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Sometimes it’s important to write a column about something you’re pretty sure isn’t going to happen. In this case, that thing is war with Iran, which Donald Trump clearly doesn’t want, and whi…

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I oppose granting driver’s licenses to “undocumented residents.” Government documents given to illegal aliens tend to legitimize their presence. We absolutely should not encourage, let alone a…

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Recent education rallies raise important questions about our K-12 education system. Despite years of growing frustration, little progress has been made. This is due, in large part, to the misi…

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What a shock it was to find out that the liberal supermajority again misled the GOP in Oregon. Time and time again, the GOP is misled, and time and time again, they fall for the lies of the le…

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My colleague David Bornstein points out that a lot of American journalism is based on a mistaken theory of change. That theory is: The world will get better when we show where things have gone…

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One of the common themes you heard last week as teachers across Oregon rallied for a proposed tax on business that’s projected to raise $1 billion a year for K-12 schools was this: It’s not ab…

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As a pear grower in Hood River, and the only full-time farmer currently in the Oregon Legislature, I’ve faced solving agricultural challenges throughout my career. I understand the value of en…

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The state of Iowa contains 55,869.36 square miles, 2,987,345 humans, and 16,900,000 hogs. That works out to 52.4 humans per square mile and 302 hogs per square mile, or roughly six hogs per pe…

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Economists, reports Politico, are fleeing the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service. Six of them resigned on a single day last month. The reason? They are feeling persecuted for p…

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Good news — Molly Gloss is coming to town. Or rather, coming back. Six years ago, in May 2013, Gloss kicked off the First Draft Writers’ Series, reading to a standing-room-only crowd in the Pr…

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It is time, Oregon, that we recall all of our senators and representatives who supposedly represent Oregon but appear to be more interested in their own thoughts rather than the thoughts of al…

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Much attention has been paid to see-sawing U.S.-China negotiations over a bilateral trade agreement. But a U.S. trade agreement with Japan is even more essential for us wheat producers in the …

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You don’t have to search very far across the wide media landscape to find evidence newspapers are in trouble. Declining circulation and vanishing advertising all paint a depressing picture for…

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Regarding the curious editorial endorsing James Nash for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, I am puzzled by the description of Mr. Nash as a hunter. I am a lifelong Oregonian. I know hun…

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Tradition is alive and well in Pendleton. This was reaffirmed with the recent vote of the city council giving the city manager a 3% cost of living (COLA) pay raise. Elected officials have a tr…

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I had to walk. It had been a long week and I needed the spring air to brush up against me and the breeze to blow over me — maybe even through me. I needed the first calf heifers to watch me ma…