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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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‘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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‘No bones’On July 17, 2019, Donald Trump said, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” There are a number of other bones he does not have in his body, for instance truthful bones, integrity bones, honesty bones, empathy bones, humane bones, respectful bones, diplomatic bones, smart bones, e…

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Rivera for CouncilI decided not to run for the open seat on Hood River City Council after learning that Gladys Rivera had filed and I learned a little more about her.As a younger person, a Latina, and as someone who has experienced homelessness in Hood River, I believe she will bring an impo…

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Sustainable housing Many have noted that the past few years’ local debates about Lot 700 and Hood River City parks have been divisive and bruising. With the special city election now behind us, I would like to respectfully and earnestly urge that we move forward as Gorge communities to ensur…

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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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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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‘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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