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Gorge Happiness Month: ‘Forced’ at first, one man finds the Daily Three ‘worth the effort’

Bandwidth is commonly an issue for John Roberts. As Hood River County’s community development director, the dad of our two children — plus a new puppy — and a volunteer for a number of local organizations, he’s pretty busy (as most of us are).

Happiness Month: Gratitudes and government: putting ‘100 percent love’ to work

Politics and city management can boil anyone’s tea kettle over. For Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns, it’s more about creating an environment in which you truly want to live

‘Every, every minute’: lessons from wearing the Happiness Lens

It’s 1963, and I’m in Mrs. Fridley’s first grade class in Salsipuedes Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif. I’ve been handed a thin piece of 8 1/2 by 11 pulpy muddy-white paper, set on a landscape view, the top half empty for a drawing, the bottom half set with wide pale blue lines.

Another Voice: County Energy Plan demonstrates leadership and resilience

Hood River County has a long-standing history of investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy — as a means to reduce energy costs, hedge our bets against rising energy costs, and increase our community’s resilience to warming temperatures and natural disasters, both natural and human caused.

Another Voice: Grad Student Tax hinders diversity and innovation of higher education

Growing up, I was obsessed with choose-your-own-adventure books. I loved the ability to see how different decisions led you down completely separate paths that sometimes, but not always, met up again.

Another Voice: To invest in a strong country, invest in clean energy jobs

On Veteran’s Day, let’s honor our veterans by taking steps to strengthen and protect our country. As a former captain in the United States Army, I consider the most compelling argument for renewable energy to be homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security says, “Without a stable energy supply, health and welfare are threatened, and the U.S. economy cannot function.”

Gorge Community Foundation: Community groups should focus on the importance of thinking long-term

We are so lucky to call the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge home — a special place renowned for its natural beauty, diverse heritage, and, of course, the wonderful people who live and work here.

State Treasurer: ‘Misguided’ tax reform plan harms programs, benefits super-rich

State Treasurer Tobias Read on Thursday issued a press release sharply criticizing the newly unveiled blueprint for a massive federal tax cut saying it would largely benefit the super-rich, while putting at risk key projects that benefit working families.

Another Voice: Time to take action — approve Dream Act now

President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Sept. 5. This means that thousands of DACA recipients like me are no longer able to re-enroll. After March 5, 2018, DACA permits will begin to expire and hundreds of young people will be without protection from deportation, a work permit, and a driver’s license

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Yasui Legacy Project, Oregon Nikkei announce youth scholarship contest

The Min Yasui Legacy Project and Oregon Nikkei Endowment announced the Minoru Yasui Day Essay Contest on Oct. 19, in honor of Minoru Yasui’s 101st birthday.

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‘Sharing History’ at Museum tells the vital story of local Latino contributions

The creative spirit of Latino culture currently enlivens The History Museum. “Sharing History/Building Community” opened last week with the laughter of children, classic Latino folklorico music and dance, and dozens of visitors enjoying the new exhibition, as well as traditional sweets.

Another Voice: Conjuring happiness by the bagful

From crappiness, happiness!

Another Voice: If Net Neutrality dies, the internet dies with it

Do you like paying more for less? If so, then you’re going to love President Trump’s plan to eliminate Net Neutrality.

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Eagle Creek fire stakeholders say ‘thank you, firefighters’

As our incident management team returns home from the Eagle Creek fire, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the residents of the Hood River Valley and Cascade Locks.

Another Voice: Finding ‘Best of All Worlds’ in the area of cell tower permit requests

Who doesn’t want their cell phone to have a strong signal, with lots of bars?

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