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There are peaceful protests by people protesting social inequality and/or police brutality. Unfortunately, there are those few who take advantage of these demonstrations to instigate riots, lo…

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At one point in time, the United States of America was known as a hub for innovative and free thought. Innovative, in the sense that free-market capitalism strongly incentivized the exploratio…

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Thank you, Mike Hansen, for your beautiful tribute to Bob Jackson. Reading your tribute evoked my own memories of Bob and I was lifted up by your touching words.

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The first time I met Bob Jackson was in the Cabbage Patch on Skookum Creek. During our walk, Bob measured several huge pine and fir trees, always with that impeccable grin as he wielded his st…

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The initiative to move Idaho’s border and include more than 18 Oregon counties received a big boost locally after enough signatures were gathered to get a petition on the November ballot in Wa…

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This is in reply to two letters criticizing my statement that racial discrimination still exists everywhere, including Wallowa County. It is well worth remembering that two of the most violent…

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When you tell someone you’re a meteorologist, the first thing you’re likely to hear is, “Really? What channel are you on?” followed by, “I sure wish I could find a job where I was wrong 50% of…

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I was disappointed by the timber industry's cynical but predictable response to the decision by local conservationists to leave Northeast Oregon's dysfunctional forest "collaborative." Wrapped…

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George W. Bush inherited an economy with a gross domestic product growth of 3.8%. He led us into two unpaid wars, the first in 2001 in Afghanistan and the second in Iraq. The cost of these is …

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One of our community's forestry legends has recently passed away. I was not able to attend his services, but this is what I would like to have said.

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I read with interest the story (printed in the Chieftain's July 8, 2020, issue) in Out of the Past, 100 years ago, July 8, 1920, about the shooting the day before of 15-year-old Thelma Caudle …

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live. From grocery shopping to attending school or a medical appointment, we now regularly connect in ways that just months ago were rarely imagined. W…

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When I started writing this column over 30 years ago, I had an eye on a regular feature that had been in the Chieftain when I arrived in the county in July of 1971, Ben Weathers’ “Fifty Years …

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In response to Roger Hockett letter ("Peaceful protesters are to be admired," July 1), there were bigots in the "old" days and will be forever where there is hate or misunderstanding, but it i…