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Dear editor,

I am signed up to receive Representative Greg Walden’s email updates. As I have read them over the past years, I’ve often been frustrated with the lack of content about things that matter most to me. For example, climate change.

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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.

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To the editor: Despite an avalanche of angst raining down on Congressman Walden from Hood River County, he took a kickin’ yet kept on tickin’, and won re-election anyway.

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Dear editor, Pointman Ministries of The Dalles would like to thank The Dalles Chronicle, the people of The Dalles and Wasco County residents for the generosity and their support in raising funds for the people of Paradise, Calif., victims of the devastating Camp Fire.

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To the editor: I thought I could wait out the shutdown and not speak out, but with today’s campaign being announced to “send a brick to Nancy and Chuck” by [President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign], I cannot keep quiet any longer. I am directly affected by the government shutdown as a furloughed government employee. It is a humiliating and demeaning experience to be treated this way by any employer.

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To the editor: Since Democrats have won the House I have some predictions for the near future with no apology to anyone. Hang on to your hat—taxes will increase, social programs will expand and military spending will decrease. One constant harangue will be gun control; if successful, read loss of constitutional rights.

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To the editor: As a disabled veteran I’m being very vocal on how the families, men, woman and children of veterans are being treated. I feel we are all a family, no matter the color, sex or country we are from. Trump doesn’t represent me or any of my views.

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To the editor: SB 501 will make criminals out of hundreds of thousands of law abiding Oregonians. This “feel good” legislation originating with Portland students and introduced by Portland Democrats will do nothing to prevent people bent on violence from committing violence. Limiting ammunition purchases to 20 rounds per month is ridiculous.

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To the editor, In case you missed it, Congressman Greg Walden has announced he will hold 16 town hall meetings around Oregon Congressional District 2, the first such events since April of 2017. In 2017 his press release said that he is “proud to hold regular town hall meetings in all 20 counties in our vast district. They are another great way for me to update my ‘to-do’ list to take back to the nation’s capital.” But after these meetings, where Walden expressed he was there to listen, Walden went into hiding.

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To the editor: Finding common ground and compromise are very different. Compromise connotes partial surrender. More about finding common ground in another letter. Compromise is the bully approach. What belongs to the bully is his! What is yours is debatable.

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To the editor: It was the day after Christmas and I was driving through town noticing the overflowing cans and dumpsters with Christmas remains. I laughingly said to myself, “I am not the only one who forgot you had a much deserved holiday, but tomorrow your efforts will make the town shine again.” Do you know how much we appreciate you?

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To the editor: Revelations that some 500 Roman Catholic clergy sexually assaulted thousands of children in Minnesota and Pennsylvania is devastating news. Why does this occur? The church goer and the casual evolutionist are drunk.

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To the editor: To fulfill a federal requirement, the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is offering a homebuyers’ workshop for thirty dollars. I took the homebuyers’ workshop last spring. In my experience the instructor did not have accurate information about the real estate market in Wasco County.

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Dear Editor, In 2003, as US forces were gearing up for the invasion of Iraq, my Army unit was attached to the Marine Corps 1st Division. As the company’s 1st Sergeant I took my place among the division’s Command Operations Center where I first met General James Mattis, the division’s commander, and John Kelly, the deputy commander.

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Dear editor, How would you like to be president and wake up every morning being trashed by the D.C. Deep State media, the Democrats and even many backboneless Republicans?

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To the editor: After dozens of attempts to repeal Obamacare and two trips to the Supreme Court, Republicans finally found a friendly Texas judge to declare the ACA unconstitutional. While that ruling may be overturned, Republicans should worry that they risk being held to their repeated promises to “repeal and replace” the ACA with something “better, cheaper and covers everyone”.

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To the Editor: Mid-Columbia Community Concerts put on a show last night (12-11-18) featuring Six Appeal Vocal Band, an a cappella group. There were six men in the group. We had students attending from Lyle, Wishram and Centerville schools. I want to compliment the teachers and students. They were the best behaved group I’ve ever seen.

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To the editor: Decades after Celilo Falls was taken away for all time, we are finally making progress with restoring tribal housing. This Federal promise must not be disregarded, as so many have been. It is time to be honorable in our dealings with our neighbors. Since time immemorial, Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited spot in the western United States, flooded in the name of “progress for all.”

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To the editor: One of the difficult responsibilities of a person who has been enlightened by the one truth is that he must testify against the current political system. The “system” is a dying patient. My wonderful politically-minded citizens do the same but they apply a different style

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To the editor: So, Mr. Blatz is going to take his ball and go home because he didn’t like the results of the election! He now has a tiny inkling of how a majority of D-9 residents felt when D-12 took our school district using a “legal path only used once in Oregon and no longer exists”!

