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Danger Zone: Improvement or impairment?

The amenities and upgrades on State Street are visible now that the Urban Renewal streetscape project is done: new pavement, better and wider sidewalks, underground utilities, landscaping, and pedestrian plazas featuring benches, drinking fountains, and more.

Editor's notebook: Running into the ‘what-if motif’ and trying not to nickel-and-dime the odds

A recent visit to Eugene took me to some interesting intersections, figuratively and literally.

Voting rolls: Give automatic DMV method a pass, for now

Driverless cars may be a thing of the future, but do we need more clueless voters?

Sunday drinking: Keep The Beast on the field; after halftime, pass the dessert

Football fans around Oregon are gearing up for this weekend’s Super Bowl match-up on Sunday as our neighbors to the north defend their title in the big event.

Editor’s notebook: Two bits on XLIX and 50

Who thinks about the football?

HB 2039: A helpful connection

Checking the Hood River Bridge lift cables for strength and alignment is a timely metaphor for a political process, about to begin, that spans the Columbia River. Rep. John Huffman (R-The Dalles), has recently introduced a bill he hopes will boost both the act’s and the commission’s profiles with his colleagues in the State Legislature and help support the commission as it struggles to obtain enough funding to adequately carry out its federally-mandated duties (story, page A1).

Board work: Elected or appointed, public service opportunities abound

No matter where you live in Hood River County, opportunities to serve are right at hand.

Service: The best way to remember Dr. King

We could fill dozens of editorial columns with the powerful words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., from throughout his career serving his church, his community, and the nation.

Game time: Not the Ducks, but the House and Senate

The two squads will go head-to-head in a contest of strength and strategy.

Walden: Making progress together for our region and state

The biggest disagreements and loudest voices got most of the attention during this last session of Congress, from filibusters to failed websites, immigration to ISIL.

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Je Suis Charlie

“What happened in Paris today is a devastating shock for France, and for the freedom of the Press.”

SleevesUp: A new way to support the vital need for blood donations

Plenty of people let their hair down or let a seam out as they celebrated over the holidays.

Sober tips: Enforcement awaits, but avoiding intoxicated driving is the best measure

We can all find a reason to celebrate, or commiserate, at the end of the old year and the start of the new one.

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Wonderful Day: Recent radio play brings a new meaning to an Old Christmas classic

Hundreds of people heard a new Christmas song this season.

Round Table: ‘I just wish Ricky Ricardo had lived to see the day’

The ridiculous met the sublime last week in international matters.