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While it’s clear that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is discouraged by the state of Congress these days, he’s also one of the rare members continuing to get bills passed as the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Black lives do, in fact, matter. For quite awhile, competing slogans around race have been thrust into the national limelight. Some say “Black Lives Matter,” others “All Lives Matter,” and more recently, after the July 7 shooting of five police officers in Dallas, “Blue Lives Matter.”

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At times, the county’s difficulties can seem overwhelming, but it’s also home to a lot of great people with good ideas. Recently, we asked members of our Community Editorial Board to share their ideas of ways we could make our county better. Here are some of their best suggestions:

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There are times when, embroiled in the latest controversy or discouraged by statistics about the economy or the state of our health, even the most optimistic among us can lose sight of what’s truly great about Douglas County.

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Recently, a group of community leaders convened for The News-Review’s first Community Editorial Board. Members of this group debate the issues facing the county and suggest solutions for moving forward.

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It’s clear that Victoria Hawks and Gary Leif are at the top of the pack of contenders for the Douglas County commissioner seat now held by Susan Morgan. And it’s likely that Hawks and Leif will each win enough voters to move forward to the November general election.