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Poor decisions by lawmakers in the Oregon Legislature is not a new phenomenon, but a decision by elected leaders to approve bond funds to help upgrade parks around the state was a good move.

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Our Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here. As we reflect on all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us this year, may we give him all the praise and glory that he solely deserves for gui…

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It is exciting that the new infrastructure bill will do a lot of things for all of us. It is especially gratifying that we will begin to have access to more electric automobiles and less expen…

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While we scramble through our everyday routines and listen or watch what often feels like a bombardment of bad news, we can forget that as a nation we do, indeed, have cause to be thankful as …

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I commend the recent Observer article on District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel's scheme to remove our elected circuit judge from all criminal cases. It is clear that her attempts to disqualify the…

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November includes both Veterans Day and the Marine Corp birthday, a busy month for the veteran community. Typically there are ceremonies, parades and plenty of mattress sales. This year, in ad…

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I am writing in response to a column by Matt Henry titled “The greatest good for the greater good” (Oct. 21, 2021). I am disappointed that this kind of divisive editorial would be included in …

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President John F. Kennedy so prophetically said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” I can take it further. Ask what you can do for your friends, …

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We applaud the Citizens of Union County for Health and Safety for taking a stance on COVID-19. However, one size does not fit all. Since our annual flu shots aren’t 100% effective, why should …

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Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11, and it is in honor of all veterans who have served our great country. Display your American flag proudly and remember our veterans on this day and every day.

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Veterans Day rolls around every year and for a 24-hour period — or even less for some — we collectively push our thoughts to those who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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In Oregon, the deadline for state workers to be fully vaccinated has passed. Gov. Kate Brown imposed the mandate in an attempt to increase the number of Oregonians who are fully vaccinated. Un…

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I’ve been poking around on my computer, following a trail of statistics. I always thought the huge expenditures on political campaign advertising were a waste: $8.5 billion spent in 2020 on ra…

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My family lives in Wallowa County, has for 100-plus years. It's always been home. I loved the small-town feel. People were kind and welcoming. Even if I hadn’t been in the county in years I al…

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I’m a retired Forest Service employee with decades of experience writing environmental documents about Wallowa County. I’m uniquely qualified to understand what Sen. Ron Wyden’s River Democrac…

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon, has some questions about the causes for a wave of pharmacy closures, most notably those in 56 Bi-Mart stores, including the Baker City store.

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The fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month may have quietly faded into the general white noise of modern American culture — but that would be a shame because more light needs t…

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Our possible solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change should not exclude building more reservoirs. Phil Howell’s shortsighted conclusion — no to reservoirs — seemed to be based on riv…