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A take on ‘14 ballot measures

A take on ‘14 ballot measures

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL It’s easy to feel swamped by all the campaign muck that’s out there.  In that spirit I offer some more.  Here is the Failed Mayoral Candidate’s Voter’s guide to the ballot measures being considered: Measure 86—Nope.  Asking the state to help pay for tuition that is too high […]

I want a different choice for governor

I want a different choice for governor

Governor John Kitzhaber is not responsible for the actions of his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, before they met and what she’s done, and should not be held against him.  She is, nevertheless, a rather obvious opportunist who’s been chronically accused of using her relationship with him to gain financial advantages for herself and her firm in Bend and there should be […]

Citizens disunited

Citizens disunited

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics […]

On ebola, hard choices

On ebola, hard choices

By MICHAEL GERSON Here is what officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have been telling us: America has some Ebola infections (and is likely to see more) but America does not have an Ebola outbreak, which is extremely unlikely in a health system capable of basic […]

What’s happened to civility and sense?

What’s happened to civility and sense?

I see a rather dramatic decrease in civility and common sense almost everywhere I go.  Let’s start with a couple of definitions.  Any dictionary will define civility as civilized conduct, courteous, polite behavior while common sense means sound and prudent judgment based on an accurate perception of the situation or pertinent facts. Sports events were once the kind […]

Negative ads suppress enthusiasm

Negative ads suppress enthusiasm

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL The author of an outraged letter to the editor in one of last week’s morning papers claimed that Sen. Jeff Merkley’s negative campaign ads had driven him to declare his vote for Monica Wehby regardless of their respective stance on the issues. Huh?  My TV watching is restricted […]

Two cheers for Obama, not three

Two cheers for Obama, not three

By MICHAEL GERSON     It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address—which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism—to the substance of […]

Pope Francis’ American messenger

Pope Francis’ American messenger

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has been described in media accounts as a “moderate” within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, […]

Introspection time for evangelicals

Introspection time for evangelicals

By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON — Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions […]

The mystifying 2014 election

The mystifying 2014 election

By E.J. DIONNE JR. There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts […]

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