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Another voice: Superintendent: thank you, community, for your bond vote support

Thank you to the voters of Hood River County for your overwhelming support of our youth and our schools with the passage of Measure 14-58, the school facilities bond. Our school district educators are humbled by your vote of confidence and your dedication to the future of our community - our children.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘Yes’ vote makes sense for Hood River County

Water is something none of us can live without. It can be easy to take for granted, but we can’t prosper as a community, or even make it though the day without it.

ANOTHER VOICE: Passing countywide ordinance ‘is wrong’

Measure 14-55 reminds me of the “Big Box” ordinance passed years ago, limiting the size of retail stores in Hood River.

ANOTHER VOICE: ‘Work together as a community to make things better’

In attending the City Council meeting on April 11, I listened to testimony on Measure 14-55. The most important part of this meeting for me was after the meeting was adjourned. I would like to share what took place.

Another Voice: ‘Burdensome’ STR regulations would discriminate against homeowners

Lost in the emotional arguments about short term vacation rentals (STRs) is a simple fact: an overwhelming majority of Hood River residents support STRs and smart policies that both address community concerns and maximize economic growth.

ANOTHER VOICE: Supporting Schools is a proud Hood River County tradition

Hood River County residents will soon receive their ballots in the mail. Among the other measures and issues at stake, voters will exercise a choice to honor a long-standing promise made to our students generations ago: To provide our children with exceptional educational opportunities and strong schools.

ANOTHER VOICE: Four reasons the corporate grocer liquor takeover is bad for Oregon

If you stopped by a Fred Meyer store in Vancouver, Wash., last weekend looking for your favorite liquor, you might be surprised by what’s missing.

Another Voice: Nestlé’s water bottling plant would hurt Cascade Locks

Besides being an elected member of Cascade Locks City Council, I own and operate a business here. I write on my own behalf and that of my constituents who support Measure 14-55. We believe it is important that people understand some of the reasons that many, many Cascade Locks residents support a yes vote on Water Protection Measure 14-55 and why we oppose Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant.

ANOTHER VOICE: Why residents win with STR regulations

On March 21, the Hood River Planning Commission came out in overwhelming support of regulations on short term vacation rentals (STRs). After carefully studying housing data and hearing substantial public testimony, six out of seven commissioners heartily endorsed “The Portland Plan,” designed to preserve the livability of Hood River and help retain our limited housing for residents.

Cider guys’ open letter to the Columbia Gorge community

Sometimes bad things happen, and rather than pull you into despair, they lift you up. That is how we feel about getting called by Full Sail’s lawyer and told to change our name. The situation could have broken us were it not for you, the Gorge community — our family.

ANOTHER VOICE: Saving our snowpack requires fossil-free economic engines

Few have forgotten the anguish of stunted crops and terror of devastating forest fires last year because of the meager snowpack that yielded paltry irrigation water and tinder-dry soils. The snowpack was far below normal last year, not for lack of precipitation (which was normal), but because of how unusually warm it was. Much more of the mountain precipitation fell as rain rather than snow.

ANOTHER VOICE: Courage: The ability to do something that you know is difficult

I admit it, I watched the Oscars Sunday night. I’d only seen two of the Best Picture nominees and couldn’t care less about who won for Best Costume Editing in an Animated Short. I tuned in because, not unlike a presidential primary debate, it can be wonderful theater to watch out-of-touch blowhards trying to “trend” with their “passion” for the crisis du jour.

ANOTHER VOICE: Defense Dept. ‘leans forward’ on climate change and security

If you Google “arcane bureaucratic tool,” the Department of Defense Directive (DODD) should be high on the results list. That said, these little-known directives can be very influential in how the Pentagon conducts its day-to-day business. However, Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, recently signed out a DODD that may just be the most meaningful climate-related document that Defense has released.

Another Voice: Rep. Mark Johnson looks to February session

On Feb. 1, the 2016 February session will officially begin. You may recall that annual sessions were approved by the voters in 2010 and the even-year sessions were limited to 35 days and intended to give the legislature an opportunity to make needed budget adjustments and to consider “minor” policy needs. Each legislator is limited to introducing just two bills, with just a little more than one week to pass your bills out of committee.

Thoughts on Grief: ‘There’s still my joy’; rare Christmas song inspires

The holidays are so hard for those who have lost a loved one. Whether it was one week ago or five decades ago, the brightness of the season, the emphasis on joy and family, can tap the vein of grief that we are feeling, making us teary, sad, low in energy, and finding it hard to get through.

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