Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Opinion: Give young Oregonians a voice at polls

Sunset alumna and PSU student Alexandria Goddard says lowering the voting age to 16 makes sense. Source: Opinion: Give young Oregonians a voice at polls

My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

Responsible citizens should step forward, defend government by the people, and demand that the Legislature refer House Bill 2015 to a vote of rank-and-file Oregonians. Source: My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

No reasonable person should oppose SB 978 | Opinion

Senate Bill 978 is an omnibus gun violence prevention bill that should appeal to all Oregonians. This bill takes a common sense way toward firearm regulation that has become the hallmark of the thoughtful, incremental approach Oregon legislators have taken over the past three legislative sessions to protect us from harm by firearms and to […]
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Budget shortfall has county sheriff intending to resign

Citizens of Harney County, sheriff’s office staff, and commissioners, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office is not currently funded or staffed to provide adequate law enforcement or search and rescue services necessary to the citizens of Harney County. As well, our severely outdated county jail is not only underfunded, but is out of compliance with the […]
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How will climate change affect Eastern Oregon?

Climate change is here: It’s time to talk about adaptation. Last week, I attended a meeting in Enterprise with range specialists, ranchers and Joseph Band Nez Perce people from the Colville reservation. The topic? Tracking and managing the precariousness that climate change is bringing to our local rangelands. Summers in Oregon are trending hotter and […]
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Oregon spotted frog needs protection

The Oregon spotted frog was originally found throughout wetlands in Oregon and Washington. And is the most aquatic of all native frogs. It is always located near perennial water sources. Draining of these wetlands, livestock grazing, and dams have significantly reduced its habitat. For instance, 95% of the wetlands in the Willamette Valley and Klamath […]
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My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

Responsible citizens should step forward, defend government by the people, and demand that the Legislature refer House Bill 2015 to a vote of rank-and-file Oregonians. In 1902, Oregonians approved an amendment to their state Constitution giving rank-and-file voters the power of referendum — the ability to seek to put bills passed by state lawmakers directly […]
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Opinion: To improve education in Oregon, invest in early childhood

Investing in programs that help children even before they enter kindergarten are critical to ensuring that children reach their full potential, writes Swati Adarkar with Children’s Institute. Source: Opinion: To improve education in Oregon, invest in early childhood – oregonlive.com

Oregon lawmakers: don’t forget community colleges in Smarter Success

The K-12 investment package proposed by the Joint Committee on Student Success is vital to our state, but we can’t stop there. Nowhere in the $2 billion proposal is funding earmarked for Oregon’s community colleges or universities. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon lawmakers: don’t forget community colleges in Smarter Success – […]
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Commentary: For many down on the farm, the wolf is at the door

We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While the pain is not evenly spread across the nation and across farm types, for those involved it is serious. To get a picture of what […]
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