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Letter: Forest plan revision would reduce motorized access

In the next few months we anticipate the release of the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. This revision by the U.S. Forest Service is a rewrite of the 1990 Forest Plan that currently sets policy for management of our lands administered by the...

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Hughes: Building America great again
Hughes: Building America great again

In his campaign, President Donald Trump proposed rebuilding America’s infrastructure with a trillion dollar program. In his State of the Union address, he increased the amount by $500 billion.

America has always been a building...

Free speech and the necessity of discomfort
Free speech and the necessity of discomfort

NOTE: This is the text of a lecture delivered at the University of Michigan on Tuesday. The speech was sponsored by Wallace House.

I’d like to express my appreciation for Lynette Clemetson and her team at Knight-Wallace for...

Letter: Local boy Bounds deserving of Circuit Court seat

I appreciated the thoughtful editorial comment provided by a group of highly-successful graduates who grew up with Ryan Bounds in Eastern Oregon. Bounds, as we know, was nominated for a position on the Ninth District Court of Appeals and is being...

Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to the idea of a “Made in Pendleton” store on the city’s Main Street.

Many Pendletonians have had the pleasure of showing off the town to visiting family and friends who immediately become...

Letter: Complaints about EOTEC are off the mark

Chris Waine’s recent letter to the editor is off the mark. He claims that the Umatilla County Commissioners, city of Hermiston and EOTEC board have conflicts of interest on EOTEC and the county is “bailing out” of the project.

Letter: Increase in school shootings linked to country’s loss of faith

The latest mass murder of our youth in a school in Florida is an indictment upon current American culture, relative morals and humanistic values.

Our youth and citizens are not safe in the womb, in our schools, in our churches, or even in our...

Douthat: The trolling of the American Mind

There are two Russian scandals connected to the 2016 campaign. One deserves the attention that it’s getting. The other is closer to — what’s the term I’m looking for? — fake news.

The real scandal...

Other views: What kind of nation do we want to be?
Other views: What kind of nation do we want to be?

Surely we can all agree on that much.

We don’t want America to be the country where places are known not for their people or their scenery but for their mass shootings.

We don’t want Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were...

Preus, Brown: Community college investment pays big dividends

Blue Mountain Community College is joining Oregon’s 16 other community colleges in a legislative request that will allow it to maintain momentum in supporting students to complete their programs and prepare more people for local jobs.

The...

York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment
York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment

There’s been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “An...

Op-ed: Different political backgrounds support Bounds for Ninth Circuit
Op-ed: Different political backgrounds support Bounds for Ninth Circuit

We write to offer our unqualified and personal support of Ryan Bounds as a nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We all have a long personal history with Ryan, as we grew up together in the same rural northeastern Oregon town of...

Editorial: BLM bigwigs should move west
Editorial: BLM bigwigs should move west
Putting BLM headquarters in Denver, Boise or Seattle wouldn’t change its statutory mission. But it would give the agency bigwigs a different perspective.
Kristof: You’re wrong! I’m right!
Kristof: You’re wrong! I’m right!

We live in two Americas.

In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric.

In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great...

Our view: Rights and aspirations
Our view: Rights and aspirations

Last week, the Oregon House speedily passed a measure that would give Oregonians the ability to amend the state constitution to make health care a right for all state residents.

The proposal (HJR 203) had a public hearing in the Senate on...

Letter: EOTEC problems not addressed by any board

I am concerned about the conduct of the city of Hermiston, Umatilla County and the EOTEC board. Most alarming is the conflict of interest among their roles in their official capacity and their affiliation with the infamous EOTEC facility.

The...

Letter: Renewable fuel standard supports domestic biofuels

We are continually bombarded with news about new oil drilling and fracking, but that’s not the only solution for domestic fuel production or the only path toward loosening OPEC and Russia’s grip on energy supplies — homegrown...

Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now
Whatever Trump is hiding is hurting all of us now

Our democracy is in serious danger.

President Donald Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign...

Our view: Oregon Legislature no longer a safe space for harassers
Our view: Oregon Legislature no longer a safe space for harassers

State Sen. Jeff Kruse had to go.

His flouting of Oregon Senate rules against sexual harassment was egregious. His repentance, if any, was short-lived. His resignation is a relief.

When it came to changing his behavior, including his...

