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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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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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‘Good news, it’s not broken’“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The proponents for Measure 14-67 (“Protect Our Parks”) have spent plenty of money for a slick, big-business-type campaign to convince all of us that the future of our parks is in danger from deceitful city officials. One reason t…

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Cultivate: CompassionA big thank you to the Gorge community for its show of support at the Oct. 6 premiere of the short film: “Cultivate: Compassion;” the Columbia Center for the Arts was packed!

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Thank you, ACT’s ‘Cell’The Adult Center Theater production of a Hispanic version of my play, “Cell,” afforded me a totally unexpected opportunity to rediscover my play in a manner I never would have imagined otherwise. Produced since 2012, originally written for an African-American cast, pre…

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A city’s charter is like a constitution. It provides the fundamental principles that guide how the city is governed. On Nov. 5, City of Hood River voters will decide the fate of Measure 14-67, the Parks Protection Measure, a citizen initiative to change the city’s charter.

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The green signs around town make Measure 14-67 seem simple — it is not. Measure 14-67 would change the City Charter (the constitution for the City of Hood River) to require a vote before leasing or selling park land. While we all value parks, changing the City Charter changes our democratic …

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‘Murder Ballad’Wow, please go see Murder Ballad presented by CGOA, it is really spectacular! I just saw the first show and am so impressed with the quality of the actors and of the lighting and choreography and the setting! These four talented actors have wonderful magic with each other, and…

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Climate crisisThe scientists have spoken. The planet is speaking. The children are pleading. We must listen and act while we still can. Millions of people around the globe this past week came together to demand action to create a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable planet. Those o…

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Fix recyclingI have been noticing when I recycle the cans with my mom at Rosauers, it is clean and everything works properly, but there are only four combination recycle machines. At Safeway there are three, but they are quite often broken, and the area isn’t clean, either. At Walmart, there…

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Sixteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg is a powerful spokesperson for action on climate change — having uniquely captured the world’s imagination with words and actions.This week, in association with the United Nations Climate Summit, her moral clarity and that of youth around the world, c…

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What to believeWho bombed the Saudi oil field? The Saudis claim it’s the Houthis or Iran — those are the same Saudis (MBS) who deny torturing and dismembering a member of the U.S. press, Jamal Khashoggi, and our president agrees with them.During his administration, our president has lied or …

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Open, accessible and accountable government with freedom to public information without interference from governing bodies — or elected officials — is essential to our democratic republic.But that fundamental value may be at stake in Oregon, where the newly appointed Office of the Public Reco…

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Flags at all public institutions throughout Oregon will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today for Patriot Day.

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As we anticipate gathering in Idlewilde Cemetery for another presentation of “Cemetery Tales,” the History Museum of Hood River County wishes to focus attention on the history of the cemetery itself. Our event is staged among Idlewilde’s tombstones and grave markers for good reason: A quiet …

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‘Black and white’Mr. Davis would like readers to believe “patriots” stand for the national anthem, while those who do not, are not. Plenty of people in our community do things related to the American flag which seems disrespectful and unpatriotic to me. These include displaying the flag back…

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Ban Rx TV adsDue to pressure from the public and government, liquor industry self-regulations banned TV advertising from 1948 to 1996, mainly to help stem the drinking of underage people.Obviously, those ads have returned, but (supposedly) only on shows with adult audiences. Cigarettes, and …

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 15,000 children and ad…

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Public debate can get messy, and sometimes it cleans itself up.An example of this was good to see Aug. 12 outside City Hall.City council had heard testimony that night from both sides of the Lot 700-Morrison park rezone debate, and some of those folks continued their argument outside City Ha…

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $4,509,000 in grant funding to 27 health centers in Oregon, nine of which are in Walden’s Oregon Second District.

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Dangerous nationalismIn my previous letter (“Trump’s racism,” July 27), I laid out examples of Donald Trump’s racist behavior dating back decades. “But Ben,” you might be saying, “who cares? What does this have to do with policy?”

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