Madras Opinions

July 27, 2016

I guess it's all about car color in Los Angeles

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Editor While it's always fun to travel, it's even better to return home. It's a cliche, but it makes sense when you think about all the choices you make in selecting a place to…
July 27, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
This year's Relay for Life was amazing for family To the Editor, What a wonderful experience our family had as my dad, Jerry Gerke, was honored as the Jefferson County Relay For Life 2016…
July 20, 2016

We're actually in an era of less violence

by Tony Ahern
Black lives matter, blue lives matter, all lives matter. At times it seems like we’re on the precipice of a new reality where only violence matters. But in reality, the United States is…


July 20, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Thanks for helping bring my dog home To the Editor, Two weeks ago my little dog, Marley, slipped under the gate and ran away. I had just adopted him a few days prior to his escape. Knowing it…
July 13, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Clinton got preferential treatment To the Editor, I am not a supporter of either presidential candidate; however, I can’t help but comment about the recent findings of the FBI concerning Hillary…
July 13, 2016

Get ready to celebrate the county library's 100th birthday

by Tony Ahern
The year 2010 kicked off an era of centennials around here: the cities of Madras and Culver turned 100 that year; the centennial of the railroad's arrival and the city of Metolius forming…
July 06, 2016

Decision 2016: Not exactly Jefferson vs. Adams

by Tony Ahern
The day after Independence Day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told the world that, after an extensive investigation, the bureau has determined that no charges should…
July 06, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Unhappy with 509-J decison on ROOTS, Smith To the Editor, I'm a member of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and, more importantly, a concerned parent. I recently attended a district…
June 29, 2016

District attorney: Hard to please divergent public

by Tony Ahern
The story last week grabbed plenty of attention here in Jefferson County. Z-21, the Bend television station and its website, had broken the story that there was an online petition asking the…
June 22, 2016

Gov Brown: Be a leader and stop 28

by Editorial Board
By the Pamplin Media Group Editorial Board Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown…

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Jun 22, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Loved seniors' Disneyland trip The Madras High School Class of 2016 Parent Committee of the Drug and Alcohol Free Party of the 2016 grads would like to thank the community and surrounding areas…
Jun 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is past time for Brown to step in and oppose the latest attempt to…
Jun 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate…

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for…
Jun 15, 2016

Newspaper, not Facebook, is the best way to spread news to the…

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Editor Last weekend, the Jefferson County Middle School Band marched in the Portland Rose Festival Parade. How do I know? I'd like to say it was because someone from the school…
Jun 08, 2016

Muhammad: Did he even invent rap music?

by Tony Ahern
Muhammad Ali. Not only was he before his time, he largely created the time that followed him. In an era when the standard sports interview was as predictable as the sunrise and as cliché as a…
Jun 08, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Madras Pioneer
Helping to ease the pain of losing a dog Many years ago I wrote an article about how valuable a dog is in the home, and if you have a dog, you know they are a great comfort. They sense your…