Category Archives: Guest Opinion

Guest column: Judge was right to dismiss the Pelton Project lawsuit

My Indian name is Mustalik. I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and am privileged to serve as chairman of the Tribal Council. I come from the Wasco and Warm Springs people on the Columbia River, and I write to address issues raised in The Bulletin’s recent […]
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Fix broken policies to help restore forests

“We are hostages in our own homes.” That’s how Jennifer, a mother from Medford, described to me what communities in Southern Oregon and across the West are enduring yet again: a summer filled with smoke and fire. Jennifer continued in her letter to me saying, “my children are robbed of being able to play outside. […]
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Time to take action to limit summer fires

When I attended Ashland High School in the 1980s, we looked forward to summer as a time to play in our great outdoors. It’s a Southern Oregon tradition. But in recent years, the average size, frequency, and severity of wildfires has been increasing. Air quality in Oregon has been among the worst in the nation […]
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Wineries don’t need to be event centers

In response to your Aug. 9 editorial regarding concerns of wineries events and neighbors, you state wineries “can’t survive just on the sale of wine through their tasting rooms, and hosting events helps them make ends meet,” and “wine alone is not enough to sustain vineyards and wineries all year long, especially smaller ones.” That […]
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What it’s like to be a California inmate fighting wildfires

The inmates get the chance to leave prison for a while and, to some extent, to interact with the free world. The people who fight raging wildfires in the West withstand unthinkable heat and smoke. To save lives and property, they work through the night by the light of the flames, subsist on military-style rations […]
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At Interior, we’re ready to bring the Endangered Species Act up to date

We have proposed changes to achieve the greatest good in the longest term. A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the longest term. Last month, the […]
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Measure 104 keeps funding decisions from becoming back-room deals

My professional life has been dedicated to helping Oregonians achieve their dream of homeownership, regardless of their stage in life. When a young couple could finally afford to move from a rented apartment into a home of their own, I was there to help make sure they were successful. When families needed to upgrade to […]
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It’s time for Oregon to celebrate 50-year-old Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

River lovers from all over are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act this year. Thanks to the tireless work of countless river activists, 50 years ago Congress recognized that we were losing America’s wild rivers. Dams and development were running roughshod, forever changing our rivers. As settlers expanded westward, one […]
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Motorcycle safety is the responsibility of all drivers in Oregon, elsewhere

The recent spate of motorcycle crashes in the Salem area is an unfortunate circumstance that raises for all of us the question: How can we more safely share our public roadways? Every road user, whether a car or truck driver, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian carries the responsibility to help ensure everyone arrives safely. […]
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Zones of opportunity

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new federal tax incentive to encourage long-term, private-sector investments in certain low-income communities newly designated as Opportunity Zones. The Portland Metropolitan area has seen a high level of growth.  Even through the Great Recession of 2008 and the Great Recovery ever since, people have still […]
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