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The following article is attributed on behalf of the work that Polk County Commissioner and Board Chair, Craig Pope, has been a part of for Polk County. Pope contends the message is not about the money, but about the Governor’s willingness to ignore the breach of trust...and contract.

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to …

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This week, a reader pointed out that we have been too lenient in enforcing a portion of our policy on letters to the editor.

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October is Breast Health Awareness month. Anyone who has journeyed through cancer in any form will tell you early detection is key. Self-exams may uncover the first signs. Routine mammograms are also highly valuable in early detection.

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As people age, they may not notice gradual changes in their physical and cognitive skills that could increase their risk of falling. But falls in and around the home are common — one out of four people older than 65 fall every year.

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With fire season fully upon us again, have you noticed emotions and fears about last year’s fires bubbling up? You’re not alone. Feeling upset or ill is a normal response to an abnormal event.

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The citizens of Monmouth and Independence would like to give credit where credit is due — to an amazing woman named Dawn Roden. This year’s Fourth of July Parade was organized and made possible by Dawn and her skeleton crew of hard-working citizen volunteers. Despite being told no, Dawn took…

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We are no longer suffering from oppressive heat, thanks to coastal winds that blew in on Monday night, but that does not mean the hot summer — that just started on June 20, a mere 10 days ago — is done with us.

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Would you ever describe vehicular manslaughter as just driving a car? Stabbing someone as just moving an arm? That’s what defenders of Rep. Mike Nearman would have you think, based on their absurd defense published in the May 19 Itemizer-Observer Guest Opinion.

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After reading the May 19 guest opinion [Golly, Ross, and Seil], we at the Rural Engagement Project (www.ruralengagementproject.com) feel compelled to respond to their demand that Rep. Mike Nearman be exonerated from his criminal charges and permitted to continue representing House District 2…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and highlights the importance of being open about our mental health. We’ve all experienced the challenge of managing our ever-changing world.

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We believe the accusations against Representative, Mike Nearman, regarding his walking out of a State Capitol building door on December 21, 2020, is nothing more than a Democratic partisan attempt to silence the voices of Oregon Citizens.

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The City of Monmouth has engaged in a years-long effort to replace its failing City Hall building.