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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” Khazad-dûm is an ancient dwarven stronghold used to mine Mithril: a precious metal renowned for its strength and beauty. Unfortunately, the dwarves dug…

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Bailey Munck. What an incredible "silence breaker" at 17 years old. She too deserves to be on the cover of Time magazine, like the women in 2017 who launched the "me too" movement and began to…

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Living in Wallowa County is a privilege, not only because of the natural beauty, small size and friendly people, but because it is removed enough from the American mainstream to be a perch fro…

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Oregon lawmakers did something good recently when they approved Senate Bill 513, a measure that requires high school students to complete one semester of civics before they graduate.

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It might surprise you to learn that some members of the Oregon Legislature believe convicted rapists, murderers and people who exploit children for pornography in certain cases spend too much …

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The recent letters on the Center for Human Development by Barbara Smutz and Hazel Spiegel were great. The staff at CHD has done so much for the citizens in this area of Oregon and we are so in…

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I would like to propose Union County get a BottleDrop, BottleDrop Express or bottle return center. There are a number of them in Oregon already, mostly on the west side of the state.

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattl…

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Many local residents are aware of the proposed basalt quarry that would be on Robbs Hill Road just east of Perry. The large quarry would be constructed alongside the Robbs Hill Creek drainage,…

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As a Union County commissioner, farmer, rancher and lifelong Oregonian, I understand the importance of working together to meet the needs of those I serve. That’s why I was so frustrated that …

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In light of the recent border surge caused by President Joe Biden’s executive order essentially sending word south that the border is open, we are going to hear a lot about immigration reform.

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Like many others in the community, I looked forward to the COVID-19 vaccinations with some apprehension and desire to protect myself from the coronavirus. I must admit I had misgivings about t…

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We want to commend the Center for Human Development Inc. for the way they are handling the COVID-19 vaccinations in Union County. Since we had registered our email addresses, we knew when to s…

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The Union County Planning Commission decides Monday, March 22, on whether or not to approve the plan to allow a rock quarry to expand off Robbs Hill Road near Interstate 84. The site is about …

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Rural Oregon is facing a difficult post-COVID economic recovery. The $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package will undoubtedly help, but without addressing some long-standing barriers …

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Policy disagreements, partisanship and the walkouts can give Oregonians a distorted picture of what their Oregon Legislature is like. Journalists — and certainly this editorial page — tend to …