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Opinion

August 17, 2023

Tips for a new Westerner

Hurray, you’ve moved to the rural West from a crowded subdivision or city where the traffic has become an out-of-patience game, and now you want to fit in.

August 17, 2023

Support unions to support entire community

As negotiators for the Camas teachers’ union and the Camas School District sit down at the bargaining table this week, we’ve been mulling over the history of union…

August 10, 2023
Colorado journalist Allen Best publishes a twice-monthly publication examining the impacts of a rapidly warming climate. (Courtesy of Writers on the Range)

A dogged reporter covers our roiling world

Usually seen with a camera slung around his neck, Allen Best edits a one-man online journalism shop he calls “Big Pivots.” Its beat is the changes made necessary by our rapidly warming climate, and he calls it the most important story he’s ever covered.

August 3, 2023

The problem that just won’t go away

When I read the Salt Lake Tribune editorial on July 2, my heart sank. A Utah man with severe mental illness had died in a poorly regulated care home, with a mere $8,000 fine levied against the managers.

July 20, 2023

Camas officials must temper community’s expectations on pool

If you didn’t know the history of Camas’ public swimming pool — which city officials decommissioned in 2018 after reports showed the 1954 pool was failing and would likely cost millions to restore — and you happened to attend this week’s Camas City Council meeting, you could be forgiven for thinking Camas officials have been shirking their responsibilities when it comes to satisfying their constituents’ thirst for a new public pool.

July 20, 2023

Too many tourists follow a leader

A spectacular picture recently appeared on social media of a young lady in Arizona. She was poised on the edge of a cliff emblazoned with sunset colors. Immediately her online followers clamored to know where the picture was taken, so “I can get one just like it.”

July 13, 2023

Oppenheimer’s tragedy is ours, too

The July 21, 2023, theatrical release of the film Oppenheimer, focused on the life of a prominent American nuclear physicist, should help to remind us of how badly the development of modern weapons has played out for individuals and for all of humanity.

June 29, 2023

The right to seek safety

Through a WhatsApp message from Portugal, my friend Eunice Neves asked to share a moment with me. She was with an Afghan couple, Frishta and Mohammad, and their baby son, Arsalan. The young family has resettled in Mértola, a small city in southern Portugal. They looked forward to celebrating World Refugee Day as part of a project which the Portuguese government lauds as a model for refugee resettlement.