To the editor: As founding director of Planetree Health Resource Center, I learned sadly of its closure by Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s trustees and current administration. The notion that an online approach will meet most patients’ needs is misguided, given current health literacy data.
To the editor: It’s interesting, isn’t it, how a single event can produce so many difference responses. Greg Walden’s town hall in The Dalles has done just that. My 2 cents, for what it is worth, is quite different from others who have written letters to the editor and op-ed pieces seen in The Dalles Chronicle.
To the editor: Contrary to claims in some recent letters to the editor about rude behavior at Rep. Walden’s town hall in The Dalles, most of the behavior of those attending, in my observation, was appropriate.
Once again, the Columbia River Gorge Commission is fighting for funding to do its job. After 30 years of protecting the largest and most beautiful National Scenic Area in the United States, it is no closer to having the resources required to accomplish the mission established by passage of the National Scenic Area Act of 1986.
To the editor: I attended U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s town hall in The Dalles where health care was a hot topic of discussion. When Congress resumes work on the fiscal year 2017 budget, it’s important they reject the White House proposal to dramatically reduce funding for cancer research.
The case for open borders — or not
To the editor: A recent spate of letters to the editor have come to the defense of our Second District Rep. Greg Walden by reprimanding town hall attendees for bullying, hypocrisy, divisiveness, rudeness, and intolerance toward the man who is elected to represent us in Congress. What they failed to mention was Mr. Walden's statement at every town hall welcoming the heated exchange, saying, "this is what a healthy democracy looks like."
To the editor: Last week I attended the town hall held here in The Dalles and have decided to write this letter about what I heard and what I expect to come about as a result of his “listening” efforts.
To the editor: Most people receive health insurance through their employer. Suppose for a moment that your company changed its benefit plan to match proposed AHCA changes, waiving protections for pre-existing conditions and community rating.
To the editor: In 2008, Congress enacted a law we call GINA, the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, to prohibit employers and health insurance companies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their most private and personal information, their genetic make-up. House Bill 1313, recently introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), would take away much of the protection GINA gives us.
To the editor: Mama Hattie and my Sunday school teachers taught me that to hate was a diabolical sin. An example is the nightly proliferation of low-level jokes and questionable humor thrown at Trump on television talk shows.
To the editor: After a long and dreary winter, it's time for outdoor spring projects to start. NW Natural reminds contractors, homeowners and landscapers to call 811 when a project involves digging 12 inches or lower.
To the editor: What a lovely idea to switch the July celebration from our national holiday to Canada Day, July 1.
Columbia Gorge: We have a problem that deserves reflection. What transpired at The Dalles & Hood River public forums for Greg Walden, although expected, was not acceptable.
To the editor: To Rep. Greg Waladen and the community: In these times of extraordinary fear and anxiety, imagine being a child. Rep. Walden, will you protect children from being separated from their parents?