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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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July 4, 1776: A date worth celebrating. A great idea was born. A dream that eventually flourished into a distinctive country, where equality and unalienable rights formed the basis for a government for and by the people. A country that has had internal struggles and inconsistencies, some qui…

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Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said this week that Congress must stop bad robocalls from burdening Americans. During an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology markup for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, Walden said, “Illegal robocalls affect the life of every American i…

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