ON THE FENCE: ID laws do not prevent voter fraud

Benjamin Franklin once said, ““Today a man owns a jackass worth 50 dollars and he … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sept. 17, 2018

Chase: Distressed by the USFS Blue Mountains plan To the Editor: I was shocked when … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Voter fraud used as excuse for voter suppression

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sept. 19, 2018

Birnbaum: Wes Williams has right qualities to be judge To the Editor: I support Wes … Read more

MY VOICE: Don’t let the Greenway money leave our community

The proposed Grande Ronde River Greenway is a collaborative community project that involves members and … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sept. 21, 2018

Brown: McLeod-Skinner would be a great step forward To the Editor: Frustrated voters should be … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Sept. 5, 2018

Christie: Looks like an uncooperative co-op to me To the Editor: Someone once noted that … Read more

MY VOICE: Has America lost its class?

What kind of people are we? All my life, I have believed Americans were the … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Opioid Crisis: Medications are available to treat effects of opioid addiction

As a result of a national political and media push, most citizens are aware of … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: August 27, 2018

Garlitz: Smoke — what a bargain To the Editor: We were told that we must … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Aug. 17, 2018

Boyd: Challenge issued to enter items in next year’s fair To the Editor: For the … Read more

MY VOICE: Forest supervisors thank contributors to Forest Plan revision

Dear Friends of the Blue Mountains, As National Forest Supervisors, we would like to thank … Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Aug. 13, 2018

Fleshman: Four-way stop needed at intersection of Gekeler and 12th Street To the Editor: This … Read more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Aug. 10, 2018

Hargrove: Our value and identity come from our maker To the Editor: Our world is … Read more

ON THE FENCE: A ‘good government’ could fix the Farm Bill

Farm Bill

All we seem to hear about the U.S. Farm Bill is that Congress can’t renew … Read more

MY VOICE: ‘Ignoring Oregonians’ does not describe Walden or Barreto

I feel compelled to reply to Matt Cooper’s recent “My Voice” related to Rep. Greg … Read more

LOOKING TOWARD LEGISLATION: Local county fairs are special institutions

As I was preparing to participate in the 2018 Umatilla County Fair Parade, it occurred … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Aug. 6, 2018

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Aug. 6, 2018

Alexis: Kudos to ER staff To the Editor: Recently, I thought I was having a … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: August 1, 2018

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MY VOICE: American flag represents right to vote

On June 7, when I arrived at my office, I discovered the American flag hanging … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: July 30, 2018

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MY VOICE: Rep. Greg Walden rubber-stamps Trump while he ignores Oregonians

Rep. Greg Walden, who hasn’t held a town hall in La Grande for years, once … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Self-governance depends on exercise of free speech

Technology disrupts societies. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century enabled the … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Free exercise of speech in public discourse is vital to a free society

Perhaps no liberty so resoundingly defines our Republic than that of free speech — a … Read more

New faces to introduce at The Observer

Hello, readers. I wanted to take a moment to introduce some new people we have … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: July 16, 2018

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: July 11, 2018

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: July 11, 2018

Cassens: Stand up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund To the Editor: I serve … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: July 9, 2018

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: July 9, 2018

Gove: Photoshop use isn’t the problem “We know perfectly well what women look like. We … Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: July 6, 2018

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