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Guest Opinion: Proud to Fight for Bodily Autonomy

We know that the fights for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights and racial justice are linked.
At Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, we know that the fights for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights and racial justice are linked. We believe that all people deserve basic human rights — including access to health care—and to live free from violence and discrimination.

Guest Opinion: An Open Letter to the Black Community from the Asian Community

There are deep wounds that we need to openly acknowledge, address, and begin healing between Asian and Black peoples.
Since the founding of the Oregon Territory to the present, our state has systematically excluded and discriminated against Black people. Recent events have only highlighted the racism and structural inequities in our state and nation.

Guest Opinion: Let's Talk Optics ▶ (with video)

BLACK PEOPLE! BLACK! BLACCCKKKKKK! Oh did I scare you?
BLACK PERSON! BLACK PEOPLE!

Memories of the Volcano

A local woman's experience during the Mount St. Helens eruption, which sees its 40th anniversary May 18
While Yakima residents sat in church on May 18, 1980, the world outside went black. Lightning slashed the sky and the air shuddered and filled with fine volcanic particles.

Guest Opinion: Clergy Response to Commissioners' Plea to Governor

Central Oregon clergy set the record straight: Churches have not closed during the pandemic
We appreciate the Deschutes County Commissioners’ acknowledgment of the essential function of churches and passionate plea to the Governor to open church doors. 

Pros & Cons: Swalley Irrigation District Canal Piping

Is it time to give the viable farms priority access to the public's water?
Swalley Irrigation District and the Deschutes River Conservancy recently announced the completion of piping a 3-mile stretch of canal which will restore about 1.8 cubic feet per second (CFS) of flow to the Middle Deschutes during peak irrigation season. 1.8 CFS is about 13.5 gallons.  Picture 5-gallon buckets, two full and one 2/3rds-full.

Guest Commentary: This Too

A window on life in a pandemic world
“How are you through all this?” “Fine,” I’d say.

Guest Commentary: Mental Health & COVID-19

Channeling optimism and gratitude in the face of a pandemic
“I’m losing my f*ing mind,” said a stranger to me as we shared a few words along a walking trail recently. We were discussing what a relief it was to be outdoors after so many hours spent isolated at home.

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