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.

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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.