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Thursday 07/02/2015
Time to remove the Stars and Bars
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 10:45 am

Now is the time for South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

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Roberts too liberal? Give him time
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 10:45 am

Way back in 2005, a lot of my fellow liberals blew a gasket when Chief Justice John Roberts was nominated for his post by President George W. Bush, because during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, Roberts refused to specifically say how he’d vote on hot button issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

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Christians: Pray for the church in the Middle East
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 10:45 am

Jesus Christ lived in the Middle East, he proclaimed the message of his Father in the Middle East, he was crucified in the Middle East, died, was buried, and three days later he rose from the dead — in the Middle East.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

Thumbs up: to the city of Ontario for replacing all the swing chains in our parks (they are on order). Thanks for looking out for the safety of our kids.

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Oregon and the great wolf whodunit
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

Naturalists couldn’t be happier about the growing number of wolves in Oregon. For them, the return of wolves restores a missing piece of the ecosystem. But almost in inverse proportion, ranchers are not so pleased.

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Maybe pool solution is to remove the roof
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

Maybe you should just remove the structure and redo the POOL ONLY, forget about being an indoor pool. You can add evacuated solar heating with a pool cover and just open the building up or remove the roof! The important thing here is the POOL, not the building. Get kids swimming again, it’s the single best sport any child or adult can do!

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We need to grow our local economy in Ontario
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:45 am

Growing our local economy brings employment opportunities, encourages good “business competition,” offers a variety of products meeting the basic “supply and demand” throughout the Lower Treasure Valley. Ontario is a “Border Town” needing to grow.

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Sunday 06/28/2015
Complicated issue needs as much light as possible
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

Payette County property owners are in an unusual position: They’re at the forefront of untested state laws governing oil and gas production.

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Argus values providing weekly TV guide
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

For as long as I can recall, The Argus Observer TV guide, “Television,” has been published in Sunday’s newspaper. Starting Friday, July 3, we are moving the TV guide to Friday’s paper. You guide schedule will start on Saturday and end on Friday, and everything else will stay the same.

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Outdoor School: An investment in rural Oregon
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

For nearly 60 years, Outdoor School has provided high-quality, placed-based science education to generations of Oregon students. Launched in 1957 in southern Oregon, Outdoor School is a tradition that has enriched and inspired over one million Oregonians.

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Thursday 06/25/2015
Voters deserve prompt campaign donation report
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 11:00 am

In the week before the November 2014 election, Gov. John Kitzhaber received some $392,500 in campaign contributions that were not made public until Nov. 5, the day after the election. That will change if the amended version of House Bill 2178 becomes law.

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Stop turning killers into celebrities
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 11:00 am

Nine more angels entered heaven prematurely.

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Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 11:00 am

The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance premiums annually.

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Tuesday 06/23/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 11:00 am

A giant thumbs up: to OHS football coaches and team for a great youth football camp! A fun time of learning skills and what teamwork is really all about! Thank you for providing these great opportunities for our kids! 

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Saluting a ‘great charter’ of liberty
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 11:00 am

It won’t be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we won’t do so quietly.

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Is it time for rural Oregon to secede from the rest of the state?
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 11:00 am

Rural Oregonians in general and East Oregonians in particular are growing increasingly dismayed by the manner in which Oregon’s Legislature and Oregon’s urban dwellers have marginalized their values, demonized their lifestyle, villainize their resource-based livelihoods, and have classified them as second-class citizens at best. All the while they cover Oregon’s most fertile and well-watered farm ground with urban sprawl, gangs, illegal aliens, homeless camps, welfare tramps and touchy-feely politics that add little or no value to rural lifestyles. Meanwhile, Oregon’s rural residents carve out a resource-based living on marginal farm ground and the leftovers of Oregon’s economic growth, infrastructure and technological innovation.

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Sunday 06/21/2015
Race redefined as a social construct
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Neither racial nor gender identity seems to matter anymore — but apparently your ideological identity is everything.

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Bidding goodbye to a friend
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothy Scott recently. Dorothy and her husband, Dick, were no strangers to The Argus Observer; their daughter Radene Terry and granddaughter April Terry both work here, and their son-in-law Phil Terry is a contract paper carrier and janitor.

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Oregon Opportunity Grants for illegal immigrants is a bad idea
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Sens. Peter Courtney of Salem and Michael Dembrow (Portland) along with Reps. Betty Komp (Woodburn), Jessica Vega Peterson (Portland) and Joe Gallegos’ (Hillsboro) sponsorship of Senate Bill 932, legislation that would grant access to Oregon Opportunity Grants to illegal immigrants, makes these legislators seem tone death to the will of nearly 1 million Oregon voters (66 percent) who less than eight months ago rejected during the 2014 general election Measure 88, legislation that would have granted state-issued driver cards to illegal immigrants.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Renovation tax credit could benefit eastern Ore. towns
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 11:00 am

In the last few days, on these very pages, we have published two opposing opinions about the Main Street Revitalization Act. That’s of value to the reader — to have the argument from both sides right there in front of you and allow yourself to arrive at a conclusion.

