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Only Reagan can be reason

Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. […]

The past is the future in education

The past is the future in education

Formerly and currently, the Oregon Education Investment Board has been mainly an unmitigated dud.  Its beginning was beaten up and badly bloodied by the fouls of its first director while its more recent efforts can be measured as positive only if the evaluator ignores the huge costs of its administrative team and those board members who meet to blow their own horns, having little […]

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

By ERIC A. HOWALD There’s a story about a teacher, Paulo Friere, who is said to have taught 300 Brazilian sugar cane workers to read and write in fewer than 50 days. The workers were seeking to have a greater voice in the forces that controlled their lives at the factory and in government at […]

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

By JUDGE WILLIAM RIGGS As a former Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court with more than 30 years of experience as a judge, I have reviewed thousands of laws. I have carefully read Measure 91, which will regulate, legalize and tax the adult use of marijuana. I believe it is a solid, well-written law and […]

Back to the future in Iraq

Back to the future in Iraq

Almost 25 years after its beginning, we’ve now arrived at writing the third chapter of America’s Iraq War.  It’s insanity similar to the Vietnam era as we pour dollar after precious dollar into warring overseas while societal disaster, for example, Congress hesitates not one moment to fund bombs for the Middle East but no longer funds the National Institute of Health to develop […]

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 […]

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