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OUR VIEW: Signs the least the state can do

If there can be a feel-good story revolving around a vicious conflict that consumed more than 57,000 American lives, the effort by local veterans groups to raise funds to place signs along Interstate 84 that designate the highway as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway fits the bill.


OUR VIEW: Moraine should be preserved

The old T-shirt slogan couldn’t be more appropriate: “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

With all the environmental issues out there, from urban sprawl to global warming and destruction of the rain forest, from genetic engineering to habitat destruction, it’s easy to get swept away in this or that cause. 


OUR VIEW: Forensics lab needs to stay put

The recent announcement that the Oregon State Police is considering all options when it comes to the agency’s Pendleton crime lab has sent shivers through the law enforcement community in Northeast Oregon.

And rightfully so.


OUR VIEW: Big ideas need full support

There’s something refreshing about seeing a full town hall meeting. Our lives are busy, so when people slow down to engage with their communities on issues of importance, it’s noteworthy — and often newsworthy.


OUR VIEW: Protecting a prime attraction

Most people who pour through La Grande on Interstate 84 have no idea the city has its very own lake.

Morgan Lake is a cleverly hidden gem just two miles out of town. Sure, the drive is difficult, two miles up a mountain on a narrow, winding gravel road that in winter can be an especially hair-raising challenge.


OUR VIEW: Rethink Afghan withdrawal

President Barack Obama should take another look at his plan to withdraw most of the American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.


OUR VIEW: Facelift celebration muted

Bring out the marching band. The cheerleaders. The balloons.

OUR VIEW: Reports don’t show the whole picture

Just over a year ago, 27 railcars derailed outside La Grande on Highway 203. Fortunately, there were no injuries and crews cleaned up the mess without incident.

OUR VIEW: Drivers need to be patient

Oregon, the joke goes, has two seasons: winter and road construction.

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