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Obama beyond the sound bite

Obama beyond the sound bite

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” He didn’t mention Nazi Germany, fascist Italy […]

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

When we Americans think about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and wonder when they will strike us at home, we have George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to thank for the creation of a new “caliphate,” defined as a uniting of the Muslim world with ISIS serving as its leader. Those two master […]

With rights come responsibilites

With rights come responsibilites

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL They sat perfectly still in their dress whites, eyes forward, with gloved hands uniformly at rest on their thighs as they listened to the commencement speaker.  It was surprising to have such military precision be so deeply moving.  Not one of them stole a look at their phone, […]

Is Putin turning clock back to 1939?

Is Putin turning clock back to 1939?

In 1938 Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Hitler’s Germany with the intent to hug and kiss for a “lasting peace” in Europe. Chamberlain came away from the meeting to proclaim that through the Munich deal there would be “peace in our time.”  Incidentally, that just a few folks in Czechoslovakia would be annexed into Nazi Germany was part of the […]

Put yourself in an English learner’s shoes

Put yourself in an English learner’s shoes

By ERIC A. HOWALD This should be easier. Even before putting the pen to paper, I have to switch the pen back to my dominant hand—my right—just to see if I’m holding it correctly. I put the pen back in my left hand and it doesn’t feel or look the same. I have to repeat […]

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

The Ferguson, MO. story is viewed from this writer’s perspective as an American tragedy. Unfortunately, one of far too many tragedies when it comes to our citizens of African descent.  Urban riots have come and gone in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angles and even Portland, on a smaller scale, but when the dust settles thereafter, we remain with […]

Count your many blessings

Count your many blessings

By MATT CHAPPELL When I read last week’s article in the Keizertimes about depression, it made me pause and think about the things that are really important in life. Whatever the cause of depression, we must always remember that where there is breath, there is hope. I myself am familiar with hardships, in fact it’s […]

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

By MICHAEL GERSON Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project—after the late Rep. Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority […]

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

How about a fantasy to occupy the reader’s fancy during the waning days of summer?  Here’s one that occurred to me on a torrid August day this past week. How about sending the 535 members of Congress, the president and nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court on leave along with their multitude of staffers until a […]

Smacked by reality in the Middle East

Smacked by reality in the Middle East

By MICHAEL GERSON So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign). […]

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