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On Thursday, water from McKay Reservoir was discharged at a rate that was barely contained by McKay Creek inside the Pendleton city limits. When the Bureau of Reclamation announced it was goin…

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I am a senior at Weston-McEwen High School. I read your article “How to Fight Suicide,” written
 by David Brooks. I appreciate your willingness to educate others about how to help those who 
a…

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According to the city officials, that 13 cent gas tax won't solve our street problems in itself. The public
 works director, Bob Patterson, who previously suggested streets be reclassified as …

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I have had it with the antics of the loonies that are pushing anti-gun legislation that, taken in toto, are directed to restrict usage of firearms to the point of law-abiding citizens not bein…

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I listen to politicians, experts, and the general public speak pro and con about government expenditures. It seems their arguments are more lively when the amounts being considered are in numb…

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With the notice of increasing the water and sewer rates for what seem to be very worthwhile causes, has anyone asked some questions about this? Such as, is any of the increased funding going t…

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I would like to encourage all conscientious citizens in the greater Hermiston area to make plans to attend a viewing of the movie "Unplanned." We are fortunate that Destiny Theaters of Hermist…

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I would like to thank the East Oregonian for the well-written article on the city of Pendleton’s attempt to tackle the issue of repairing their roads. The article laid out the facts: our road …

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Just received my monthly Hermiston city bill and I had a $33.28 increase in the month I probably use less water than any other time of the year. My sewer charge has doubled also. But they incl…

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Unsatisfied with simply having an Arbor Day tree giveaway program and accompanying celebration, and 
the fact that we now have the Pendleton Round-Up, Bike Week, and the Whisky Fest drawing th…

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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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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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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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HB 2020, Oregon’s proposed carbon bill, known as “Cap and Trade,” raises significant concerns regarding the direct and indirect impact of the bill on members of Oregon’s agricultural industrie…

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The Donald failed to obtain the $5.7 billion he demanded from Congress to build his pet wall on the southern border. So now he has resorted to his usual slick moves with the Constitution and o…

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It was disheartening to read the news release in Tuesday night’s East Oregonian from the Round Up Republican Women’s organization. In it, college-bound students from the region were invited to…

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A few comments and questions on lowering the voting age to 16: Why, what an excellent idea. The very thing we need is to enfranchise tens of thousands more people who get much of their informa…

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At Tuesday's Pendleton City Council meeting, councilors voted unanimously to approve a loan agreement between the city and the state of Oregon for $2.6M to build another 18,000-square-foot han…

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It's National FFA week, and the Pendleton FFA Alumni & Friends Association invites you to celebrate with us by wearing blue on Friday, Feb. 22!

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Oregonians should be upset by the Jan. 31 ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court. The court unanimously voted to overturn Ballot Measure 57 of 2008 that was intended to increase the sentences for …

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I have had very little contact with homeless people, like most residents in Pendleton. The last few months have opened my eyes. It is a problem in Pendleton and most of these homeless do not c…

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In response to the article, "What's new in fishing in 2019?" I purchased my hunting and fishing license plus salmon and steelhead tags. My trip wasn't as satisfying as Luke Ovgard's. At my usu…

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Pendleton’s mayor and city council have spoken — “We need more funding for our streets” — and the city manager has offered a few suggestions. Selling the Vert Auditorium is an option, and elim…

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Here we go again: A developer with big ideas and little pockets comes sobbing about the cherry-picked deal he was given the last time he begged. This particular developer, Mr. Jivanjee, thinks…

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One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln warned a nation on the edge of civil war, “A nation divided against itself can not stand.” Lincoln referenced Jesus in Matthew, who a…

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Fueled by the variety of available sleeping accommodations both indoors and out, a seemingly endless supply of empty cans and bottles, and limited interference permitted from police by state a…

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Not too long ago The Donald, on national television, assured democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and 
Nancy Pelosi, and the country, that he will take responsibility for a government shutdown, if…

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You people who are causing President Trump grief over his wall need to give him a break. In grade school he heard about this "strong leader" called Qin Shi Huang who had the great wall in Chin…

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Central Oregon is to have its own symphony, Kathy Aney tells us in her story about Jay Bowerman and Chris Thomas. The two men have joined together to produce music about the Malheur National W…