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Editorial: Report provides ongoing test for our values, tactics against terror

Despite the large volume of hot air on Capitol Hill, rigorous congressional oversight of the executive branch rarely happens.

But last week, a Senate committee delivered genuine oversight. Five years in the making, the Senate Intelligence...

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Letter: Life is precious

To the Editor:

In response to Sheila Carter’s poignant and articulate letter (Nov. 26), she deserves credit for shining the light on the situation of local cattle not being cared for properly during the recent freezing weather.

All...

Letter: Treat critters well

To the Editor:

I would like to give a two-thumbs up to Sheila Carter’s letter to the editor that was in our local paper on Nov. 26. Good job, Sheila.

I have a huge love for all animals great and small and I truly believe that they...

Editorial: Protest tensions broken by teachable moments
Actions of two officers – one in Ferguson, Missouri and the other in Portland – show the value of communication to dispel tensions.
Commentary: Thankful for … dead sheep and candy canes
Commentary: Thankful for … dead sheep and candy canes

I sat in stunned silence as the old 8mm video panned across a field of dead sheep, then stopped with a closeup of a stiff ewe.

I had heard the story years before, of how my Grandpa had bought a herd of sheep, just to have them die shortly after...

Letter: Paying it forward - twice

To the Editor:

A very kind and generous gentleman from out of town has recently shown the holiday spirit to several residents from Valley View Assisted Living Facility.

While we were out to lunch last month at the Squeeze-In, this nice...

Letter: A great hoops job

To the Editor:

I happened to listen to the radio today and heard the interview I did about the Elks Hoop Shoot.

I want to apologize to Paul Smith for my poor choice of words in stating it was “dumped” on me. Paul spent over...

Letter: Speak out for access to forests

To the Editor:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack refuses to address local concerns and needs.

As the people of Eastern Oregon continue to speak out on the Travel Management Plan (i.e. road closures) and the Blue Mountains Forest Plan...

Letter: Ranchers: Protect your animals

To the Editor:

For the most part, ranchers take pride in caring for their animals. They work long, hard hours, in all kinds of weather, in order to provide for these precious critters who have been put in our care. It is a great responsibility.

Letter: The spiritual side of hospice

Late fall is again upon us, as nature prepares for a winter slumber, and November – harking back to the medieval European traditions – is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

While originally hospice was a place to rest for...

Letter: Fire help lauded

To the Editor:

When we had a fire in our shop Saturday, Nov. 15, local firefighters came to our aid. We want the community to know how much we appreciate all of our fire departments for their efforts.

Paul and Connie Smith

John...

Editorial: Dry forest needs get much deserved spotlight

The dry forests that dominate Eastern Oregon are getting some new attention, and we hope the buzz reaches the circles that matter — the ones controlling the purse strings.

The latest push comes from a study done by scientists of the...

Our view: Two truths and a lie on the Keystone pipeline

The Keystone XL Pipeline has been on the political radar screen for more than six years, but it finally had a vote on the Senate floor last week. It failed by just one vote, but another one may soon be scheduled.

Republicans, emboldened by their...

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A real champ!

To the Editor:

We would like to express our appreciation for Trevor Knowles. For the past 11 years, Trevor has put the city of Mt. Vernon...

Letter: Life is precious

To the Editor:

In response to Sheila Carter’s poignant and articulate letter (Nov. 26), she deserves credit for shining the light on...

Letter: Treat critters well
Letter: Paying it forward - twice
Letter: A great hoops job

Editorials

Editorial: Report provides ongoing test for our values, tactics against terror

Despite the large volume of hot air on Capitol Hill, rigorous congressional oversight of the executive branch rarely happens.

But last week,...

Editorial: ’Tis the season – to open hearts, cupboards

Tales of generosity always warm the heart at Christmas time. Take this week’s story out of Boston, where a widow placed a diamond...

Editorial: Protest tensions broken by teachable moments
Editorial: Dry forest needs get much deserved spotlight