To the editor: As a small business owner and city councilor in Dufur, I applaud the leadership demonstrated by Speaker Kotek and Senator Hass with their compromise proposal to provide more revenue for our schools and critical services.
To the editor: I read your June 6, 2017, Crosstalk opinion piece about pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
I am involved with St. Vincent de Paul Society of The Dalles and we operate a Food Bank on Ninth Street in the basement of the St. Vinnie's store. Tuesday night we lost the compressor on our walk-in freezer. I would like to thank Carolyn at the Discovery Center, Mike Ballinger, Josh Molnar of Muscle & Fitness and Liz Polehn, our food bank manager. Without their help we would have had to get rid of all the frozen product and that just wouldn't sit well with us.
To the editor: The AHCA bill passed by the House would reduce Medicaid payments by $834 billion and premium support by $276 billion. Taking these dollars out of our health care system will hurt people in the Second Congressional District.
To the editor: Coal is the cause of Appalachia poverty.
To the editor: Our U.S. Congress and staff do not have free health care. At our last town hall meeting in The Dalles, Greg Walden said that he was under the same Affordable Care Act the everyone else was. This is mostly true.
To the editor: I recently read a commentary in the paper ("Obamacare doesn't work" by Kris Wilhelm) and I wanted to clear up a misconception the author and many people have about what can constitute a pre-existing condition to insurance companies.
To the editor: Thank You!! The 2017 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast, sponsored by ABC Huskies Child Care, had another very successful event and we are very grateful for the amazing support demonstrated by the Sherman County community.
To the editor: Neil deGrasse Tyson says we have relied on science and our ingenuity to become a great nation. Science is a fundamental part of the country that we are. He also says that in today’s world people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not. When you have leaders who do not know much about science standing in denial of it, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy … as Vice President Pence did when he said, “Let us demand that educators around America teach evolution not as fact, but as theory.”
To the editor: Every time I feel Trump can go no lower into abject stupidity he proves, he can. And, in fact, goes into it with vigor and gusto as if he has done something unique. Trump announced that he's pulling out of the Global Climate Summit, because in his words," Global warming is a hoax.”
To the editor: This Memorial Day, in addition to our fallen war heroes, many of us paid special tribute to three brave men on Portland MAX. Last Friday two of them were brutally murdered, and one seriously wounded, as they attempted to stop a hate crime in progress.
To the editor: Protecting our environment or big businesses making more money, which is more important to you?
To the editor: When Greg Walden voted yes on the despicable health care bill he helped create, it certainly erased any doubts some people may have had about where his loyalties lie — not with his constituents, but with his party.
To the editor: This week the nation is to learn if Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Rep. Greg Walden would be wise to encourage him not to.
To the editor: If the House-passed GOP health care bill becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office projects that by year 2025 the U.S. would have a much greater percentage of people without health insurance (18.65 percent) compared to the projected 10 percent under existing Obamacare. Rather than making an improvement in the number of people having health insurance, the House GOP bill gives more money to the wealthy in exchange for many fewer people with health insurance.