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This has been an incredibly challenging year for the Hermiston School District, and especially for our students and families. So much of their learning and growing experience is about being to…

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As you are aware, we are living in unprecedented times with the pandemic. Our children have had to resort to online learning. I am not faulting the teachers, as I know they are working tirelessly.

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This is Captain Butterball of the Governor's Party Team. Citizens should be aware that we have microchipped random turkeys and hams at local markets. This allows us to track the destination of…

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Another letter blaming the dams on the Snake River for the demise of the salmon. I have to call BS on that. The Corps of Engineers has run tests on the Snake and Columbia rivers. They know wha…

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I read with interest the Democrat comments about holding onto their "power" after the last election and the disappointment expressed that they still aren't able to muster a quorum to overcome …

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A pet peeve among journalists is when people ask, “Why isn’t the media covering this?” about a topic that every major media outlet in the country has, indeed, covered with multiple articles.

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This is a very important election, which may affect the well-being of our country for many years. With Trump we achieved an economy with employment and prosperity at greater heights than previ…

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Here we are nearing Election Day and we have new developments in our county commissioner race. When Pat Maier told me she is doing a write-in campaign I was excited for Umatilla County, as I k…

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Our election ballots are on their way to our mailbox and we are waiting for our opportunity to cast our votes for Rep. Greg Smith. Greg has been a personal friend for many years but more impor…

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I am strongly supporting the candidacy and election of Dan Dorran for Umatilla County commissioner Position #3. Dan is a proven leader with a “can do” attitude with regard to many of the issue…

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For the better part of the past six months, I haven’t even set an alarm clock. That all changed last month, as I was asked to fill in for a couple of weeks while one of my former colleagues wa…

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While I was watching the news events of last week unfold, I was thinking of a song that I grew up singing in church when I was a young child. It went:

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Each new school year is a learning experience. Teachers and students join together to create a positive environment out of a new mix of personalities, skill sets and abilities. Educators intro…

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It is time to reflect on what is important. A wise man once told me, “Sometimes the right thing, and the hardest thing, are the same thing.” Over the last decade District 57, serving Umatilla,…

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Two weeks ago, I put a Biden Harris 2020 sign in my yard. Today, it is gone. Stolen. Someone decided my right to free speech wasn't important since it appeared to offend that someone's sensibilities.

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I’m sure no one in the world would have expected something so small that you cannot even see it to turn everything in the world upside down, but COVID–19 did. School does not look anything lik…

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On Nov. 3, we will have what I believe to be the most important election in
 the history of the United States. We will be given the choice between the free 
enterprise system and socialism.

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I live close to Good Shepherd Hospital and once COVID-19 took an upturn in Umatilla County, I've noticed an upturn in the number of helicopters I hear. I can't but help think they are headed f…

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If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is that you never know when disaster will strike. I don’t think any of us in January thought Umatilla County would be underwater in February and lo…

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One of the biggest challenges many employers are facing is getting their workforce back on the job during the continuing COVID-19 environment. There are many obstacles, including the fact thos…

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The evils of human trafficking and child abuse have seen increased attention in recent weeks, including a march in Hermiston last weekend to raise awareness of the issue.

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This column is part of a longer history submitted by Robert Bowman, a former Echo resident, about his father, Asa Mitchell Bowman Jr., who was killed in action in World War II on Oct. 4, 1944,…

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Your photo of the Will Not Comply Protest graphically demonstrated why we are unable to get the COVID-19 virus under control. The photo shows a woman holding a sign saying "I will not lose my …