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For generations, we have heard how important it is to read to children. It provides adult time that the child (or children) so often crave. You model reading and share in the adventure or lear…

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Thanksgiving is a great time for counting our blessings and expressing gratitude. In challenging times, an attitude of gratitude is all the more important, and this year has been one of the mo…

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One morning last July, I awoke to excruciating stomach pain. When it didn’t subside, I woke my husband and told him I needed to go to the hospital. The nearest emergency room was at Wallowa Me…

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I cannot find the words to express my anger that so many people refuse to save lives by wearing masks. What has happened to the brains of those who think they need to go to the bar or restaura…

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Recently the World Health Organization issued a statement cautioning against the use of lockdowns as the primary means of controlling the COVID-19 virus (The Spectator, Oct. 8). Interestingly,…

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To those who may have missed the article in The Observer, Tuesday, Nov. 10, about Mike Benge, a veteran, please read it. It will be life changing. I am grateful I took the time on Veterans Day…

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The Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees meets today, Nov. 12, to vote on its budget for 2020-21, presidential compensation and at the end of meeting — action item No. 13 — consider ren…

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This Veterans Day across the nation, for the first time since the holiday was conceived in November 1919, there will be no large ceremonies in big cities and small towns in observance to prope…

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Last week the Trump administration moved forward with its plan to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list in the Lower 48 states. Farm and ranch groups cheered the decision, while p…

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A pet peeve among journalists is when people ask, “Why isn’t the media covering this?” about a topic that every major media outlet in the country has, indeed, covered with multiple articles.

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Measure 110 is not a gamble that Oregonians should make. We can all agree that Oregon needs more treatment for those suffering from the crushing devastation of drug addiction. Unfortunately, M…

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First I would like to say I appreciate both candidates for running for the office of mayor of Island City. Serving a small community in a elected position has very few accolades and a lot of c…

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If you haven’t done it in past years for whatever reason, now, more than ever it’s time to get your flu shot. Dont take our word for it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report t…

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To the woman driving up to the food bank: He doesn't care if you get food, get evicted or get sick. He just wants you angry. Trump is not your friend.

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I will be voting for Nicole Howard for La Grande City Council. She has been tested over the course of her first term on the council, and she has proven to be rigorously transparent, pragmatic …

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I'm dismayed that city politics have seemingly turned partisan. Party positions have no place within city council positions. Unfortunately I've heard party stances from both sides. Diverse opi…

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What choice do we have? From a former liberal Portlander, a gay male with morals, I stand at a crossroads like our country does. I have to choose between two greaseballs, carrying luggage we a…

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I will be voting for David Moyal for Position 6 on the La Grande City Council. I have known Mr. Moyal since he moved to La Grande and believe he will be a good addition to the council. He is k…