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Our view: Cascadia, from Eastern Oregon

You might not even notice it. A low, distant rumble may be all Eastern Oregon feels of the most destructive natural disaster in this country’s history.

Cascadia. A massive earthquake off the Pacific coast registering above 8.0 on the...

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Murdock: The nose knows what the nose knows
Murdock: The nose knows what the nose knows

Yesterday was cold. The sky stayed the color of a cloud all day long. In fact, it felt like a cloud was touching me and the world I live in most of the afternoon. It was a cold kind of cloud that hung low and seemed to press in on all of us from every...

Walden: Local work critical to federal fight on opioids
Walden: Local work critical to federal fight on opioids

The recent news story (East Oregonian, Jan. 23) regarding Dr. Chuck Hofmann’s work to help patients addicted to opioids reveals the challenges we face all across Oregon and underscores the importance of legislation I helped pass last...

Bates: Oregon’s wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate Bill 694
Bates: Oregon’s wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate Bill 694

For almost 100 years, Oregon has honored its wounded warriors — our disabled veterans — with a property tax exemption. At one time, research shows, this exemption was more than 100 percent of the value of a median single family dwelling...

LIMEY PASTOR: Nightmare of a dreamer
LIMEY PASTOR: Nightmare of a dreamer

My wife, Jeanne and I have been very close to a young man, I shall call “H,” for a number of years. When my wife was very ill a couple of years ago, he befriended us and helped my wife around the house and with her garden and cared very...

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

A kick in the pants to the plan to sell the Elliott State Forest.

This is a bad idea — an idea that even Governor Kate Brown, who first came up with it — now opposes. Brown this month voted against that plan to sell the forest to a...

Letter: Take time to select new Pendleton superintendent

Dave Krumbein’s advice on searching for a new Pendleton school superintendent makes a lot of sense to me — hire an interim superintendent to give school board members time to do a thorough search instead of following an arbitrary...

Letter: Citizens question Adams city council vote

From a concerned citizens’ group in Adams: It is our belief that in June 2016, some of the city council of Adams at that time acted with impropriety and possible illegality (the matter is still under investigation) in the manner in which they...

Letter: No easy solution for Milton-Freewater mobile home park

It is with gratitude that I write to thank you for shining a light on the situation at Locust Mobile Village (Page A4, Feb. 17.) It was good to have an EO reporter at the recent meeting of the Milton-Freewater City Council.

Unfortunately, the...

Brooks: This century is broken
Brooks: This century is broken

Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars,...

Letter: Deny proposed Pendleton dispensary across from bus stop

As a resident of Pendleton for 28 years, I am deeply concerned about recent events that are changing the face of Pendleton and will affect the well being of our children and families.

The Pendleton Planning Commission received a conditional use...

Letter: Trump’s first 100 days will be as successful as any

In early November 2016, pre-election, the Dow Jones closed at 18,200. On Feb. 20, the Dow Jones was at 20,600. This is a gain of 2,400 points, which translates to a gain of $2 trillion. Donald Trump has had a stream of CEO/business people to the White...

Bruni: Milo is the mini-Donald

If you halved Donald Trump’s age, changed his sexual orientation, gave him a British accent and fussed with his hair only a little, you’d end up with a creature much like Milo Yiannopoulos.

He could be Trump’s lost...

Our view: Where there’s a ways, there’s a means

Last week Hermiston hosted the powerful Joint Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for crafting budget policy for the state of Oregon.

These are the kinds of meetings that happen throughout the legislative session, in corridors all...

Letter: Waste of time to protest against America’s laws

Waste of time to protest against America’s laws

A day without immigrants? What a farce. Everyone in the United States of America is here as the result of immigration except for American Indians and Eskimos.

I don’t know of...

Letter: Hard to get bottle deposit anywhere in Pendleton

I read your story about collecting 10 cents on cans and bottles you only paid a 5-cent deposit on. What a joke. I can’t even get stores in Pendleton to take cans that I have bought at their business. I thought there was a bottle bill in...

Letter: Time is now to overhaul government

These are very interesting times. A time of change. Now is the time to drain Oregon’s swamp.

Our public employees retirement systems must be changed and all of the public employees need to join Social Security with the rest of us. Why...

Other views: Sound the alarm on higher education funding

Oregon’s dominant Democrats have been sounding the alarm about the future of K-12 school funding since Nov. 8.

On that day, their widely ballyhooed revenue plan died at the hands of voters, who saw it for what it was — an attempt...

YORK: NATO says yes to Mr. Trump

Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its...

