Democrats: No, tax bill’s benefits handed to corporations have added to national debt

A year and a half in, has the 2017 Republican tax bill been helpful?

In late 2017, with much fanfare, the Republicans in Congress passed a comprehensive tax overhaul. … Read more

Democrats: Free trade agreements — good, bad, indifferent ... you decide

What type of trade agreements are most beneficial to our local economies?

The most notable trade agreement is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (aka NAFTA 2.0) signed on … Read more

Republicans: Bilateral trade agreements are the most beneficial for Eastern Oregon

What type of trade agreements are most beneficial to our local economies?

The short answer: Bilateral free trade agreements are the most beneficial trade agreements for Eastern … Read more

Dems: Electoral College reveals federal government’s lack of trust

Should we keep or abolish the Electoral College?

As most everyone knows, the United States uses what political scientists call an indirect method … Read more

Reps: Electoral College reflects important constitutional principles

Should we keep or abolish the Electoral College?

Keep it. Absolutely. After long debate and consideration, the founders designed the operation of the … Read more

How will climate change affect Eastern Oregon?

Gov’t attempts to combat climate change will eliminate middle class

The new carbon pricing policy that is being proposed by the current Oregon legislative session … Read more

How will climate change affect Eastern Oregon?

Climate change is here: It’s time to talk about adaptation.

Last week, I attended a meeting in Enterprise with range specialists, ranchers and Joseph Band … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Small business growth is critical to a local economy

I have had the opportunity and privilege of providing income tax preparation, tax planning and … Read more

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

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