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It was with great sadness that I learned last week of the passing of our 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. For me, President Bush was more than just my President, he was also my Commander in Chief when I served in the Army from 1989 to 1992. While stationed at …

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My first visit to the Roseburg VA was in 1991. I have seen many directors come and go, and with each new director there has been hope that things would get better. In that time there have been many changes, some good, most not so good.

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A proclamation for the future has been declared by school boards across the country, and Roseburg Public Schools has joined the fanfare by proclaiming November 12-16, 2018, American Education Week.

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Douglas County has a proud tradition of having more than its fair share of citizens who have or are currently serving in the military. Nationwide, less than 7 percent of people are currently serving or previously served, but in Douglas County it’s more than double that at 15 percent, accordi…

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What comes to mind when you think about the essentials for life? Food? Clothing? Education? How about shelter? I think we can all agree that these are necessities for all people, globally and in our county. Without access to these, life itself is put in jeopardy. When you look at the informa…

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In response to the Oct. 21 article, “How fire burned Forest Service budget,” I’d like to add a component rarely spoken of regarding the utilization of private contractors in wildland fire suppression. The element I speak of is arson for profit.

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Public transportation services are about to see major changes in service provisions along with a boost in funds from the state. My name is Vince Portulano, and I’m seeking a seat on the new Douglas County Transportation District, and am seeking your support because I believe I can work with …

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It appears that the massive tax cut at the federal level is not producing offsetting revenues through growth that was expected. Now the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is talking about cutting entitlements. Namely Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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In our county and across the state, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income families are struggling to secure safe, stable and affordable housing. For people who experience a disability, as well as seniors, income is often fixed and very limited, leaving adequate and affordable hous…

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Every morning since that fateful day begins the same way. It was the most intense heartache imaginable, the middle of a bad dream, drifting in a small boat on that mighty sea of sorrows. And when she awakened, nothing changed. The nightmare was still there.

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I understand from the articles on the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley forum that Senator Heard is not attending the forum on Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict with a tour of wildfire lands. I respect that. Our legislators must be informed and connected to the issues and people of …

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Now that we are nearing the end of an extremely active fire season in Southwest Oregon — the second in a row — the conversation surrounding the management of federally controlled forests is starting to heat up.

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Being a county commissioner is a big job. It is both a joy and a curse of sorts at times. It is very humbling to consider that you need more votes than a host of other candidates to be gifted the opportunity to serve in this capacity. Let me say that again, “given the opportunity to serve.” …

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“What we call extreme heat today, we will call summer in a matter of decades.” — Michael Mann, climate scientist.