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LETTER: Growing city, active business helps decrease tax burden

I came to Hermiston in July of 1991 as superintendent of the Hermiston School District. Our enrollment was just over 3,800 students and the city population was 11,500. Since that time, Hermiston has become one of Oregon’s fastest-growing areas.

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Our view: Total eclipse of the economy (in a good way)

On August 21, the sun will go out in Eastern Oregon.

But this total solar eclipse is not the apocalypse. It could be a boon to a region that will be one of the best places in the country to see this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Travel Oregon...

Letter: Drug court saved my life

Hello, my name is Michelle and I am addict. I recently read an article in the East Oregonian about discontinuing Umatilla County Drug Court. I am writing this today to be a voice for all the lives that said drug court has saved.

When I entered...

Letter: Everyone would get worse health care with Trump

I saw an article recently regarding proposed “Trumpcare” revisions to the Affordable Care Act/“Obamacare,” and believe it important to make a case against these revisions, and for a Single Payer System.

ACA is NOT...

Letter: Community should save BMCC pool

Blue Mountain Community College is again offering their water aerobics class during spring term. Swimming classes begin April 3. If you have reached the golden age of 65, this class will only cost you $34 for 10 weeks. That is quite a bargain at just...

Brooks: Trump elite is worse than the old elite

Legislation can be crafted bottom up or top down. In bottom up you ask, What problems do voters have and how can they be addressed. In top down, you ask, What problems do elite politicians have and how can they be addressed?

The House...

Murdock: Thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder

I used to dream of what it might be like to be a mom of boys. And now that I am, it’s funny how reality and dreams are usually nothing close to the same.

My dreams didn’t include cow trucks or burning tumbleweeds along fence lines.

Remillard: Station 1 needs replacement, May bond can do just that

I have been associated with Pendleton Fire and Ambulance for more than 35 years, either as a volunteer or employee, and I know the struggles the current station has had over the years.

Since beginning my career as a volunteer in 1981, I...

Hadella: Our poop-prone dogs and us

When I’m 90, I’ll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of hiking snacks and thinly wrapped dog turds, left to bake for a week in black plastic bags.

As a student employee at the...

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

A kick in the pants to the cold, hard reality that J.C. Penney will close its downtown Pendleton store, the company’s oldest in operation in its original location.

The local closure is part of a nationwide reduction of 138 stores —...

Letter: Two sides to Dakota pipeline standoff

In reading Prof. Rudzitis’ op-ed in the March 18 EO, I was struck by the somewhat inflammatory language regarding Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some of his points conflicted with what I had read in an op-ed by U.S. Rep. Kevin...

Letter: Commissioners cannot respond to union concerns

The March 23 edition of the East Oregonian included a letter written by Debbie Swenson, president of the local unit of AFSCME and Aaron Engum, vice president of the same union, criticizing county management with regard to the decision on drug...

Letter: Hermiston School District trying to keep up with growth

I am writing in support of the upcoming bond measure for the Hermiston School District.

I have noted with great interest the growth of the Hermiston School District over the last several years. It seems to me the statistics show that the...

Kristof: “A smell of treason in the air”

The greatest political scandal in U.S. history was not Aaron Burr’s shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn’t even Watergate. Rather, it may have been Richard Nixon’s secret efforts in 1968 to sabotage a U.S.

LETTER: A case to keep drug court

In response to the article about Drug Court funding being cut, published March 16, 2017:

The Drug Court program has lowered recidivism, lowered crime rates and lowered demands upon first responders and the court system in Umatilla County. In...

York: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong

A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on...

Our view: Remove M-44s from Oregon

It has been a bad month for Wildlife Services.

The federal agency accidentally killed a wolf in Wallowa County with an M-44, a cyanide-based trap that shoots poison into the mouth of a canine. The traps are intended for coyotes. Just a week...

LETTER: Fire bond won’t pick up where old tax left off

I attended the last Pendleton City Council meeting on March 7th. I told the council that their fact sheet on the fire bond is not correct. Their fact sheet says that with the retirement of two bonds, the net increase would be $0.14 per $1,000, or...

BROOKS: The unifying American story

One of the things we’ve lost in this country is our story. It is the narrative that unites us around a common multigenerational project, that gives an overarching sense of meaning and purpose to our history.

