Opinions Home Opinions

Murdock | Can a writer learn to draw?
Murdock | Can a writer learn to draw?

I picked up the pencil and held it in my right hand. When was the last time I picked up a pencil for me? For something I wanted to do for me and no one else?

I write and write and write ... if fourth grade writing counts. Fourth grade journal...

Featured Stories

Hebert | Rules for older drivers
Hebert | Rules for older drivers

To start with, this old dude has had a safe life on the road with zero automobile accidents since 1952.

Looking through an envelope of ancient driving licenses, in hundreds of thousands of miles of driving in every state in America — and...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to the quiet hero in Molalla who gifted a fortune to local students.

Don Slaughter worked hard and led a frugal life. He lived alone in the 90-year-old farmhouse built by his parents, and he never married nor had children. But...

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...

Kristof: Trump wasn’t first to separate families, but policy was still evil
Kristof: Trump wasn’t first to separate families, but policy was still evil

President Donald Trump finally caved to public pressure and promised to stop separating children from parents at the border. After long insisting that he couldn’t do anything about this, he snapped his fingers and changed the policy that he had...

Our view: Statewide officials, statewide perspective
Our view: Statewide officials, statewide perspective
What’s needed is politicians who look out for the interests of all Californians, all Oregonians and all Washingtonians.
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...

Olson | Tariffs on China could burn rural Oregon
Olson | Tariffs on China could burn rural Oregon

On Monday, President Trump ordered new tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports, in response for China’s retaliation against previously announced tariffs. Our economic landscape is now vulnerable to a potentially catastrophic...

What Republicans suspect about the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe
What Republicans suspect about the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe

The struggle to uncover the FBI’s conduct in the Trump-Russia probe has made some congressional investigators deeply suspicious of the bureau. But what do those investigators think actually happened in the Trump-Russia affair — at least,...

Our View: How will history view anti-immigrant hysteria?
Our View: How will history view anti-immigrant hysteria?
Politicians and citizens should aspire to be on the side of benevolence
Pearce | I’m the one fighting for Hamley’s

I read the editorial about Hamley’s in Saturday’s paper with some curiosity. As one of the subjects of the criticism handed out so freely,...

Goldberg | The Trump apologists and the crying children
Goldberg | The Trump apologists and the crying children

Apparently there are some people close to Donald Trump with the capacity for shame. Not decency or courage, of course, but at least furtive recognition that they’re complicit in something vile.

Over the past few days, stories of...

Our view | What should health care in Oregon look like?
Our view | What should health care in Oregon look like?

The state’s top health official is traveling the state, asking that question at 10 public meetings. The responses will help shape health care for about one-fourth of Oregonians, those who are on the state Medicaid program known as the Oregon...

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...

Leonhardt: Big business is squashing small
Leonhardt: Big business is squashing small

The next round of media consolidation has arrived. AT&T has bought Time Warner, thanks to a federal judge’s ruling last week. Comcast and Disney are fighting with each other to buy 21st Century Fox. CBS, Verizon and Viacom, among others,...

Letter | Housing in Pendleton being held for ransom

This is my opinion on the article posted in the East Oregonian on June 14 about the developer housing project.

Our view: Hamley’s deserves better
Our view: Hamley’s deserves better

For years, the fate of a venerable Pendleton institution has hung in the balance as the two co-owners of Hamley and Company have engaged in a personal dispute that has now spilled into the courtroom.

Hamley’s is an important and valuable...

Letter | Shifting priorities for Pendleton development

The Stillman Park street and shelter area and the walkway above the Little League Park, both designated no smoking areas, are going head-to-head for the undisputed title of the city’s largest ashtray. Stillman does get a few bonus points as a...

Smith: Secret Service confidential
Smith: Secret Service confidential

I am disengaged from politics because neither the Democratic nor Republican Party has ever convinced me that they are interested in working people, in an equitable redistribution of wealth, or will ever put an end to war. I am an informal member of...

Op-Ed | Oregon DHS needs all hands to help children
Op-Ed | Oregon DHS needs all hands to help children

Taking care of Oregon’s most vulnerable is at the heart of the Department of Human Services. To do that, we rely on thousands of incredibly caring people who work very hard under extreme circumstances to do their best. Our staff are on the...

Brooks| Personalism: The philosophy we need
Brooks| Personalism: The philosophy we need

One of the lessons of a life in journalism is that people are always way more complicated than you think. We talk in shorthand about “Trump voters” or “social justice warriors,” but when you actually meet people they defy...

Smith | Loggers and wood manufacturing are keys to forest health
Smith | Loggers and wood manufacturing are keys to forest health

Arizona and New Mexico once had a vibrant forest products industry that contributed to the social, economic and environmental vitality of the region. That infrastructure disappeared as changes in federal forest policy all but eliminated timber...

Trail | Normal isn’t normal anymore
Trail | Normal isn’t normal anymore

Ah, “the new normal” — how many times have you heard those words in the past few years? Endless security lines at airports? Bitter partisan politics? Working multiple jobs with no benefits? All of these are “the new...

Letter | Cost of rents, mortgages is out of control

I read the recent paper about the HUD proposal for rent hikes, “to move people out of poverty,” and had to laugh. I heard years ago, no more than 30 percent of your wages should go for housing. I still believe that should be true. Is...

Letter | Oregon, local rivers benefit from salmon recovery funds

The Milton-Freewater region, and also much of Oregon, has benefited from the federal funding investment of the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funds (PCSRF) that have come to Oregon to restore salmon and steelhead populations in our rivers. Locally,...

Bruni | How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump
Bruni | How to lose the midterms and re-elect Trump

Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters:

I get that you’re angry. I’m angry, too. But anger isn’t a strategy. Sometimes it’s a trap. When you find yourself spewing four-letter words, you’ve...

Other views | Restoring commercial air from Salem not being a priority

“Risk mitigation.”

That’s what an aviation consultant calls the $1.7 million to $2 million the Salem community is expected to bank in advance if it wants commercial aviation service returned to McNary Field.

The...

Our view | World peace and the World Cup
Our view | World peace and the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off today and, for a world in turmoil, it could not arrive at a better time.

Some international athletic tournaments have long had the high ideals of promoting entertainment and sport, along with peace and rule-bound...

Marketplace

Columnists

Murdock | Can a writer learn to draw?

I picked up the pencil and held it in my right hand. When was the last time I picked up a pencil for me? For something I wanted to do for me and...

Egan| Trickle down Trumpsters and the debasement of language

On Father’s Day last week, the highest-paid employee of Washington State University tweeted out a video of a 2014 speech by Barack Obama...

Hebert | Rules for older drivers
Kristof: Trump wasn’t first to separate families, but policy was still evil
Olson | Tariffs on China could burn rural Oregon

Editorials

Our view: It’s time for Trump to prove himself on trade
How much longer is the self-described deal-maker going to take?
Other views | Oregon ahead of the curve on voting rights

Two news stories last week serve as a reminder of how far Oregon has come in its efforts to remove barriers to voting — and to offer...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Statewide officials, statewide perspective
Our View: How will history view anti-immigrant hysteria?

Letters to the Editor

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...

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...

Letter | We must do better than cruelty
Letter | Policy of separating families has no place in this country
Letter | Separating children unacceptable and appalling

Submit a Letter to the Editor