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Why virtual in a land of amazing beauty?

Why virtual in a land of amazing beauty?

Oregon provides the most lovely settings and beautiful landscapes for enjoying life in the whole natural world. Most of America is a feast for the eyes of those fortunate enough to live here. What causes me considerable wonder is why so many Oregonians, and other Americans throughout our land, find it necessary to alter their consciousness through use of drugs, […]

The Third Reich isn’t on the way

The Third Reich isn’t on the way

By BERNARD GOLDBERG Perhaps you’ve noticed that some of the most illiberal people in America these days … are liberals. Liberals are the ones who pride themselves on being open-minded. But who are the ones on college campuses stifling speech they don’t like? It’s not conservative students. In 1944, college-age men were storming the beach […]

Democrats at a crossroads

Democrats at a crossroads

By MICHAEL GERSON    While the challenges of the GOP —its long-term demographic difficulties, its erratic leadership, the bitter struggle for its ideological soul—are obscured by victory, the problems of the Democratic Party are on full display. Republicans suffer from heart disease; Democrats have an ugly, gushing head wound. The losing party would be foolish […]

Campaign promises already trashed

Campaign promises already trashed

Recognized economists, writing on the subject of the anticipated Trump presidency, predict a “short” four-year term that will be damaging to jobless and low-wage American workers. It is now predicted that the nation’s big corporations and Wall Street will retain the upper hand over struggling workers who helped to elect him in what’s recognized as a populist […]

Malheur Refuge standoff taught us about a few things

Malheur Refuge standoff taught us about a few things

Ammon Bundy, quoted on his acquittal of charges in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation, expressed amazement that anyone could fail to take the side of the “people” instead of the government. Ideally, government is of the people, by the people, and for the people.  I am both people and part of the government. […]

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

By MICHAEL GERSON The Republican Party is everywhere triumphant—House and Senate, executive and legislative, national and state—and yet faces a series of crises. There is a crisis of identity. Trump now leads a coalition including the Republican establishment—and people who despise the Republican establishment. The insurgent president-elect—lacking relevant experience, adequate personnel and actual policy proposals—cannot […]

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

Consider incongruous.  It’s a fancy word meaning something is not consistent with what is logical. Further, consider the following information that was made available in the media a few days ago. The University of Oregon’s trustees last week approved a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Dana Altman that will pay him $18.45 million through April, […]

Start small

Start small

By ERIC A. HOWALD When Matthew Boger stepped out from behind a curtain at Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, my reporter brain went into overdrive. I was on a retreat with coworkers and Matthew was the first person to greet us as we arrived. He seemed a warm, amicable and sincere person. To me, nothing stood […]

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

There are close to 5,000 employees who work for the Salem-Keizer School District, so it comes as an annual surprise when such a very tiny number of them are given special recognition by way of the Crystal Apple Award.  Surely, with all the millions upon millions of dollars spent through taxation here in the effort to provide a public […]

The all-Trump election

The all-Trump election

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Let me tell you about my life since Donald Trump won the Republican primary. I voted against Trump in June because of his history as an unreliable conservative and longtime supporter of big government. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election. Yet I have had this dark presence […]

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