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Our view: Our choices for Pendleton city council
Our view: Our choices for Pendleton city council

There has been a dramatic change in the makeup of Pendleton City Council in the last few years. McKennon McDonald, just 27 years old, will have gone from the newest city councilor to the second-most tenured in just one term.

More changes are in...

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Letter: Re-elect Givens for commissioner

I support Larry Givens in his race for Umatilla County Commissioner. Although I do not know his opponent, I just can’t see the case for making a change. Larry has been a conscientious and hard-working commissioner, and has given of his time and...

Letter: Murdock looks for common ground

I am writing to endorse my friend, George Murdock, for re-election to the Umatilla County Commission.

Those that know George know that he has years of valuable experience in management of people and public resources. As an educator,...

Letter: Murdock has skill set to succeed

Umatilla County is extremely fortunate to have attracted a seasoned and successful former school administrator to a county commissioner seat. It is in our best interest to support George Murdock in his bid for a second term and hope that less...

Letter: Send Crary to Congress

The primary election is approaching fast. Time to elect Jim Crary to represent Oregon Congressional District 2.

Jim’s campaign 100 percent funded by individual donations — no PACS, corporations, or special interests. He has signed...

Letter: Murdock an action-oriented leader

Please join me in supporting George Murdock for county commissioner. In his first term as county commissioner he has demonstrated multiple examples of his “get ‘er done” way of achieving positive results in a transparent and...

Letter: Murdock for county commissioner

George Murdock has proven himself a very capable county commissioner and deserves to be re-elected.

George is a person that gives his all to a job, does his homework and cares for the better good of Umatillla County. The county is in the best...

Our view: Moderate candidates offer best challenge to incumbents
Our view: Moderate candidates offer best challenge to incumbents

Eastern Oregon voters have an important say in two major state and federal races in this upcoming primary election.

Republicans have a full stable of candidates jockeying to challenge incumbent Governor Kate Brown in November. Democrats...

Letter: Shafer the best choice for county commissioner

Recently, my husband, John Shafer, and I sat down with a constituent who wanted to hear John’s views and where he stood on issues since he is running for county commissioner. After John answered a few questions, the gentleman then turned to me...

Letter: Innes for Pendleton city council

I have known Carole Innes for over 15 years. I have found her to be an enthusiastic supporter of Pendleton. I have seen her chair finance committees and foundation committees. I have observed her coordinating all the parking of RVs for the Pendleton...

Letter: Support Murdock’s re-election

The most important asset of any successful organization is its leadership. Without the ability to lead, guide and support an organization and its goals, there is no chance of achieving a common purpose. George Murdock has displayed amazing ability to...

Letter: Re-elect Murdock as county commissioner

We are pleased to endorse George Murdock for a second full term as Umatilla County commissioner.

We have known George as a personal friend and leader for several years at our

place of employment. During the years we worked under George, he...

Letter: Bailor for county commissioner

Tom Bailor offers a refreshing alternative to the status quo in the county commissioner race. He will bring an open and analytical mind to the challenges of running the county efficiently and equitably.

It’s time for new ideas and...

Letter: Collins for circuit court judge

I urge Morrow and Umatilla County voters to vote for Rob Collins for the judge of the Circuit Court.

Rob has the character, knowledge, community participation and experience necessary to be an excellent Circuit Court judge.

He has 3 years...

Letter: Collins a key community member

I can confidently recommend Rob Collins, candidate for judge, Oregon’s 6th Judicial District.

I have known Rob in professional and civic capacities for more than 10 years. He is a great communicator. I have observed his knowledge of the...

Letter: Breiling honest, fair, ethical

I am writing to encourage voters to join me in voting for Michael Breiling as Circuit Court judge in Umatilla County.

I first met Mike after he opened his law practice in Pendleton in 1999. I had occasion to work with Mike in a professional...

Letter: Breiling’s court appearances an asset

After reading a letter published, I felt I had to respond to the “level of competence” it was clearly lacking. To suggest...

Letter: No rumor that Murdock won’t finish term

Rumor: Talk or opinion widely dispersed with no discernible source.

The fact that Paul Chalmers openly explained to me the plan of Mr. Murdock resigning just after passing the two-year mark of the term if re-elected and nominating Mr. Chalmers...

Our view: Endorsements for county commissioner
Our view: Endorsements for county commissioner

Two of the three seats on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners are up for election — a voting majority.

So there is plenty at stake when registered voters get their ballots in the mail next week. Constituents have until May 15 to...

