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Malheur County residents lose when government blunts the media

The Facebook post from Congressman Greg Walden caught my attention because he was in the neighborhood.

“Thanks to the farmers, ranchers and community leaders who joined me for a conversation on trade, the farm bill and other issues impacting those who grow our food,” the Hood River Congressman said, posting photos of him meeting with local industry and government leaders.

The meeting was on Monday, July 2 – in Ontario.

Usually, members of our congressional delegation are keen to alert the media when they’re in town. They usually encourage press coverage about whatever issue brings them to town. The staff of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley are diligent about alerting the local press, often making the senators directly available for interviews.

And the Walden meeting seemed especially important for the community to learn about. Congress . . .