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Wattenburger: Keep the empty seat warm this Thanksgiving

Last Thanksgiving afternoon we arrived at the La Quinta Inn in Caldwell, Idaho, road weary in the way all parents of small children understand.

Hauling as many bags, stuffed animals and miscellaneous snack packages as my arms and shoulders could...

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Our views: Let’s help each other cope with the perils of aging
Our views: Let’s help each other cope with the perils of aging
Planning and communication are key to keeping people with dementia safe.
Other views: Farmers, ranchers need NAFTA

With the fifth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement set to begin Thursday, Nebraskans whose livelihoods are in or tied to agriculture have reason to be nervous.

Uncertainty surrounding the fate of the pact between the...

Letter: Starkey wolf killing deserves thorough investigation

The wolf shot and killed near Starkey Experimental Station Nov. 2 deserved a thorough investigation before Union County’s DA gave the story any credence. The hunter’s claim of self-defense goes against all science regarding wolf behavior...

Leonhardt: America is now an outlier on driving deaths
Leonhardt: America is now an outlier on driving deaths

This week, millions of Americans will climb into their cars to visit family. Unfortunately, they will have to travel on the most dangerous roads in the industrialized world.

It didn’t used to be this way. A generation ago, driving...

Our view: How high will anti-Trump wave reach?

As we publish this, some polls show a Democratic candidate ahead by 12 points in an Alabama Senate race. Yes, that Alabama.

Sure, it’s hard to imagine a worse Republican candidate — Roy Moore is a well-documented sexual...

Letter: Megafires caused by climate change, not fire suppression

The remedy for an alcoholic is not more alcohol. It was surprising, therefore, that the gathering to consider forest issues in Medford was informed that fire suppression has caused an over-dense forest susceptible to further wildfire and then focused...

Other views: Forest thinning bill unlikely to limit fires

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden says a forest-thinning bill that passed the House Nov. 1 will dramatically reduce the severe wildfires that choked the region in smoke this past summer. If the legislation would accomplish that, it would be worth supporting. But...

Brooks: Our elites still don’t get it

John Bowlby is the father of attachment theory, which explains how humans are formed by relationships early in life, and are given the tools to go out and lead their lives. The most famous Bowlby sentence is this one: “All of us, from...

Smith: Two rural dining experiences
Smith: Two rural dining experiences

ONE: When I first patronized the place, I don’t think the The Club was formally called The Club. I think it was just the local name for the establishment. The only signage identifying it as a café/bar was a plywood sign on the roof,...

Goldfarb: We are all on unstable ground
Goldfarb: We are all on unstable ground

In 2015, Kathryn Schulz, a writer at The New Yorker, published “The Really Big One,” a meticulous evocation of the oceanic earthquake that will someday drown the Pacific Northwest beneath a tsunami. I lived in Seattle then, and the quake...

Stamm: How and why to talk about privilege
Stamm: How and why to talk about privilege

For many of us, the approaching holidays will be charged with unease. We will step out of our echo chambers and find ourselves sitting down with family and friends we rarely talk to in person and who may have radically different views.

What if...

LIMEY PASTOR: Crimes of power

One of my choicest sermons (that I wrote and liked) was entitled the “Commandments of Jesus,” and dealt with many of the commandments that Jesus left us in the New Testament and sayings thereof.

We study little of these as...

Tip of the hat; kick in the pants

A tip of the hat to our soon-to-be robot overlord “Vahana,” which arrived in Pendleton this week.

The “uber in the sky” — a flying, unmanned taxi — will be tested at Eastern Oregon...

Kristof: Billionaires desperately need our help

It is so hard to be a billionaire these days!

A new yacht can cost $300 million. And you wouldn’t believe what a pastry chef earns — and if you hire just one, to work weekdays, how can you possibly survive on...

Other views: Disdain the dams, but hydropower is clean energy

We understand the disdain some people have for hydroelectric dams.

They turn free-flowing rivers into stagnant reservoirs.

They interfere with, or block altogether, the migration of anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead.

But...

