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ODA director Coba: We need to use tools in the right way

2013 ag report

Despite some unique challenges cropping up the past 12 months, Oregon agriculture generally remains in great shape and is poised to do well again in 2014, according to Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

ANOTHER VOICE: Walden comments on government spending bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 15 passed a bipartisan bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year. Walden supported this plan, and released a statement:

Another View: January is National Radon Action Month

The American Lung Association recommends that all homes be tested for radon

The winter can be a dangerous time of year for people living with high levels of radon in their homes. This time of year, radon levels can soar as residents keep their windows closed and spend more time indoors.

ANOTHER VOICE: State should take broad look at fibromyalgia status

A national petition having gone viral garnering more than 600 signatures (http://chn.ge/1aua7js), highlights a concerted effort by clinicians, patients and advocates who are asking a subcommittee of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Evidence Review Commission to allow Oregon Medicaid to cover diagnosis and treatments for fibromyalgia. Oregon is the only U.S. state that excludes Medicaid coverage of fibromyalgia.

ANOTHER VOICE ‘To my young daughters on the 2014 New Year’

It is the beginning of the New Year, 2014. I watch you as you board your school bus on this cold January morning. I am filled with precious memories of our family time in the last weeks of December. Like a lot of other families, we gave gifts to each other. I had this dream that I would find the perfect gift for you both. In the dream, as you open it, out bursts a light cloud that fills your lungs as you look inside. You breathe in this gift — and it miraculously offers you the promise of a long and healthful future. It is the gift of a healthy, life-giving planet.

Fond memories to start the year

A note to me from my pal who flunked spelling said: “Bil, I hait polly ticks!” Polly ticks? Would that be Parrot Parasites?

ANOTHER VOICE CGCC reaches milestones in 2013

Two-thousand thirteen has been a banner year for Columbia Gorge Community College. Most significantly, the culmination of over seven years of hard work by faculty and staff has finally paid off with CGCC achieving independent accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

ANOTHER VOICE: Guns since Newtown — not a happy anniversary

On Dec. 14 it will have been a year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

ROUND TABLE: Walkin’ man Dave Phelps quietly retires

And the walkin’ man walks …”

ANOTHER VIEW: Keeping toxins out of your holiday shopping

It’s shopping season! Experts predict that we’ll buy $602 billion worth of new stuff in the United States during November and December.

VETERANS DAY VIEWS: Let’s show veterans that we care

Thank you for joining us today to honor our veterans for their selfless service to America.

Nation should ‘Fulfill the sacred trust’

In the days leading up to and including Veterans Day, I will have the privilege to connect with Oregon’s veterans at parades, pancake breakfasts, and ceremonies across the state.

ANOTHER VOICE: A year for change, technologically, at

This has been quite the year for changes in Oregon’s higher education system. As members of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee we have been closely involved with the structural realignment of higher education. For the Gorge this means we are well prepared to take advantage of this new structure.

ANOTHER VOICE: More than you know: Bus drivers value safety

I am a school bus driver for our local school district and am speaking as a driver without prior approval from our district. I feel it is important to let the public in and around Hood River know a few issues we face every day.

ANOTHER VOICE: Working together to prevent domestic violence

In Oregon, we have one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the nation. In the last decade, more than 205 Oregonians has lost their lives to intimate partner violence and nearly three-quarters of those deaths have occurred in the last four years.