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Slowly chipping at democracy

Slowly chipping at democracy

By DON VOWELL We are witnessing the slow but steady suffocation of American democracy. The five Republican-appointed Supreme Court Justices relentlessly shift our economic might toward those with extreme wealth and to giant corporations.  First they decided that corporations are people and now have ruled that money is speech. The Constitution they claim to revere […]

Good writing can be long or short

Good writing can be long or short

Whether by electronic or traditional means, a lot of Americans still read books.  It caught my fancy recently, since I like to read, when the editors of The American Scholar magazine selected their 10 best sentences, some short, some in the long sentences’ style of the prolific American writer, James Fenimore Cooper.  Here are the seven editors’ choices: “Its vanished trees, […]

Student debt will bury next generation

Student debt will bury next generation

There’s a story about financing a college education you might like: I knew this kid who was able to pay his way through college by working summer jobs and some, too, during the academic year, but not enough to keep him from investing in study time sufficient to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.  Thereafter he was hired as a high school […]

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

By SHELBY STROUT In today’s school system, teachers are switching out the fictional writing to fulfill the standard of formal writing. Whether it is an analytical essay on a classic piece of literature or an inferential discussion about a non-fiction article, students are hard pressed to a strict, realistic writing regime. This year I was […]

Should we rate doctors?

Should we rate doctors?

By DON VOWELL How well should you know a person before you agree to let them carve you open with a scalpel, rearrange your innards and then sew everything back up?  My personal policy has been to just blindly follow the recommendations of every doctor I see. The weakness of this policy is exposed by […]

Deflating Russia can be done

Deflating Russia can be done

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW  President Barack Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again. Russia holds $132 billion of U.S. Treasury securities. […]

Can the US head off a new Cold War?

Can the US head off a new Cold War?

Students of history might argue successfully that the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States actually got underway when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The success of those two detonations resulted in a case of extreme paranoia on Joseph Stalin’s part and began the protracted competition involving the two surviving major world […]

Trading $1M a year for $174,000

Trading $1M a year for $174,000

Sadness and disappointment, those were the emotions felt after reading a front-page article on political candidate Monica Wehby, M.D. that Jeff Mapes wrote and The Oregonian published in its March 1 edition.  Wehby, Mapes writes, is a Portland-based Republican who seeks to be the GOP’s candidate to run against U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, the presumptive Democratic candidate, seeking to serve a second term. I’m sad and disappointed that another, currently among many medical doctors […]

Want change? Start in our high school

Want change? Start in our high school

By ERIC A. HOWALD It’s a sad comment on the state of our world when two teens in our community stand accused of a murder and my first thought is, “At least they didn’t open fire at one of the schools.” In nearly eight years of operating in and around McNary High School as part […]

Who will take care of your pet?

Who will take care of your pet?

By ADAM FAMULARY When billionaire Leona Helmsley passed away in 2007 she left her dog, Trouble, $12 million, quickly making Trouble the wealthiest canine in the world.  A court found the $12 million bequeath unconscionable, and whittled it down to a meager $2 million.  The court determined that $2 million was more than enough to […]

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