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OUR VIEW: Heroic efforts save town

One fact of modern life is we need more heroes. Not just from the military, sacrificing time from their families and risking their lives to protect our freedoms in hot spots around the world. Not just from the legions of professional athletes, who perform otherworldly feats but do not always live up to our expectations when it comes to treating partners with respect or being role models.



MY VOICE: ‘Public’ has faded from higher ed

After spending most of my career working in industry, I am fortunate to have served the past decade in public higher education. What I have seen is both uplifting and heartbreaking. While wealth or intellect all but guarantees some students the opportunity of higher education, too many others face more difficult paths.


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. 


MY VOICE: Time to reinvest in families

The issue that comes to the forefront of discussions at coffee tables, backyard barbecues, living rooms and even the office or place of work is why can’t the economy get back on its feet, and for those living in Eastern Oregon, why aren’t there more jobs or opportunities that can provide a better quality of life?


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: ‘Not enough time’ is a lousy excuse

First, let’s get one thing straight. Parenting is the toughest job in the world. It requires 24/7 vigilance until the child reaches 18 and sometimes far beyond.

Second, we’re happy that local school districts are benefitting from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Congress passed in 2010. Some families are struggling. They are at or near the poverty line and have trouble putting healthy food in the refrigerator. Kids learn better when they go to class powered by a healthy meal.


MY VOICE: The county should proceed to build

I attended Shelter From the Storm’s “family justice campus” meeting on July 31, but left with more questions than answers. 


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