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On Oct. 2, my younger brother told me he has end stage cancer. We do not know how long he will live. New technology to improve cancer early detection and save lives is on our fingertips. Sever…

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Umatilla County residents should follow the old axiom of keeping our mouths shut and just letting people think we’re ignorant and not opening our mouths and removing all doubt.

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You should have seen their faces! Nearly 100 veterans and professional river guides from throughout the Pacific Northwest took to the Columbia River on Saturday, Sept. 11, for a day at “ Fish'…

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I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Hermiston Herald for its coverage of the Greater Hermiston CityFest with Andrew Palau. CityFest is just another shining example of the sacr…

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Where do you think the laws of science and the laws of the natural world come from? The Big Bang didn't create them. The Big Bang couldn't have happened without them. So what created them? Her…

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I really hate having to mask up again. but I also hated flak jackets when I was in Vietnam. But I wore one, and it saved my life. The mask, although from several accounts it isn't considered e…

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I have one word for those of you that have yet to get a vaccination, fools! I can also add self-centered, selfish, sheeple and, Kool-Aid drinkers to that. If you don't understand the Kool-Aid …

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Inmates outside the walls of Two Rivers Correctional Institution for a family play date — what? Forthcoming is a date to have inmates, also known as adults in custody, to be allowed at Hermist…

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I recently overheard a couple of older men discussing problems employers were having to fill employment openings. One guy was adamant that the unemployed were all a bunch of "slackers." He cla…

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On behalf of all of us at Threemile Canyon Farms, we’d like to offer our sincere gratitude to the Oregon State Legislature for passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 16, commemorating the life o…

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It's raw animal instinct to protect the self first. By preserving the self — survival of the fittest — a being preserves its species by allowing the traits most suited to survival to be passed…

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It's amazing to me the depths to which society has sunk in recent decades. Discourse, humanity, civility, respect ... all societal traits that are withering and dying, victims of the eliminati…

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This is a very belated letter written to express my appreciation for the wonderful job Jade McDowell did covering the Dream Team last spring. She was so kind and supportive and did a great job…

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Hats off to the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation for hosting their annual Drive for Scholarships event on June 11. It was so refreshing to see so many people that I haven't had the op…

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After living in Hermiston for 20 years, I have noticed how much our small town has grown in multiple aspects. I have seen Hermiston better their schools, open new businesses and create a commu…

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On May 12, while at the Hermiston Bottle Drop, I had the misfortune of tripping over a parking curb and
 falling onto the very rough blacktop, suffering a multitude of lacerations — some requi…

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It is great to see so much interest in our Hermiston School Board. In the 12 years that I have served on the board, I have never seen so many candidates run to serve the students and families …

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As a candidate for the Blue Mountain Community College Board of Trustees, I participated in a candidate forum sponsored by the BMCC Faculty Association. Carrie Sampson-Samuels is also a candid…

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Over the past 4 years I always spoke up as a school board member on matters the public held. I thank you for the chance to serve. It has been an honor. I support Gain Gardner for the school bo…

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I am supporting Dain Gardner for the Hermiston School Board. I have known Dain for over 20 years, both personally and professionally. Dain steps up whenever there is a need, so it was no surpr…

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I’m writing in support of Measure 30-148 to fund critical equipment, vehicles, and facilities in Umatilla County Fire District #1. These will keep firefighters and EMTs safe in line of duty an…

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When there’s a fire, a wreck, a medical emergency, a hazardous spill, or any number of other potentially disastrous situations, local firefighters and EMTs are the first ones on the scene. The…

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The fact that COVID-19 cases in the county have rapidly increased since businesses were allowed to open up and the fact that vaccinations are now available to everyone over 16, I am suggesting…

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This letter is to support Measure 30-148, the bond to increase funding for our fire district, Umatilla County Fire District #1. As a proud Hermistonian, I gladly point out a few reasons why ou…

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Bryan Wolfe has his priorities straight when it comes to Umatilla Electric’s role in our community. He also has the long-term vision and track record of strong leadership to earn re-election t…

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The Center for Biological Diversity is absolutely aiming to reshape how Oregon treats animals by seeking to end beaver trapping and hunting last year and this year improve how mink farms are r…

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This year, the selection committee for the Hermiston Distinguished Citizens Banquet hit a home run with the persons/entities that were recognized and honored. At previous banquets, the Woman o…

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When it comes to tax money there is no level of government that doesn't slobber over getting more, even at the loss of land and freedoms to enjoy it by the owners. Such is the case with the vi…

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We are back on Mars with NASA's newest rover, Perseverance. This mission is tasked with answering the age-old question of whether Mars has ever harbored life. We should remember that all the p…

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It's past time to put the teachers back to work and open the schools for in-person learning. Roughly 63% of my property taxes are in support of public education. Our government school systems …

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I urge local businesses to consider their customers when they choose to make political statements on their reader boards critical of Governor Brown’s response to the pandemic. Not every custom…

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January 22 marked the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all nine months of pregnancy. This decision led to over 60 million preborn babies l…