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

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My journey of officiating began in Douglas County in 1977. This is my 37th year officiating basketball, 35th year in fast pitch softball and 5th year in volleyball. This journey has provided me the means to identify the characteristics of a healthy organization. I have belonged to three diff…

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Here in Glendale, we know lumber. It’s powered towns like ours across the Pacific Northwest for over 165 years. Like many businesses in small towns and communities throughout Oregon and Washington, we at the Swanson Group are a family-owned business in the business of supporting families — w…

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Southwest Oregon communities today are facing an annual cycle of more frequent and severe wildfires, more losses of lives and property and more toxic smoke that fills our valleys and stretches our public health resources. As a county commissioner, I’m concerned about the trauma our citizens …

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This week, the lawsuit against a transgender boy who used his preferred bathroom in the Sutherlin School District was dropped due to precedent cases ruling in favor of the defendant. To this, I can only say:

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This week is World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding is a great gift for babies and their families. As a pediatrician caring for thousands of babies over the past 40 years, I have seen the great nutritional, immunologic and bonding advantages of breastfeeding. As I have assumed public health…

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Do you believe every Federal law is perfectly written and perfectly implemented? Do you believe flawed Federal regulations should be updated and improved when better information, processes and science are available?

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For centuries, mental illness — from mild, temporary depression, to severe, persistent schizophrenia — has been stigmatized. In recent years, however, mental health services increasingly are recognized as being just as important as physical health services. These days, many people are comfor…

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I am sometimes faced with the question: What does an Education Service District do? I can understand the confusion. After all, we here at Douglas ESD have a superintendent — me — but we don’t have principals. We have teachers, but they work in schools all over the county. And our Stephens St…

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It’s the worst kept secret in Douglas County that our commissioners are corrupt. Too much Wall Street money flows into their campaign accounts to truly represent the sovereigns of Douglas County. For a fact, Lone Rock Timber, a donor of Tim Freeman’s campaign, is a joint venture with Interna…

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When I read the front-page article in Sunday’s News-Review entitled “A road to controversy,” I immediately recognized the similarities to the logging of Busenbark Park story. The drama-filled responses from our leading local conservationists to these types of relatively insignificant events …

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Recently, Sonny Perdue, the Trump-appointed Secretary of Agriculture, sent a memorandum to all of his agencies, encouraging them to promote the concept of “customer service.” In response, Alice Carlton, the Umpqua National Forest Supervisor, and James Pena, the Forest Service’s Regional Dire…