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ANOTHER VOICE: Protecting children from abuse and neglect – an Oregon perspective

Protecting our children from all of life’s ills, and especially from abuse and neglect, is perhaps our single most important responsibility as adults. There should be no controversy in that statement, no partisanship or disagreement.

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Young Voices: Girls ask the boys to HRVHS ‘Sadie’ dance

“The Sadie Hawkins Dance in my khaki pants. There’s nothing better. The girls ask the guys, it’s always a surprise,” goes the song by Relient K.

April 8, 1975: Leaving Saigon, Vietnam

Forty years ago our family went to the beach for spring break, where I celebrated my 11th birthday. That beach was warm and sunny; we snorkeled and swam and rode bicycles, and climbed through abandoned helicopters.

ANOTHER VOICE: School superintendent calls for public engagement on Senate school fund vote

Supt. Dan Goldman of Hood River County School District sent out this letter to district patrons this week:

ANOTHER VOICE: Tips for living in a small town

I have lived in Hood River for almost 11 years, and this is the first place I’ve ever loved. Coming from Seattle, I had to learn a few things to settle into the community. If you’re new to small town life, this advice is for you.

It’s time to win the ‘Education Game’

I often wonder how many Oregonians understand they are players in an “Education Game,” and if they understood the game, could we finally win it?

Young Voices: Juniors subject to Smarter Balance ‘test run’

As a junior in high school, graduation requirements are on the mind. One thing that is very close at hand is the new standardized state test, Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium or SBAC for short.

ANOTHER VOICE: When it comes to words, ‘We are all invited to the Feast’

My husband and I enjoyed yet another year celebrating the Hood River Library and its role in our community March 7 during the Feast of Words fundraiser.

Young Voices: Julia Skwarczynski: Taking on the world, one language at a time

Every high school student has a talent, something interesting about them, or perhaps a little quirk to them. Some students are talented in math, some in science, but there are very few students who know and are learning more than four different languages. Whether she is up at the mountain skiing or in a classroom studying, sophomore Julia Skwarczynski is always trying her best to achieve the goals she has set for herself and have success in the future.

Young Voices: ‘I trained hard and was prepared for this moment’

Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport and is a test of the determination and toughness of its competitors.

YOUNG VOICES: Is the media killing our confidence?

From the time we are born, even before understanding what we are seeing, we are hit with a barrage of unrealistic and unattainable images. This is what is bred into our psyche in the media world we live in today.

Young Voices: HRVHS junior Payton Rigert starts as intern at the News

My name is Payton Rigert. I am a junior at Hood River Valley High School and currently participating in an internship at the Hood River News.

ANOTHER VOICE: Parent and teacher despairs over ‘out of control’ standardized tests

Mandated standardized state testing is now officially out of control.

ANOTHER VOICE: Assessing a new opportunity for improving Oregon education

As Chief Education Officer, one of my roles is to listen to feedback about what is working well and where there are opportunities to improve our systems to better support students. One of the concerns often voiced as I travel across the state is about over-testing.

It all makes sense to me!

I would like to extend an apology to Rep. Greg Walden and his wife, Mylene, for a tasteless joke I made at their expense in my last published column.

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