Madras Opinions

February 03, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Walden adds to Harney problem To the Editor, An open letter to Congressman Walden: I’ve read with interest your recent guest column in the La Grande Observer. You take the focus off Hammond,…
February 03, 2016

Crisis: potential one here, ongoing in Harney County

by Tony Ahern
What has become the defacto start of the agriculture year — the Central Oregon Farm Fair & Trade Show — is taking place at the fairgrounds this week. No doubt topic No. 1 is the potential crisis…
January 20, 2016

Walden could possibly end occupation mess

by Tony Ahern
On Jan. 6, four days after the occupation of the refuge in Harney County began, Rep. Greg Walden gave what will likely be the most famous speech of his career. Expecting to speak for about five…
January 20, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Our senators are not our friends on key issues To the Editor, I am writing this letter to address the lack of stewardship of our public lands in Oregon. I see both of you as nothing more than…
January 13, 2016

Occupiers need to be held accountable

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Editor The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Oregon by armed militia that has riveted the nation's attention since Jan. 2, is fascinating on…
January 13, 2016

Hospital board should rethink its allocation

by Tony Ahern
The former Mountain View Hospital District was formed more than a half century ago, to create a hospital in Madras. The rural hospital served the community well. However, finances, modern times…
January 06, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Madras Pioneer
St. Charles and the OB issue To the Editor, The ongoing closure of the Madras OB unit sends a very clear message to me regarding the integrity of the St. Charles Health System. When the asset…
January 06, 2016

Both senators come to town, get earfuls

by Tony Ahern
An overflow crowd Tuesday greeted Sen. Jeff Merkley at his eighth Jefferson County town hall meeting, and his 253rd in Oregon since taking office. Merkley’s visit was on the heels of our other…
January 06, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Support for effort greatly appreciated To the Editor, On behalf of the toy drive, we would like to thank you for helping us by the donations you contributed. This was a great year, as we…
January 06, 2016

Birthing center sad saga indeed

by Holly M. Gill
The year was 1946. The war was over, and the Madras Pioneer announced a light-hearted new contest — for the first baby of the year — the beginning of a tradition that has taken place in eight…

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Jan 06, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Goss shouldn't have to write letter of apology To the Editor, Deena Goss was convicted for stealing a lousy $315 from the county. Judge Annette Hillman handed down a draconian sentence.…
Dec 16, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Beautiful wintertime When I read James Whitcomb Riley’s words, “When God sorts out the weather and sends rain, w’y rain's my choice.” I agree with him, but this cold, crisp, clear, cabin-fever…
Dec 16, 2015

We should all contribute this Christmas season

by Tony Ahern
If they gave out honors for poor present buying, I’d be at least all-conference, maybe all-state. Clothes too small, too large, too, well, unattractive; jewelry made out of material that…



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