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No responsible gun owner would object to the basic premise that guns should be stored in a way designed to ensure that nobody who shouldn’t have access to the guns will have it.

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Proponents of thinning for “fuel reductions” on the Lostine River operate under a number of flawed assumptions, including that fuel build-up is responsible for large blazes. 

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Policymakers must look at complete picture, avoid ill-informed changes

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More than 400 Oregonians, all of them living overseas, will have the opportunity to take part in a voting experiment this November. They’re legal residents of Jackson and Umatilla counties, an…

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Chris Woodworth responded to my challenges to his On the Fence (The Observer, Aug. 23) defining a “fair and just” society with a My Voice (The Observer, Sept 4). His male chauvinism is glaring…

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The Oregon Legislature created the office of Public Records Advocate and the Public Records Advisory Council in 2017. Now, in the wake of the resignation of the first advocate, Ginger McCall, …

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Two efforts to recall Gov. Kate Brown stalled Monday, sending the clear message that while many voters are dissatisfied with her performance she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Reading through the state Department of Human Services’ public reports on the deaths of children in DHS-involved families is not for the faint of heart. In the past few years, at least a coupl…

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Sometimes, it appears that the environmental community can be its own worst enemy. Instead of building bridges with farmers and ranchers, some environmental groups do the opposite. Anywhere th…

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Oregonians in the marijuana business know all too well the problems that arise when the nation’s banking system is unavailable to an industry. So, too, does Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, and …

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In just over a year — Oct. 1, 2020 — Oregonians will have to have beefed up identification to board a commercial airplane, enter most federal buildings or visit a nuclear power plant. An excep…

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Change is in the air. It’s not just the falling temperatures or the return of the school year. Within the walls of The Observer and Baker City Herald, the way we do business is being completel…

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A key part of any governmental oversight committee or agency is independence. The freedom to investigate, before legislating, is crucial in the American democratic process and without it the g…

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Oregon law requires most government bodies — everything from counties to cemetery districts — to file audit reports each year with the Secretary of State’s Office. Cities and counties that fai…