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The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon newspapers offer expanded coverage on coronavirus
On Wednesday, March 11, I
received the following message
via email through the Oregon
Newspaper Publishers Association:
“Dear Oregon editors and
The Bulletin, the Statesman
Journal and Salem Reporter,
among others, are sharing coro-
navirus coverage in the public
interest. Instead of waiting for the
Associated Press to move a story,
editors can select any staff-written
story published on the news orga-
nization’s website and republish
online or in print.
“This sharing is in recognition
that no one organization can cov-
er all angles and some newsrooms
have more resources and/or
expertise than others.” The letter
was signed by Therese Bottomly,
Les Zaitz and John Schrag.
The Chronicle has been plac-
ing all coronavirus-related
reports outside the paywall,
available free to subscribers and
Oregonians informed: they are first
and foremost members of their
community—and that community
at this time is all of Oregon.
United, we stand.
And that includes standing
together under the cloud of
Beyond Well with
non-subscribers alike. We will
continue to do so going forward.
The message above also en-
couraged interested newspapers
to join in making staff-written
stories available to other newspa-
pers statewide, and the Chronicle
has done that as well. We are
not alone—within hours of the
message going out, 16 newspapers
had made their content available,
as had one blog/podcast. That
number is grow rapidly.
Although the competitiveness of
the newspaper industry is legend-
ary, and the “media” a popular
target, I’m not surprised Oregon’s
biggest and best newspapers are
leading this statewide effort to keep
As the Coronavirus spreads, so
does fear, paranoia, and discrimi-
nation. Doctors have a few tools to
What can you do if your anxiety
and worry is worse than the
If you must stay at home, main-
tain a healthy lifestyle—including
proper diet, sleep, exercise and
social contacts with loved ones at
home and by email and phone with
other family and friends.
Get the facts. Gather informa-
tion that will help you accurately
determine your risk so that you can
take reasonable precautions. Find a
influenza, depending on who and
What makes it more dangerous
than influenza: No immunity in
the population, no vaccine, no
To the editor,
approved antiviral, much higher
Some of you know me. I was
transmission rate, hospitaliza-
born and raised in The Dalles. I
won the game show Jeopardy in
tion rates approaching one in
college 26 years ago. After that,
five people and higher mortality
I worked at Princeton and Los
rate in older people, especially
Alamos National Laboratory on
those over 80. Something like one
virus transmission. I work now in
in six elderly people who catch
healthcare. I have the fortune of
knowing which organizations and
What makes it less dangerous
people are trustworthy, and I’ve
than influenza: Few people in the
been reading some of the technical US have it so far, it’s not as deadly
papers. Here’s what I know:
to young kids, most cases are mild,
COVID-19 is not a hoax.
hand washing works.
CDC and NIH have great rep-
The hospitalizations are big deal.
Remember when our hospital was
utations for honest dealing of the
overwhelmed by the food poison-
The virus is probably already
ing from the Rajneesh? Only 45
here in thousands of undiagnosed were hospitalized. It could easily
cases. Almost nobody has been
be worse than that with COVID-19
for months. I have a coworker from
COVID-19 is worse than
China whose mother has been
in the hospital on oxygen for six
weeks. The hospitals in northern
Italy are overwhelmed. ICU beds
are being set up in hallways.
No, we are not all going to die.
But it could kill millions globally
and hundreds of thousands or
more in the US this year. Hospitals
are likely to become overwhelmed.
There are only 100,000 ICU beds
in the entire US. We are already at
nearly full capacity on the respira-
tory ICU beds from influenza sea-
son. It’s hard to see how this gets
stopped no matter how smart the
response. Global pandemic seems
inevitable absent some change not
on the horizon. A vaccine is at least
a year away.
Listen to the CDC recommen-
dations. That means don’t worry
about wearing a mask if you aren’t
infected. Elderly and those with
fragile immune systems should
stay home as much as possible.
Avoid air travel. Avoid groups of
credible source you can trust such
as the WHO website or a local or
state public health agency.
Limit worry and agitation by
lessening the time you and your
family spend watching or listening
to media coverage that you perceive
Draw on skills you have used in
the past that have helped you to
manage previous life’s adversities
and use those skills to help you
manage your emotions during the
challenging time of this outbreak.
Here’s where a meditation or
mindfulness practice really helps.
In this moment, right now, are
you and the people you love okay?
Could you set aside your worries
about the future, and observe your
thoughts objectively? Notice how
erratic and negative the things
are that we tell ourselves? Are
you capable of getting through
this moment by taking one deep
breath, letting it out, and then
Could you turn off the television
and ask someone you trust to
inform you if the threat worsens?
Could you exercise more? Give your
dog some extra attention? Or pick
up the phone to speak to those you
Hygiene, social distancing,
working from home and obsessive
vigilance only gets us so far. The
other part of surviving anything that
is unexpected and unwelcome is
the ability to remain lighthearted
If you are someone who has
regularly worried about your health
or the possibility of infection, the
coronavirus is bound to exacerbate
your panic. Seek out mental health
counseling regularly to help man-
age your symptoms.
people. Wash your hands with
regular soap and water.