OUR VIEW: On Presidents Day, we celebrate the good ones
OUR VIEW: On Presidents Day, we celebrate the good ones

Presidential biographers will tell you there are flaws in all of their subjects. But at certain moments, when the chips were down — such as the nation’s birth, the Civil War, World War II — the right leader showed up to meet an...

Letter: Hermiston schools bond much too expensive

The Hermiston School District is ramping up for another large bond issue. The one in 2008 runs for 29 years; this proposal would also run for 29 years.

Various school taxes are now in excess of 50 percent of your total property taxes. About a...

Letter: Electoral College needs overhaul

After reading Ken Parsons’ recent letter in “Your Views” (Feb. 16) it seems only fair to raise a few other points regarding the Electoral College. The argument that the Electoral College balances the rural and urban vote sounds...

DOUTHAT: Beltway panic, Wall Street zen

The most grounded fears about a Donald Trump presidency have always involved incompetence rather than malevolence, the perils of a catastrophically weak presidency rather than the prospect of a near-dictatorship.

So far, many of these fears are...

Culture Corner: Getting nerdy with The Nerdwriter
Culture Corner: Getting nerdy with The Nerdwriter

Video essayist Evan Puschak embraces writer Robert Heinlein’s notion “specialization is for insects.”

I stumbled upon Puschak’s work this past weekend while seeking online analysis of Denis Villeneuve’s...

Our view: OSAA should imagine there’s no borders

Each time the Oregon School Activities Association looks to reclassify the state’s schools, Eastern Oregon has the most at stake.

Our schools are spread out under big skies, split apart by wheat fields and mountain ranges. Where the...

Hebert: Of Yoruba chickens, the god Ogun, and taxis
Hebert: Of Yoruba chickens, the god Ogun, and taxis

Is it possible for a nation to embrace all manner of modern (read Western) ways without losing its soul?

Well, the Japanese and the Vietnamese and the Koreans have learned best practices from the western world and improved upon many without...

Stewart: Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner
Stewart: Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner lived through almost the entire 20th century and wrote his way through more than half of it. His fan mail started with a trickle in the 1930s, opened up to a flow in 1943, after the publication of “The Big Rock Candy...

Letter: Pendleton fire station, and EOTEC update

Public safety, though important, did not make it into the top four goals of the mayor and new city council. Could it be because of the dramatic increase in the estimated cost of a new fire station at near double the original estimate? Perhaps it was...

Letter: New columnists would be good people to know

One of the quality tests of a columnist is whether you would like to know them personally. With that in mind, I would say you have done very well with your choices of Saturday columnists. Both Matt Wood and J.D. Smith meet this criterion.

Don...

Brooks: What a failed Trump Administration looks like
Brooks: What a failed Trump Administration looks like

I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Donald Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through...

LIMEY PASTOR: Marriage and the milestones

It was our 31st wedding anniversary this last Valentine’s day. Saint Valentine ’s Day is the best day for weddings, because there is no chance that you’ll be caught flat-footed by the time creeping up on you. All commerce is pink...

Columnists

Kristof: Fight Trump, not his voters

A few days ago, I blithely tweeted a warning that Democrats often sound patronizing when speaking of Trump voters. That provoked a vehement...

Murdock: The nose knows what the nose knows

Yesterday was cold. The sky stayed the color of a cloud all day long. In fact, it felt like a cloud was touching me and the world I live in most...

Walden: Local work critical to federal fight on opioids
Bates: Oregon’s wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate Bill 694
LIMEY PASTOR: Nightmare of a dreamer

Editorials

Our view: Cascadia, from Eastern Oregon

You might not even notice it. A low, distant rumble may be all Eastern Oregon feels of the most destructive natural disaster in this...

Our view: Tips and kicks

A kick in the pants to the plan to sell the Elliott State Forest.

This is a bad idea — an idea that even Governor Kate Brown, who...

Our view: Where there’s a ways, there’s a means
Other views: Sound the alarm on higher education funding
OUR VIEW: On Presidents Day, we celebrate the good ones

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Threats cause commissioner to abandon his principles

The headline of George Murdock’s Feb. 11 column cut to the chase. Murdock himself is for immigration but nervous that the president could...

Letter: Obama oversaw much larger market gains

Before the Republicans get giddy with glee about the recent stock market surge, let’s remember that on Election Day in 2008, the Dow was...

Letter: Take time to select new Pendleton superintendent
Letter: Citizens question Adams city council vote
Letter: No easy solution for Milton-Freewater mobile home park

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