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Regarding the March 19 column, “Playing the Blame Game,” I’d like to offer an alternative to the word “blame”: responsibility. While it doesn’t lend itself as well to catchy headlines, it’s an…

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In an unexpected development, the U.S. Forest Service announced on March 14 that it had withdrawn the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The objections by Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project…

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For going on three years now, Britain has taken a holiday from sanity. A tiny island kingdom whose people once ruled nearly a fourth of the world’s land area squabbles over the terms of its se…

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In the wake of Friday’s horrific massacre in which 50 mosque worshippers were slaughtered by a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, social media exploded almost immediately with theories and o…

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A century ago, any brazen leaders who had the audacity to raise fees a whopping 50 percent would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. So imagine our shock when we opened…

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Oregon legislators are to be commended for going outside Salem to hear from non-urbanites about the state budget and other issues. But lawmakers should go further, adding more rural perspectiv…

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When it comes to hurting businesses, schools and families in rural Oregon, the Federal Communications Commission decision to pull the plug last year on net neutrality really hurts.

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I could feel it coming. The air began to change and the clouds seemed to take a shape of their own. My bones started to ache. A storm had been lingering on the horizon, and there was no longer…

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As Pendleton’s mayor recently put it, running the city is very expensive and costs just keep going up. Besides the required costs for public safety (police and fire protection), and maintenanc…

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Here’s an item from Salem that you might have missed last week: The state’s economists are predicting that legislators will have a record amount of revenue with which to work as they craft a s…

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Since at least the middle of the Obama era, all the energy and activity and creativity in the Democratic coalition has been with people pushing the party away from any kind of centrism — with …

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Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal, either for recreational use or only for medical purposes. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is refreshingly candid about whether Congress will event…

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Since conservatism became a movement in the 1950s, the American right has understood itself to be defending not just the written American Constitution but an unwritten one as well — a kind of …

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Iearn the cash that it takes to buy my Spam sandwiches by writing grants that support music and pottery classes and for teaching kids how to draw what they feel. I am privileged to associate w…

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Dianne Feinstein doesn’t get it. How could she? She’s 85. Ancient. She has had too many decades to resign herself to the status quo, and she won’t be around to watch the fires rage and the oce…