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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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Be a voterWashington has an important primary election coming up on Aug. 4. It is great that Washingtonians get to vote by mail. But it is important that you know if you are currently registered to vote. You can check your registration and register online at voter.votewa.gov until July 27, a…

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USFS ‘log jam’Implementing the management plan for the White Salmon National Wild and Scenic River hinges on acquiring willing seller property, but for 30 years, the Forest Service has resisted doing that. This mismanagement has resulted in extensive clear cutting and residential development…

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Swift endorsementThe Wasco County Law Enforcement Association would like to formally endorse Marcus Swift for Wasco county Commissioner. Marcus understands the challenges that our deputies and dispatchers face in serving and protecting Wasco County. He shows passion in tackling rising comple…

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Why do they risk their lives?Why are first responders risking their lives for us? They want us to live through COVID-19.Why are they testing people for this disease? So every day, the scientists are trying to find a cure.There are a lot of people who have died from this disease. First respon…

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Vote for KramerPlease vote in the May primary. We have several important races on the line that will determine the future of Wasco County.The race for County Commissioner is between Steve Kramer, a Wasco County native, and Marcus Swift, who, until a year ago, lived in Portland. You cannot po…

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COVID vulnerableSocial distancing, stay-at-home orders, essential workers, flatten the curve, school closures: These are words and phrases that can be heard daily and have become the new norm during this COVD-19 pandemic. Family lives and routines flipped upside down, parents are being asked…

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Uninformed mediaIt’s so unfortunate so many people believe in the media’s reporting of what is actually happening in Washington. You hear information directly from the people in the White House. Most of it is fact, some is possible and some is “we will see.” The stuff reported in the media h…

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Short end of paper?Combining our newspapers is a very sad situation, but I do appreciate the fact that we are all having to deal with financial issues in this time of COVID-19. I am wondering if we, Wasco County, will get the short end of the paper with little news for us. Just looking at th…

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Who to believe The troubling world we now live in is full of many conflicting voices.  One may ask, who should I believe or trust? May I suggest a proven voice: the voice of the Lord. His words have always been true and have or will yet all be fulfilled. So, where can one find these precious…

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‘Do unto others’Here is who we are, who I am — me, and every other human person we have ever known or heard of.Studies (at the University of Virginia) show that when we, for example, cheat at a dice game or do something we would admit is wrong, even something “minor,” it “hardens our hearts.…

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Saving livesI was the emergency physician on duty in the Hood River Emergency Department last month when the staff and I started hearing concerning information on the 911 scanner. There was someone downtown with an injury that was bleeding profusely. Hood River police were on the scene and E…

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Gone AWOLSen. Chuck Thomsen, I am so disappointed you have chosen to represent our district by shirking your duty to show up for work. You have opted for governance by no governance. Worse yet, you have joined your other AWOL colleagues, clearly demonstrating that Oregon Republicans will not…

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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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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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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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Be a voterWashington has an important primary election coming up on Aug. 4. It is great that Washingtonians get to vote by mail. But it is important that you know if you are currently registered to vote. You can check your registration and register online at voter.votewa.gov until July 27, a…

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USFS ‘log jam’Implementing the management plan for the White Salmon National Wild and Scenic River hinges on acquiring willing seller property, but for 30 years, the Forest Service has resisted doing that. This mismanagement has resulted in extensive clear cutting and residential development…

  • 0

Swift endorsementThe Wasco County Law Enforcement Association would like to formally endorse Marcus Swift for Wasco county Commissioner. Marcus understands the challenges that our deputies and dispatchers face in serving and protecting Wasco County. He shows passion in tackling rising comple…

  • 0

Why do they risk their lives?Why are first responders risking their lives for us? They want us to live through COVID-19.Why are they testing people for this disease? So every day, the scientists are trying to find a cure.There are a lot of people who have died from this disease. First respon…

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Vote for KramerPlease vote in the May primary. We have several important races on the line that will determine the future of Wasco County.The race for County Commissioner is between Steve Kramer, a Wasco County native, and Marcus Swift, who, until a year ago, lived in Portland. You cannot po…

  • 0

COVID vulnerableSocial distancing, stay-at-home orders, essential workers, flatten the curve, school closures: These are words and phrases that can be heard daily and have become the new norm during this COVD-19 pandemic. Family lives and routines flipped upside down, parents are being asked…

  • 0

Uninformed mediaIt’s so unfortunate so many people believe in the media’s reporting of what is actually happening in Washington. You hear information directly from the people in the White House. Most of it is fact, some is possible and some is “we will see.” The stuff reported in the media h…

  • 0

Short end of paper?Combining our newspapers is a very sad situation, but I do appreciate the fact that we are all having to deal with financial issues in this time of COVID-19. I am wondering if we, Wasco County, will get the short end of the paper with little news for us. Just looking at th…

  • 0

Who to believe The troubling world we now live in is full of many conflicting voices.  One may ask, who should I believe or trust? May I suggest a proven voice: the voice of the Lord. His words have always been true and have or will yet all be fulfilled. So, where can one find these precious…

  • 0

‘Do unto others’Here is who we are, who I am — me, and every other human person we have ever known or heard of.Studies (at the University of Virginia) show that when we, for example, cheat at a dice game or do something we would admit is wrong, even something “minor,” it “hardens our hearts.…

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Saving livesI was the emergency physician on duty in the Hood River Emergency Department last month when the staff and I started hearing concerning information on the 911 scanner. There was someone downtown with an injury that was bleeding profusely. Hood River police were on the scene and E…

  • 0

Gone AWOLSen. Chuck Thomsen, I am so disappointed you have chosen to represent our district by shirking your duty to show up for work. You have opted for governance by no governance. Worse yet, you have joined your other AWOL colleagues, clearly demonstrating that Oregon Republicans will not…

  • 0

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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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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