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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.

ANOTHER VOICE: Walden’s ‘no’ vote was admirable

The Hood River County Republican Central Committee unanimously thanks Congressman Greg Walden for being one of the 144 Republicans who had the common sense to say “no” to the “kicking our country’s budget and debt crisis down the road” to be increased again in three months.

ROUND TABLE: Local pears and apples are goodness as basic as ABC

Don’t be alarmed: The hum from my basement in coming weeks is just my bank of fruit dryers.

ANOTHER VOICE: A farmer grew up with Harvest Fest

Thirty-one years ago a group was putting together a harvest event at the old Diamond Fruit Cannery on Cascade Street. They wanted some orchard participation so I, being a young orchardist with apples abundant but little money, picked some Golden Delicious apples, grabbed a bunch of used paper grocery bags, an old scale, and a pocket full of change and headed down to the event.

ANOTHER VOICE: Tell the schools what you think

Over these first weeks of the new school year, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in each of our schools.

ANOTHER VOICE: Help successful fire prevention planning

I think I can safely say that I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain.

ANOTHER VOICE: Barrett Park plan does not solve county-wide problem

Talk to a coach, athlete or parent involved in team sports and you’ll hear about our county’s ball field shortage.

YOUNG VOICES: Maddy Graham starts work as intern for Hood River News

As I carried a box of cookies into Journalism class for our end of the year party, which was themed “The Dundies,” my teacher Dave Case asked if I would take a walk with him so we could discuss ideas for the upcoming school year. On the walk, he asked me if I would be willing to be the new content editor for the Talon, since the other editor, Alia Burck, would be graduating. I quickly accepted the offer and forecasted to take the class as a junior, assuming my future schedule would allow it.