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…
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…
It’s Pride month, and as a mother of a child who identifies herself as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I couldn’t be more proud.
At graduation, our seniors and their families rode a rollercoaster of emotions as they celebrated achievements and bid farewell to the school system that helped educate them for more than a decade. We should feel lucky to have such a strong class of role models and go-getters stepping into t…
In 2018, 480,000 people died from the greatest cause of preventable death — cigarette smoking — in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By clear-cutting forests and destroying environments, we are not only harming the wildlife that give shelter, but also ourselves. According to conservation.org, over half of the world’s forests have been cut down within the last century. This rapid rate of deforestation is terrible in itself…
Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) stressed the need to improve progress of nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Site during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee this week, according to a press release from Walden’s office. Citing a Government Accountability Office (GAO…
As the CEO of a food manufacturing company based here in Hood River, I want rural Oregon’s manufacturers to succeed. I want companies like mine to be able to expand and hire more workers across the county. This legislative session, lawmakers in Salem can help local businesses achieve these g…
This past week, the board of directors proclaimed May 6-10 as Teacher Appreciation Week, but that does not go near far enough to demonstrate what a difference teachers make in individual students’ lives and the overall trajectory of our community.
Hood River County schools would not be where we are today without a longstanding tradition of community involvement and a shared passion for high-quality educational opportunities. In a story that comes full circle, the building where our entirely volunteer school board holds most of their m…
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum testified before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2 in support of stronger guns laws, specifically creating stronger regulations of untraceable “3D-printed” firearms and other “ghost guns,” said a press release. Senate Bill 978 is the leg…
Thank you for inviting me to share a little about Helping Hands Against Violence (HHAV) — what we do, how we do it, and how your support helps survivors to be safe.As most of you know, HHAV is a non-profit which supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual support and stalking through she…
At his town hall on March 15, Rep. Greg Walden cited his journalism studies as the reason he likes to deal in facts. So let’s look at some facts.
A city council is an extremely important body of local government and one that takes seriously the challenging issues facing its diverse constituency. It is that diversity that makes the city so great, but can also divide us.
Miguel was supporting a wife and five kids in southern Oregon prior to his recent arrest by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). His youngest daughter was just learning to walk. His small business was thriving. I met with him last week at the Northern Oregon Regional Correction Center …
Last month, prior to the announced town hall in Hood River, we asked readers what they would ask U.S. Rep. Greg Walden if they were unable to attend the event. The questions dealt with a variety of concerns and ongoing issues.
On behalf of the Forest Service employees in the Columbia River Gorge, we thank everyone who stepped up to help and support our employees and the national forests during this challenging time.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party Sunday, be sure to add safety and common sense to your playbook before guests arrive. As hosts of a party, homeowners and renters could be liable for the safety of their guests — even after they leave the party.
At one point, I came across a page with a completed New York Times crossword puzzle from September, 2014. It was filled out in ink, without error, in the clear, distinctive handwriting of my mother...
Absolutely, the work of public educators remains as critical as ever towards fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of racial equality.
I think my documentary is the epitome of what it means to be American. I mean, what’s more American then freedom of speech? That’s the foundation of our nation’s history.
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley unveiled a sweeping blueprint on Wednesday that he said will restore American democracy, outlining a series of proposals to take on voter suppression, gerrymandering, dark money and unequal representation in our democracy.
This fraying of the American fabric might not appear so threatening if we were capable of pursuing a healthy political dialogue; but that, too, seems increasingly out of reach.
In December, many groups and publications select their person of the year. We don’t have an official award like that here, but if we did, I’d nominate Stu Watson of Hood River. To explain why, I need to remind us about Cincinnatus, whom I first learned about in my long-ago high school Latin class.
When I woke up on Dec.12, I knew that it was going to be an emotional day, honoring the memory of a ceremony around my mother’s passing. But I could never have predicted the events that happened just moments later that blended tragedy with miracles of kindness.
Is the country better off because of the checks and balances newly in place? Or are we instead on the verge of an acrimonious and paralyzing gridlock, with disastrous consequences? Only time will tell. But we need no more time to recognize that our electoral and governing processes require urgent rethinking.
Coming home to the west side of Hood River the other day, I passed a sign on May Street that I’ve seen many times: “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here," a good reminder to slow down and be mindful. But in truth, all the kids in this town are “our” kids, aren’t they? Or perhaps not.
So the other day, when I had this truly brilliant idea that would not only reverse climate change, but also bring back the tan M&Ms, I had an equally BAD idea that it was unnecessary to write down the good idea because there was no way I was going to forget it.
Teaching — especially Civics — is simply an impossible task to fulfill if we cannot afford our teachers the grace necessary to engage our children in these important and often uncomfortable topics.
We’ve had an exciting beginning to a new school year in the Hood River County School District. So many “thank yous” are in order to so many committed HRCSD community members who meaningfully contribute to our vibrant learning community!
Working hard should mean you can afford to live in your community and keep a roof over your head. In communities throughout Oregon —and particularly here in Hood River — rent and housing costs have gone up faster than wages and families in our community are struggling to make ends meet. The good news is that our community has come together to try provide safe and stable homes to our neighbors and families who need help.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and we at Helping Hands Against Violence (HHAV) wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, dear community, for all the support you’ve given us throughout the year.
Those familiar with the opioid crisis know drug companies were the spark that set off the epidemic. Strangely, Mr. Walden doesn’t call for them to join us on deck.
Hood River County, the City of Hood River and the Ports of Hood River and Cascade Locks have adopted and begun implementing the region’s new Energy Plan, and the timing couldn’t be better.
One of my favorite aspects of the new Children’s Park are all of the slight imperfections that exist when you look closely.
As a working mom, social worker, educator and, now, your candidate for State Representative, I have loved meeting my neighbors across this district. I have loved hearing about their cares and worries.
Absent civility, how will we hold America together as a powerful, distinctive and caring nation? How will families and communities prosper and achieve happiness and fulfillment? How will we even ensure the planet’s sustainability or a future for humankind?
For the past three years, I have traveled the length of the Columbia to document the riverscapes and the tribes and First Nations feelings about the river and hopes for a new treaty that will honor their requests to restore the health of the river and salmon runs back to Canada. Many people have asked how they can get involved.
For the past six months, I have been honored to serve as executive director of Service Employeees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, Oregon’s public employee and care provider union. On this Labor Day weekend, I’m reflecting on our incredible history, but I’m also worried about the future.
Last year, local citizens began picketing at the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility (NORCOR) when immigration detainees held at our local jail had initiated a hunger strike over conditions there.
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