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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Editorial: A spirited celebration

Spectators weren’t disappointed in the outcome of the Fort Dalles Fourth celebration that brought liveliness to The Dalles on Independence Day for the first time in a long while.

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Editorial: Don’t cut out the public

If reactions around The Chronicle office are any indication, some North Wasco County School District board members were right to be concerned about the relatively abrupt manner in which a mascot option was brought before the board at its last meeting. Board members were given a single logo option to consider and asked to approve it at the same meeting. Understandably, board members had varying reactions to the proposed logo, just as the folks here at The Chronicle did.

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Editorial: One pot vote is plenty

Oregon might easily have joined Colorado and Washington state in voting to legalize marijuana two years ago. But the sponsors of Oregon’s legalization measure over-reached, presenting the voters with a proposal that crossed the line from legalization into advocacy. The initiative’s extreme language drove away the deep-pocketed national supporters who helped bankroll the marijuana legalization campaigns in Washington and Colorado, and Measure 80 won only 47 percent of the vote.

Editorial: Small town fun in a big way

Nothing speaks to Americana and good old-fashioned patriotism like a small-town Independence Day celebration.

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Editorial: The roar of promises

We can’t help being excited about the prospect of an art installation drawn from the mind of artist Maya Lin being located.

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Editorial: The games go on

Presidential detractors are adding a tick mark to the win column this week after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling saying Barack Obama overstepped his authority in deciding when the U.S. Senate was in recess and making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

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Editorial: Central Oregon forests ripe for trouble

Suppose you wanted to improve the health of the national forests in Central Oregon. You’d have to do things differently. The federal government has produced a lot of reforms that have vowed to do things differently...

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Editorial: Change is always coming

A glimpse of Diego Rivera’s 1930s “Detroit Industry” mural at right evokes the essence of the Motor City, right down to the layer of grime that comes along with being a hard-working manufacturing town.

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Editorial: Assure due process

Wasco County’s board of commissioners is set to conclude a public hearing June 25 on fee increases for the coming fiscal year.

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Editorial: No perfect solution to gun violence

Local officials are urging increased measures to make schools less vulnerable to intruders carrying guns. That’s a good idea, especially the recommendation of a school resource officer that districts in the area should standardize their emergency plans. But no one should get the idea that even the best precautions can guarantee everyone’s safety under all circumstances.

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Editorial: Graduation is just getting started

Hundreds of Mid-Columbia students were handed their diplomas over the past few weeks, signifying the completion of a stage of their education, either high school or college.

editorial: Standing on a precipice

As the world watched the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sweep through major cities in Iraq this week, the political fingerpointing in Washington, D.C., has already begun.

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Editorial: Good reasons not to join State of Jefferson

Voters in two Northern California counties have declined to join the thundering herd calling for the formation of a new “state of Jefferson,” proving that common sense has not entirely departed from the region. Meanwhile, most of the clamor for secession seems to be coming from south of the state line, meaning Southern Oregonians apparently understand the futility of a gesture that would leave them worse off than they are now.


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