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Guest Column: We must act to prevent wildfires

Oregonians have faced some of the worst fires in our state’s history this year. We have watched in shock as every day comes with more smoke and reports of new fires. With arrival of the first fall rains, we can and should turn our attention to the recovery efforts after the fires.

September 21, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Guest Column: As a nation, we’ve lost our moral compass

Does this seem absurd: We’re shipping coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open railcars that allow coal dust to contaminate the land and river just so the coal that makes it to the coast can be sold to Asia to be used in coal-fired power plants whose resultant air pollution then drifts back over Oregon?

September 9, 2017 11:41 a.m. read more..
 

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.

August 10, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..


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.

August 3, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..
   

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!

March 23, 2017 11:08 a.m. read more..
  

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.

November 8, 2016 3:59 p.m. read more..


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.

October 20, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..

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