the best representative for rural Oregon

It seems that Greg Walden could find a cure for cancer, and yet some unreasonable partisans would still oppose him, putting partisan politics ahead of making positive accomplishments. None of these accomplishments are being recognized by some angry...

Letter | U.S. health care costs and lying attorneys

I recently read your article on the retirement of Dr. Norman Sitz. I really enjoyed his opinion on our current medical system. He believes we need a one-payer system like most other nations. His quote by Winston Churchill that “America always...

Letter | We’re all to blame if democracy dies

Used to be our presidents served our citizens, not just themselves or their base. Used to be that presidents of both parties served as role models for our youth. Used to be there was some degree of predictability and trustworthiness in what presidents...

Letter | Tribal investment being lost when applicants are overlooked

June’s Confederated Umatilla Journal rightfully recognized and congratulated our recent graduates on their respective individual achievement. Also, the editorial on tribal education by Chuck Sams, CUJ publisher, deserves a response.

Sams...

Letter | We need a representative who pays attention

I have become increasingly frustrated with our congressman’s lack of responsiveness to us, his constituents, over many years, but more so over the past nearly two years. His letters are form letters and do not answer my questions. His staff...

Our view | Bottle Bill rate increase paying dividends
Our view | Bottle Bill rate increase paying dividends

While there are plenty of things that divide Oregonians, there are three pillars that unite us.

We speak, of course, of no sales tax, no self-pumping at gas stations and the Bottle Bill.

They’re so ingrained in our unique Oregonian...

Rush | A summer full of ‘git ‘er done’
Rush | A summer full of ‘git ‘er done’

The summer of 2018 has been an eventful time here at your local newspaper. There was a time in my not too distant memory when the summer months were slow and provided a time to regroup and prepare for the busy times associated with back to school,...

Hebert | The lost horses of the imperial Cayuse
Hebert | The lost horses of the imperial Cayuse

I love a parade, particularly when my horse Eusebio and I are riding in it. And most of all we love the Pendleton Round-Up’s Westward Ho! parade the Friday morning of Round-Up week.

Besides our annual ride in the Westward Ho!, in recent...

Letter | Fire crews appreciate support

Thank you to all the area firefighters and farmers who have helped the East Umatilla County and Helix volunteer firefighters protect lives and property. For everyone, it’s been a busy fire season. For our volunteer staffs, it’s been very...

Letter | Temple an outstanding judge

I was an attorney in Hermiston for nearly 40 years. During that time I appeared in court in nearly every county in the state and probably appeared before at least 50 different circuit court judges.

Some were not so good. Others were very good.

Letter | Nothing racist about restricting immigration

The cartoon on the editorial page of the weekend edition (July 28-29) attributing the desire to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law with racism was interesting.

So, wanting people to enter this country legally is “racism?” Wanting...

Letter | SNAP dollars stretched at Pendleton Farmers Market

Partnerships and cooperation are the key to successful communities. Pendleton Farmers Market (PFM) is elated to partner with the Umatilla County Public Health Department to help increase the ability of SNAP clients to make fresh, locally grown...

Letter | Trump on the right course, despite reports

I agree 100 percent of what Stuart Dick says about the media and Trump. Every thing I read about our President has been negative.

No, I don’t believe all news reporters are brilliant — they just want to keep their jobs or sell...

Trainor | Back to school
Trainor | Back to school

Wednesday was my last day at the East Oregonian, after nearly six years here as deputy managing editor and opinion page editor.

After moving willy-nilly from Montana, Pendleton turned out to be a wonderful place to live and do journalism. I...

Letter | Bike Week more than just one ugly incident

Your recent article regarding the “Pendleton man at center of attack during Bike Week concert” portrayed the event and the attendees as nothing but a bunch of motorcycle thugs looking for trouble. Nothing could be further from the truth,...

Letter | Medicare for All should be first topic for debate

I read with interest the recent East Oregonian editorial recommending public debate among candidates running for office in 2018. I have a suggestion for a debate topic: Medicare for All — how could a candidate oppose or, more importantly, not...

York | After ‘really bad’ month, GOP midterm fear rises
York | After ‘really bad’ month, GOP midterm fear rises

From time to time, I’ve been catching up with a Republican strategist who is trying to help the GOP keep control of the House in this November’s midterm elections. It’s been an up-and-down ride.

“I would put the odds...

Letter | Sterilizations won’t make dent in wild horse population

It is unfortunate that people like Joanna Grossman offer up false hope to people concerned about wild horses. No amount of birth control is going to alter the fact that there are too many wild horses.

The Appropriate Management Level has been...

Letter | Arlington adopts ‘Rule of Law’ resolution

There are doubtless a number of readers of this paper who, while traveling on Interstate 84, have stopped in the city of Arlington to gas up, get a snack, and maybe have even spent some time at the marina swimming or boarding off the wide span of the...

Stidvent | On Ryan Bounds, the Senate took the wrong stand
Stidvent | On Ryan Bounds, the Senate took the wrong stand

On July 19, Ryan Bounds’ nomination to the 9th Circuit of Court of Appeals was withdrawn. The main issue raised was the nominee’s stance against multicultural divisions at Stanford University in the 1990s. In tarring Bounds as a racist,...

Leonhardt | How Trump lost re-election in 2020

Last week, my colleague Bret Stephens imagined a news article on the morning after President Donald Trump’s re-election. Today, I imagine a different outcome.

In the end, it was a lot simpler than it often seemed.

Donald...

Letter | Primus wrong to disqualify Temple

I do not know why Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus is filing motions to disqualify the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Eva Temple. I only know District Attorney Primus socially as I don’t practice criminal law. Therefore, I cannot...

Letter | Temple is a fair and impartial judge

I take issue with the Phil Wright’s article regarding the District Attorney’s decision to disqualify Circuit Court Judge Eva Temple. From my view, the article may lead readers to believe that Judge Temple lacks the ability to be fair and...

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Russell | Pills a pain for celiac sufferers

It all started with an offer to take a tour of the Tillamook Cheese plant in Boardman with Congressman Greg Walden. I had been on a tour of the...

York | With Mueller, like Starr, beware wishful thinking

In Washington in the 1990s, it was a sure bet that whenever conservative journalists and activists got together, the conversation turned to the...

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Merkley | Constitution is for the people, not the powerful
Op-Ed | A Trump turn on trade?

Editorials

Our view | Five reasons to go to the Umatilla County Fair

It’s hot outside. The kids need to go shopping for new school clothes. You’d like to get out of town one last time before the fall...

Our view | Bottle Bill rate increase paying dividends

While there are plenty of things that divide Oregonians, there are three pillars that unite us.

We speak, of course, of no sales tax, no...

Our view | Agricultural trade needs long-term plan
Our view | Tips and kicks
Our view | Wishful thinking hurts recycling efforts

Letters to the Editor

Letter | Vote for Walden, support Trump

Representative Greg Walden is again running for our United States Representative position. Greg has shown us that he supports not only the efforts...

Letter | Debates would reveal true rural champion

In just a few months, on November 6, 2018, we the people in the 20 counties of Oregon Congressional District 2 will be choosing our next...

Letter | Walden the best representative for rural Oregon
Letter | U.S. health care costs and lying attorneys
Letter | We’re all to blame if democracy dies

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