“The real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative PR.” –Greta Thunberg

The Legislature has been preparing for our February 2020 session. Lawmakers have been working on potential legislation that can be addressed during the short session.

The Merchants’ Toy N Joy Auction Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make our 37th annual auction, “A Heroes Christmas,” such a success. We consider each one of our generous guests, volunteers, and the many local businesses, agencies, and individuals who donated cash and auctio…

For the past 75 years Oregon’s electric cooperatives like WOEC have provided our members affordable, reliable electricity. Sometimes that’s not easy.

I understand that the idea and design of the new street signs are great and much needed. However, not much was taken into consideration about the size of the print. It is so small, one has to be very close or use a magnifying glass to read. So when driving, it’s almost impossible to read unt…

As the impeachment hearings proceed, there is no question in my mind that this president did indeed attempt to extort the president of another country - Ukraine - into publicly declaring that they would have to open an investigation into his political enemy, the Biden’s, or they would not re…

As someone that has had dogs in my family most of my life, I find Mr. Trumps remarks about the killed ISIS leader as having ‘died like a dog’ extremely offensive- his political remark about a candidate ‘quitting like a dog’ is also disgusting. Both are revealing about his inner self.

Dear Mad, I read your editorial and I would like to comment in defense of sex education for children. First of all, this education should be the job of the parents. The problem is that parents do not do this well. They wait too long, they are embarrassed, or they think ignorance will protect…

As another Veteran’s Day approaches, I think of my parents. Dad grew up in north Portland and enlisted in the Navy after graduation from Jefferson High School. Although being scheduled for discharge in mid-October 1941 he received stop gap orders from the War Department and was assigned to a…

If you have diabetes, keeping blood sugar in a normal range is important for overall health. High blood sugar levels over time can lead to damage of the eyes, kidneys and circulation.

I can’t quite comprehend why our local self-proclaimed whistleblower continues to lob inflated accusations at me and the St Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO).

My 11-year-old 6th grade granddaughter came to me the other day and asked for help studying for a test in her Health class for school. She presented a list of words with the definitions that would be on the test that they would be having the next day. ( Mind you this is a Health class with b…

The unanswered question is what, if any part is the S400 Russian Anti-Aircraft system delivered to Turkey despite American protestations summer of 2019 playing in the pull back of the American soldiers from the forward Kurdish areas? 

The last few years before my sister retired from U of O she used her local transit system to go to work. It’s a four-and-a-half-mile drive to the Thurston Station Park-N-Ride where she boarded a Springfield City Bus to the Lane Transit District City Bus Center where she transferred to a Euge…

I would like to commend the Chronicle for their story about Richardson’s Furniture and Mattress Gallery. It’s refreshing to read a positive story during these troubling times. Not only do Annie and Joe do an outstanding job of managing their business, their store is well stocked, very compet…

I am amazed when I hear people say “Why can’t our transportation system pay for itself?” Fact: There are no transportation systems in the entire Western Hemisphere that pay for themselves. All of our transit systems are subsidized in one way or another. Up until now, CC Rider has been forced…

Dressed in Anonymous costumes, a small group silently marched in the St. Helens Halloween Town Parade with signs and flyers. The crowd greeted them with a mix of gratitude and indecency. The following days, they were taunted with hate speech on Facebook. I am appalled with the citizens of Co…

With our lovely new fence, sidewalk, and landscaping, the Columbia City Community Library is now able to be open when school is in session. Kit Gardes managed the project. We will be changing our open hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, to 10 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays will stay 3 to 6 p.…

I was recently working during the Halloweentown Parade. There was a group at forefront very appropriately dressed, in black capes and masks. The only thing that singled them out were the signs they carried. The stated facts concerning the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The signs also allud…

The delivery of news may be changing, but your hometown newspaper is here to stay. Even though there’s been a lot of conversation about how print is dying, in fact, your hometown paper has more readers in print combined with online today than ever before.

It has been a busy week in Salem as lawmakers returned to the Capitol for Legislative Days to receive updates on legislation, rulemaking, budgets and prepare for the 2020 short session.

What a difference a little time will make. Just a few years ago, without a shred of scientific evidence, marijuana proponents proclaimed how safe marijuana and THC was. (THC is the psychoactive chemical derived from marijuana, also known as cannabis.)

I would like to know who is responsible for the decision to bring Portland’s mentally challenged and drug addicts to our lovely community? Why are we allowing Portland to just dump their problems on us? The County Commissioners, the Mayor and the rest of the tentacles of our local government…