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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 […]

Americans polarized but ambivalent

Americans polarized but ambivalent

By E.J. DIONNE JR. So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in […]

Trump setting the wrong tone for 2016

Trump setting the wrong tone for 2016

The only known GOP hopeful to have come to Donald Trump’s defense is Senator Ted Cruz  (R-Texas).  However, even he apparently has had some second thoughts about The Donald after Trump’s critical comments several days ago regarding Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). At Iowa’s Family Leadership Summit.  Trump, as we know, was annoyed with McCain who put down as […]

Jeb Bush wants to share

Jeb Bush wants to share

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable—and boring. I left […]

Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

I have been struck by the impression of Senator Peter Courtney (D) and Rep. Tina Kotek (D). They come across as unfriendly and grouchy. Whatever the case, one is now the longest-serving Senate president (Courtney), while the other is the Speaker of the House (Kotek). As the 2015 session proceeded through fits and starts and then came to its end, the […]

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders last Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations—more […]

I fought the good fight this year

I fought the good fight this year

From the Capitol by Bill Post The legislative session just came to a close and as your state representative, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from the past months. You may remember that this is my first time representing you in Salem, and it has been […]

The flag that still divides the nation

The flag that still divides the nation

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1,000 adults conducted in June revealed that 42 percent of those polled view the “Stars and Bars,” the most popular among the flags of the Confederacy, as a racist symbol of hate that should be removed from state flags and other official locations.  Another 42 percent among those polled see it […]

Violence calls for better solutions

Violence calls for better solutions

In a population exceeding 300 million, the number 87 seems small and insignificant. Meanwhile, NBC’s news research department reports that, every day, an average of 289 Americans are shot with 87 shot dead. On the receiving end of bullets, it happens to 100,000 Americans per year on average.  Consequently, one cannot help but wonder:  “When is my number […]

The responsibilities of liberty

The responsibilities of liberty

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL A wise editor once advised me not to respond to the inevitable criticisms.  Martin Doerfler’s able and concise response to the most recent backlash relieves me of that need. But since that original piece we’ve had another sickeningly stupid shooting.  A young man entered a church and shot […]

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