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Editorial: Support downtown Halloween party

Every afternoon on Halloween Day, downtown The Dalles undergoes a startling transformation. Hundreds of kids and their parents flood the streets sporting a tremendous variety of strange, beautiful, scary and weird costumes. For several hours, the downtown corridor is transformed from a quiet business district into a bustling metropolis of startling diversity.

Crosstalk: U.S. needs to rethink foreign policy

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy of appeasement has made the world a much more dangerous place. After taking office by proclaiming America’s faults and weakness in a 2009 international tour, Obama began to greet each crisis with empty threats and promises.

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Editorial: Take the right to vote seriously

Most of us remember the iconic images of the Iraqi and Afghan people holding up ink-stained fingers as a purple sign of pride after their first votes.

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Editorial: It’s time for feds to allow harvests

Legislation that would change the way federal O&C land is managed in western Oregon has now been approved twice by the House of Representatives. The most recent approval came on Sept. 18.

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Editorial: A link forged in a crucible

Members of the QLife board of directors served cupcakes at Sept. 22 The Dalles City Council meeting.

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Editorial: Paid sick leave long overdue

A coalition of activist organizations seeking to boost the minimum wage and require paid sick days for all workers has a better shot at the second goal, at least in Oregon.

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Editorial: Cutting the Gordian Knots

The Dalles City Council had a couple of opportunities at its Monday meeting to cause grief and strife in the life of local residents, and, to its credit, avoided doing so in both cases.

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Editorial: ‘Free’ isn’t on a platter

Oregon rolled out details of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “free” college plan that is not quite the two years of college on a platter that some might envision.

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Editorial: Cover Oregon should disband

It is a failure. Its name should be permanently retired, to rest among the annals of worst-executed state projects. Its remaining work should be transferred to the Oregon Health Authority or other state agencies, providing a fresh start.

Brochure focuses on The Dalles history

In October 2012, the first-ever Reconnect to the River Festival was sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was to celebrate the completion of the new city dock and the arrival of cruise ships to The Dalles.

Editorial: Oil trains add to disaster probability

Two largely silent collaborators in the transport of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge spoke up Sept. 9 before the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

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Editorial: Balance needed in stream rules

The Oregon Board of Forestry took another step last week in its effort to keep small and midsize streams cool enough to meet the state’s Protecting Cold Water standards. The board voted Wednesday to move forward with rule-making that will apply largely to streams on privately owned timberland. Fortunately, neither the board nor the Oregon Department of Forestry it oversees appears willing to rush the process.

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Editorial cartoons from Sept. 9

Editorial cartoons from Sept. 9, 2014

Letter to the editor: Are you ok?

To the editor: When was the last time you asked someone if they were OK? A friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member, someone who seemed pretty down lately, lacking their usual demeanor? If we each did a little more asking and paying as much attention to one’s mental health as we do one’s physical ailments, we could reduce the high rate of suicide.

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Editorial: Subtract domestic and what do you have?

The truth came out this week in the domestic violence case of three-time NFL Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice and his fiance Janay Palmer.

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