Madras Opinions

May 20, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Great sportsmanship To the Editor, During our last day of Youth Flag Football at Juniper Hills Park, an awesome display of sportsmanship was displayed by Martti Rahi, Chris DuPont and Kelly…
May 20, 2015

Flying over Mount St. Helens hours before eruption

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Thirty-five years ago this week, I was working my first full-time job, as a reporter for the Madras Pioneer, when I was offered an opportunity to view the changing shape of…
May 13, 2015

Stronger laws against e-cigarettes should be enacted immediately

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Managing Editor Last spring, I was in Portland, sitting in a stadium and watching some college baseball, when I noticed the overwhelming scent of cotton candy wafting through…
May 06, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Our endorsements To the Editor The Madras Education Association, which represents the teachers of Jefferson County School District, has chosen to endorse Courtney Snead and Stan Sullivan for…
May 06, 2015

Fate of the 509-J school board now rests with the voters

by Tony Ahern
Jefferson County voters all got their ballots over last weekend, and a very intriguing 509-J School Board race now falls into our laps. Certainly the two positions up drew an impressively large…
April 29, 2015

Jefferson's growth expected to be much faster than Crook…

by Tony Ahern
Portland State University's Population Research Center recently put out a projection report that called for Central Oregon to essentially double in population over the next 50 years. Most of…
April 29, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Vote for change To the Editor, I have been struggling for almost two months now. I have figured out that our School Board has only one employee, our superintendent. Unless I am unclear, the…
April 22, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Love the 'Agate' To the Editor, What a special "spring special" the Pioneer provided its readers the week of April 1, and I mean the very well done and informative insert, "The Agate," our…
April 22, 2015

Earth Day: Confession of a rabid recycling nut

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill In honor of Earth Day, April 22, I'm going to admit something: I'm a dumpster diver. OK, I don't exactly dangle into large dumpsters, but I will reach all the way into a large…
April 15, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Student unite To the Editor, We would like to address this letter to the members of the 509-J School Board who voted to remove Principal Sarah Braman-Smith. We, the undersigned, without…

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Apr 15, 2015

Will it be the first female president or the first Jeb?

by Tony Ahern
On this 150th anniversary of the assassination of 19th century's greatest American president, the rush to become our country's 45th has begun in earnest. Would ol' Honest Abe recognize the…
Apr 08, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
A Star in town To the Editor, April is Child Abuse Prevention month – a reminder for us all to think about our own role in keeping our community’s children safe. MountainStar Family Relief…
Apr 08, 2015

School board should consider tabling principal's reassignment

by Tony Ahern
Controversy seems to take routes around local government boards, from the county, cities, school boards, etc. With the recent move of the 509-J School Board to reassign Madras High School…
Apr 01, 2015

The Agate well showcases and celebrates county's history

by Tony Ahern
This edition of the Madras Pioneer includes one of the finest publications produced in our community. We can't claim it as our own, but we're excited to be able to share it with our readers.…
Apr 01, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Ask school officials To the Editor, One has to ask, “What in the world is going on in our school system?” when you read Sharon Brown’s eloquent letter in last week’s Pioneer. Moving Sarah…
Mar 25, 2015

Reasons behind principal's reassignment hard to figure

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Editor Judging by the response to our Web poll last week, the community is not happy with School District 509-J's announcement two weeks ago that the Madras High School…
Mar 25, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Thanks, Geno's To the Editor, All of us at Art Adventure Gallery would like to send a huge shout out to Debbie and Geno Burke and Geno’s Italian Grill. A few months back, I went to the…




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