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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 […]

False equivalence

False equivalence

By SUSAN ESTRICH The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle. I’ve […]

Bullying in state government

Bullying in state government

Recent news disclosed that two state of Oregon unionized employees have filed lawsuits against the Department of Human Services.  The basis for their suit is a claim that their boss bullied them. I worked about half my working years as a state of Oregon employee; the other half was spent in the private sector.  I was naïve about work with state […]

Obama is crushing the Reagan link

Obama is crushing the Reagan link

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Across his remarkably successful presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the link between the U.S. economy and U.S. international security and defense. He consistently argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad. Reagan was aiming at the dismal Carter years. But he understood for all times that economic strength at home sends […]

Romney has done enough for GOP

Romney has done enough for GOP

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he thinks that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and that “he will be the next president of the United States.” The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008 and then the general election in 2012. What would his […]

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