For most of the past 400...

Our View: Drug court closure hurts entire county

The shuttering of the Umatilla County Drug Court is a major hit for the health and well-being of this county.

The program is operated by the Community Justice Department but funded by a state grant. Those dollars have been cut by more than a...

LETTER: Schools should better manage budgets

Who wants more taxes? Only the ones who can afford it.

What about the ones trying to live on their Social Security money? We don’t get a raise to help pay for things. My taxes raise about $200 each year. Because of these kinds of bonds...

LETTER:

At what point do we require more from our elected representatives? Oregon is in a dire fix financially with serious issues at hand including the budget deficit, out-of-control spending and an education model that everyone has an excuse for and no one...

LETTER: ‘People Power’ really just anti-Trump

I have attended both, so far, town hall meetings sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union. These two meetings are part of a newly birthed ACLU program called “People Power.” (How could we, people of the Sixties, not like that...

LETTER: Strong schools create strong community bonds

When my family and I first visited Hermiston in 2008 to decide whether to accept a job in the area, one of our deliberate stops was a visit to the school district. Since our only child was in high school and her education was one of our primary...

LETTER: Western meadowlark no flighty symbol

Thank you for posting Jade McDowell’s article in the East Oregonian making us aware of the importance of Oregon’s state symbols. Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena) understands the importance of state symbols and would make an excellent...

OUR VIEW: GOP should learn from Obamacare’s failures

Congress’ proposed alternative to Obamacare would not force anyone off the Oregon Health Plan. Let’s be clear about that.

But let’s be equally clear: Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians could lose their health...

KRISTOF: ‘That food saved my life’

First, a quiz: What is the most important crisis in the world today?

A.) President Trump’s false tweets that President Barack Obama wiretapped him.

B.) President Trump’s war on the news media.

C.) Looming famine that...

Our View: Legislators should take message on taxes to heart
New poll results ring true
Smith: Hoopla, hoopla, kitty, kitty
Smith: Hoopla, hoopla, kitty, kitty

(Here is our story thus far: My ten-year-old daughter and I are left in charge of a couple thousand acres within an hour of San Francisco while our boss wanders off to study art in Paris. Included with the acreage is a write-off zoo of two...

LETTER: Time to comment on get-out-the-cut plan

The Malheur National Forest has proposed the Camp Lick timber sale 10 miles northeast of John Day in the Upper Camp Creek, Lower Camp Creek and Lick Creek subwatersheds that drain into the Middle Fork John Day River.

Supervisor Steve Beverlin...

LETTER: Safety is top need in school bond

I write to urge you to support the current $104 million bond proposal to include replacement of Rocky Heights and Highland Hills Elementary Schools along with expanding Hermiston High School.

The existing schools pose a unique challenge. The...

Columnists

Krugman: How to build on Obamacare

“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” So declared Donald Trump three weeks before wimping out on his promise to...

OP-ED: Not either/or but both/and

This op-ed piece had its beginnings in a recent phone call I had with a longtime Pendleton friend, Russ Hensley. What I didn’t know at the...

Brooks: Trump elite is worse than the old elite
Murdock: Thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder
Remillard: Station 1 needs replacement, May bond can do just that

Editorials

Port weighs container traffic options
Containers of hay, straw, produce and other commodities now must be trucked to Tacoma or Seattle to be loaded onto ships for the trip overseas,...
Our view: Total eclipse of the economy (in a good way)

On August 21, the sun will go out in Eastern Oregon.

But this total solar eclipse is not the apocalypse. It could be a boon to a region that...

Our view: Tips and kicks
Our view: Remove M-44s from Oregon
Our View: Drug court closure hurts entire county

Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Growing city, active business helps decrease tax burden

I came to Hermiston in July of 1991 as superintendent of the Hermiston School District. Our enrollment was just over 3,800 students and the city...

Letter: Drug court saved my life

Hello, my name is Michelle and I am addict. I recently read an article in the East Oregonian about discontinuing Umatilla County Drug Court. I am...

Letter: Everyone would get worse health care with Trump
Letter: Community should save BMCC pool
Letter: Two sides to Dakota pipeline standoff

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