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OUR VIEW: The cost of war, at home and abroad
OUR VIEW: The cost of war, at home and abroad

On Monday we honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice — giving their life because their country sent them to war.

Americans answer the call. Generation after generation, the urge to serve our nation draws excellent people into...

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LETTER: ‘Death Panel’ must be put down

The GOP failed to repeal Obamacare, and with that, left in place one of its most destructive pieces. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), sometimes called the “Death Panel,” is a provision of Obamacare disliked by Republicans...

Smith: Memorial Day a tradition of courage and sacrifice
Smith: Memorial Day a tradition of courage and sacrifice

Memorial Day is a holiday rooted in tradition. Every year, thousands of Oregonians participate in ceremonies, parades and other solemn events. But long before the first Memorial Day processions wound their way down city streets, long before...

Stalling: What’s behind ballot-box biology

Last year, a group of Montanans, including wildlife biologists and hunters, launched a ballot initiative that would have banned trapping on public lands. They called trapping barbaric because people’s pets, as well as threatened and...

Buckstein: Kicker envy, 2017 edition

Individual Oregon income taxpayers may receive kicker refunds when they file their 2017 tax returns based on a percentage of the state income tax they paid in 2016. Based on the May revenue forecast, $408 million could be coming back to taxpayers,...

LETTER: Help Spray rent some portable toilets for eclipse

In your article “Spray Grapples with Predicted Influx of Eclipse Tourists” (Friday, May 12, 2017) the article you presented by Aaron Scott (OPB) summarized the concerns of Spray with three specific questions. You presented the article...

LETTER: Time for a fresh look at priorities

Available energy and water are the keys to economic development. Both are conspicuously absent for developers of the industrial property on the road to nowhere. Recently it’s been reported that on completion, the new Yellowhawk Clinic with an...

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 class of 2017, and particularly the hundreds of students in our communities who will accept their diplomas in the coming weeks.

For the last 13 years these students have been enrolled in our schools, learning both the...

Friedman: A road trip through rusting and rising America

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Donald Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like...

Our view: In Salem, both parties found way to support pay equity

Oregon is setting a national example for ensuring that employees are paid equally for performing equal work.

In doing so, Oregon also has shown how Democrats and Republicans can work together. And it happened because of the 2017...

Letter: City of Echo bullying resident to condemn his land

I read with interest the East Oregonian article concerning the city of Echo taking Michael Yunker’s property by condemnation for a water treatment facility. In a letter the city indicated that it would be better for him to voluntarily...

Letter: Don’t make God responsible for Trump’s election

I can just see God now. St. Peter tapped him on the shoulder and handed him the East Oregonian containing the Ron Ingle letter giving Him credit (blame?) for the Donald Trump farce of a presidency. Did he chuckle, frown or puke at the thought of being...

York: At this rate, it won’t matter if Trump colluded with Russia

Throughout the Trump-Russia investigation, the core question — the question that mattered above all others — was whether President Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to try to influence the 2016 election. If there were proof of...

Letter: More takeaways from Pendleton drone industry

The op-ed article I wrote for Saturday’s East Oregonian (“Drone range a development opportunity”) went through considerable editing after submission. Verbose writing is a risk when a former editorial writer like me does a guest...

Our view: Building literal bridges across partisan divide

There is no reason that a large-scale transportation plan cannot be a bipartisan project. Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, bikers and truckers, 1 percenters and the rest of us — we all benefit from an efficient, safe and affordable...

Letter: Sherman Co. weed problem about to get worse for nearby farms

A serious misunderstanding is circulating concerning Azure Farms’ weed problem. It is that they would lose organic status on crops currently growing if the county was to make an application of synthetic pesticides. This is not true.

The...

Letter: Most scientists believe in global warming

Do most scientists believe in global warming? I wish I could say no. Nothing would make me happier, and I mean that. Unfortunately, most scientists do believe in global warming. Beyond that, they believe that it’s caused by human activity. We...

Leonhardt: It’s time to worry about health care in the Senate

While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the past two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans.

There is an alarmingly large chance that...

Culture Corner: ‘My Family’s Slave’
Culture Corner: ‘My Family’s Slave’
Alex Tizon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who died March 23, wrote his last article about his family’s slave for The Atlantic.
Krugman: The unfreeing of American workers

American conservatives love to talk about freedom. Milton Friedman’s famous pro-capitalist book and TV series were titled “Free to Choose.” And the hard-liners in the House pushing for a complete dismantling of Obamacare call...

