Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Prairie schooners and paradigm shifts — Guest Opinion

In our Senate Education Committee last week, Steve Buckstein of the Cascade Policy Institute shared a humorous video from a student who is currently being educated in a home school setting. The video emphasized that one size doesn’t fit all and different tools serve different purposes. While this amateur Youtube video has fewer than 50 […]
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Pennsylvania finds a way out of its pension dilemma — Guest Opinion

The easiest thing for any government to do is to give the voters what they want today, and worry about paying for it tomorrow. That basic tendency explains much of the process that landed Puerto Rico in the equivalent of bankruptcy. Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut have trod a similar path of least political resistance […]
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Seven governors offer good health-care advice to Senate — Guest Opinion

John Kasich and six other governors offered good advice to the Senate leadership last week on how to advance repair of the Affordable Care Act. The Ohio governor and his Source: Seven governors offer good health-care advice to Senate | Editorials | heraldandnews.com

Column: A mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug — Guest Opinion

We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for […]
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Gordon: Legislature should support rural public transit – Guest Opinion

KAYAK Public Transit, operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is a rural, regional transit system serving Eastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington. The brand KAYAK was inspired by a Cayuse/Nez Perce word, “K’ay’ak,” which means “to be free of obstructions.” Riders overcome the obstacles of both cost and distance because KAYAK Public […]
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Seacord: Let us welcome — and learn from — the Rainbow Gathering — Guest Opinion

Grant County has evolved significantly from the time of my arrival in 1967 as an 18 year old local pastor’s son. Since that time, it has been increasingly impossible to remain isolated in a world where we are all now interconnected with instant worldwide feedback. While the county obviously remains dominantly conservative in a political […]
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Another Voice: New legislation is win-win for community college students

Even though most of the headlines about the 2017 legislative session have been dominated by the budget discussion, I’m very proud to highlight a piece of policy work that I’ve been actively involved with over the last few months. This legislation will have lasting benefits for Oregon students and once again establish Oregon as an […]
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Guest column: Find common ground on the future of the Deschutes River

I want to plant willows on the banks of the Upper Deschutes River, and I want to do it side-by-side with the general managers of irrigation districts in Central Oregon. We know the Deschutes River is in trouble. That’s not the question. The status of now-endangered species, including several fish species and the spotted frog, […]
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Oregon needs transparency in drug pricing | Guest opinion

As a student nurse about to enter the workforce, I am concerned about how rising drug prices increase costs across the healthcare system and for every Oregonian. The pharmaceutical industry is playing a game that has no rules and patients are losing. Prescription drug prices are growing faster than any other health care sector. That’s […]
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Another Voice: New legislation is win-win for community college students

Even though most of the headlines about the 2017 legislative session have been dominated by the budget discussion, I’m very proud to highlight a piece of policy work that I’ve been actively involved with over the last few months. This legislation will have lasting benefits for Oregon students and once again establish Oregon as an […]
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