A4 Weekend of January 25-26, 2020 The Dalles Chronicle TheDallesChronicle.com OPINION Exploring the faces behind #TheDalles friendly and a honk of a horn is a familiar greeting. This is where our children thrive by exploring various sports, joining in activities at the library, and al- most always run into a familiar face while playing at the park. This town supports our children in music, art, sports and personal training like cross fit, gymnastics, karate and more. This is the town where we take care of our elderly, watch out for our teens, and prepare our young adults for life after school. This is the town with dogs in every store greeting each visitor with a sniff. In this town you will feel welcomed. You are no stranger here, and your bartender and baris- ta know your order. This town is full of familiar faces, kind smiles, and welcomes you with a nod. This is The Dalles, and we are a great community! Angela Pollard is a photographer in The Dalles. The commentary above is an introduction to her proj- ect featuring local business people holding #thedalles signs. we should see the currently silent war England has been engaged in with Catholic Europe for 500 years shift to a different geographical are- na. England will abandon Europe To the editor, allowing the Russian bear to begin Though the 2020 legislative ses- her conquest of that continent. sion has just begun, our newly ap- We are going to see a different pointed state senator, Lynn Findley, England. The new British prime appears to have already made his minister, Boris Johnson, along with mind up on certain legislation be- his hand-picked cabinet, are firm fore it is out of the starting gate. The supporters of Israel. Is Britain men- legislation in question is a revised version of last year’s Clean Energy tioned in Scripture? Yes, Britain is Jobs bill (HB2020). referred to in the Hebrew scriptures In a recent newsletter to constit- as an island nation that is successful in world trade, maintains a power- uents, Senator Findley said the new ful navy and is a source of tin. “cap and trade” bill will “do nothing but bankrupt Oregon businesses The Scriptures foretold that this and families.” Instead of simply powerful island nation would be accepting this unsupported scare instrumental in reestablishing tactic, I did some research. the nation of Israel, which she did In its current draft form, this bill after World War I with the Balfour (called Legislative Concept 19) ad- Declaration. Since then she has faltered in aiding Israel and those dresses many of the concerns that within the body of the “one truth” opponents had to HB2020. Here are have been waiting for England some of the primary compromises: to reverse her course. It is time. Fuel price increases—LC19 To the editor, leaves rural Oregonians exempt What does 2020 have to offer us? We can expect what King Henry To the editor, from fuel price increases resulting With an honorable daily reading 8th began to resume once again: It’s heartening to see growing from the legislation, while impos- and diligent study and open discus- protestant England and Catholic support in the Senate for limiting Trump’s use of war powers. Last sion of all the scriptures, they reveal Europe fighting not for the freedom ing increases in metro areas from of Europe but for the right of Israel 2022-2025, until at least 19 counties week the House passed a resolution that we should see England take voluntarily decide to participate in to limit his war powers against Iran. up her assigned role as protector of to exist. There is another nation identified The measure, although it doesn’t the program. Israel. With the completion of Brexit carry the force of law, said Trump Taxing natural gas users—LC19 should withdraw U.S. forces from will not impose a carbon tax on conflict with Iran within 30 days industries using natural gas for if he does not get congressional energy, cutting in half the number approval. of facilities that will be regulated. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Further, LC19 provides that funds Merkley should push for the same, from selling emissions credits or even a stronger version, in the would be specifically targeted Senate. toward wildfire prevention, which We do not want war with Iran, would seriously benefit rural Oregonians. Here in Wasco County, and we most definitely do not want we have all seen the devastating ef- this rogue, impulsive president to create or fan any more war flames. fects of increasing wildfire activity. Vicki Nunenkamp Climate change is upon us, Hood River thanks to our unbridled consump- tion of fossil fuels. It’s time to pay the piper. Status quo and wishful thinking by our leaders will not be enough. As history shows, in- dustries will choose their current financial benefit over the good of To the editor, future generations. And so will most In small towns and rural areas, individuals. This is where good depending on your neighbors is government comes in. Responsible a way of life. We pride ourselves regulations are necessary, and in taking care of each other when regulations to reduce our carbon needed, regardless of the things in scripture that will side with England, Saudi Arabia. We should see more British and American military personal on the Arabian Peninsula from this alliance. The Scriptures reveal that peace and justice will come to individuals who align themselves politically with Israel now, not Democratic and Republicans. I know it’s nearly impossible for you to touch the books, let alone read them. I must speak for the scriptures in order to prick your curiosity and rouse your courage to look into them for the answers we all seek. “For behold in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my people and my inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and they have divided up my land.” With humility I offer that brave individual the opportunity to un- derstand the universal question... “What is truth?” Gary Fischer The Dalles These are the faces of #TheDalles Behind The Business Photo Project. The business owners, crews, fami- lies and more. This is home. This is the town our children move back to raise their family in. This is the town visitors stop by and fall in love with. This is the town full of history where every old building carries a story. This is the town where we support our small business owners, our teach- ers, our coaches, and our friends. We honor our service men, lining our sidewalks with American flags This is the town people visit to see the bald eagles, to fish in our river and lakes, to hike, bike, kayak and paddle-board. This is where you go to stop by the local cafe for the best coffee or Angela tea in town. This is the town people Pollard stop to check out the huge murals on our buildings, to shop our small on holidays. We take care of our vets community stores, to eat at locally owned restaurants, to play base- and help them live their best life after service. We show appreciation ball in our fields, basketball on our and respect to our police, fire-crews courts, swim in our community and other community service pool and so much more! people. This is where the community is Guest Commentary YOUR VOICE Stay in Salem to vote consumption are among the most necessary of all right now. Many compromises have already been made to address the opposi- tion to last year’s cap and trade bill. It’s time for Senator Findley and his Republican colleagues to stop their flat-out opposition to any and all carbon regulation simply because it’s the party line, bought and paid for by big oil, the richest, most de- structive industry on Earth. Please join me in writing to Senator Findley to let him know that walking out to circumvent the dem- ocratic process will not be tolerated. We expect him to do the job our taxes are paying him to do and stay in Salem to vote; Sen.LynnFindley@ oregonlegislature.gov. Deborah Ferrer The Dalles Extinguish war flames that separate us, like politics or religion. It would be good for our state senators to take a clue from this cooperative style, so they can work together effectively on legislation that affects all of us. There are items on Oregon’s 2020 legislative agenda, like funding for police and wildfire protection, that are important to all of us and that need to be dealt with conscientiously, not thrown under the bus by partisan politics. This year our state senators need to stay in Salem and negotiate all legislation before them in good faith, instead of sowing seeds of mistrust among us and taking off for the hills as they did last year. Pamela Starling Mosier What does 2020 offer? Cooperate, negotiate Chelsea Marr/Publisher • 541-296-2141 Ext. 119 firstname.lastname@example.org CeCe Fix/Business Manager • 541-296-2141 Ext. 110 email@example.com Tanya Lindsey/Circulation Manager • 541-296-2141 Ext. 108 firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Gibson/News Editor • 541-296-2141 Ext. 107 email@example.com • Established 1890 • Ray Rodriguez/Sports Editor • 541-296-2141 Ext. 105 541-296-2141 firstname.lastname@example.org 811 East Second, The Dalles, OR 97058 A member of Eagle Newspapers, Inc. 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