Toxic gauntlets: Clear the smoke on tobacco policies

Hood River City Council is right to be notching up its tobacco use policy.

Hood Plate: Put pitons on special plate for the mountain

Flags Lowered: David Frohnmayer

She stands there, patient, dedicated, and stately, never wavering, save her undesired glacial melting.

Sunshine and Rights: An illuminating ‘media conspiracy’ protects the public’s interests

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

Stop Scree: The slippery slope of school funding

Any hiker knows the feeling of climbing on scree.

Spring Ahead — and get alarmed

Budget help needed

March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

Layers of Success: Local high schoolers set high standards in competitive endeavors

Not every success registers as a medal or trophy, and any success is best viewed as a work in progress.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Tumbling 10th grader takes down teachers in true test of twisters

A Sunday cartoon resonated with me, following a fun event on Friday night.

Filing Time: March 19 deadline nears to enlist for Special Districts ballot

Stan Benson of Hood River quietly exited the Hood River County Planning Commission this week after 25 years of service. Benson deserves thanks for a quarter-century of service in what is largely a thankless role.

Youths Matter: Keeping kids safe, and sustained, includes showing them support

Keeping kids safe is the basic goal with our annual “Just Say No!/Soli Di No” special section in this edition.

Spring Election: Ballot filing deadline approaches

John Kitzhaber has cleared out his desk and Gov. Kate Brown faces the tough challenge of picking up the pieces, rebuilding faith and fostering legislation. She’s as able as any public servant in the state and all Oregonians should wish her the best in a time when the state needs steady leadership.

Governor’s Exit: Kitzhaber served well, but now serves by ending the distraction – for now

The circumstances surrounding Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to leave office today remain cloudy at best, but the governor made the right move. Kitzhaber was simply a distraction at a time when state lawmakers need focus.

Tide Out: Kitzhaber’s shell game must stop

By now, the wave building toward the Salem beach has probably crashed.

Project Graduation: It’s ‘only’ February, but still the season to support an important program

The unseasonably warm weather we’ve seen points us even earlier than usual toward spring.