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valleycat1 6 days, 15 hours ago on Letters to the Editor for March 22

RE; Why Laws? There ARE laws. And illegal immigrants do not get in line before disabled vets, etc. for federal benefits. Here is an article for you from the National Immigration Law Center that might help your understanding of how this works: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/overview-immeligfedprograms/. There are some benefits, which benefit public health or address emergency situations, for which illegal immigrants (actually, the term is "non-qualified persons" because the restrictions do not apply only to those here illegally), and in states that have passed law affording more state-funded services to the undocumented or their families.

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valleycat1 1 week, 3 days ago on Letters to the Editor for March 18

RE: people freaking out about paying a nickel for a bag - If I am in line and hear someone complaining, I will use the suggested ploy of handing them a bunch of nickels rather than directly calling them out on being rude. To date I have not seen that happen, though I have seen a few people headed out the door with a cart full of loose items - apparently preferring the inconvenience to paying maybe a quarter for bags.

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valleycat1 1 week, 3 days ago on Letters to the Editor for March 18

Kathy Schwartz - Walden is holding a town hall here in Hood River on April 8th, 4:30 pm at Hood River Middle School on May Street. I know he has a few others that day too but did not keep the complete list. Watch for announcements in the local paper, possibly just a few days beforehand as he does not always give a lot of notice. You can also follow him on FB to get notices.

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valleycat1 1 month ago on Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22

David Bohlmann - Perhaps if POTUS45 were not governing by Tweet and were to recognize that context matters, and would take time to explain said context, there would be fewer "hysterical" reactions. And no fair deciding what the context is going to be based on reaction to the Tweet that comes out before it is explained.

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valleycat1 1 month, 1 week ago on Letters to the Editor for Feb. 18

RE No Outrage? School district policy is that nonresident students may have to pay tuition to attend a district school in certain instances, not to mention the right to accept or decline requests for such transfer - which also has to be approved by the district resided in. And district policy is that the district has the authority to determine whether the school has room to accept transfers and which school students are assigned to. The availability of free public schooling to residents within a district does not give any family the right to select which school the child attends. No, there is no need for outrage; the free public education is funded by local and state taxes paid by residents in the district. If this is a veiled appeal for the public school voucher system, it does not fly with me.

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valleycat1 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Letters to the Editor for Feb. 8

To Alan Winans: The demonstrations are not creating the split in America, it has been there a long long time; one could argue that the USA was founded on splitting off from the ruling government, and from the days of the Constitutional conventions there have been widely divergent views of how to accomplish national goals. Some administrations have been more tumultuous than others.

I would also point out that for the past 8 years, and still counting, President Obama was and is blamed by the Republicans for every single thing that happened in the world during those years, before then and now that he is out of office. It is POTUS45's and the Republicans' turn to shoulder that burden. He won the election and vowed to unite the country, and look how well that is going so far. Perhaps if he were not setting an example of attention-seeking radical statements and behavior, the other side would not have to resort to the same to be heard too. He and the Republican Congress do not have an overwhelming mandate and they need to remain or be made aware of that fact. We shall persist in making that happen.

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valleycat1 2 months ago on Women’s Stand brings national march to HR

If I had known this was happening here I would have been there too. Respectful, peaceful event and balanced reporting. Thank you!

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valleycat1 5 months, 1 week ago on Letters to the Editor for Oct. 22

Regarding Measure 97: I encourage everyone to read the actual measure, either online or in the voters' guide, to see what it actually says. The voters' guide also has extensive comments on both sides of the issue - read those as well and take into consideration who is saying what about it. Maybe talk to someone you know and trust who has spent some time studying the issue. Then make up your mind. Do not rely simply on the TV ads and other sound-bites as your only source of information.

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valleycat1 7 months ago on Letters to the Editor for Aug. 27

RE Tracy's letter, "Beware" - I know what it is to lose a pet in a tragic and sudden way, and my sympathies are with you. However, IMO it is the responsibility of the owners of pets that tend to run and range wide and far to keep them on a leash, particularly in crowded or obviously unsafe areas. It is well documented by continued reports of people being injured or killed falling from canyon, waterfall, or cliff edges, or being killed while walking across railroad bridges or playing on the tracks - among a few examples - that posting signs and even building so-called insurmountable fences is not going to keep everyone safe. And when you see parents encouraging their kids to ignore the warning signs, as I have, one knows things are not going to change much any time soon.

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valleycat1 9 months ago on No to oil trains

I am interested in hearing actual proposed solutions to the problem instead of NIMBY complaints - that is, what are the acceptable alternatives for oil transport? Oil is not a product that can be extracted, refined, and used all within a local area. As long as the world economy remains substantially dependent on petroleum, the transport of huge quantities over long distances is a given. No form of transport is fail safe.

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