Recent questions to our letter to the editor rules have prompted us to clarify our policy.
These days it seems we are craving the simple manners of being kind. Sometimes I am amazed by kindness beyond words. The kind that touches your soul and reminds you of the ways in which we thrive.
What will happen when you mail out a postcard, unsolicited, to the location shown on the card, once a week for a year? Who will write back?
“The Democratic National Convention is happening under a police state.” — Walter Cronkite, in a real clip from the film “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
At least one reader of the Columbia Gorge News questioned last week's “Verbatim” story on the History page, which ran under its original headline “Pleaded Guilty To Wrong Offense.”The reader suggested that the description of the Native American defendant, as presented on the front page of th…
Uninformed mediaIt’s so unfortunate so many people believe in the media’s reporting of what is actually happening in Washington. You hear information directly from the people in the White House. Most of it is fact, some is possible and some is “we will see.” The stuff reported in the media h…
Readers of the Hood River News and The Dalles Chronicle alike will have received this combined edition of their twice-weekly community newspaper with surprise. The Dalles and Hood River? Together? What is going on?
SALEM – Following the announcement Thursday, March 26 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) that it will close all recreational fisheries in the state of Washington, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it will also close recreational salmon and steelh…
Our newspapers, The Hood River News and The Dalles Chronicle, remain committed to the communities they serve. The health and well-being of our employees and our readers will remain a top priority. Over the upcoming weeks, you will find both offices will have limited office hours. Many of ou…
Who knew Tom Brady was such a philanthropist?Tuesday morning, in the wake of quarantining and mass closures, came the news of a 42-year-old quarterback who is going to take his ball and play somewhere else.Thanks go to the NFL, and Newport Police Department, for providing us some needed dist…
Good things come in threes, and forthwith is a celebration of three of my favorite things, in ways I hope you find timely and enjoyable:
Looking ahead to 2020, there is much to be excited about.Yes, it’s an election year, and the fractious nature of the American body politic is a clear cause for concern — though here in the Gorge, the votes will also include a number of key leadership roles in local government, and these are…
Letters to the Editor submissions were down all around in 2019. We received 639 letters from 379 writers this year. Contrast that to 2018, when the News received 865 letters by 476 different writers — that’s 226 fewer letters and 97 fewer writers this year.
The most surprising thing about the last month of 2019 is that we have not seen more “end of decade” coverage in the media.
With minimal fanfare, in last week’s editions the Hood River News and our fellow Gorge newspapers rolled out the 2020 Gorge Giving guide, an annual tradition over the past five years.
Last Friday a letter came across my desk. It was an anonymous one; other than Facebook and website comments where we sometimes see a made-up name or none at all, Hood River News doesn’t get many anonymous letters. And it is our policy to not publish them in print. (The contradiction between …
Probably for the last time, I am marking the year by writing a letter a day.I am just a month away from completing the 365-letter goal. Generally at the end of my day I will sit down and, usually, handwrite a letter to a friend.Sometimes I type, but perhaps for the last time; more on that in…
Local theater has exploded in the past couple of years, an evolving response to a breakdown of some relationships that happened about five years ago and that, generally, the thespian community has moved beyond.
Folks regularly look out for us here at the Hood River News, helping us chronicle the life and times of this amazing town.
Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.
Paul Blackburn is no longer mayor and is preparing to move to Washington, D.C., for the foreseeable future, but he’ll be remembered for that role and others:
Public debate can get messy, and sometimes it cleans itself up.An example of this was good to see Aug. 12 outside City Hall.City council had heard testimony that night from both sides of the Lot 700-Morrison park rezone debate, and some of those folks continued their argument outside City Ha…
The chocolate cake was not the FIRST thing I went and looked at when I visited the county fair last week
An experiment in correspondence continues with interesting wrinkles.I wrote in this space a few months back about my return to writing a letter a day, something I tried with limited results in 2003 and again in 2008.
June 20 news item 1: “Gov. Kate Brown today released the following statement on the Oregon Senate’s request for assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back the Senate Republicans:
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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- Obituary: Ruth Elsasser-Kolberg
- Deaths and services, June 9, 2021 edition
- Armed man arrested following pursuit, standoff
- Obituary: Jacqueline Stencil
- Gov. Brown sets June 21 target to end COVID-19 limits in Oregon
- New bi-state bridge entity emerging
- Obituary: William Wilkins
- New middle school opens in Hood River
- Fire burns 170 acres west of The Dalles
- COVID-19 variant identified in Klickitat County
- Wasco County moves from “moderate” to “lower" risk Friday, June 11
- One Community Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Event on June 11 in The Dalles
- New middle school opens in Hood River
- Part time work can be worthwhile endeavor
- Police Reports, June 9, 2021
- Making history: How the Gorge community is coming together to distribute the COVID vaccine
- Northern Wasco County Parks & Rec awarded $2.6M for Mill Creek Greenway construction