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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.

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This past week marks my first year anniversary of ownership of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, and boy what a year it has been!

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After spending hours or possibly days in the dark, it may be more apparent how vital an emergency kit can be. Some people are still without power, but after reading reports of what is happening in other parts of the country due to winter storms, they can still count themselves lucky. That sa…