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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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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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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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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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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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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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I received an urgent message from my sister on April 15, 2020, that our cousin's adult grandson, Caleb, was missing. Caleb had graduated from a Salem high school in 2019 and had started an app…

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School plays, dance competitions and practices, watching my brother play baseball, hanging out with friends, are all things I miss from before COVID-19. It has been really hard adjusting to st…

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The people-powered candidate: The Oregon Secretary of State serves all of Oregon’s 36 counties as chief auditor, administrator, and elections officer. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is the only candidat…

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The 12/18/19 issue of the Hermiston Herald had an article discussing our poverty level estimates and how it effected the Title V Rural and Low Income Schools grant for the Hermiston School Dis…

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If the city of Hermiston follows through with the sale of the Hermiston Community Center, then Bryan Wolfe and Tim Mabry need to dust off their donation list and see that the city return that …