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I just read an excellent article titled “Staying sane at home during COVID-19” in the East Oregonian and it got me thinking of all you kids out there that are bummed because school is canceled…

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It is urgent and imperative to provide for Oregon students’ educational needs while protecting their health and that of their teachers and communities. Let’s use a 21st century tool to avoid a…

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Old habits die hard … or when faced with a global pandemic. In recent years, the idea that humans won’t change their behavior spurred a whole field of economics developed to “nudge” people to …

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A little more than a year ago, winter returned to Pendleton with a vengeance late in the season. Snow piled up with surprising amounts of the white stuff. Some days it was light and dry, easy …

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I like coaching my son’s baseball team, a lot. When I started the goal was to spend time with my son watching him do something we both love. It’s still the main goal, but now I’ve developed so…

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In my youth, I was a wanderer, working in outdoors wherever I went. That’s included ranching in Australia, farming in Israel, working in fishing and forestry in Norway, and forest and wildlife…

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Election security is a big discussion topic for the 2020 elections where misinformation is the biggest threat to elections. The 2016 election saw the use of misinformation in connection with e…

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Recently, I’ve run into a former student of mine randomly at a coffee shop or the movies, but also in a joint experience rehearsing for the College Community Theatre production of “The Sound o…

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For those of us who are strong advocates for climate change reform in our state, the inconvenient truths surrounding the latest climate change legislation — Senate Bill 1530 — before the Orego…

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The national Democratic Party is in full panic now, its leaders in a headlong flight like something from a 1950s sci-fi flick where terrorized townspeople flee a 10-story-tall monster crushing…

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To my dear gun-toting friends on the Trumpian right — relax. Take a step back, do some deep breathing exercises, and hear this — no one is “coming to take your guns.” I hate to admit it but it…

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I’ve always admired people who are willing to run for local councils and boards. It takes a unique blend of self-confidence and self-sacrifice to do the job well, and it truly takes all kinds.

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There’s always a twinkle in her eye when she talks about what fills her life these days. Rae is someone I’ve gotten to know after she retired from the workplace she started at when she was 17.