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Commentary: Law enforcement protects rights of all

Dear Citizens: Years and years ago The Dalles Chronicle presented articles to the citizens titled, “Know Your Sheriff.” After becoming sheriff I decided to revive this decades old column. However, I ran into the age-old dilemma of having too many subjects and soon became overwhelmed with possibilities — until immigration came to the forefront!

Commentary: Even in a small town crime happens, stay alert

Even in a small town crime happens, stay alert

Commentary: How to deal with'Donald' concerns

How can one deal with the fact that Donald “is” president without being subjected to deep anxiety and depression?

Commentary: We must be Christians first, and stand firm

As a Christian, what was more disturbing to me than the conduct of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election was that of certain evangelical leaders who jeopardized their influence for Christ by compromising Biblical principles for the sake of political expediency.

Commentary: America is caught in ‘word storm’

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Not true, except perhaps for a person with a listening impairment. And if we move from the singular “me” to a collective “me,” this old aphorism is even more wrong. Words have power, and we are in a word storm, a storm that may have serious effects on the long-term health of our political and social environment.

Guest Commentary: Local chamber joins opposition to M97

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce has joined a broad coalition of more than 24,000 Oregon consumers, small businesses, family farmers, health care professionals, educators, community leaders and organizations all opposed to Measure 97, the $6 billion tax on sales on the November ballot.

Commentary: Jury service is an important part of system

In my position as Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Judicial District, I am charged with reviewing requests to be excused from jury service. Each quarter the court summons 500 jurors to appear for jury service. Of that number, many are returned as undeliverable. Several others are excused on the basis of age (70 years or older), or documented illness.

Commentary: With love, from a grateful daughter

Springtime... I step out the front door of my parent’s house, headed to the car. I’d already kissed my folks goodbye, but they’d stayed inside, giving me the dignity of an adult leave taking. I appreciate it, though I am already becoming a little homesick. The little Dodge Colt sits waiting in the driveway, ready to take me back to school in the valley, three hours and a world away.

Commentary: Bipartisan work needed on train safety

The Mosier train derailment on June 3rd was a terrible accident. But from the accident, we have learned many valuable things. As the members of the Oregon House who represent the gorge region in Salem, it was especially instructive for us to be able to witness first-hand how legislation passed in the 2015 session impacted the reaction to events that occurred that weekend.

Crosstalk: No simple answer to oil train debate

No simple answer to oil train debate

Commentary: Improving safety for gorge and its residents

As a lifelong gorge resident, I’ve seen my share of train derailments, fires and highway accidents over the years. Last week we dodged a bullet when an oil train derailed just west of Mosier on a hot, calm day. Suddenly, the hypothetical accident which our first responders had only recently been trained for became reality. Thankfully, the disaster plans put in place worked, and new requirements in state and federal laws made a difference, too.

Commentary: Concert series offer town shared experiences

The Dalles City Council recently approved a proposal supporting events in downtown The Dalles this summer under the direction of event producers Nolan Hare and I. As word of this agreement spreads, many questions have been raised along with a handful of misconceptions about how these events are being funded and for how much.

Commentary: Urban renewal is a powerful tool for progress

Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal is a powerful tool for progress in The Dalles. In my eight years as city councilor and agency board member, I’ve had the honor of helping guide urban renewal decisions. Since my current council term is my last, I appreciate this opportunity to offer a few reflections.

Commentary: Mayor: The Dalles still doesn’t need a dictator

I read the story in the Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2016, about the review of the Granada Block RFPs (Request for Proposals). Why didn’t it surprise me to see that Mayor Lawrence once again inserted himself into the middle of a process that is usually managed by staff?

Commentary: Thank you Sen. Chris Edwards for bill to ratify wolf plan

The Oregon Legislature has adjourned for the 2016 short session, and the night before we bid Salem good bye, we passed HB 4040A otherwise referred to as the wolf bill. Representative Greg Barreto and I were the chief sponsors, and the intent of the bill was to affirm the November decision of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, (ODFW) to remove the Canadian Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) from Oregon's endangered species list. Several environmental groups filed a law suit against the decision which, from my observation, has been a common practice of these groups.

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