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Letter: Family grateful for medical care

February 10, 2016 — 

Unfortunately my 90- year-old father was recently (and quite unexpectedly) diagnosed with Stage 4 lung and brain cancer.

Up to that point, he had led a good, independent life along with my mom – living in their own home and driving and doing all things we were so happy he/they were still able to do.

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Guest Column: Repeal of the death penalty is a step toward peace

February 10, 2016 — 

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Second Tuesday: Trials and tribulations dating online

February 10, 2016 — 

“Valentine’s Day’s coming and this online dating just isn’t succeeding for me.”

That’s my friend Tucker Schofield. He dresses like a cowboy with boots and a big silver buckle on his belt. When he adds a tie and a sport coat to his ensemble, he calls it his “full Kitzhaber.” He has a house full of books, advanced degrees, writes fluidly, a membership at the Art Institute and often flies to London.

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Kudos: The glue that holds a community together

February 9, 2016 — 

I just wanted to say thanks to the News-Review for the coverage of A1 sports. There are not many media outlets that cover small school sports like you do.

I grew up in Douglas County (Camas Valley) and now live in the Seattle area where I get Douglas County news and sports coverage via the News-Review internet. I follow and support Oregon small school sports not only because I am an alumni, but also because sports is part of the glue that holds a community together.

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Letter: Unemployment rate is high

February 9, 2016 — 

President Obama lauds an unemployment rate not achieved for eight years. However, it comes at the cost of tens of millions of people unable to find full-time employment. When those people who have left the workforce are counted, the unemployment rate becomes 9.9 percent.

Another important cost is the extraordinary debt burden the country is accumulating to fuel an illusory economic recovery. This country just blew past $19 trillion in external debt without any sign increases would diminish. The figure now exceeds our annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and we join the countries of Greece and Spain. At the other end of the spectrum with debt at 12 percent to 40 percent of GDP are economic powerhouses such as Angola, Albania, Bolivia, Ecuador, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Cuba, and Paraguay to name a few.

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Family Tree: Gold star mothers

February 8, 2016 — 

Do you have a relative who lost his life serving in any branch of the service in World War I? Chances are the mother was presented a Service Flag.

During World War I, it became the custom for families of servicemen to hang a Service Flag in the window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member serving in the Armed Forces.

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Smart Energy: Creating a greener home for energy savings

February 8, 2016 — 

One of the most important investments you can make when building a new home or remodeling is to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Doing so may cost more upfront, but the costs will be recovered over time through lower energy bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and could increase your home’s resale value.

The orientation of your home on the lot can have a significant impact on energy use. South-facing windows receive the most sunlight and heat throughout the day, while north-facing windows receive the least. Also, know the direction of prevailing winds to reduce winter heating costs. Using deciduous trees, evergreens and other landscaping can naturally reduce your home’s energy use.

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Volunteer Opportunites: Share the love on Valentine's Day

February 8, 2016 — 

Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s a time for flowers and sentimental cards but it’s also a time to share the love that’s in our hearts. Turns out that when we do that as a volunteer it’s also good for our health.

Carnegie Mellon University research in 2013 determined that adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure and an article published in the Psychological Bulletin in 2014 states that older adults who volunteer two to three hours each week reduce symptoms of depression, improve chronic conditions and have an overall sense of well-being.

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Letter: Changes will hurt miners

February 8, 2016 — 

As of Jan. 1, 2016, us miners have been told to not go dredging or high bank for gold.

There is a law suit coming up Feb. 18 in Medford court to reestablish 1872 mining laws to us miners.

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Letter: Obama is hurting America

February 8, 2016 — 

Edwin Meese was Attorney General under Reagan. He recently said, “ I never thought I would see the day when a president could blatantly flout the founding document of the United States.” He is backing an organization called, “The Southeastern Legal Foundation” that has been organized to fight Obama’s illegal acts.

