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Another Voice: Juntos program ‘critical to success of students in their education’

Throughout the entirety of this year, I have had the opportunity to take in the Juntos program.

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Another Voice: Preserve our agricultural heritage by making Tanner Ranch a park

I am a visual artist and a community college instructor. I moved to Hood River for its natural beauty and small-town life style. I am concerned that this push to up-zone and increase the housing density will destroy the very reason we live here.

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For the dying and their families, the comfort of quilts

The Comfort Quilt Project is now underway by the Spiritual Care Department at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Mirroring the Passage Quilt Project begun at Providence Portland Medical Center some years ago, this ministry gifts patients nearing the end of their life with a comfort quilt.

Another Voice: Hood River planning: don’t leave folks on the other side of the gate

Thank you, Hood River officials, for your planning efforts and your intelligence as you hear from residents and work through the diverse concerns and questions that have arisen around the Westside Plan. It is not easy work, and I greatly appreciate you for doing it.

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Another Voice: The ‘recluse representative’: Repeal and replace Greg Walden

Representative Greg Walden has left Oregon’s District 2 and become a citizen of Washington, D.C. We are stunned by his lack of responsiveness to his constituents — not only his Democratic and Independent constituents, but his Republican supporters as well.

Another Voice: In the GOP health care bill, Oregon’s kids lose

We’ve been hearing a lot about winners and losers these days. Yet, even as our kids on the baseball or soccer fields may be winning trophies, they are in imminent danger of losing something much more important.

Another Voice: New legislation is win-win for community college students

Even though most of the headlines about the 2017 legislative session have been dominated by the budget discussion, I’m very proud to highlight a piece of policy work that I’ve been actively involved with over the last few months. This legislation will have lasting benefits for Oregon students and once again establish Oregon as an example of increasing access and affordability to higher education.

Another Voice: Mayor on the Westside Concept Plan: ‘the future will be denser’

A lot of questions are being asked about the westside planning process which is currently underway. I think it is important for everyone to understand what is going on; this is an important discussion about the future of our city.

Why we do this: ‘A dose of peace and Corgi love’

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This past weekend was a weekend of moments — rife with equal parts tears and fears versus incredible experiences of love and catharsis.

Westside planning: ‘the future will be denser’

A lot of questions are being asked about the westside planning process which is currently underway. I think it is important for everyone to understand what is going on; this is an important discussion about the future of our city.

Another Voice: Thoughts on a not so special election

On May 16, there was special election in Oregon. "Special" means that we were voting only on local issues. The voter turnout was not special.

Another Voice: Mexico: my thoughts and personal experiences

For a bit of background, I have been living in Mexico seasonally for almost 40 years. I just returned from four months in Mexico and because of the political environment and some moves and statements made by our new president, I feel compelled to state my truth from personal experience. This is not “fake news.”

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Lyme Disease advisory: Check your dog, check yourself

It has been 42 years since a few doctors from Yale visited Lyme, Conn., to examine 60 children who were suffering oddly with joint pain, only to coin a name for an apparently new illness called “Lyme arthritis” (although the bacterium has been around for at least a thousand years).

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Not just in the schools: coalition joins campaign

National Prevention Week

From May 14-20, we will celebrate National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. It is a nationwide event and communities and coalitions all around the country participate.

Mental Health Awareness Month: ‘I commit to educating myself and my peers’

In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I am requesting every reader to take this pledge to heart and share it most liberally:

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