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Guest Column: Feds step up to claim dam authority

There’s good news for the Pacific Northwest and the federal hydro system that powers it. Key members of our congressional delegation have stepped up to emphasize the value of our dams that provide affordable, renewable hydropower, flood control, navigable waters for agriculture, recreation, business and our way of life.

Guest Column: On tap with safe drinking water plan

All of us in Oregon and across the country deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee — where I serve as chairman — just passed bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s drinking water infrastructure.

Commentary: Parents: Stay engaged with teens, keep talking

For most of our kids, school’s out for summer! And as a parent, do you know where your teen is? As your police chief, I am becoming more and more concerned about the youth in our community.

Chief's Corner by Patrick Ashmore: Tax dollars spent as frugally as possible

It’s been a busy month for the police department. We just finished our budget process and I am happy to report that the police department’s budget proposal was supported by the city manager, city council, and the budget committee.

Guest Column: PUD board takes second look at rate changes

Over the past few months, Northern Wasco County PUD has been working to evaluate the need for a rate increase to assure that revenues are sufficient to cover the cost of doing business.

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

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