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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…

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I can no longer avoid at least stating my thoughts and opinions regarding the existing chaos in our government due to Trump. The latest audacious, intolerable act by Trump left me in total dis…

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Prescription drugs are like alcohol. Both are more dangerous drugs people don’t want to recognize. Why? Because those are the most used and abused drugs in United States.

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Max Denning's article (“The Urban-Rural Divide...”) in the La Grande Observer was bleak about the prospects of Oregonians ever coming together in a meaningful way. What unites Oregonians today…

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If you’re retired and on Medicare, in recent days you may have received the same mailing that came to ours and our neighbors’ houses. It states, “Your Medicare Benefits are at Risk…” on the fo…

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Your editorial on large dairies was "spot on." For several years I was the citizen's representative to the Confined Animal Feeding Operations advisory committee for the state of Oregon.

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Good news: After stifling new development for nearly a decade, the Pendleton City Council has voted to
repeal the plan known as the River Quarter Overlay. Although described as "a good plan" b…

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I can't imagine all those people talking about 5 billion dollars for a border wall have any concept what that amount of money really is. I was given a concrete example and I still can't compre…

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In the Nov. 17 edition, the East Oregonian printed a letter from Rodney Thompson of Pendleton, who stated that Yoncalla was the first city in America to have all city council members as women,…

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During the run-up to the recent mid-term elections, The Donald used his trademark fearmongering
 and hysteria hyping that the country was being "invaded" by the caravan of Central Americans. H…

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I have been attending city council meeting in Pendleton periodically since 1998. In my opinion the current city council seems to have more executive sessions and less public input than previou…

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I believe the guest editorial of Dec. 13 discouraging Senator Jeff Merkley from running for two offices at the same time is misguided. The prestige of our state would be advanced a great deal …

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In this special time of giving, I'm asking everyone to remember something to support the work of the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter. As an all-year gift to the children, nothing mirrors the …

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There is an historically organized and well coordinated political agenda in America and the world to end all national sovereignty and national borders in order to establish a global world gove…

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With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, I was encouraged last week to see Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed education budget and hear her call to raise new money to invest in our students.

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I know we need to raise taxes for our children’s education and/or health care. So what is wrong with raising the taxes on alcohol as the first major increase, or raising them on all tobacco/va…

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I recently learned that our superintendent, Brigitte Amsberry, was going to retire at the end of December. I, along with many other prisoners at EOCI, was saddened to learn of her retirement.

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The recent Nutcracker Ballet performances must not go without special gratitude for such an endearing, uplifting and truly joyous experience for all attendees — which included representatives …

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Now that construction of a new hotel at the Pendleton airport has been approved, city hall is proposing construction of a second hotel in the Happy Canyon parking lot. However, it seems the ci…

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This week we received a survey in the mail from an organization that calls itself Judicial Watch. I suppose most other people in the community also received this. It does not take but a glance…

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Free speech and free expression are bedrock rights of all citizens of our great democratic country. However, free speech for Umatilla tribal members will be suppressed and censored unless we m…

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A short while ago, a young man asked me if I thought it was important to vote. I said yes, as it is your chance to be heard. He said, “Well all my life I have waited to be old enough to vote, …

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It’s so nice to spend my money supporting my local East Oregonian newspaper to read about local Eastern Oregon news. I hope to read what is happening in our schools, sports, local government, …

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As Bob Dylan once said, “The times they are a-changin.” Our Pendleton mayor and city councilors have concluded that the budget road city hall has taken us down has led us to more potholes, lea…