Congress is in recess, but our forests still are burning. Our senators and representatives blew out of Washington, D.C. for their annual summer vacation, without taking action on any of a number of common-sense proposals to rework how we pay for firefighting — proposals that over the long run would have helped to reduce the severity of future fires.
August’s midpoint is in the rearview mirror and if parents aren’t helping their children get prepared for the start of school, they may want to start.
Editorial cartoons from Aug. 16
Wasco County and The Dalles City elected bodies looked into the future and made the right choices this week in delaying their plans to bring road funding plans to the voters in November.
Linn County’s largest school districts say they won’t be joining their counterparts in Portland in an effort to delay the use of Common Core test scores to evaluate both teacher and students.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) can now purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers through more than 5,000 farmers markets, roadside markets and pick-your-own operations across America.
As you already have noticed, we’ve entered the heart of fire season, and even though firefighters appear to have the upper hand on the tough Bingham Complex Fire burning in the northeast portion of Linn County, there’s more to come — potentially, lots more — over the next two months.
“Right now, the mentally ill issue is worse than I have ever seen it. There’s nowhere to put them and not a lot of options.” A Clatsop County sheriff’s deputy is speaking here, but the statement could just as easily have come from someone across the river or anywhere in the nation.
If last week’s debate between incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber and challenger Dennis Richardson was any indication, we may be headed into a general election campaign that misses the forest as it concentrates on the trees.
A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 per pill and its affect on Medicaid budgets is raising the scrutiny of a pair of U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden with good reason.
Children killed in Gaza, the ebola epidemic in Africa, armed conflicts across the globe, drug cartel violence in Central America, catastrophic plane crashes, children forced on long trecks to escape violence and poverty in their own lands, political corruption and influence-peddling — every day the news brings word of more tragedy and calamity around the world.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.
The 20th Habitat for Humanity house in The Dalles area is now under construction on East 12th Street.
The numbers were there in stark black-and-white — evidence that City of The Dalles water and sewer rates have climbed far beyond those of Eastern Oregon cities of comparable size.
The University of Oregon’s inept, slow-motion initial response to a student’s allegations of sexual assault against three UO basketball players is part of a national pattern: Many U.S. colleges and universities fall short in how they investigate and resolve such claims.
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