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My wife and I visited Joseph and Enterprise last week and were stunned to find so few people wearing masks. People at the Wallowa Lake Lodge, retailers, servers at restaurants, and even the ma…

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When I was a small child, I had an immunization on my arm for smallpox. I think I got it at school. There was no vaccination at the time for measles, mumps or whooping cough, and I had all tho…

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I write today to give voice to the many Eastern Oregonians who support Sen. Ron Wyden’s River Democracy Act and to the nonhumans who need its protections. Our voices join those of the Nimiipuu…

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I find it interesting when people do not use logic in looking at issues such as the moraine plan. I also grew up in Joseph, and as a youngster remember the deer herds wintering on the East Mor…

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While I appreciate the many compelling national and local stories about the impact of the 9/11 attacks, including those that appeared in the Chieftain, the somber truth of this anniversary has…

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This summer marks 50 years for me in Wallowa County. I came to spend a year — and I stayed. I stayed because the land is wonderful. I stayed because of people. In the 50 years countless traged…

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This is America ... land of the free. I have a right to vaccinate or not, wear a mask or not. Because I don’t put on a mask or won’t subject myself to an unproven vaccine does not mean that I'…

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People who camp and hunt on Hancock land need to be aware of the changes. Camping on their land is no longer free. You will be charged $35 to $300 per night. They will be patrolling the area t…

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The recent article, “Anger in Wallowa County: Protesters Reject Mandate,” has me thinking of the question, “How are we going to live together?” When I was boy of 10 our family took in an 8-yea…

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Last September, when there were 28,000 daily infections, schools closed to stop the spread and classes were moved online. Today there are 150,000 daily cases and children are back in the classroom.

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I just wanted to briefly point out how great it is that Sen. Wyden spearheaded the move to expand the wild and scenic rivers in Oregon. Overall, the state has around 1% of its rivers and strea…

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The people of Wallowa County are known for their warmth, kindness, and generosity. My personal experience has borne that out — at least until the pandemic reached its current level of lethalit…

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There is conflict occurring within our communities pertaining to COVID-19 protocols and masking mandates and it is negatively affecting our school districts and our kids' education.

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In reference to the opinion page "Voice of the Chieftain” on Aug. 18, I would like to offer an alternate opinion (everyone is entitled to an opinion). Mask mandate is more than just a “local i…

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In response to a thoughtful letter by Evan Bryan concerning south-end evacuation plans of the lake, I want to argue that to funnel traffic involving large RV’s, camping trailers and rigs pulli…

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Evelyn Swart’s letters to the editor always stimulate reflective thought on my part including her most recent (“Politics is a way to discuss country needs,” Aug. 11, 2021).

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Many people these days tend to think that the word “politics” is a dirty word and that it is OK to cast aspersions on anyone’s ideas that may be different. Actually, the word “politics” in my …

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The present proposal to build new road segments (joining the Lake Shore Road) for possible fire evacuation of state park visitors has neither common-sense planning or local support. A fraction…

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This seems to have become quite an issue at Wallowa Lake, and needs to be addressed. I am sick of trying to put in or take out our boat at the boat launch on the north end of the lake. People …

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Totalitarianism: A system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and 
requires complete subservience to the state. Anyone noticing the trend with Oregon and the United States? One w…

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The American capitalistic system is based on the theory of supply and demand. When there is not enough product to supply the number of people who want and can afford it, the prices increase. W…

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I have been interested in the terms and conditions of the Forest Legacy Program grant that landed the Wallowa County $3,900,000 to purchase the 1,533 forested acres on the East Moraine of Wall…

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Over the past few years I have noticed a disturbing trend in the Chieftain, where our beautiful mountains are being referred to as the Eagle Cap Mountains or Eagle Caps, rather than their prop…

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Why does Mike Simpson expect others to present alternatives to his $33 billion plan to gut the economy of the Pacific Northwest? He claims, “We need to have honest conversations.” So, let’s be…

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It seems lately that our government is indecisive as to how to best administer the oversupply of COVID-19 vaccine resource nationwide due to individuals refusing the procedure. Distribution to…