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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.

ANOTHER VOICE: Leos are 700,000 containers and counting

Two years ago, in this space, I was happy to report on the Leos first Saturday collection of deposit bottles and cans in the Rosauers’ parking lot. At that time, the project had collected 400,000 containers since its beginning in 2009. Now, two years later, I am happy to report that the Leos are still collecting beverage containers and those nickel deposits continue to add up. This month, the Leos surpassed 700,000 containers. That’s $35,000 worth of nickels — every dollar going back to local groups and activities in our community.

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Ten years after tragedy, fond memories endure

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago a horrible plane crash claimed the lives of three young men from the Hood River community: my husband Chris Jones, who owned Son-Rise Development, Paul Linck, the pilot of our plane, and Brook Campbell, who owned Rockin’ the Gorge, a local drywall company.

Every single soldier: looking for photos to help honor Vietnam fallen

My name is Janna Hoehn. I am a 25 year resident of Maui, Hawaii. Six years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Another Voice: Keystone XL and the Sherbet Rainbow

Last Tuesday morning, I read the news on Google. The new crop of House Representatives would be sworn in that day. Republicans are now the majority in both houses. I read the transcript of the speech of House Speaker John Boehner. He wasted no time mentioning the imminent battle for passage of the Keystone XL pipeline. He mentioned the 94,000 jobs that would be created. An impressive number, if you ignore that these would be temporary jobs. He brought up the “job killing” oppression of Obamacare. Much of the speech was dedicated to American jobs.

A step forward for Oregon: Common Core State Standards

ANOTHER VOICE

Imagine for a moment what our students would be learning if the expectations for them did not change with the times. Oregon first adopted educational standards in the early 1900s and since that time Oregonians have understood that our schools had to continually evolve to ensure our youth are prepared to compete and succeed in life after high school. Thankfully, as the knowledge and skills required for successful participation in society and the world economy have shifted, so have Oregon’s targets for student learning.

Don’t let the holiday blues get you down

APA and the Oregon Psychological Association offer tips to combat to combat seasonal sadness, frustration

For many people the holiday season is full of celebrations and cheer but, for some, this season can bring more misery than merriment. With high expectations of gift-giving, decorating, feasting and family gathering, feelings of disappointment, sadness, fatigue, frustration or being overwhelmed are not unusual.

Another Voice: Look to a model of cooperation in protecting our natural treasures

It was encouraging to read about the recent story reported in the Hood River News regarding the renewed efforts to protect Mount Hood. At a time when most issues are becoming more polarized, it is great to close the year out with this good news story of people coming together to protect the mountain we all love.

ANOTHER VOICE: Keep access to Web content equal for all

The governing principle of the Internet to date has been net neutrality — bits are bits, and Internet service providers should not prioritize content delivery based on ability to pay.

ANOTHER VOICE: Support Measure 88 for a healthy, safe community

Yard signs dot our landscape, appealing for us to vote for the kind of policies and leadership we most want for our community. Every campaign and every vote matters. But no choice offered to us on Nov. 6 is more important to families in our community than Measure 88.

ANOTHER VOICE: Members of the law enforcement community across Oregon oppose Ballot Measure 88

On August 1 the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections office assigned a title to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen’s veto referendum #301, Ballot Measure 88, to put before the state’s voters Senate Bill 833.

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