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Why can't we pump our own gas?
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 11:00 am

My first day as a resident of Oregon, some (hum-de-hum) years ago, I went to fill the truck I rented with gas before I returned it. Having grown up in Montana, where the sky is big and full-service gas stations are for rich people, sissies and sissies, I pulled into the gas station, got out, took the gas cap off the truck, reset the gas pump, and …

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Cancer research is issue that crosses party lines
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 11:00 am

Dear Editor,

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Tuesday 06/16/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 11:00 am

Thumbs down: to the citizen who says Nyssa City Council hasn’t done anything about the arsenic in the drinking water.  Over two years ago the water department reported that with the new arsenic levels set by the feds, Nyssa was no longer in compliance.  At that time the City Council set forth to get funds in place, land purchased and plans ready for building the new arsenic facility. Kudos to the Council for taking charge and not waiting like other cities to do something. The citizen who complained needs to get his/her head out of the sand and read the Argus or go to the Council meetings. Several articles have been printed about this over the past couple of years.

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Let’s put the ‘ex’ in ‘Ex-Im’
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 11:00 am

Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now.

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Sunday 06/14/2015
When it comes to cancer, know where your dollars go
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

If you happened to drive by Fruitland High School Friday and early Saturday, you likely saw the track packed with people all united for a common cause: raising money for the American Cancer Society. This weekend was the local Relay for Life, and our community rallied to support survivors, honor those lost to cancer and raise tens of thousands of dollars for the national cancer-fighting nonprofit.

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Busy lineup on Saturday
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

Next Saturday is a very busy day in the Western Treasure Valley. First there is the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger. The event is a charity ride benefiting Oregon Food Bank-Southeast Oregon Services. If you have not registered or are unable to ride, I’m sure they could use some volunteers. For more information, go to www.greatowyheeride.com.

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Nonprofit focused on goal of building a community rec center
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

Dear Editor,

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Thursday 06/11/2015
‘Cats and dogs’ bill not appropriate now
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 11:00 am

In the early days of a legislative session, you might hear legislators talk about “cats and dogs,” and it’s not a reference to animals.

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Save ‘bravery’ for those who deserve it
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 11:00 am

After a lifetime of struggling with gender, the athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner would like us to refer to him, uh, her as Caitlyn. I’ve got no problem with that. I can sympathize. While Jenner has felt he was a woman trapped in a man’s body, I’ve recently realized I’m an adolescent trapped in geezer’s body. Diane Sawyer don’t try to break your door down to get an interview for that. Ain’t no Lifetime Network movie of the week about it. So I woefully struggle as the old geez dressed in shorts and tennies most of the time. It’s sad, really.  I own only one suit and absolutely no big boy shoes. If I had to attend a formal function today, I’d have to wear a very old suit with running shoes. And no socks. (Seriously, on the surface I may appear all mature and together, but ask Lovely Wife. I’m an adolescent geezer hot mess. [And while you’re at it, extend your full sympathy. She’s earned it.])

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Backcountry buff lauds sage-grouse proposals
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 11:00 am

­As a native of Ontario, Oregon, a member of the Steens Mountain Advisory Council, an outdoor equipment company owner and avid hunter who appreciates the sage steppe in our state, I’m encouraged with the BLM’s recent draft releases aimed at greater sage grouse conservation in Oregon and the west. BLM lands contain the vast majority of sage grouse populations and if we are to avoid an endangered species listing for the bird, the BLM will be key in that effort, along with state and private conservation efforts.

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Tuesday 06/09/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:45 am

Thumbs up: to Brule Lehman. The Ontario Fire Department is getting new rappelling gear thanks to your hard work. Thumbs up to the Ambulance Service District for the grant that is paying for the new gear.

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The Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:45 am

Right now the U.S. Copyright Office is deciding whether Americans will be able to unlock phones and other devices they’ve paid for, whether farmers can repair their own tractors and whether Americans with disabilities will be able to access e-books and other electronic media.

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Councilor: Argus jumped the gun with Sunday’s pool opinion
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:45 am

The editorial in Sunday’s paper also left me scratching my head. You stated that the “Recreation Center” would be built at the current Ontario Aquatic site. Really, that was not mentioned by Ms. Ney in her presentation at the Council meeting. But then Mr. Dillon is on the board of the Four Rivers Healthy Community, so he probably has more insight regarding their plans that have not been shared with the Council.

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Sunday 06/07/2015
Flag honored at local celebration
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

Next Sunday, June 14, we will celebrate Flag Day. According to usflag.org, an annual day specifically celebrating the flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.

