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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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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 …

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In his recent open letter to Governor Kate Brown, Hermiston Mayor Dave Drotzmann questioned Brown’s decision to return Umatilla County to “baseline” from Phase 2 of reopening. Drotzmann admitt…

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When I first arrived in Hermiston three months ago as an eager Snowden intern, I didn’t know what working as a reporter for the Hermiston Herald and the East Oregonian would look like amid a p…

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I felt a strong sense of déjà vu last week when I had to scramble to post information about a sudden, late-night announcement from Gov. Kate Brown about Umatilla County being sent back to the …

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In November of 2000, Greg Smith was first elected to represent District 57 in the Oregon State House of
 Representatives. In the years since then, Greg has demonstrated himself to be honest, p…

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There are still a lot of questions about what school will look like when it resumes in the fall, but one thing is clear: It won’t look anything like what the rest of us experienced when we wer…

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As we’ve lived through a global pandemic together these past few months, the strange new situations it has created have prompted us to think more deeply about some aspects of our society.

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I would like to write my fellow non-Black East Oregonians as to why I feel we must engage in difficult conversations regarding race in America. No longer can small towns be tucked away only en…

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When someone submits an idea for a story to us, they often preface it with, “I’m not sure if this is newsworthy, but ...”

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I’m not usually someone who is at a loss for words, but it took me more time to decide what the first sentence of this column should be than it takes me to write an entire column some weeks.