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Medical providers prescribe books for young children

Medical providers prescribe books for young children

By JULIANNE BROCK, FNP-C Regular medical checkups ensure children stay healthy during their early development, plus receive proper vaccinations. As a certified family nurse practitioner at Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine clinic in Keizer, I use that opportunity to talk to parents and kids about a likely unexpected topic—the importance of reading. Reading every day […]

All sides need to make Bottle Bill work

All sides need to make Bottle Bill work

We Oregonians are told that a majority of us support the doubling of the state’s deposit on bottles and cans.  Why do we want it? So more of us will be motivated to return the empties, one Salem resident was reported to have said. But what prompted her to say she wants a bigger charge for the purchase of bottles and […]

Citizen legislature still the best system

Citizen legislature still the best system

From the Capitol By BILL POST The way the Oregon Legislature was originally designed, it was supposed to be a citizen legislature—meaning that the representatives had other professions and came together for a few months every other year to approve a budget for the state. Then they went back to their regular lives. Now that […]

Hunting for a miracle on global warming

Hunting for a miracle on global warming

By MICHAEL GERSON   In recognition that internet questionnaires get more eyeballs than earnest columns on energy policy, here is today’s quiz on obscure presidential history: When President George W. Bush met Bill Gates for the first time, the topic of discussion was (A) nuclear power, (B) rural internet access, (C) global health, or (D) all […]

2016 candidates rattle the war saber

2016 candidates rattle the war saber

A couple of weeks ago, syndicated columnist Austin Bay wrote about World War II in reference to the number of fanatics in Germany and Japan who brought about that awful conflict and whose end in Europe and finale in Asia came with the detonation of two atomic bombs.  There were efforts all around the planet during the 1930s to prevent […]

Real journalism, fair and balanaced

Real journalism, fair and balanaced

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS “Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn’t Treated Fairly,” read the Newsmax headline last week.Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was “outrageous” that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language—“fat pigs, dogs, slobs”—referring to women. Levin complained it was “a National Enquirer debate, not a […]

U.S. needs guidelines for entering war

U.S. needs guidelines for entering war

As things turned out, one could argue with fairness and accuracy that Barack Obama’s campaign promise to end U.S. warring in the Middle East was half-hearted. Many an American thinks he should have stood by his word while perhaps too many others want war now and, apparently, forever.  The debate over U.S. involvement in the Middle East […]

A Trump-led GOP will fail, and deserve it

A Trump-led GOP will fail, and deserve it

By MICHAEL GERSON   At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill. This judgment is unfair to a few candidates—Rick Perry, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio come to mind—delivering thoughtful speeches. But in portions of the Republican field, the normal limits of civility have […]

How many candidates ready to end Medicare?

How many candidates ready to end Medicare?

Who knows, but Jeb Bush is simply following orders from his wealthy benefactors when he announced the other day that the U.S. ought to phase out Medicare.  Medicare is the federal program established in 1965 that provides health insurance to Americans once they’re 65 years of age and that has and continues to keep senior Americans from the […]

Doing justice means free speech

Doing justice means free speech

By MATT CHAPPELL I am appalled by some of the things that I see going on in our nation, but after years of experience I have come to realize that many of the things which go on have the design of turning me against my own country. But I realize that they are not my […]

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