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

On the Fence: The military keeps us free

The military budget. Don’t leave me now. Give me a couple of minutes, folks, and … Read more

On the Fence: The true cost of a world in arms

How can we as Eastern Oregonians, as Americans, see if our military budget reflects our … Read more

ON THE FENCE: An important step forward

An important step forward

Jan. 23 is a red-letter day for healthcare in Oregon. On January 23 your vote … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Tax plan robbing Peter to pay Paul

The Republican Tax Plan is a wonderful, wonderful thing. It may, in fact, be the … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Tax plan helps economy, families

The tax reform bill passed before Christmas has produced more than a big tax cut … Read more

ON THE FENCE: A result of poor planning

A result of poor planning

This month, Oregonians have the opportunity to vote against an increase in their taxes to … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Senate Bill 719: Additional tool

None of us likes to have our lives “over-regulated,” but most of us would agree … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Senate Bill 719: Misses target

In a free and modern society, the tension between safety and liberty is ever present. … Read more

ON THE FENCE: Immigration: Imagine it was you

Imagine yourself in a crowd outside a courthouse. It’s cold out, but the sun is … Read more

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