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Editorial: A long road ahead

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.

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Editorial: Common Core, schools wise to watch

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.

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Editorial: Equal-opportunity food access

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.

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Editorial: Congress fiddles while forests burn

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.

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Editorial: Community problem, not jail problem

“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.

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Editorial: The economic elephant

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.

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Editorial: What price a cure?

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.

Editorial: Finding perspective amid calamity

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.

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Editorial: Feds effectively limit timber industry

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.

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Editorial: A Habitat landmark

The 20th Habitat for Humanity house in The Dalles area is now under construction on East 12th Street.

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Editorial: Sharpen pencils, then we’ll talk

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.

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Editorial: Wake-up call on assaults

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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Editorial: Gathering at the river

Fort Dalles Days is officially in full swing this week, having kicked off (and we do mean kick) Friday evening with a chili cook-off at The Mint, followed by the big downtown shindig, Jammin’ July Street Fest July 12. Sweltering heat or not, this event always brings big crowds into downtown The Dalles with plenty of music, an old-fashioned shoot-out, some good-natured competition (via chalk and microphones) and plenty of food and libations.

Editorial: Their lives, our problem

How desperate must conditions be for parents to send their young children off to make their way alone in an inhospitable world?

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Editorial: Marijuana: learn from Wash. mistakes

Sales of marijuana for recreational use began Tuesday in Washington state and the people who will manage a similar program in Oregon — assuming voters here approve recreational use of pot at the November election — would do well to pay attention to what’s been happening to our northern neighbor.


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