Now is the time for South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Payette County property owners are in an unusual position: They’re at the forefront of untested state laws governing oil and gas production.
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.
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.
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.
Nine more angels entered heaven prematurely.
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.
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!
It won’t be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we won’t do so quietly.
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.
Neither racial nor gender identity seems to matter anymore — but apparently your ideological identity is everything.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.])
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re a bit confused by some Ontario City Council members’ reaction to a potential partnership with Four Rivers Healthy Community.
If you’ve been baffled trying to figure out what’s going on in the Oregon Legislature regarding marijuana, you’re not alone.
The next few days offer locals a chance to celebrate their heritage, and we hope our community takes advantage of these opportunities.
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.
Most times, and in most places, a growing economy means more tax revenue for schools, fire and police departments, and other public services.
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!
“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.”
We want to compliment the students, faculty and administration for the exceptional eighth-grade graduation ceremony at the Payette McCain Middle School.
A potential solution to Ontario’s long-dormant aquatic center could be in the works.
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.
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?
State Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, was right. He said Democrats would come after the kicker tax rebate if there was one.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.