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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 […]

School funding not going as planned

School funding not going as planned

“There you go again” was a favorite quip used by GOP presidential contender Ronald Reagan to disarm President Jimmy Carter during their one debate on October 14, 1980.  A current application of “There you go again” references the dropping of another ball that has rather obviously fallen from the fumbling hands of he who’s arguably become Oregon’s biggest modern day office-holding loser, Governor John Kitzhaber. Today, […]

The gravity of the situation

The gravity of the situation

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Today we’ll explain gravity.  We’ll leave more current issues to more qualified commentators—as if there is a more current issue than gravity.  As you read this you are doubtless relying on gravity to prevent you from flying off the chair into near space. The qualifications for explaining gravity […]

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Not much has been heard from of late by way of the shenanigan-ridden Willamette Education Service District (WESD). Has Chemeketa Community College (CCC) grabbed that baton and will it now march it through the streets and byways of the area the college serves?  The latest out of CCC is that its leadership has decided to make a move that smells […]

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 […]

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