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A uniquely American miracle

During the past few weeks, Capital Press reporter Sierra Dawn McClain took a close look at how food gets from the farm to the grocery store. The food system she...

NIMBY attitudes delay help for homelessness

You could almost say homelessness is like the weather: Everybody talks about it but no one ever does anything. Almost — because there are dedicated, determined ...

Council makes right decision on censure

There is little doubt sitting on a local elected board can be a hard job. Hometown politicians do not get paid much, and they receive, at times, plenty of criti...

A misfire in Salem on virus data

The Oregon Legislature missed a chance to give the public better tools to hold the government accountable during disease outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic...

State stimulus proposal overly generous

As the Oregon Legislature nears the end of the 2021 session, a proposal has surfaced to give state stimulus checks to essential workers who stayed on the job du...

A state House united to protect security

While legislators faced a clear-cut case for expelling Rep. Mike Nearman from the Oregon House, the vote they took last Thursday was still a difficult one. The ...

Speak up about ocean dangers

Another season, another tragedy on the beach. Every year as spring turns to summer, we hope we will get through the busiest visitor season without the loss of a...

Ditch vaccine verification mandate

Even as the pandemic begins to wane, there are still plenty of ways to go wrong. Oregon can’t relent in its push to immunize nor neglect the needs of children n...

Disaster alert system depends on everyone

A consultant’s report on the official response to the Almeda and South Obenchain fires largely confirmed what everyone who lived through the disasters already k...

County reserves show prudent management

Jackson County is emerging from the pandemic on a solid financial footing, thanks to prudent management by the Board of Commissioners and County Administrator D...

Don’t tamper with mail ballot deadline

Oregon’s vote-by-mail system is a model for the nation that other states should emulate. The system has been tweaked to make it even more convenient for voters ...

Merkley forest management plan has merit

Oregon voters should feel pretty good about U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s ideas on forest management, concepts he discussed last week. Merkley wants to push the Bide...

The storied history of Memorial Day

“I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen ...