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I again stand in 100% total solidarity with local pro-Second Amendment/pro-gun activist Bill Speers who "tells it like it is" in his recent Thursday, Sept. 12 Herald and News letter: "NRA label nothing but a lie."

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The number of e-cigarette users, many of them teenagers, who have been stricken by a mysterious and acute lung illness has more than doubled around the country in just the last week. More than 450 people have been hospitalized with serious respiratory distress and six people have died. Publi…

For years the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have had a problem: While federal budgets have included money for fighting wildfires, it often hasn’t been enough to get the job done. The budget shortage could be made up by taking money earmarked for forest health restoration,…

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Public officials can treat Oregon’s laws requiring government transparency with contempt or outright hostility. That’s why the resignation of Oregon’s first public records advocate, Ginger McCall, and her reasons for it are so disappointing.


The NFL kicked off its 100th season last Thursday with the 199th game in the league’s longest rivalry, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears at historic Soldier Field. The matchup represents a century of professional football, but it also helps illustrate the clash between th…


The corporate activity tax legislators passed this session should kick another billion dollars or so annually to Oregon’s K-12 public schools, but the measure comes with a couple of hoops that school districts must jump through to claim their share of the funds.