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Another Voice: Modern U.S. electoral system must evolve

Is the country better off because of the checks and balances newly in place? Or are we instead on the verge of an acrimonious and paralyzing gridlock, with disastrous consequences? Only time will tell. But we need no more time to recognize that our electoral and governing processes require urgent rethinking.

December 15, 2018 midnight read more..


Planning like all our kids live here

Coming home to the west side of Hood River the other day, I passed a sign on May Street that I’ve seen many times: “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here," a good reminder to slow down and be mindful. But in truth, all the kids in this town are “our” kids, aren’t they? Or perhaps not.

December 12, 2018 midnight read more..
 

Another Voice: Yet another great idea! Hit me below the belt

So the other day, when I had this truly brilliant idea that would not only reverse climate change, but also bring back the tan M&Ms, I had an equally BAD idea that it was unnecessary to write down the good idea because there was no way I was going to forget it.

October 31, 2018 midnight read more..
 

Another Voice: Teaching civics in divisive times

We’ve had an exciting beginning to a new school year in the Hood River County School District. So many “thank yous” are in order to so many committed HRCSD community members who meaningfully contribute to our vibrant learning community!

October 24, 2018 11:37 a.m. read more..


Another Voice: Measure 102 adds bond strength to affordable housing goal

Working hard should mean you can afford to live in your community and keep a roof over your head. In communities throughout Oregon —and particularly here in Hood River — rent and housing costs have gone up faster than wages and families in our community are struggling to make ends meet. The good news is that our community has come together to try provide safe and stable homes to our neighbors and families who need help.

October 24, 2018 midnight read more..
      

Another voice: Speak up at forum Sept. 6 on Columbia River Treaty

For the past three years, I have traveled the length of the Columbia to document the riverscapes and the tribes and First Nations feelings about the river and hopes for a new treaty that will honor their requests to restore the health of the river and salmon runs back to Canada. Many people have asked how they can get involved.

September 5, 2018 midnight read more..


Another voice: Now, more than ever, we need our unions

For the past six months, I have been honored to serve as executive director of Service Employeees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, Oregon’s public employee and care provider union. On this Labor Day weekend, I’m reflecting on our incredible history, but I’m also worried about the future.

September 5, 2018 midnight read more..

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