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Spring shoe shopping tests endurance

Only smart, above average, terrific-looking people read newspapers. Nearly everyone wears shoes. The shoe industry is a great business opportunity when the market includes nearly everyone except hippies, hillbillies and barefoot brides.

OUR VIEW: Tuition bill a step forward

Sure, a bias exists against community colleges. Some people say the intellectual fireworks found at a four-year school are more of a sparkler at a two-year school.


MY VOICE: A fine line: When does hurting animals become animal abuse?

Several weeks back I attended the hearing for Dr. Joel Rice and the shooting of seven cows on his property. I sat and listened to a veterinarian give testimony about how two of the cows suffered due to gunshot wounds. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, March 17


OUR VIEW: Request should be taken seriously

The City of La Grande’s efforts to improve downtown have hopefully launched a continued push to improve both the look and business atmosphere for local merchants.


ON SECOND THOUGHT: Splashing in Seattle for raincation thrills

In a forest of umbrellas, downwind from the flying headless salmon of Pike Place Market, in a place where rain is about as common as oxygen, the Wonder Woman and I searched for the 12th Man.


OUR VIEW: Wildlife should stay wild

One of the great joys of living in Northeast Oregon is being on the edge of the wilderness.


MY VOICE: ACA will add to the bottom line

The Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” is a huge step forward in medical insurance reform. It is struggling to make its implementation schedule and is creating a lot of ambiguity and some anxiety for almost everyone concerned. There are many good things about this act that strengthen and improve coverage. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, March 10

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Monday, March 10

OUR VIEW: Excitement grows for festival

June may seem like a long way away, but if you are looking ahead for an event to mark on the calendar then the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, scheduled for June 21, should surely seem like an obvious choice.


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