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Editorial: Another farm bill deadline missed
Editorial: Another farm bill deadline missed
Senate and House conferees are confident they will reach agreement and pass a bill before the end of the year. We’ll see.

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Letter | Walden’s constituents aren’t stupid

In the televised debate against Jamie McLeod-Skinner on October 5, Greg Walden claimed to support the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He stated, “I have consistently supported children’s health insurance programs and, in...

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A few years ago, I got to spend two weeks in the Fishtrap writing cabin on the Imnaha River. High spring runoff and the click of laptop keys were the only sounds we heard all day. But after a late-afternoon walk in that beautiful canyon and...

Letter | Walden fails to protect health coverage

I am writing this letter to you in support of Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress.

We need new ideas and new blood in this very important position. The present congressman has for a very long time not been responsive to the voice of the people and...

Letter | If you sign up, you show up

I was shocked at how little Greg Walden really knows about his district, as evidenced in the October 5 KTVZ (Bend television station) debate with Jamie McLeod-Skinner. I can only assume that is because Greg Walden has chosen to not follow a basic rule...

Other views | Why we left the Umatilla County Health Department

It saddens and frustrates us that our departures from Umatilla County are being held against George Murdock.

We can understand it would be easy to assume that our resignations from Umatilla County Public Health were due to issues with...

Our view | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants
Our view | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants

A tip of the hat to the growing partnership between the city of Hermiston and Hermiston School District.

A formalized facilities agreement was announced at this week’s city council meeting.

Letter | Voters won’t forget Walden’s vote against pre-existing coverage protection

Is Greg Walden’s nose growing? It should be! In the October 5 debate on KTVZ with Jamie McLeod-Skinner, he blatantly lied about his attempts to remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

McLeod-Skinner spelled out his...

Letter | Second district has stagnated under Walden

As the midterm elections approach, it is time to replace Greg Walden. Mr. Walden was once a capable representative, but as of late, he, like the party that he represents, has lost his way. Since he thinks that his seat is safe and his re-election is...

Letter | Murdock works to make every department better

We have known George Murdock, Donna and their family since he came to Pendleton nearly 20 years ago to serve as superintendent of our education service district. Over the years since, George has worn many hats, all of which entailed community...

Letter | Gomolski has what it takes

I am asking you to vote for Mark Gomolski for Hermistion City Council.

I have known Mark Gomolski since he moved to Hermiston. I have worked with Mark Gomolski on a number of different projects. Mark is a very hard worker with a strong moral...

Letter | More women needed on Round-Up board

The Pendleton Round-Up Board of Directors needs to include more women. There are 19 directors, and only one of the members is female.

According to the 2017 Census, 47 percent of residents in Umatilla County are women. And yet, females only make...

Letter | Walden has lost touch with district

In the past, I have happily cast ballots for Greg Walden. I was glad when he came to Congress, closing out the embarrassing Wes Cooley affair with the promise of sober, reasonable, and involved representation. Walden lived up to that promise for...

Letter | Many thanks to ‘The Knights of Columbus’

I want to make the public aware of a wonderful organization called “The Knights of Columbus” and the fantastic things that they do for the people of Hermiston. This organization supports folks in need and is affiliated with Our Lady of...

Letter | Kavanaugh appointment a step against abortion

For my friends who are up in arms about Kavanaugh you might consider some dissonant facts. For instance, in our rural area, a strong majority of women supported the nomination with a big reason in mind: he opposes killing babies. As I do.

Letter | Walden’s policies threaten health care coverage

Walden’s policies threaten health care coverage for the members of our community who need it most. Walden said he’d uphold protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, but he went to Washington, D.C., and wrote a bill that...

Letter | Murdock gives taxpayers their money’s worth

George Murdock is the right person at the right time to continue the progress Umatilla County has made with its finances and the reorganization of county departments. Retired Sheriff John Trumbo, in a recent letter to the editor of this newspaper, was...

Letter | Gomolski qualified for council spot

We are endorsing Mark Gomolski for a Hermiston City Council position.

With his extensive experience working in our community he will be a thoughtful, approachable and committed councilman. More than anything, he wants to represent the people of...

Wood | When the new tractor breaks down

Recent morning temperatures at our place have been cool enough to “burn down” the foliage on the tomato patch in the garden and inspire a certain sense of urgency concerning tasks that need to be completed before the mercury in the...

