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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…

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Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to hire Oregon’s first public records advocate in January 2018 was a promising step toward addressing deficiencies with how agencies, at both the state and local lev…

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A new statewide poll demonstrates a majority of Oregon voters would consider paying a new health care tax more than twice as large as their income tax to replace health care premiums and other…

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Friday, Sept. 20, is POW/MIA Recognition Day. This special day and the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag are symbolic of our nation’s resolve to never leave our warriors behind. Our armed…

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Chris Woodworth’s On the Fence (The Observer, Aug. 23) addressing “What does a ‘fair and just’ society look like” is grounded on the belief that all Americans are born with “equal opportunity.…

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State Democratic leaders last week backed off their plans to fine Republican senators who twice boycotted the Capitol this past legislative session. The reasoning by Democrats, and this probab…

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When Heidi Wright called me June 3 to suggest that our company should take a look at bidding on Bend’s daily newspaper, The Bulletin, I was at once startled, skeptical and intrigued.

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Much has been written, discussed and debated about the denying of a quorum for HB 2020 for nine days, when the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans made the decision to leave. Since I was one of what …

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Another national news story has highlighted (again) just how much work remains as we work to build communities and regions that are more resilient toward wildfire.