OTF Response: White: Border wall is a phony national emergency

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Jan. 25 On the Fence … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Admire economic growth? Why don’t you move to Bend?

Rural America is in trouble. Rural economies have been declining for the past 25 years. … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Socialism and capitalism— We need them both

When President Trump declared in his recent State of the Union speech that “America will … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Why capitalism will always beat socialism

An increasingly popular sentiment expressed in today’s political environment is that of the desirability of … Read more

On the Fence:One size does not fit all with health care

Health care in the United States is flawed; however, a universal health care system would … Read more

On the Fence: We need both: The problem is in the design

Asking whether American health care should be private or public is like asking whether a … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Equality of outcome vs. equality of ability to participate

When it comes to men and women in politics or any other aspect of life, should the focus be on equality of outcome or equality of ability to participate?

Our country was founded upon the bold declaration we are all created equal. In our … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Equality of outcome vs. equality of ability to participate

When it comes to men and women in politics or any other aspect of life, should the focus be on equality of outcome or equality of ability to participate?

This question was originally drafted to produce an examination of women’s issues in American politics. … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Why join a political party: Local political engagement is the foundation of our entire political system

Do you ever find yourself dissatisfied with local or national public policy? Have you ever … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Why join a political party: Activism is the antidote to feeling helpless

The first two major political parties were established in 1792: the Federalist Party and the … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Oregon’s Sanctuary Law is a core state value reflects dignity and respect, core state values

Editor’s Note: The Republican writer did not submit an On The Fence piece for this … Read more

On the Fence: Wildfire and forest management: We can’t control the weather, but we can reduce fuels

Recent deadly wildfires in California remind us that we also live in a fire-prone ecosystem … Read more

On the Fence: Wildfire and forest management: Oregon should adopt California-style carbon forest plan

Fire season! Good news if you like fire, bad news if you like California. Comedian … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Democrats: Union County needs safe, affordable, stable housing — the path forward is through collaboration

A thriving Union County requires a healthy workforce. The health of each citizen is dependent … Read more

OTF RESPONSE: Parsons: I will continue to vote Republican

In response to the recent On the Fence outlining the Democratic Party of Oregon’s 2018 … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Why I vote Democrat

Lois Barry — Why I vote Democrat I have, with one exception, always voted Democrat, … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Why I vote Republican

What matters most to you? We are in the midst of a defining battle this … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Democratic Party of Oregon’s Platform: Securing a more just and prosperous future for all

The Democratic Party of Oregon’s 2018 platform preamble states: “The Democratic Party of Oregon is … Read more

Climate change: We must create rural resilience as we face rough roads ahead

As I contemplated the recent summer burn bans, I worried that perhaps my children will … Read more

Climate change: Response requires community involvement

Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit song says, “The times they are a-changin.” As times have changed, … Read more

ON THE FENCE: ID laws do not prevent voter fraud

Benjamin Franklin once said, ““Today a man owns a jackass worth 50 dollars and he … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Voter fraud used as excuse for voter suppression

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Opioid Crisis: Medications are available to treat effects of opioid addiction

As a result of a national political and media push, most citizens are aware of … Read more

ON THE FENCE: A ‘good government’ could fix the Farm Bill

Farm Bill

All we seem to hear about the U.S. Farm Bill is that Congress can’t renew … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Self-governance depends on exercise of free speech

Technology disrupts societies. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century enabled the … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Free exercise of speech in public discourse is vital to a free society

Perhaps no liberty so resoundingly defines our Republic than that of free speech — a … Read more

ON THE FENCE: National Debt could be too much for future generations

For 50 years, the U.S. government has been spending more than we earn –– selling … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Do emission limits help?

Global warming: Is it real? Are we causing it? And if we are — how … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Elections: Protect against voter fraud

Preserving the great American experiment of a constitutional republic is dependent upon free and fair … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Elections: Right to vote is being stifled

Today, the right to vote in the United States is the result of massive popular … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Term limits: Statewide and nationally a good idea

The concept of term limits predates the U.S. Constitution itself. Many of the founders favored … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Nothing to be accomplished by preventing sale of recreational marijuana

Four states including Oregon, have fully legalized recreational marijuana use, and many states have bills … Read more

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