Hansell | Drawing up the playbook in the legislative preseason
Hansell | Drawing up the playbook in the legislative preseason

Football season usually begins at every level of competition in the month of September. Preseason is over, the players are in shape, their positions have been determined, and the playbook has been memorized. Teams and their fans are ready to...

Letter | Murdock makes tough decisions, gets results

As a veteran of 16 county budget cycles, I have a fairly good idea of some of the budget challenges Umatilla County has experienced over the years. The sheriff’s office had less than half of the patrol staff that was needed for basic service,...

Letter | Gomolski a man of the people

I support Mark Gomolski for city council. I have known Mark for over 30 years. He cares about people. He loves our Hermiston — that’s why I moved here. He is the right person for the job.

Vote for Mark for city...

Letter | Murdock an asset to county

I fully support George Murdock for re-election to county commissioner. I have known how much he has served the county: he balanced the budget, cut waste, and reached out to all sections of the county. His knowledge in county government is an asset we...

Our view | Half-measures and full consequences
Our view | Half-measures and full consequences

The initiative process is the citizenry’s tool to directly enact change in state government.

It can be used to answer questions the Legislature is unwilling to tackle (as in Measure 91 in 2014, which legalized recreational marijuana),...

Letter | Measure 105 won’t make us safer

I have had recent conversations with local farmers, community leaders and law enforcement officials regarding Measure 105 in Oregon. The consensus is that we do not have a serious problem in rural Oregon that warrants such dangerous and extreme...

Letter | Gomolski has gift for cooperation

I am writing this letter of support for the election of Mark Gomolski to the Hermiston City Council.

In my experience with Mark during volunteer projects he demonstrates honesty, a listening ear, and a gift for cooperating with others to get...

Letter | Elect Pullen for County Commissioner

It’s been a busy summer and these days no self-respecting travois would try to use our farm-to-market road. It has returned to primal dust.

It’s a county road, the responsibility of our three County Commissioners. Their job is to...

Farley | Pendleton’s response to World War I
Farley | Pendleton’s response to World War I

One hundred years ago, U.S. forces geared up with their British and French allies for a big push to end the First World War. Some 1,000 men represented Pendleton and Umatilla County in their ranks. Meanwhile, their friends and neighbors did what they...

Letter | Education should go beyond politics

Please join me in supporting public education.

Funding isn’t the only factor when it comes to our students’ success in public schools, but it is a critical one.

Oregon schools have made significant gains in recent years to...

Letter | Measure 105 impedes reform

Recently I attended a Regional Workforce Summit. People from the private and public sectors came together to discuss myriad aspects necessary to having a ready, willing, able, and qualified workforce in the region.

The economy here is doing...

Our View | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants
Our View | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants

A tip of the hat to Brent and Janelle Hampton for their efforts to revitalize the old Pilot Rock schoolhouse.

As small rural towns have declined in population in the last century, some of these former community gathering places...

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Other views | Why we left the Umatilla County Health Department

It saddens and frustrates us that our departures from Umatilla County are being held against George Murdock.

We can understand it...

Wood | When the new tractor breaks down

Recent morning temperatures at our place have been cool enough to “burn down” the foliage on the tomato patch in the garden and...

Hansell | Drawing up the playbook in the legislative preseason
Farley | Pendleton’s response to World War I
York | Democrats move Kavanaugh goalposts far, far away

Editorials

Editorial: Another farm bill deadline missed
Senate and House conferees are confident they will reach agreement and pass a bill before the end of the year. We’ll see.
Our view | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants

A tip of the hat to the growing partnership between the city of Hermiston and Hermiston School District.

A...

Our view | Half-measures and full consequences
Our View | Tip of the hat, kick in the pants
Our view | Autonomous cars will arrive sooner than you think

Letters to the Editor

Letter | Murdock’s leadership efforts show

We urge you to vote for George Murdock for County Commissioner.

He has shown fiscal leadership in developing a new budget process, a...

Letter | Gomolski won’t let Hermiston down

It gives me great pleasure to let you, the people of Hermiston, know about my friend Mark Gomolski.

I have known Mark Gomolski for about...

Letter | Murdock is involved, successful
Letter | Walden’s constituents aren’t stupid
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