LETTER: School district must go back to basics

The recent Hermiston school bond issue reminds me of a professor I had in college. He was very smart but had no common sense. This is why I think the school board needs to change their thinking — you can’t keep building large campuses...

Our View: Buying, selling ag land has new impact

There’s more to an agricultural land sale than a willing buyer and a willing seller.

A farm or ranch changing hands can impact neighbors and the local economy almost as much as the parties directly involved.

That’s why when...

LETTER: Controlling invasive animals best way to maintain balance

Many biological studies have been done showing how invasive species affect the natural species of an area. In Wyoming the mountain goats are gaining in population and the bighorns are declining in population. I believe that we as humans should take...

Smith: The love story of Waylon and Sylvia
Smith: The love story of Waylon and Sylvia

I believe in free public education at all levels.

In the last year before school consolidation, I taught nine students in a wood frame schoolhouse, way out on the hard red winter wheatfields of northwest Montana.

There was no school bus.

Our view: Growing pains hit Hermiston

Hermiston hit a rough patch this week, as growing pains caught up to Eastern Oregon’s largest city with the defeat of a $104 million school bond.

It came as a shock to many in the city and school district, where bonds had been in the...

Letter: Public option the best choice for American health care

On Feb. 10, I attended a town hall meeting held by Rep. Greg Walden in Boardman, pretty far from my home in Juniper Flat in south Wasco county. At the time it was the closest scheduled town hall in District 2. I have since attending town halls in The...

Stephens: ‘The Flight 93 election’ crashes again

In case you’ve had the pleasure of forgetting, “The Flight 93 Election” was the title of a portentous essay, published in September under a Roman pseudonym in The Claremont Review of Books, that declared the stakes for the United...

Forrester: Drone range a development opportunity

I hesitate to say that something is new in Pendleton’s economy after dashed hopes over the years.

Why has Pendleton not landed payrolls that have gone to Hermiston? Several reasons.

If you need bare land near interstate highways,...

Gulliford: A river trip ends in tragedy
Gulliford: A river trip ends in tragedy

As spring returns to the West, I think about a day last summer when we packed for a rafting trip, never thinking to pack for death. We took clothes, cameras, river gear, sleeping bags and tents. We never dreamed there might be a tragedy, a whitewater...

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

A kick in the pants to the three out of every four eligible voters who failed to return their ballots to be counted in Tuesday’s election.

In Umatilla County, only 26.3 percent of those registered participated in the...

Other views: Malware attack an indirect public service announcement

The particularly nasty computer program dubbed “WannaCry” that attacked hospitals, businesses and government agencies around the world this past weekend was like a cybercrime highlight reel, a compilation of by-now familiar elements...

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Columnists

Murdock: Counting up the days

It’s quiet outside. I can hear frogs croaking, the dishwasher running and a train whistling as it heads through the tunnel along the...

Smith: Memorial Day a tradition of courage and sacrifice

Memorial Day is a holiday rooted in tradition. Every year, thousands of Oregonians participate in ceremonies, parades and other solemn...

Stalling: What’s behind ballot-box biology
Buckstein: Kicker envy, 2017 edition
Friedman: A road trip through rusting and rising America

Editorials

OUR VIEW: The cost of war, at home and abroad

On Monday we honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice — giving their life because their country sent them to war.

Americans...

Our view: Missed opportunity to raise money, crops, taxes

No one is pleased that the Westland Irrigation District pulled out of the Central Project plan earlier this week.

Dollars that could have...

OUR VIEW: Tip of the hat, kick in the pants
Our view: In Salem, both parties found way to support pay equity
Our view: Building literal bridges across partisan divide

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: How will new trail affect traffic?

There have been several articles regarding new projects in Hermiston. Improving turn lanes for trucks, the new senior center project, etc. Today...

LETTER: ‘Death Panel’ must be put down

The GOP failed to repeal Obamacare, and with that, left in place one of its most destructive pieces. The Independent Payment Advisory Board...

LETTER: Help Spray rent some portable toilets for eclipse
LETTER: Time for a fresh look at priorities
Letter: City of Echo bullying resident to condemn his land

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