Op-ed: Voters need to send legislature another message against illegal immigration

On the issue of illegal immigration, what will it take for the Legislature to heed Oregonians’ will?

Just more than three years ago, in the November 2014 general election, Oregon voters rejected Ballot Measure 88 and the illegal-immigrant...

Letter: Help defend Pendleton from invasive weeds

Myrtle spurge, a bright green ground cover with yellow and red flowers, is a very visible weed showing up on hillsides around town. In the Willamette valley myrtle spurge is a garden ornamental. In arid Eastern Oregon it is a class B invasive weed. It...

Smith: When Amtrak became Ain’trak
Smith: When Amtrak became Ain’trak

Remember when you could board a train in Pendleton, take a seat, open a book, relax, watch the Columbia roll on, and step off in Portland a little more than four hours later? I do. I was one of the last passengers on the train that used to service...

Smiley: Oppose OSU Extension District
Smiley: Oppose OSU Extension District

Ballot Measure 30-126 would establish a new tax to support the growth of extension programs in Umatilla County and Morrow County. Those programs provide valuable services to many citizens of the region, and are almost entirely reliant upon funds...

Letter: Murdock says he’ll finish term if elected

As the East Oregonian reported in its story on Thursday about the commissioners race, I have worked very hard to focus my campaign on my qualifications and the fact that by all measures the county is in excellent shape. I would expect my...

Letter: Give Givens another term as county commissioner

In 2006, Larry Givens considered his more than a decade of experience on the Umatilla County Planning Commission as a precursor to serving as county commissioner. He ran, was elected and has continued serving the county well from the...

Letter: Re-elect Larry Givens

I urge the voters of Umatilla County to re-elect Larry Givens as our county commissioner. He has been a hard-working, hands-on commissioner who has devoted countless hours to help move Umatilla County forward.

Larry is a life-long resident of...

Letter: Murdock the best choice

Commissioner George Murdock is the candidate with proven performance and experience. He has ample administrative skills honed over his long career. He has a steady hand in negotiations and the knowledge and expertise to lead our county towards better...

Letter: Murdock works like a young man

In the campaign for George Murdock’s seat on the Umatilla County Commission, challenger Tom Bailor asks, isn’t it time to shake up today’s county commission lineup, all of whom are in their mid-70s?

It’s a good point...

Letter: Choose Breiling for Circuit Court seat

Michael Breiling is the superior choice for judge for the Circuit Court, 6th District, Position 1 of the state of Oregon that serves Umatilla and Morrow County. I am voting for him and citizens of both counties should, too.

Mr. Breiling has all...

Letter: Collins the right choice

Next moth we have the opportunity to elect Rob Collins for Circuit Court judge, a person of extensive experience and integrity in legal applications.

Rob is a practicing partner of a local, second-generation law firm, active in the community,...

Letter: Quality, not quantity, key in court appearances

I’ve heard that one of the judicial candidates for Umatilla and Morrow counties has suggested that he is better qualified to be judge because of the large number of court appearances he’s made in the last year or so. I wouldn’t...

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Columnists

Op-ed: Voters need to send legislature another message against illegal immigration

On the issue of illegal immigration, what will it take for the Legislature to heed Oregonians’ will?

Just more than three years ago,...

Smith: When Amtrak became Ain’trak

Remember when you could board a train in Pendleton, take a seat, open a book, relax, watch the Columbia roll on, and step off in Portland a little...

Smiley: Oppose OSU Extension District
Beers: Second Amendment cannot be modified
Bruni: Comey’s debasement

Editorials

Our view: Our choices for Pendleton city council

There has been a dramatic change in the makeup of Pendleton City Council in the last few years. McKennon McDonald, just 27 years old, will have...

Our view: Moderate candidates offer best challenge to incumbents

Eastern Oregon voters have an important say in two major state and federal races in this upcoming primary election.

Republicans have a...

Our view: Endorsements for county commissioner
Our view: What gives us the right?
Our view: Will ‘new’ NAFTA be better for ag?

Letters to the Editor

Letter: McLeod-Skinner has eye on environmental issues

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for the U.S. Congress in our district, has dedicated her life to helping others and the environment we live...

Letter: Bailor qualified to be county commissioner

I’m disturbed that George Murdock feels that I am engaged in a negative campaign. The one issue I keep raising is transparency, openness in...

Letter: Vote Tom Bailor for county commissioner
Letter: Re-elect Givens for commissioner
Letter: Murdock looks for common ground

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