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ANOTHER VOICE: Research supports school librarians’ positive impact on student learning

Changes in Oregon law and other trends point to the necessity of licensed school librarians and their positive impact on student learning.

Young Voices: A welcome home: The end of a year abroad

In the beginning of the spring of 2013, I was told by my organization, EF, that my future exchange year’s destination had been decided. After years of preparations, it seemed like the endless paperwork finally paid off. I was randomly picked to spend my year abroad in Dundee, Minn., a place with as few as 68 inhabitants.

ANOTHER VOICE: The many hands helping child through school

Dear Hood River County School District and Hood River County School Board: We are all aware of the difficult choices you face: budget cuts, boundary decisions, personnel issues, student conduct, and countless other details that you receive little or no thanks for. I would like to take a few moments to congratulate and thank you!

Morrow Pacific: environmentally responsible

Mary Abrams, director of Oregon DSL, stated in an interview with Rob Davis of Oregon Live “I have a real alliance with the people in rural Oregon. I’m very proud to come from a very small town in Morrow County. I also believe — and I think people who live and work in rural Oregon — have their own environmental consciousness. They believe there are ways to make economic development and good environmental choices at the same time. That’s what I always look for …”

ANOTHER VOICE: Don’t give up on Barrett Park

On March 19, 2007, Hood River County Commissioners, including Ron Rivers and Les Perkins, who sit on the Commission now, signed a letter of support for Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District in support of a grant to acquire the land now known as Barrett Park.

ANOTHER VOICE: Return Rural SIP to rural Oregon

In the recent Legislative session, Tax Fairness Oregon worked hard in support of HB 4142, the “Rural SIP Bill.” It would have closed a nasty tax loophole and made it easier for rural communities along I-5, I-84 and US 97 to compete with the Portland Metro area for large business investments.

ANOTHER VOICE: Prevent problems on Indian Creek Trail

The following is our letter to Hood River Parks and Recreation District regarding safety concerns on the Indian Creek Trail:

ANOTHER VOICE: Forget Barrett, find a site that works

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has a well-deserved reputation for delivering a lot of public benefit on a small budget. Given that reputation, the District’s recent decision to spend $300,000 in local and state funds on a radio flyer field at its Barrett Drive property is perplexing. The district has identified ball fields as our community’s number one need while a radio flyer field doesn’t even appear on its master plan.

ANOTHER VOICE: Are those tests really necessary?

I recently attended the Safe Patient Project Summit in Yonkers, N.Y., at the headquarters of Consumer Reports, the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. I was there with other patient safety advocates, and we were introduced to the new Choosing Wisely campaign.

ANOTHER VOICE: Helping kids grow up healthy and safe

Throughout the year, Child Abuse Intervention Centers in Oregon play a critical role in making our state a place that prioritizes the health and safety of children. There are close to 70,000 reports of abuse and neglect each year in Oregon, and almost half of all victims of abuse are under the age of 6.

ANOTHER VOICE: Mistrust, discrimination influence Latino health care satisfaction

Mistrust of the medical community and perceived discrimination by health care providers can affect how satisfied young adult Latinos in rural Oregon are with their health care, new research from Oregon State University shows.

ANOTHER VOICE: Keep safe access to marijuana for those who really need it

The question of whether Hood River County should impose a moratorium on the opening of legal medical marijuana dispensaries is coming before the County Commissioners on April 21.

ANOTHER VOICE: Coal export doesn’t belong on our river

Hood River is world-renowned as a recreation destination. We have tourists coming to our town from across the country and around the world — it is a unique and special place. Recreation is a significant component of Hood River’s economic makeup, and not just for people who make it part of their business like I do.

Young Voices: Hawks strengthen bonds despite State hoops disappointment

The Horizon Christian Varsity basketball team went to state for the fourth time in a row this year. I was luckily enough to be part of the amazing experience.

ANOTHER VOICE: OSU ranks seventh worldwide in agriculture and forestry

CORVALLIS – Oregon State University has been recognized as a world-class center in agriculture and forestry, ranking seventh in a new international survey of more than 200 schools.