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To the editor:

In late February the U.S. House passed two pieces of gun safety legislation. Rep. Walden voted NO on both bills.

HR 8—which is regarded by some as the most significant piece of gun legislation voted on in the House in two decades—expands background checks to include private sales such as on the Internet, thereby increasing the probability that guns will stay out of the hands of people who should not have them.

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To the editor:

Unless you know the financial state of the person you are talking to, do not suggest they apply for a Habitat for Humanity house.

Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity describe themselves on their website as a low-income housing project. Unfortunately, this leads uninformed people and churches to assume that Habitat actually builds housing.

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To the editor:

My husband and I want to thank Dave and the snow crew that kept Roberts Market Road opened during all the horrific snow and wind storms we had up here. We appreciate all the hard work you have all been doing. Thank you

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To the editor:

As the head coach for The Dalles Ski team and a parent of children who have participated in many school and community sports I would like to show my support for Ray Rodriguez. I have worked with Ray and observed him working hard to promote local athletic programs and athletes. Ray always shows support for the athletes in every program, whether they are state champions or struggling.

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To the editor:

An inter-governmental agency, the Association of Oregon Counties, posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a splendid idea for local government!

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To the editor:

I was fired from my radio show gig yesterday by the general manager at a local radio station for poo pooing both our local hospitals. I had been plugging an alternative clinic, and apparently someone complained to the management, and here we are.

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To the editor: The Green New Deal (GND) has brought needed energy and attention to the climate debate. At the same time, it is more aspirational than achievable.

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To the editor:

The last couple of weeks have been quite hard to get around in because of the snow in the streets and on the sidewalks. Little did I realize that there are “Snow Angels” out there to lend others a hand in making it easier for people to get around!

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To the editor:

All you Chicken Littles that support the “Carbon Tax” should be ashamed of yourself for trying to inflict more economic pain on other people in the name of a non-existent “climate change” or whatever term you are now calling it.

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To the editor:

The Cold Snap of 2019. If you are a skier I hope you are enjoying it. The snow banks on Hwy 35 by Teacup Nordic are over the height of a car, and the snow has stayed cold and squeaky underfoot, even in the sun. Get up there, either at Meadows, Teacup or Mt. Adams while it remains cold.

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To the editor:

Many older citizens are having trouble with snow. I want to suggest a block party attitude, let’s get together by block to shovel snow and check on neighbors.

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Here’s the truth about President Trump’s border wall: He doesn’t really care whether it gets built. What he does care about is building an issue, a case for his re-election. To Trump, the value of the wall is almost entirely symbolic, not real.

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To the editor: I don’t use credit cards. The other day I went to a local store to buy a garbage can for my plastic recycling. I saw a tractor, a lawn mower that turns on a dime, priced at $1,299.

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To the editor:

Wanted to thank JCS Productions (Jude Merrill, Connie Krummrich and Scott McKay) for a well-organized and fun dance party recently at The Dalles Senior Center.

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To the editor:

Every year in the month of February the microscopic body of brothers and sisters in The Truth scattered around the world are mutually reading the book of Exodus.

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To the editor:

I have called Congressman Greg Walden’s office to express my concerns,  ask for support of issues, request public appearances with Town Hall meetings, etc.  frequently over the last two years. I have written letters to the editor and directly to Congressman Walden to express my thoughts. I have even voted for him in the past, but not this last election and never again.

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To the editor:

After losing $1,500 dollars looking for a house in The Dalles last year, my family felt used and discouraged.  We are desperate to improve our housing situation and until we lost those funds we thought that we had enough money for a small down payment.

We have been reduced to trying to replace the trailer we own with a new manufactured home in the trailer park where we currently reside.

We have been working by ourselves on the application for the permit since October 2018.  We have made eight trips to the planning office. Each time we got no concrete help, just more confusion.

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To the editor:

Just watched the State of the Union Address: lots about boogymen at the border but not one single word about the environment, threats from climate change, or what to do about it.

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To the editor: I am writing in full appreciation of the Dalles Housing Solutions Community Connect held last week. As an American Nomad of 25 plus years it is truly heart warming to see the gracious love given by certain people and communities around the country.

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To the editor: The Youth Empowerment Shelter (Y.E.S. house) was forced to close their doors to the six youth currently staying there on Jan. 25 because they do not have a commercial-grade sprinkler system installed. These youth are at greater risk out on the street than living in a home without a commercial grade sprinkler system. One way you can help them out is by contacting the DHS Shelter Licensing office in Salem 503-373-2195 and telling them the Y.E.S. house is urgently needed — please hasten the process!

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To the editor: After the recent partial government shutdown, it should be clear that holding federal workers and contractors hostage because Congress and the president can’t reach a budget agreement is a cruel and costly way to govern. One of the chief responsibilities of Congress is to pass a budget. Congress needs to do the work it was elected to do and should be held accountable when it doesn’t.

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To the editor: On Jan. 25, a program about railroading in the Columbia Gorge was presented at the Discovery Center. A great many folks attended this event and there were many slides about railroads on both sides of the Columbia. There was no mention of the displacement of Native tribes caused by the railroad and in fact, only the final slide alluded to Natives at all.