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To the editor: People's eyes tend to glaze over when talk turns to taxes, the budget deficit and federal debt. That’s unfortunate, because they need to know that the tax cuts being rushed through Congress will not only affect taxes and the deficit, but also severely impact the future of Medicare and Social Security.

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After several months of ongoing negotiations, Rail Events Inc. has announced several U.S. locations of The Polar Express Train Ride, previously operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, will not return for the 2017 season, including Mt. Hood Railroad in Hood River.

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The Dalles City Council voted unanimously July 10 to authorize a small outlay to allow the Civic Auditorium to retire a line of credit it had been paying for about seven years. Before the vote, two council members questioned why the issue was not an action item on the agenda, and expressed strong reservations about how the decision was being handled.

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To the editor: The Dalles needs Mayor Steve Lawrence for two more years to continue moving our community forward. Steve and the council looked hard at our city budget and with a different mind set from past leaders. Roads are being repaved and repaired without an increased gas tax, water and sewer rates were scheduled to increase 50 percent in the next five years. Lawrence and the council stopped the increase and are working to find a way to lower these rates.

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To the editor: I knew that I had to stand up and run for mayor in this election. I think others who would have been a good fit for the position chose not to participate because they knew what an ugly, ugly campaign this would become. I have pretty thick skin, but I’m not going to suggest I don’t have to swallow hard when lies and twisted truths about me are expressed. Bullying breeds bullying. Sad.