Madras Opinions

December 17, 2014

Great christening for Performing Arts Center

by Tony Ahern
What a wonderful "soft opening" for the Madras Performing Arts Center. Without overwhelming publicity, on a popular night for Christmas parties, Marcus Mariota's Heisman speech keeping people at…
December 12, 2014

Find ways to help out this Christmas

by Holly M. Gill
When I was a kid growing up in Eastern Oregon, the weeks leading up to Christmas were an especially busy time in our large household. My mom spent many hours in the kitchen baking fruitcakes and…
December 03, 2014

Technophobe forced to face the future

by Susan Matheny
The news that our Madras BlockBuster store was closing was a hard blow to those of us over the age of 40, who the owner said are his primary clientele. “You mean you’re going to make me learn…
December 03, 2014

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
MAC strong To the Editor, Since the advent of the current management team at the Madras Aquatic Center, I would like to say that we are seeing better overall management, cleanliness and program…
December 03, 2014

National service could help restore unity

by Tony Ahern
By David Ignatius Guest Columnists At Thanksgiving, Americans think about the spirit of community that animates the country at its best. But in a year characterized by so much political and…
November 26, 2014

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation moving, powerful

by Tony Ahern
On Oct. 3, 1863, presiding over a divided nation, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation making the traditional Thanksgiving celebration a nationwide holiday. Nearly 150 years later,…
November 26, 2014

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Vote counters To the Editor Jim Kollen and I spent three and a half hours observing the Jefferson County commissioner position No. 1 recount on Thursday, Nov. 20. We would like to thank and…
November 19, 2014

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Improve MHS band To the Editor, Those of us who braved the cold to watch the Veterans Day Parade were thrilled to see our wonderful Jefferson County Middle School Band marching playing their…
November 13, 2014

Growth of Veterans Day inspiring in modern era

by Tony Ahern
Each year, it seems, Veterans Day grows in significance and recognition. That's a shining star for our country, especially in this era of unprecedented political divisiveness. Veterans Day has…
November 05, 2014

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Great work on Ramms Road To the Editor, I want to thank the Jefferson County Public Works Department (road crew) for a fine professional job on maintenance and improvements to Ramms Road. The…

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Nov 05, 2014

1914 vote was most important in county history

by Tony Ahern
Over the last couple years, there have been several centennial milestones celebrated in our neck of the high desert. The incorporation of Madras, Culver and Metolius, the arrival of the…
Oct 29, 2014

This election: something for everyone

by Holly M. Gill
Sometimes when the November election rolls around, there are so few candidate races or issues to be decided that a large segment of registered voters opts out. That should not be the case in the…
Oct 31, 2014

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Voting for Mae To the Editor, I do not personally know Tom Brown or Mae Huston. I have met Mae on several occasions and have heard her speak. The main reasons for voting for Tom seem to be that…




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