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I’ve lost track of how many years I kept a running list of our letter writers for Hood River News’ opinion page — maybe 5? — but I’m glad to be able to continue the tradition in Columbia Gorge News. Letters to the editor are an important part of any newspaper, and we give credit here to thos…

Letter writers to Columbia Gorge News, April 8 — our first edition — through Dec. 30. An asterisk (*) indicates a co-signed letter. The number following a name indicates total number of letters written; names appear in alphabetical order.

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On the front of our building is a very large American Flag. When I see it and think about what it represents to me, I get emotional. It is haggard but it is there and has been there since March 2020. The beliefs that guide me are to treat people the way I want to be treated, mutual respect, …

Thirty years ago, I remember doing some quick math as I watched the news magazine show 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters: In the year 2020, I’d be the unimaginable age of 48.

As we approach the tenth month of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon, we are continuing to see the significant impact that this pandemic is having on both the short-term and the long-term health of our neighbors and our communities. While the spread of the virus continues to remain a significan…

We all know that, generally, 2020 has been a disaster. Like, 1904 Olympic Marathon-level of disaster (seriously, look it up on Google — especially if you like not knowing whether your tears are from laughing or crying). But in my experience, the darkest times tend to lead to some of the shin…

Next Tuesday, Dec. 15, marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago today that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation.

What is it like to live in fear? Because of COVID-19, we’ve all been experiencing a fear unlike anything we’ve ever felt. 

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Access to clean water is a human right. It is hard to imagine the tap not working, especially during a pandemic. Yet thousands of people at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation are living without safe drinking and washing water.

Thanksgiving is a great time for counting our blessings and expressing gratitude. In challenging times, an attitude of gratitude is all the more important, and this year has been one of the most difficult for so many! Nevertheless, we’ve seen many people in communities across our country who…

I was greatly encouraged by developments in Portland this past week, when Black Lives Matter organizers seeking racial justice refused to participate in a “direct action” march to downtown Portland, choosing peace over chaos.

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The fall season brings another opportunity to join together for breast cancer awareness. All over the Columbia River Gorge, people have given their time, money and tears to this cause. In most years, these efforts include relays, walks and other fundraising efforts. While the pandemic has li…

We are a small creative studio, 26 people working in two cities in Oregon, one big, one small, both blue. We are women-led. We are tattooed, dyed, shorn, coiffed. We are moms, dads, people who dress their animals in clothes. We swap recipes back and forth for sweet potato curry and swirled t…

We are a group of diverse faith leaders who feel called to speak at this historic moment. Some of us have lived in Klickitat County and the Gorge for decades — others of us are relative newcomers. We all love this community and are committed to seeing it thrive.

The President’s call to “restore patriotic education in our schools” via the creation of the “1776 Commission” aimed at controlling public school curricula once again set off my alarm bells. As a dual German-American citizen, I grew up in Germany and by design of the education system became …

A preteen reading Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, I was absolutely fascinated by Poe’s ability to contrive his endings in such an eerily easy sleight-of-hand. The tale that stood out because the dead body itself sat up and spoke was “Thou Art the Man.” Apparently someone had rigged the corp…

We receive numerous press releases (PRs) at Columbia Gorge News, but based on the questions we get regarding everything from word count to run dates to content, the process of getting a PR into print appears to be something of a mystery.

For nearly 50 years, The Next Door has worked tirelessly in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In an effort to continue to talk the talk and walk the walk, the organization recently released its new DEI Statement. It reads, in part: 

My work puts me in front of the nicest people on the planet, an amazing group of folks who collectively comprise a too small percentage of working American adults. I am a job coach and job developer for adults with disabilities. When a person has requested to work through their case worker o…

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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