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The Baha'is of Pendleton began organizing a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration over 30 years ago, believing that the celebration of this day was one important way of pursuing the dream of …

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It is not a law that protects a sitting president from being charged with a crime, it is only a 
Department of Justice policy. Thus, now that Donald Trump is leaving executive office, he needs…

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Bill Elfering has represented Umatilla County well as a county commissioner, businessman, and caring, compassionate, involved family man. Bill has demonstrated the confidence to stand alone, t…

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It’s hard to know what to say when watching what happened in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6. This may be a childish comment, but I only can think of this: I hope Donald Trump and all h…

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Two critical tests that any elected representative must pass are that he or she make sound decisions for the good of their constituents, and that they seek the truth. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, and…

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In a recent article in the East Oregonian titled “Buildable land needed for new housing,” it was stated that the city of Pendleton’s No. 1 priority is housing. If you check the section on the …

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Trumpism has been thoroughly expressed as of Wednesday, Jan. 6, by the storming of the nation’s capital. The decomposing soul of the Republican Party has been dramatically exposed.

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One-time Texas railroad commissioner and longtime activist Jim Hightower had it right: There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and a dead armadillo. That’s where our newly…

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Most of what we read about COVID-19 is bad news. The daily body count, the new more dangerous strain, the fear of contracting or spreading the virus, and the devastating economic shutdowns. Wh…

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Here are a few observations I have noticed. Oregon invented the mail-in ballot. Ever since the mail-in ballot there has not been a Republican governor elected and the same for every blue state…

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Despite the harangues of a couple hundred uninformed, misguided, and radicalized protestors in Salem on Jan. 1, I believe the overwhelming message to Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon public health a…

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I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my two daughters 40 years ago telling them, “This is a very special day.” It was Jan. 20, and we were watching the inauguration of the president of…

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The climate crisis threatens us all. The dangers are real and familiar and upon us: unprecedented storms, fires, drought, climate-ignited conflict, too many more. Fortunately, there are soluti…

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This note is in response to a nasty Christmas note written by a fellow condemning Mr. Barreto and Mrs. Levy. It's no wonder America is in a state of turmoil when people choose Christmas time t…

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I am a retired Pendleton firefighter of over 30 years and I recently heard that my former fire chief, Dick Hopper, has passed in a remote part of Oregon. I hope that people will remember him a…

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The city of Pendleton planners, at the direction of the city manager to identify excess property, made the decision to return a very small piece of property at the bottom of Northwest Seventh …

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On Dec. 2, the Environmental Protection Agency celebrated its 50th anniversary. Created by President Nixon in 1970, EPA consolidated the environmental responsibilities of the federal governmen…

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The suggestion by guest columnist Carlisle Harrison ("Horse meat should be considered as food for the poor," Saturday, Dec. 5) that we should start butchering our beloved wild horses and feedi…

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Regarding "Activists condemn Confederate stamps" (Thursday, Dec. 3), it feels good to note that perhaps listening is proving to be an effective, enlightening tool necessary to address many cur…

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It has come to my attention that we now have two kings and one queen on the West Coast. Our queen 
has deprived us freedom of religion, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. She can not…

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Pendleton owes a “debt” of gratitude to Joshua Walker for protecting us from the “racist” concrete Confederate markers. Who knows what would’ve happened if he had not taken his sledgehammer an…

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I grew up hunting and fishing on public lands and waters all throughout Oregon; and now as a mother, I cherish what those memories, experiences, and adventures do for my own children now. My c…

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Certain things President-elect Joe Biden says really resonates with me, among them is that we will have a new U.S. Department of Education secretary. Hopefully, this will be a person who has t…

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Here’s an idea about lifting the COVID-19 restrictions: Open everything up. Those who choose to die can continue to not follow the science, and those who choose to live by following the scienc…

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I want to say something about homeless sleeping outdoors on the river east of the pavilion — if I have your map right, close to where the levee ends. I live in the area. Whoever is sleeping ou…