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Public health officials are schooled in understanding the risks posed by viruses and the actions required to minimize the loss of life. Governors carry the ultimate responsibility for keeping …

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When Bill Clinton was running for president, his political advisor, James Carvelle, famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton listened to Carvelle and focused on the economy and won t…

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“I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved. I will be a happy and joyful being.” This prayer might initially appear Pollyanna-ish, implying that we should pretend everything is great even when…

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Practice is key to mastery, and this is for sure true when it comes to young readers. Students who read during the summer have often maintained or even improved their reading skills. It also h…

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It was 102 degrees in Medford on June 1, 2021. Let me say that again just in case it didn’t fully sink in: Medford suffered temperatures as high as 102 degrees in spring, making it harder for …

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Earlier this year, I wrote a column about things that puzzled me or defied logic — based on a bit from Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show. So, for Round 2 of “Things that make you go hmmmm,” …

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Eastern Oregon is a place where connections with other people abound across the expanse of several counties. Early on as I was getting to know Wynelle, we were talking about where we had come …

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The U.S. Forest Service continuously justifies logging our forests based on what it calls “forest health.” The agency claims logging will “restore” resiliency. But few ask what exactly constit…

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If all goes well, I’m near the midway point in my working career. The six paid jobs I’ve had since the age of 15 — research assistant, pizza delivery driver, security guard, after-school youth…