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When I was a small child, I had an immunization on my arm for smallpox. I think I got it at school. There was no vaccination at the time for measles, mumps or whooping cough, and I had all tho…

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In a recent East Oregonian, Rebecca Patton of Enterprise claims that drunk driving is not the same as being unvaccinated because “the law” prevents one from doing the former but not so the lat…

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Pendleton is in my blood. I lived in Pendleton for 25 years, raised my kids, went to every Round-Up (best rodeo in the world), rode my horse in multiple parades, practiced OB/Gyn and delivered…

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While I appreciate the many compelling national and local stories about the impact of the 9/11 attacks, including those that appeared in the Chieftain, the somber truth of this anniversary has…

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On Oct. 2, my younger brother told me he has end stage cancer. We do not know how long he will live. New technology to improve cancer early detection and save lives is on our fingertips. Sever…

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Last September, when there were 28,000 daily infections, schools closed to stop the spread and classes were moved online. Today there are 150,000 daily cases and children are back in the classroom.

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I am writing to give voice to those who have none, our nonhuman relatives, and many other members of our community who support protections that would be provided by Sen. Ron Wyden’s River Demo…

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If a person is willfully unvaccinated for COVID-19, contracts the disease and requires hospitalization, an insurance company should be able to deny any and all claims this person submits.

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This is America ... land of the free. I have a right to vaccinate or not, wear a mask or not. Because I don’t put on a mask or won’t subject myself to an unproven vaccine does not mean that I'…

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This couldn’t come soon enough. I think it is fair to say that we’ve had a summer like no other. A record June temperature and virtually no rain between June and Sept. 10 as well as smoke. But…

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When Interstate 82 was first plotted, the preferred route was east of Hermiston. Studies had indicated most people coming south out of Washington would be heading east after crossing into Oreg…

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Umatilla County residents should follow the old axiom of keeping our mouths shut and just let people think we’re ignorant and not opening our mouths and removing all doubt.

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What an exciting time for Eastern Oregon University, for students and our local communities. I enjoyed reading the recent article about the progress of the new fieldhouse being built on campus.

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You should have seen their faces! Nearly 100 veterans and professional river guides from throughout the Pacific Northwest took to the Columbia River on Saturday, Sept. 11, for a day at “ Fish'…

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I just wanted to briefly point out how great it is that Sen. Wyden spearheaded the move to expand the wild and scenic rivers in Oregon. Overall, the state has around 1% of its rivers and strea…

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Mary Edward's letter (Urgent action required to save Pacific Northwest salmon, Sept. 9) urging immediate action to protect Oregon's failing salmon populations from the ravages of global warmin…

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A recent "Our view" editorial  in The Observer, written after the release of the most recent report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change, implied that there are two sides to the …

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The most recent destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and New York was a real wakeup call to residents in the Northeast. Could that happen to Pendleton?

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There is either a lack of memory or a lack of recent history in our schools. Check out a history book at your public library before they ban it or burn it. This mess in Afghanistan is very sim…

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We enjoyed a Wild West Show on Main Street last Saturday, Aug. 28. The cast of “The Ballad of Black Bart” delivered their lines glibly and with audience participation made the show about a sli…

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Where do you think the laws of science and the laws of the natural world come from? The Big Bang didn't create them. The Big Bang couldn't have happened without them. So what created them? Her…

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I lived in Burns for a brief time while a military recruiter. The people were kind; I miss them. Even though I'm no longer in Eastern Oregon, I pay close attention to the region. I am always l…

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The virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic is not political. It is neither liberal or conservative, rural or urban. It is a biological entity that opportunistically infects, mutates and replicates…

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I am appalled by the conversations I am hearing in response to our current spike in coronavirus sicknesses and deaths. This virus has only one purpose: to replicate itself. And it’s very good at that.

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Like it or not, our federal government will be pushing us into the 21st century at a rapid pace, spending billions of our tax dollars on infrastructure updates and technology, broadband intern…

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Because of the debacle in Afghanistan, it will be many, many years before any intelligence assets will work with the United States again. There are countless mistakes our national leadership h…