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To the editor: The news that the Water’s Edge facility might be closing the BISTRO Café in favor of Urgent Care is disheartening. Obesity is a national problem; it takes a healthy diet along with exercise to counteract this trend.

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To the editor: The Dalles Police Department has been awarded three grants to do patrols targeting D.U.I., cell phone use, and failing to yield to pedestrians. I abandoned old town last year when the same targeted sweeps were in effect. What do these good intentions do to the efforts of bringing business (shoppers) back to old town?

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To the editor: On the centennial of the Armistice of World War I, members of the Columbia Gorge community came together at the Stonehenge Memorial to remember the sacrifices of many men and women who voluntarily set aside their personal liberties to answer our nations call to arms and go to a foreign land and defend those who could not defend themselves from bitter oppression. On behalf of the Stonehenge Memorial Community Committee, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who planned this special event over the past two years, and to those who endured the crisp winter morning to gather 100 years later on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month.

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To the editor: It’s that time of year again. The school year is solidly underway, which means that TDHS Senior Class of 2019 is now actively selling chocolate covered cherries as a fundraiser to help defray the expenses associated with their drug and alcohol-free post-graduation party. The bags of cherries are 14 oz and sell for $10.

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To The Dalles Chronicle and Citizens of Wasco County; first of all we would like to thank The Dalles Chronicle and especially Tom Peterson for the wonderful article and pictures of “Bert’s Star” being readied for the holiday season. A second special thank you to Gabe and Louis Red Cloud who once again literally risked life and limb to replace ALL the light bulbs with new LED strip lights which will make the star brighter, use less electricity, and increase the life of the bulbs. This process was tested on the Chinook Star last year with great success.

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To the editor: One of every six people has lost someone close to them to suicide. To all those who have lost a child, parent, sibling, partner, or friend, here are some questions for you:

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To the Editor: I am writing in support of Brian Stevens for city council at large. I am a junior at the high school and I’ve worked with Brian in basketball for the past years. I can say without a doubt that Brian Stevens would make an excellent city councilman. He exhibits all of the characteristics that will help lead this town in the right direction.

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To the Editor: I believe good schools are the foundation of thriving communities. The Dalles will benefit in many ways by passing the school bond, Measure 33-98. Schools are the barometers for how vibrant communities are measured.

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To the Editor: Greg Walden says that he stopped hosting public town halls because the people were so rude and noisy when he held them. People would not be rude if Walden didn’t try to mislead them every time he was asked a question. At the last town hall meeting in The Dalles, a year and a half ago, he told his constituents that he was on the same ACA (Obamacare) as they were. WRONG! Under the ACA, members of Congress and their staffs can choose from among 57 gold plans from four insurers on the DC Health Link’s small business marketplace.

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To the Editor: Greg Walden is like a 20-year-old car, all the great qualities it once had are gone. It now barely gets by and clearly doesn’t provide the same satisfaction it once did. It’s time for an upgrade to a new model.

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To the Editor: Prepare for an onslaught of negative ads from our current congressional representative. I’d so much rather hear about his accomplishments, but since he has little to show for his 20 years in Congress, just the few good things for which his committee can take credit, negativity is his fall back.

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To the Editor: I encourage you to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner who puts education first. If you are as disappointed as I am about our current representative’s support of Trump and the chaos; then this is a no brainer. Please vote for Jamie.

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To the Editor: Please vote for Measure 33-98 to fund the much-needed bond to build new schools. The average age of construction of our local schools, including The Dalles Middle School built in 2003, is the year 1953. That’s 65 years ago. Our schools would be eligible for Medicare if they were humans!

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To the Editor: As a lawyer living in Hood River, I spend a fair amount of time with ICE detainees at NORCOR Detention Center in The Dalles. These are not children, although often young. They are not mothers, although almost all are fathers. They are not DACA. They did not generally come here to escape horrific conditions in their home countries, although most came as children for a better life. So, no heartstrings tugging today – today, maybe because I am an antitrust lawyer, I write about the economics of immigration.

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To the Editor: Military is a family occupation. When someone serves their nation, it impacts their family as well. Through watching my loved ones serve, I have seen the importance of caring for our nation’s military and their families.

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To the Editor: It was March of 2017 when Greg Walden last hosted a public meeting at the Readiness Center here in The Dalles. This was over a year before our primary election took place. At that time, the name Jamie McLeod-Skinner was merely a whisper. Nearly 500 constituents of District 2 were in attendance, myself included. It was then I read aloud a letter I had written to Mr. Walden, and I quote from that letter now…

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To the Editor: I am writing to ask you to vote for Mike Smith for Sherman County Judge because of all the things he has done for our county and continues to do. As Commissioner Mike lead the effort to bring fiber optics into the county. This is the reason we are going to have fiber to the homes in all the cities.