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ANOTHER VOICE: Why I voted no on PERS ‘grand bargain’

The end of the 2013 Legislative Session is now imminent, and as we see too often, those in charge down here have waited until the 11th hour to push the most controversial legislation through. Introduced to the Senate was a tax package marketed to all of us (and you) as a “Grand Bargain.” Sounds nice, right?

Another Voice: A Father’s Day to remember

If you read the Parkdale column on a regular basis you know that our oldest son, Camden Ball, has been deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army since last November.

Another Voice: Ask Salem to support Clean Energy funding

For the last 16 years, my company, McDowell & Son, has served the Hood River area, providing local homeowners with construction and residential energy efficiency services.

Another Voice: Next Door Inc. honors the Bentons’ service

I have an announcement regarding one of our members, and about what “Service Above Self” is all about.

ANOTHER VOICE: Rock-solid support for ‘brothers’ in harm’s way

Long ago, it became part of my morning routine to look at the Department of Defense casualty list and pay my respects to the fallen. This ritual started when my son, a Marine, began a series of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

ANOTHER VOICE:Course catalog doesn’t tell the whole story

As an eighth-grade teacher at Wy’east Middle School and parent of former WYMS and HRMS students, I’d like to respond to the recent comments about how to make Wy’east Middle school more “appealing” (Our readers write, May 22). Because the question was asked in a way that implies that Wy’east is lacking in appeal, the focus has inevitably been directed on comparisons between Hood River Middle School and Wy’east, reflecting poorly on Wy’east.

Butterfly Release brings tears of joy

On Saturday, May 18, over 80 local residents braved the cool, windy, and rainy spring weather at Jackson Park to attend our fifth annual Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release to honor the loss of their loved ones. For many of the participants, this was not their first Butterfly Release. Our Youth Heart of Hospice volunteers (YoHOHs) were on hand to face-paint the children and to pass out the butterflies. The YoHOHs are teen volunteers from Hood River Valley High School.

ANOTHER VOICE:School Board seeks to improve public trust

Hood River County School District, like all Oregon school districts, is required by law to adopt a balanced budget every year.

Another voice: Pie maven asks: Who may we refuse to serve?

Some years ago, Pam Regentin and I were the last two bakers standing in Shortt Supply’s first pie-baking contest. We stood side by side, chatting nervously as the judges made their decision for first place. We talked about our kids and baking. We didn’t talk about the $1,000 first prize, but I’m sure we were both already thinking about how we’d spend it.

Another voice: Cake maker states that she stands on principle

Recent events surrounding my interaction with a potential client have sparked a nationwide media controversy that looks to not be subsiding. I feel the need to address my friends and family in the Hood River community regarding my position in the escalating argument surrounding this contentious issue. First and foremost, the media is misrepresenting me and the conversation I had with Katie Pugh. In my telephone exchange with her, it was clear that we held vastly differing opinions on this issue.

Library notes: Rachael Fox gives freely in her ‘new’ library role

Rachael Fox has never been interviewed for the newspaper before and is clearly excited at the prospect — but not nearly as excited as she is about her new job.

Museum Blog: On mothers, history and current events

It is May; Mother’s Day month. Many of you know that I have two wonderful children and one super wonderful grandson. But in thinking about mother’s day this year, I have to focus on a recent conversation I had with my son, Aaron.

ANOTHER VOICE: Walden: Forest use status quo must end

This is an important and timely hearing. I’m encouraged by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands’ interest in identifying a long-term solution for our federal forest counties and the hardworking people who live there.

ANOTHER VOICE: PERS reform critical to education in Oregon

My father was a general contractor, as I am. So I learned at a young age that you can’t build a lasting house without first setting a firm foundation.

ANOTHER VOICE: State should deny coal project permits

As elected officials in the Columbia River Gorge, we are frequently asked to weigh in on projects that affect our local quality of life. Few, however, present such potentially adverse economic and environmental effects as the continuing expansion of coal shipments.