Obama has granted the EPA the illegal power to levy an energy tax on American businesses without passing a law through Congress. Since Congress has stopped this tax, Obama is trying to force it by his presidential power. This is known as cap & trade. This is actually an energy tax & is illegal. The SLF has previously taken Obama to the Supreme Court & beat him in “SLF vs EPA” case number 12-1268 and it appears will have to do it again.

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Guest Column: Enjoying the freedoms of retirement

February 7, 2016 — 

I’ve been retired a month and thought I’d share some early observations, in the event some of you may be contemplating your own retirement, or perhaps wondering what it’s like to be unemployed.

For starters, I got out of bed at 8 this morning. I’m pretty sure that’s what time I was meant to get out of bed the past 64 years, but couldn’t because I had to be at school or work. God always intended for us to get up when our body felt like getting up, not when some alarm clock told us to.

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Letter: Do not insinuate false ideas

February 5, 2016 — 

On the Opinion Page of the paper Friday, Jan. 29, there was an article about the Malheur refuge takeover.

In it the News-Review stated, “The News-Review wants the facts to become known. More likely they will continue to be clouded by rhetoric that includes a misreading of the U.S. Constituion, the ‘ownership’ of the land and property and the motives of the ‘militias’ members and state, county and federal authorities.”

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Letter: Library user upset with abuse

February 5, 2016 — 

I agree with the article from Mary Corum, “Stop trashing our library.” We have a fine library and an active readers base. Now, we need an active volunteer group who will dedicate their time in keeping the exterior safe and clean.

The abuse received from homeless or jobless youth is taking its toll on an otherwise beautiful building. Entering the library is becoming a challenge as I by-pass an angry looking young adult, step over urine stains or vomit and watch the once healthy plants give up.

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Guest Column: Preventing debilitating diseases among women

February 4, 2016 — 

Just about every minute, a woman dies of heart disease. The majority of these deaths are avoidable. That’s why Social Security encourages you to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 5, which aims to raise awareness about preventing heart disease and stroke among women.

Social Security plays an important role in many women’s lives — nearly 60 percent of people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Social Security provides important financial assistance to women in times of need, including a sudden illness or an injury leading to disability. While many illnesses and injuries are difficult or impossible to prevent, there are steps that women can take to help prevent some health issues, so that they can live longer and healthier lives.

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Letter: Thankful for Whistleblower Protection Law

February 4, 2016 — 

After reading the article, “Dannenhoffer files whistleblower complaint in federal court,” against Architrave/DCIPA, all I could say was, “Finally.”

In 2010, I experienced a similar situation while employed with DCIPA, reporting to Brent Eichmann and Ron Preston.

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Letter: Obama is a hater of Constitution

February 4, 2016 — 

In response to Kathleen Small’s letter to the Editor on Jan. 17, you incriminated yourself when you called yourself a “native, stupid resident of LaLa land” by taking a stand against guns.

Obama’s long standing goal is to eliminate guns in the hands of all law abiding citizens of America. Obama has said this many times over the past seven years.

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Letter: Occupation was wrong-headed

February 4, 2016 — 

Police tactics in occupations have had a long-term learning curve since 1985 and before.

One of the main concerns as expressed particularly by the Northern Paiute Tribe of Indians, was the preservation and protection of their artifacts and antiquities being stored at the Malheur Refuge, 4000 in all.

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Letter: Society to blame for low graduation rate

February 4, 2016 — 

It is no surprise Oregon has abysmally low graduation rates. Education is not valued by many Oregonians. “I don’t need to go to school,” a student told his teacher, “I can just go on welfare like my father and grandfather.” Many students are not motivated to prepare for the workforce because they believe that someone will take care of them whether they work or not. Education is discouraged by easy availability of welfare.

Jobs for teenagers are severely restricted by regulations and impossibly high minimum wages. Children who have never worked unpleasant jobs see no need for education.

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Letter: County fair is dwindling

February 4, 2016 — 

It appears the Douglas County fair has fewer exhibits each year. Why?

Are the commercial booths too expensive for the businesses to take advantage of the publicity they would get?

