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We’ve all seen it: You walk into a convenience store and there on the counter is the picture of a child taped to a jar. Scrawled on the picture is an appeal to leave your change to finance a bone marrow transplant or some other treatment the child’s family cannot afford. Or maybe you can hel…

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There is a famous campaign slogan that came out of the 1990’s “It’s the economy, stupid.” In this regard, there are two things we know about climate change: Failure to take action means money out of your wallet. Embracing solutions to climate change means money in your wallet.

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People occasionally ask me what it was like to serve in the military, usually right after thanking me for my service. I have spent most of my adult life, up until now, serving on active duty and I often forget that, for most of America, their exposure to veterans is indirect, through others.

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As a local Douglas County soccer referee, I believe I have a unique position from which to view the state of sportsmanship in our county. As someone who has had a lifelong love of sports and specifically of soccer, having played it since I was old enough to kick a ball, I have always been a …

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Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, with support from hospitals, insurers and coordinated care organizations, voted on a plan to protect health care coverage for low-income families with children, individuals with disabilities and needy adults on the Oregon Health Plan.

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Voters of Douglas County have wisely said “no” to proposed Home Rule Charters three times in the past. We hope they will make the same choice this year. The writers of this commentary include myself; Umitilla County Commissioner Larry Givens, immediate past president of AOC; and Polk County …

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Understandably, there has been a lot of talk this season, locally and nationally, about the threat to homes and businesses from wildfires, and about what we can do to protect our lives and property from them.

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No sooner had rains cleared the sickening pall of smoke and ash from wildfires that a local political battle which had been brewing for months flared up. Sensational headlines based upon false information provided the opportunity for eager social media participants to add their own assumptio…

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What a wild ride it has been for the past few months. The Home Rule Charter ballot measure has stirred emotions; puzzling since it is a nonpartisan issue. I encourage voters to question and verify the remarks from those who oppose change. The nay-sayers have pulled out all the stops with con…

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I recently dedicated the time to read the new county charter, 10-159. I also read county counsel’s opinion of what would happen if the charter should pass.

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I have been one of the top and most vocal advocates for the Home Rule measure, since before the petition phase. I was directly involved in the drafting of the proposed district map, to give rural areas more representation.

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I have closely followed the anthropogenic global warming debate for over 20 years. I began collecting a huge file of global warming articles and scientific studies in 1997. A major component of obtaining my doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2008 was analysis of scientific papers to det…

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Did you know October is American Pharmacists Month? It’s a chance to remind everyone of the role pharmacists and their staff play, working with your doctors and other health care providers to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate medications, and using them safely and correctly.

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Home Rule? Home Rule is simply a different form of government. In 1958, a constitutional amendment authorized counties to adopt “Home Rule” charters, giving voters the power to adopt and amend their own county government organization. It’s a type of government that gives counties more say re…

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A Home Rule Charter proposal for Douglas County will be on the November ballot for consideration by the county’s voters. This provides a unique opportunity for each of us to revisit the current structure of county government and weigh it against an alternative structure that is in practice i…