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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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The last few decades have been a whirlwind. Globalization has redrawn boundaries we’ve long lived by and counted on. Technology has transformed everything about how we work, shop and even socialize.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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…

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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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