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Notes From a Local Kitchen: Valentine's Day indulgence

February 2, 2016 — 

I’ve eaten more green smoothies, salads, roasted root vegetables, beans and tofu in the past month than ever before in my life. I enjoy the flavor, nourishment and variety they bring to my table.

My enthusiasm for beets and Brussels sprouts continues to blossom. I’m keen on kale, both green and purple varieties, which I keep on hand washed, stemmed, bagged and ready to be tossed into soups, salads and casseroles.

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Letter: Enough is enough

February 2, 2016 — 

The whole wildlife refuge occupation drama has been blown out ofperspective. Land owners are under attack from big business and dubious relationships between government officials or their children to take away land and land rights for kickbacks.

The occupants of the wildlife refuge could have been starved out. They could all be handed summons for trespassing with daily escalating fines. They could have been given a deadline to leave peacefully and then been told that the roads would be severed to and from the location and that any cost to deal with them would be their responsibility.

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Letter: Stop trashing our library

February 2, 2016 — 

Anyone other than myself fed up with the way the front of our beautiful library is being abused? Low-lives using the bathroom, camping out on the steps and porch, smoking in front of the “No Smoking” signs and eating and dumping trash in front of the “NO Loitering” signs. I shiver when they look me in the eye and dare me to do something about it.

The library workers have tried to chase them away, but they don’t leave. Laws are being broken. Where are our law enforcement officers? Across the street at the bagel shop. Our library should be a show place, but it makes me sad at the conditions one must walk through to get to the beautiful inside.

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Guest Column: Your social security benefit statement

February 1, 2016 — 

It’s that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you will need when filing your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099).

Your Social Security benefits may be taxable. This includes monthly retirement, survivor and disability benefits. About one-third of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these benefits, depending on the amount of their taxable income.

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Guest Column: Minimum wage proposals don't make cents

February 1, 2016 — 

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Letter: Armed occupation constitutional

February 1, 2016 — 

There were some reasonable points in the guest editorial you printed Friday from the East Oregonian, but I could not believe one sentence from that piece.

“No one should be injured or killed or threatened or jailed because of something they believe.”

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Letter: Feds still overreaching

February 1, 2016 — 

It is not easy being an American. Truly being an American requires more than just going to work, coming home and enjoying the good life. It requires that we look around and see what is going on. When we find something that is wrong, we need to try to correct the problem.

I believe that we as Americans have abdicated a lot of our responsibilities to the government. That shift in power was never intended by the founding fathers. As we let those little things slide by, the Government took over. The result is that the balance of power has tipped the wrong way.

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Letter: Working together to solve homelessness

February 1, 2016 — 

This was truly an unfair question because the best answer is “all of the above.”

If you chose just the city, then only the homeless in that particular city are considered. If only the county, then citizens and nonprofits are left out of the equation. If you chose only citizens, then where will the money come from that cities, counties and nonprofits can garner?

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Extension Spotlight: Weed Day all about control

January 31, 2016 — 

Douglas County Weed Day is an annual educational event that has directly helped over 1,400 people to learn to work safely and effectively to control pests in home gardens, school yards, parks, farms and ranches, forests, and roadway areas since 1999.

Most Weed Day information is focused on methods for controlling weeds; but much of it applies to other pests such as insects, rodents and fungi. This is because ‘pest’ control is best done using a combination of approaches called Integrated Pest Management.

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Stargazer: Watch the skies for a parade of planets

January 31, 2016 — 

Evening Planets

Tonight, look to the southeast, about 9 p.m. PST to spot a bright “star”. That’s Jupiter. Each night this month, Jupiter rises a bit earlier and gets slightly brighter. A nearly full moon will pass below and to the right of Jupiter on Feb. 23. By month’s end, Jupiter will pop over the southeast hills just as the twilight fades.

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As We See It: Here's hoping legislators work for the good of the entire state

January 31, 2016 — 

During the “short” session of the Oregon Legislature, which begins Monday, we’d like to see the House and the Senate, which represent the entire state, in fact, represent the entire state, including and especially, rural Oregon.

Rather than propose a legislative agenda with this writing, we have a few thoughts about how legislation should be enacted.

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