Letter: Keep county free from all poisons

Imagine if our local political leadership worked toward passing laws treating drug dealers similar to noxious weeds. Drug dealers are invasive, traveling county to county, crossing state lines. They distribute harmful poison in a faulty, careless and...

Our view: Control your guns

Perhaps no stories are more difficult to write and read than those about young children harmed through no fault of their own.

Sometimes this is due to health issues, other times accidents or crimes. No matter the cause, it’s excruciating...

Goldberg: I believe Juanita
Goldberg: I believe Juanita

On Friday evening MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a tweet that electrified online conservatives: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats...

Other views: Country control over federal lands
Editorials from around Oregon
York: At Air Force Academy, a perfect hoax for age of Trump

It’s hard to exaggerate the praise heaped on Air Force Gen. Jay Silveria after his impassioned speech against racism went viral at the end of September. Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, spoke after five black cadet candidates...

Our view: Poaching punishment

This hunting season, plenty of deer and elk have been harvested from the fertile mountains of Eastern Oregon.

Many of them were taken legally. But too many were not.

Poaching has been a problem since the first king laid down the first...

Letter: Tim White a different kind of congressional candidate

I’m writing in support of a different sort of candidate for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District — different because of his independence from party dogma and a real desire to see benefit to the residents of our district.

Other views: Bring your gun to church
Recent editorials from Texas newspapers
Brooks: The existing Democratic majority
Brooks: The existing Democratic majority

By David Brooks

New York Times News Service

We’re all familiar with a certain political geography. Democrats win the cities, Republicans win the rural areas, and the battlegrounds are in the suburbs. In general, Democrats win...

LETTER: Movers, shakers and my friends

Recently, I was approached by a local citizen who was plenty upset after reading a recent letter I had written that was published in the East Oregonian. Apparently he feels that I’m too sarcastic in my criticism of some actions taken by our...

Roy Moore should face 
defamation suit from God
Roy Moore should face defamation suit from God

For decades, one of the most sanctimonious moralizers in U.S. politics has been Roy Moore, the longtime Bible-thumper in Alabama who crusaded against gays, transgender people, Islam and “sexual perversion.”

Moore suggested just...

LETTER: Westland needs a farmer like Bellinger

Much can be said for Jack Bellinger’s experience and impact as a director on the Westland Board. However, I would also like to highlight his excellent contributions as a member of the local community.

A skilled and hardworking farmer,...

OUR VIEW: Governor’s energy orders set unrealistic standards
Building regulations would be onerous for private business
LIMEY PASTOR: The Church of the Night

I miss my friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I miss the bulky greenness of Boardman, with its windy promontories and weather, and … oh I miss its surprising weather!

I enjoy the congregational letters to me very much. I am pleased...

Letter: In wolf killing, trust hunter in the field

I read in your newspaper the opinion of a retired biologist of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife doubting the account of the hunter who shot and killed a female wolf while hunting elk in the Starkey Unit.

Evidently, the wolf was shot...

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Wattenburger: Keep the empty seat warm this Thanksgiving

Last Thanksgiving afternoon we arrived at the La Quinta Inn in Caldwell, Idaho, road weary in the way all parents of small children...

Brooks: How evil is tech?

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has...

Douthat: What if Ken Starr was right?
Leonhardt: America is now an outlier on driving deaths
Brooks: Our elites still don’t get it

Editorials

Our views: Let’s help each other cope with the perils of aging
Planning and communication are key to keeping people with dementia safe.
Other views: Farmers, ranchers need NAFTA

With the fifth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement set to begin Thursday, Nebraskans whose livelihoods are in or tied...

Our view: How high will anti-Trump wave reach?
Other views: Forest thinning bill unlikely to limit fires
Tip of the hat; kick in the pants

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Walden’s votes in Congress will cost him votes in election

This letter is directed to my neighbors in Oregon’s Second Congressional District who, like me, have been supporters of our Representative...

Letter: Starkey wolf killing deserves thorough investigation

The wolf shot and killed near Starkey Experimental Station Nov. 2 deserved a thorough investigation before Union County’s DA gave the story...

Letter: Megafires caused by climate change, not fire suppression
Letter: Keep county free from all poisons
Letter: Tim White a different kind of congressional candidate

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