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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in many of Oregon’s systems that, as lawmakers, my colleagues and I expected to provide critical support for Oregonians in this time of need. The scope of the crisis we’re confronting has made it overwhelmingly clear that some of these systems…

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The Columbia River Gorge is a national treasure for all people, and a unique and vital ecosystem that deserves the strongest and most vigorous protections possible. The entire Pacific Northwest has a vested interest in preserving the National Scenic Area for the health of our communities and…

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While the Forest Service has been vacationing, two applications have been submitted that would have a devastating impact on the White Salmon National Wild and Scenic River.

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In my first year of college at Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River, I formed the Multicultural Club. Our first event was the screening of “Paper: Stories of Undocumented Youth.” The film is about the challenges of being an undocumented youth in this country. My adviser and I belie…

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Health is not just about what happens at the doctor’s office. All health outcomes, from birth weight to blood pressure, are impacted by what are called structural determinants of health (SDoH). These are factors like income level, housing, food access, immigration status, race, ethnicity, se…

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Perhaps Chris Corry’s approach to pandemic management is best summed up by the first words you find in his 2018 voter pamphlet and current website: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” 

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In May in conjunction with seven of our fellow Washingtonians, I filed lawsuit in federal court against Jay Inslee, in his capacity as Governor, over the statewide Emergency Declaration he implemented. Here is why I did so.We face a health crisis today not matched in the past century. Indeed…

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At least one reader of the Columbia Gorge News questioned last week's “Verbatim” story on the History page, which ran under its original headline “Pleaded Guilty To Wrong Offense.”The reader suggested that the description of the Native American defendant, as presented on the front page of th…

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