Drotzmann: Enough delay, let’s develop former chemical depot

The city of Hermiston, by default, has been the beneficiary of the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot while having to manage the risk to public health and safety. Fortunately, that time has come and gone. Now it is time to return the property to...

Letter: Doesn’t our right to life outweigh right to bear arms?

Seriously? Is the right to own any kind of weapon is more important than the safety of our kids in schools across this nation? The politicians under the thumb of the National Rifle Association without a hint of a backbone or decency using the tired...

Letter: U.S. is losing at the ‘soft power’ game

There used to be a lot of talk, during the long years of the Cold War, about how U.S. “soft power” attractiveness managed in many ways to outshine and outweigh the communist side’s prowess in the fields of rocketry, missiles and...

Smith: The American tradition of jury duty
Smith: The American tradition of jury duty

I am rolling toward service to my country as a prospective juror while my right leg feels as though there is a high-voltage buzzer strapped to its instep. I am grouchy and sore. Why me? Why should I waste a day of my life in support of the American...

Farley: Pendleton soldiers join the Great War
Farley: Pendleton soldiers join the Great War

One hundred years ago, a powerful U.S. fighting force was assembling and shipping overseas to the battlefields of France, Belgium and beyond. There they would provide much-needed assistance to British and French forces, whose defenses were sagging...

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

A tip of the hat Emergency responders and volunteers answered the call last weekend to help Milton-Freewater area flood victims Ginger and Brian Afdahl.

The North Fork Walla Walla River flooded the 10 acres of their homestead on Feb. 4. Ginger...

LIMEY PASTOR: Hearts and ashes

The 14th of February this year brought me a confluence of events. It was my wife’s and my 32nd wedding anniversary, it was Valentine’s Day – and it was Ash Wednesday. Beginning a period of fasting, penance and reflection on this...

Koerner: What kind of immigration policies do we want?
Koerner: What kind of immigration policies do we want?

She was standing in the check-out line, waiting to pay for her groceries. I noticed her right away because of her long black hair, which was pulled back with a beaded leather cord, and her clothes. She wore an embroidered white cotton blouse and...

Letter: Pendleton housing projects moving forward without government incentives

The trend in housing starts in Pendleton appears to be moving in a positive direction as new single family homes under construction are built without a 25 percent or 40 percent grant from the city. Those are the amounts of assistance available to or...

Letter: To be fair, all pollution should be taxed

I see our neighbors in western Oregon are deeply concerned about greenhouse gases and how to tax the producers. The primary tax should be levied on the citizens of Oregon, as we pose a serious threat to the environment.

A belch releases carbon...

Kristof: The Trump stain spreads
Kristof: The Trump stain spreads

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said: “With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.”

In fact, that seems to be one of those Churchillian epigrams that Churchill never actually got...

Other views: Health care as a ‘right’ is costly, empty promise

Everyone ought to have health care. Everyone ought to have a job, too — and housing, and healthy breakfasts, and safe neighborhoods. Oregonians should not have a constitutional right to any of these things, however, unless the state is prepared...

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Knight, Gardner: What does a forester do?

What is the true mission of a forester? It seems appropriate to start by explaining that we haven’t met a forester who isn’t proud...

Murdock: No bull when bulls go on sale

The wind shook the car as I glanced in the rearview mirror at my reflection. Why was I even attempting to push my hair the right direction? I...

Hughes: Building America great again
Free speech and the necessity of discomfort
Douthat: The trolling of the American Mind

Editorials

Our view: Tips and kicks

A tip of the hat to the idea of a “Made in Pendleton” store on the city’s Main Street.

Many...

Other views: What kind of nation do we want to be?

Surely we can all agree on that much.

We don’t want America to be the country where places are known not for their people or their...

Editorial: BLM bigwigs should move west
Our view: Rights and aspirations
Our view: Oregon Legislature no longer a safe space for harassers

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Forest plan revision would reduce motorized access

In the next few months we anticipate the release of the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. This revision by the U.S. Forest Service is a rewrite...

Letter: We need to find way to sensible gun control

I have watched and read reactions to school shootings, and the sad thread I always see is willful misunderstanding of each other’s views,...

Letter: Local boy Bounds deserving of Circuit Court seat
Letter: Complaints about EOTEC are off the mark
Letter: Increase in school shootings linked to country’s loss of faith

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