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A call to make CGCC a ‘Sanctuary college’

I proudly stand with the 48 (and counting) other Columbia Gorge Community College faculty who have petitioned President Frank Toda, and by extension the college’s Board of Education, to designate CGCC as a Sanctuary College, joining Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Portland Community College, and many colleges nationally.

Time to dispel myths about immigration law, immigrants’ lives

As immigration attorneys, we hear many common myths and misconceptions about immigration law, several of which have been repeated in recent letters to the editor published in this paper. In order for us to have any kind of responsible debate or discussion about immigration, we need to start with understanding the realities facing immigrant communities in America.

Election 2017: Local officials engaged in community drive good decision-making

Thank you to the Hood River News (Feb. 25) for promoting the many opportunities to serve in the upcoming local election.

Legislative Letter: Elliott Forest should have followed Hood River model

Last week, Oregonians from all sides erupted over one topic: The Elliott State Forest. It’s an 80,000 acre forested parcel located near the Southern Oregon coast — and it will soon be in private hands when the State Land Board sells it for $220.8 million.

Rezoning Morrison Park: on a path of separation by income

Is the City of Hood River aware of where it’s heading with its affordable housing policies? Consider the city’s application for rezoning Morrison Park to R-3. It may not be obvious at first, but approval of this proposal will be a major step toward separating the people in Hood River by income.

Resistance goes mainstream

When reality show celebrity Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, many of us who professionally and passionately work for peace and justice knew that it was once again time to ramp up nonviolent resistance.

HB 2131: ‘Insurance and protection that is needed’

Here is the full text of the letter from the City of Hood River to State Dist. 52 Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River). Copies were also sent to State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and members of the House Energy and Environment Committee:

‘The pressure is great right now on the outside of the egg’

Ask a mother, “When is the worst pain of childbirth?” She might say right before the baby is born, the last push. This is the time of the most pain, the tearing, the bleeding, and with that push, the one becomes two.

Another Voice: Morrison Park rezone violates city law

Morrison Park, an existing city park zoned as Open Space, is an undeveloped jewel right in the middle of town that sits just north of Wasco and 20th streets. It is over five acres of undeveloped oak and pine woodland, a haven for wildlife, birds, and deer that use it as a corridor to get to the river under the freeway.

Red Cross encourages adding ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

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Stay ready for winter: American Red Cross issues cold weather and heating safety tips

While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, if you have to drive in snow or freezing rain, follow these tips about how to drive safely in winter weather.

You can always hang up: State Revenue issues ‘tax security’ tips

It’s IRS National Tax Security Awareness Week. The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers — and tax professionals — to be security conscious with all tax information.

Cascade Observations: Facing ‘the undeniable hurdles’ in our cultural understanding

Two days after the presidential election, a local high school teacher asked her students, mostly of Mexican descent, to make two lists: one list should focus on the students’ hopes, and the other on their fears. After making their lists, they gathered in a large circle and shared, one by one.

Standing Rock decision: ‘We will have no choice but to fight even harder’

Yesterday, the Department of the Army announced its decision withholding the easement required to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River.

Another Voice: Three myths about immigration and the sanctuary city proposal

I would like to address three myths about immigration that I have heard repeated in the past few months.