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Elections need diversity

Community service takes many forms. It can be leading fund drives, running food banks and taking care of the elderly.

Saving small town post offices

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for the United States Postal Service as millions mail holiday cards and packages to loved ones. It’s amazing that it only costs 46 cents to send one of those cards across the country safely and quickly.

As the rubber of 2014 hits the road, resolve to eat more jelly beans

I didn’t take my tree down until the 15th day of Christmas this year for fear of getting into a long, involved project. To put the tree up it took the length of the movies “Christmas Vacation” and “Frosty the Snowman,” but it only took about 20 minutes to dismantle.

Phantom snowman strikes again

If you have a Jon, a Ken, a Will or a phantom in your neighborhood, you are one lucky person.

OUR VIEW: Cover Oregon a debacle

As the disaster that is Cover Oregon continues to unfold, patience that was already limited, is wearing even thinner.

Think mountain goat on a bicycle

A picture is worth 1,000 words, or two of these columns, if the writer can contain his irrational exuberance to 500 words.

Think mountain goat on a bicycle

A picture is worth 1,000 words, or two of these columns, if the writer can contain his irrational exuberance to 500 words.

Time to let the voters decide

Disenfranchised Union County voters may soon get empowered and no longer suffer the ballot box blues.

MY VOICE: Reclaim our animal shelter

In 2012, many supporters of the original Blue Mountain Humane Association came together over concerns about the longevity and continuation of the animal shelter services that had been provided by BMHA since 1996. In December 2011, John Brinlee had convinced the BMHA board of directors that he was the best candidate for president of the nonprofit and that they could trust his guidance to continue the great work that had been accomplished by previous boards and staff. 

Skating through winter amid Mother Nature’s slippery ways

En route to cover one of my favorite topics, 4-H, I opened the door of my car and no sooner had I put my foot on the ground than it slid out from under me. It took me a few seconds to figure out how to get up. The parking lot had been transformed into an ice rink, and me without my skates.

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