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You may have noticed a new style of reporting in the pages of this newspaper, thanks in part because I’m new to the editing desk and to the fact that we have a new reporter with some serious new skills.

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Every day since COVID-19 arrived in Oregon, this newspaper has been diligently listing the number of confirmed local, state and national cases. It's an important scientific fact that lets our readers know if the disease is spreading or dissipating.

It is long past time for the federal government to get its act together on providing COVID-19 testing supplies wherever and whenever they are needed. And that includes Oregon, which is essentially being penalized for doing a better job of containing the virus spread than many other states.

Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove that the world was round (educated people had proven the flat-Earthers wrong centuries earlier). He was not the first European to cross the Atlantic (that title goes to Norse Viking Leif Eriksson). And he never, ever — not once — set foot on what…

The Oregon State Police troopers who defied Gov. Kate Brown by refusing to wear face masks in a Corvallis coffee shop last week should feel fortunate the governor was in a forgiving mood. Their actions — and a profane denunciation of Brown by one officer — would have been inappropriate even …

People en masse have expressed opinions in the Klamath Basin over the past several days in very public manners — but whether anyone in a position to make immediate substantive change actually listened is yet to be seen.

These global climate change protests are really sad to witness. Our young people are being misled by power hungry leaders and educators who are using the young and impressionable to advance their socialist agenda. Why isn't the young Swedish girl taking her message to China and India where p…


Oregon’s tax kicker will be a record-breaker next year. The state’s latest — and last, for the 2017-19 biennium — revenue forecast shows the state will be required to send $1.6 billion back to the taxpayers.