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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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Thanks, WaldenBothered by robocalls? I am! However, thanks to Congressman Greg Walden, our ringing phones will turn back to providing the information we need.

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‘Congress’ duty on war’I’m horrified and irate that Trump ordered the assassination of Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. This would be equivalent to a foreign government assassinating our vice president outside the Toronto airport.This was not a def…

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I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.” — From “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Iranian emigre Marjane Satrapi.

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Our world is full of so-called “influencers” vying for our attention. You can’t miss them: They create tons of noise and are always in the spotlight. From spiritually bankrupt politicians to super-wealthy tech geniuses to charismatic online personalities who use their influence to sway audie…

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Letters to the Editor submissions were down all around in 2019. We received 639 letters from 379 writers this year. Contrast that to 2018, when the News received 865 letters by 476 different writers — that’s 226 fewer letters and 97 fewer writers this year.

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Below is the Hood River News’ annual listing of the writers of letters to the editor. These letters were compiled between Jan. 2 and Dec. 28, 2019. 

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If you’re like most of us, you overindulged a bit too much in 2019. No, not on calories (well, maybe those too!), but on “noise.” That’s the name for the dizzying onslaught of information from work emails, app notifications, the 24/7 news cycle, social media updates, and other forms of scree…

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Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.’ — Eric Sevareid

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If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say we live in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in closer?That’s the question I ask myse…

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Picture it: Your living room, December 2019. The tree is all aglow, the eggnog poured (and spiked), the whole family gathered ‘round — and you’re only half-present. Your mind keeps wandering to what might be waiting for you just a click or a scroll away. Work emails. News updates. Candy Crus…

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Nov. 30 was Small Business Saturday (observed locally by Chamber of Commerce and independent business owners). Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day — the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year — to encourage people to “Shop Small.” The financial services company reports that…

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Go to holiday bazaarsWhen I was a little girl, my Italian grandmother would take me and my sister to a Christmas bazaar. We had so much fun and always got a special treat for being good kids.Ever since, I have made it a point to seek out and attend local bazaars. Over the years, we have been…

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The televised impeachment inquiry is roaring in the background as I write this column. It began with a few theatrics but settled down as the two witnesses, Taylor and Kent, provided their opening statements. They were calm, organized and thorough in the information they were providing. There…

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Probably for the last time, I am marking the year by writing a letter a day.I am just a month away from completing the 365-letter goal. Generally at the end of my day I will sit down and, usually, handwrite a letter to a friend.Sometimes I type, but perhaps for the last time; more on that in…

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‘No bones’On July 17, 2019, Donald Trump said, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” There are a number of other bones he does not have in his body, for instance truthful bones, integrity bones, honesty bones, empathy bones, humane bones, respectful bones, diplomatic bones, smart bones, e…

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Wednesday, during an Energy and Commerce Committee markup, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the Republican Leader of the committee, helped advance legislation he co-sponsored that would improve maternal healthcare.

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Rivera for CouncilI decided not to run for the open seat on Hood River City Council after learning that Gladys Rivera had filed and I learned a little more about her.As a younger person, a Latina, and as someone who has experienced homelessness in Hood River, I believe she will bring an impo…

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Sincere thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s election. Your participation encompassed positive and thoughtful debates, messages to neighbors about parks and heartfelt letters to the newspaper and social media commentaries. Your actions enriched our democratic society. Your vote, w…

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Sustainable housing Many have noted that the past few years’ local debates about Lot 700 and Hood River City parks have been divisive and bruising. With the special city election now behind us, I would like to respectfully and earnestly urge that we move forward as Gorge communities to ensur…

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Celebration of musicWe are deeply grateful to you, our neighbors, for the many ways that you care for the wellbeing of one another and this precious place that we call home.  As a sign of our gratitude, we would like to invite you to “Simple Gifts: A Community Celebration of Music” on Saturd…

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The current administration has put forward an unprecedented immigration agenda in an attempt to reshape immigration policy. President Trump’s successful agenda in the field of immigration has shown that the Executive Branch has much power in restricting immigration laws, and that all you nee…

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OctSoberFest a successMany thanks to the Gorge community for making OctSoberFest a great success!Even a sudden hailstorm with thunder and lightning failed to dampen the spirit of the weekend!Plans are already underway for a second annual OctSoberFest next Fall to share and celebrate the live…

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Yes for FireWhile all the yard space and newspaper ink has gone to the parks measure, those outside city limits should vote YES to support the West Side Fire District and the critical community services they provide. Renewing the local option would simply maintain the current property tax ra…

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ShameOn Aug. 17, Ben Mitchell accused those of us who support “Protect Our Parks” ballot measure 14-67 of uncivilized behavior. Further, he said “the war waged against this affordable housing project (smacks) of NIMBYism and entitlement.” Perhaps there are some entitled NIMBYs among us, but …

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