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Councilors’ reaction to partnership is puzzling
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

We’re a bit confused by some Ontario City Council members’ reaction to a potential partnership with Four Rivers Healthy Community.

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Marijuana issues far from finalized
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

If you’ve been baffled trying to figure out what’s going on in the Oregon Legislature regarding marijuana, you’re not alone.

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Thursday 06/04/2015
2 chances to celebrate living in the Western Treasure Valley
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 11:00 am

The next few days offer locals a chance to celebrate their heritage, and we hope our community takes advantage of these opportunities.

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It’s time to clean House — and Senate
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 11:00 am

Checking the news online, I see Congress has a very low approval rating. Like hovering in the high teens, low. For the math challenged (like me), that means more than 80 percent of the people surveyed think Congress ain’t doing their job.

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Growing economy means more benefits for retirees
Posted: June 04, 2015 - 11:00 am

Most times, and in most places, a growing economy means more tax revenue for schools, fire and police departments, and other public services.

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Tuesday 06/02/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 11:00 am

Thumbs up: to a local pizza restaurant for coming through with an order of 16 pizzas in 30 minutes! As soon as I called, their very enthusiastic crew went to work to get us out of a jam. The whole staff was hustling and smiling. They seemed to enjoy the challenge! Quality service! Excellent pizza!

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Giving ‘the last full measure of devotion’
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 11:00 am

“If you can read this, thank a teacher,” begins a saying you can find on T-shirts and bumper stickers. “If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.”

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McCain Middle School put on exceptional graduation ceremony
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 11:00 am

We want to compliment the students, faculty and administration for the exceptional eighth-grade graduation ceremony at the Payette McCain Middle School.

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Sunday 05/31/2015
Potential partnership means positive progress for pool
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 12:00 am

A potential solution to Ontario’s long-dormant aquatic center could be in the works.

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Event celebrates many cultures
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 12:00 am

Have you made plans to be at America’s Global Village Festival Saturday at Lions Park here in Ontario? For 15 years, America’s Global Village Festival has educated and entertained as well as showcased cultures from all over the world, such as African, Basque, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mexican, Scottish and even the pioneers.

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New EPA rule muddies the water
Posted: May 31, 2015 - 12:00 am

All across Oregon and the rural West, farmers, ranchers and other property owners have been wondering: What will Washington, D.C., try to unnecessarily regulate next? Where will a federal agency again attempt to curtail private property rights? How will this uncertainty affect already struggling rural economies?

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Taxpayers should be able to keep kicker until process changes
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 11:00 am

State Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, was right. He said Democrats would come after the kicker tax rebate if there was one.

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Dystopia an unlikely future scenario
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 11:00 am

“Dystopia: A society characterized by human misery, as squalor and/or oppression. An imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives. Anti-utopia.”

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Treasure Valley offers great education
Posted: May 28, 2015 - 11:00 am

I wish the community knew what an amazing opportunity we have right here for people to continue their education. We have heard a lot about TVCC this year, but not much about what an amazing resource it is. I teach Spanish and French at TVCC and I am worried when my classes continue to get smaller, that we are not getting the word out. I grew up here, and a large group of my classmates started their post-secondary education at TVCC. I wish I had known what a great education was offered right here, for a fraction of the cost of the universities. I don’t think people realize that the classes that my colleagues and I teach are most often taught by graduate assistants at the larger universities. We have master’s degrees and several years of teaching experience. Many of my colleagues have doctorates as well. It would be unheard of at a larger university to have access to a professor with those qualifications at such an early point in a student’s college education. We offer a variety of classes beyond the minimum requirements. We have an amazing Student Activities program and a variety of clubs. We have a great team in Student Services that provides one-on-one attention that would be hard to find at a larger university. Those of us that have daily contact with students care about our students and spend a lot of time making sure that they are successful. When I attended College of Idaho and Oregon State University, I rarely saw my professors outside of the classroom. Here, at TVCC, I have daily contact with my students, even when they are not in class. I see them at Walmart. Many of them are my baristas at the various local coffee shops. We have a connection that continues past their time in my classes. I write countless letters of recommendations. I am the adviser for the Hispanic Student Organization. Finally, the biggest selling point we have is the cost. TVCC offers a great education at a fraction of the cost. Students cannot afford the debt they are incurring from high living costs, as well as tuition expenses. Please take some time and consider your best option for starting a college education. Come by and visit us at TVCC.

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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:36 am

Thumbs up: to TVCC’s Chukars baseball field. We attended three of the Idaho 3A championship games recently, and though we live nearby we were reminded by being there what a truly beautiful, well-kept field it is with comfortable covered stadium seating. How nice for high school baseball teams to be able to play in such a top facility.

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In Other Words: Little good news in PERS ruling
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 11:35 am

If Oregon government officials were looking for good news from the Supreme Court’s recent ruling rejecting most of the reforms legislators made to the state’s Public Employee Retirement System, it was hard to find.

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