Back-to-school spending is cutting more deeply into family budgets than ever before. In fact, the National Retail Foundation expects parents to shell out $83.6 billion this year to send their children and college students back to school, an increase of 10 percent over last year.
Taxpayer-funded pension systems are combustible by nature, but Oregon’s ticking time bomb known as PERS is on the brink of exploding.
As we venture deeper into the new realities of a Donald Trump presidency, many people across this great country are still feeling anger and resentment toward one another in the wake of a very messy and tumultuous 2016 election. Rather than seeing past their political differences, a growing number of Americans have chosen to stop speaking with friends and even family members, all because of whom they voted for.
Please try this exercise: Go find the chair in your house with a loose joint that makes it wiggle a little. Everyone has at least one, right? Next step … find the wobbliest leg and use a saw to cut it off. Now sit back down in the chair.
I feel so blessed to live in a place where people love their animals!
The Oregon Legislature recently passed two pieces of legislation that increase the prospects for replacement of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge.
Throughout the entirety of this year, I have had the opportunity to take in the Juntos program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This past weekend was a weekend of moments — rife with equal parts tears and fears versus incredible experiences of love and catharsis.