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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). […]

Life’s little surprises, big & small

Life’s little surprises, big & small

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell You’ll be surprised to learn that an encounter with black-legged Kittiwakes is the key to happiness.  I never saw it coming. Think back to a meeting, event, appointment, or date you were dreading that actually turned out to be a pleasure.  Think back also to an outing you […]

Marking 69 years with nuclear bombs

Marking 69 years with nuclear bombs

Do you ever feel lucky to be alive?  Most people do, especially those who are well and happy, when they reflect on the notion from time to time that they are, as the colloquial expression goes, “glad to still be around.” I remind everyone that Aug. 6 marks the 69th anniversary of the first atomic bomb, a […]

Where is the GOP’s better deal?

Where is the GOP’s better deal?

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Businesses created more than 200,000 new jobs for the sixth straight month. Second-quarter gross domestic product rebounded by 4 percent from the winter-weather doldrums. And the Manufacturing ISM Report exceeded all expectations, with big gains in new orders and employment. So on the surface, the economy is looking better. And as a […]

Thoughts on 2016 presidential run

Thoughts on 2016 presidential run

Our national legislators are not dealing with the many matters that cry out for attention and redress now, including the nation’s failing infrastructure and worn-out highways, jobs and the economy, the minimum wage, immigration controls, our foreign policy, public education, climate change, and, among others, corporate welfare and corporate tax evasion. President Obama has not yet completed one-half […]

Our disinterested and AWOL governor

Our disinterested and AWOL governor

It is funny how a memory from childhood can connect so directly with something at the present time.  Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes was brought to mind by the trials and tribulations of Governor John Kitzhaber and our disappointments therein.  Read that story again; you’ll be reminded of the emperor, naked but refusing to acknowledge it, as he marched in a parade. Kitzhaber’s seen […]

Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not […]

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