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Another Voice: Trains in the Columbia Gorge are going in the wrong direction

If there is any positive outcome to the Mosier oil train derailment on June 3, it is that many more people are asking the right questions about oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and through our communities. These are questions that challenge our complacency and call for us to stand up for our values as residents of the Columbia Gorge.

Another Voice: Parks District should focus efforts on a west side site, not Barrett property

For the last six months, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has partnered with us, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, to explore the feasibility of creating a new 20-acre community park at the corner of Fairview and Belmont, catty corner from Westside Elementary School.

ANOTHER VOICE: Governor Brown: Respect the will of Hood River voters

Hood River County voters made history in the May 17 election.

Another Voice: Leadership needed in dealing with threats from oil trains in the Gorge

The Mosier train derailment on June 3 was a terrible accident. But from the accident, we have learned many valuable things. As the members of the Oregon House who represent the Gorge region in Salem, it was especially instructive for us to be able to witness first-hand how legislation passed in the 2015 session impacted the reaction to events that occurred that weekend

After Orlando: How can US cross our divides and prevent tragedies?

Bethel Church in White Salmon is a place where we sing, pray, hear poetry and scripture, and reflect together in worship on the sermon and our own stories that it brings up. We love potlucks and sidewalk chalk and working for justice.

ANOTHER VOICE: Mosier train disaster provides us with a challenge and opportunity

Last week a train carrying crude oil in 16 tank cars derailed in the tiny river town of Mosier — 42,000 gallons spilled, 32,000 gallons burned, and 10,000 gallons clogged the municipal wastewater plant. As horrible as it is, the community of Mosier and everyone depending on the Columbia River got lucky.

Climate Change: One graduate’s message

Let us help to change the story of destruction and greed

A note to the graduation class of 2016:

Another voice: Superintendent: thank you, community, for your bond vote support

Thank you to the voters of Hood River County for your overwhelming support of our youth and our schools with the passage of Measure 14-58, the school facilities bond. Our school district educators are humbled by your vote of confidence and your dedication to the future of our community - our children.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘Yes’ vote makes sense for Hood River County

Water is something none of us can live without. It can be easy to take for granted, but we can’t prosper as a community, or even make it though the day without it.

ANOTHER VOICE: Passing countywide ordinance ‘is wrong’

Measure 14-55 reminds me of the “Big Box” ordinance passed years ago, limiting the size of retail stores in Hood River.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘Work together as a community to make things better’

In attending the City Council meeting on April 11, I listened to testimony on Measure 14-55. The most important part of this meeting for me was after the meeting was adjourned. I would like to share what took place.

Another Voice: ‘Burdensome’ STR regulations would discriminate against homeowners

Lost in the emotional arguments about short term vacation rentals (STRs) is a simple fact: an overwhelming majority of Hood River residents support STRs and smart policies that both address community concerns and maximize economic growth.

ANOTHER VOICE: Supporting Schools is a proud Hood River County tradition

Hood River County residents will soon receive their ballots in the mail. Among the other measures and issues at stake, voters will exercise a choice to honor a long-standing promise made to our students generations ago: To provide our children with exceptional educational opportunities and strong schools.

ANOTHER VOICE: Four reasons the corporate grocer liquor takeover is bad for Oregon

If you stopped by a Fred Meyer store in Vancouver, Wash., last weekend looking for your favorite liquor, you might be surprised by what’s missing.

Another Voice: Nestlé’s water bottling plant would hurt Cascade Locks

Besides being an elected member of Cascade Locks City Council, I own and operate a business here. I write on my own behalf and that of my constituents who support Measure 14-55. We believe it is important that people understand some of the reasons that many, many Cascade Locks residents support a yes vote on Water Protection Measure 14-55 and why we oppose Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant.

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