Wash your hands. A lot.
Cary, NC, formerly The Dalles
“America” and “Tonight” came to
life on the stage in Hood River. It
was an excellent cast, headed by
Lily Galvez and Orville Grout as
Maria and Tony, the star crossed
lovers, who sang and broke your
heart with their tragic story.
Accolades go the all these young
people (and many not so young,
too) for a job well done.
The show will continue on the
stage at Wy’east Performing Arts
Center for three performances the
weekends of March 6th, 13th and
20th. Don’t miss a wonderful eve-
ning of quality entertainment by
local musicians and thespians.
And as one who has devoted half
of his life to educational and com-
munity theatre, I enjoyed having a
full orchestra to accompany these
excellent performers. A job well
Don’t miss this show!
This article was provided by
Sheila Hamilton, one of over a dozen
media outlets throughout the state
sharing their coverage of the novel
coronavirus outbreak to help inform
Oregonians about this evolving
Job well done
To the editor,
I just came in after experiencing
a wonderful production of the
musical “West Side Story.”
It was opening night for The
Columbia Gorge Orchestra
Association’s staging of the classic
musical at Wy’east Middle School
in Hood River, and what a wonder-
ful evening it was.
Under the direction of Director/
Musical Director Mark Steighner,
the 25 members of the cast sang
and danced, believe it or not, the
tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, as
set in New York in the 1950’s. Sung
beautifully by the chorus and cast,
such familiar songs as “Maria,”
Farm Bureau member questions legislative testimony
From Barb Iverson
“My Journey to Find 98
Chlorpyrifos Alternatives; The
Unexpected Rabbit Hole,” is a blog
post on Nuttygrass.com that details
a farmer’s investigation into a letter
opposing chlorpyrifos —and the
frustrating realization that it was
considered more trustworthy to
some lawmakers than her lifelong
experience in agriculture.
One of the bills Oregon Farm
Bureau opposed during the 2020
Oregon Legislative Session was
House Bill 4109, a bill that aimed to
outlaw chlorpyrifos, an insecticide
used to protect certain specialty
crops from bug infestations.
During a public hearing on
HB 4109 before the Senate
Environment Committee, Marion
County Farm Bureau member and
full-time farmer Brenda Frketich
testified against the bill and ex-
plained how a ban on chlorpyrifos
would impact her family farm and
many others in the Willamette
Valley, in large part because there
are no alternatives available.
In response, a legislator asked
Frketich about a “letter” submitted
as online testimony that claimed
there were “98 safer insecticides”
that could be used in place of
chlorpyrifos. This letter had “47
different signers, academics and
scientists, from multiple universities
here in Oregon,” he said. The letter
was referred to in other committee
hearings and was the basis of at
least one legislator’s decision to
vote in favor of HB 4109.
“While I’m used to the back-
and-forth and ‘he said, she said’
that is typical of a public hearing
on legislation, this time it didn’t sit
right with me. I felt as though my
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integrity and that of my industry
were being called into question,”
Frketich writes on her blog.
So Frketich decided to get to the
bottom of this mysterious letter
and the alleged 98 safer alternatives
to chlorpyrifos, of which she as a
full-time farmer was completely
“I’ll be honest that when this
whole thing started, I imagined
myself pouring over 98 labels of
of actions, pests controlled, pests
partially controlled, how they
would work into our cropping
system, etc. I almost wish that was
where this journey landed me.”
Instead, she found nothing.
“I ended up down a rabbit hole
of zero accountability for what
is submitted as testimony by a reg-
istered lobbyist. Where I landed is
frustrating, because I take a lot of
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pride in what I put my name be-
hind, and I was under the (appar-
ently false) assumption that others
did too,” writes Frketich.
Frketich’s story is worth the read.
It’s a story about the legislative pro-
cess, who’s considered trustworthy
on agriculture-related issues, and
a farmer’s passion to fight for her
Writes Frketich, “I didn’t write
this to argue the pluses and minus-
es of having the tool chlorpyrifos.
I am writing this because I hope it
comes across how frustrated I am.
If we are at a place in Oregon where
people can just submit whatever
they wish without data to back it up,
then farmers in Oregon are sunk. If
integrity doesn’t matter, then what
happened this session will occur in
sessions following the 2020 short
session. And I fear that someday
this mentality—and the ability
to put forward false information
as truth—will cost my family our
Oregon Farm Bureau thanks
Frketich for digging deeper into
the anti-pesticide lobby’s claims
about alternatives to chlorpyrifos
during the 2020 legislative session.
We hope the state legislature is as
concerned about this misleading
communication as we are and will
take steps to ensure the integrity of
the legislative process.
Oregon Farm Bureau President
Barb Iverson comes from a mul-
tigenerational family farm from
Woodburn, raising industrial hemp,
grass seed, squash, vetch seed, ha-
zelnuts, wine and table grapes, and
operating the Wooden Shoe Tulip
Festival, which attracts over 160,000
visitors each year. Iverson is OFB’s
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