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Why is a gun different than a car?

Why is a gun different than a car?

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell Oregon House Bill 3093, with Rep. Bill Post as chief sponsor, would allow concealed handgun licensees from many other states to legally carry in Oregon.  “If you have a driver’s license you can drive a 2,000 pound car in any state without anyone blinking an eye.  What’s the […]

The King Dollar/low energy nexus

The King Dollar/low energy nexus

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW The strong May jobs report, including a 280,000 jump in nonfarm payrolls, reminds me of the big debate over the harmful effects of a strong dollar and falling oil prices. But where’s the harm? King Dollar, along with the supply benefits of the fracking revolution, may actually be propping up a subpar […]

Will more money create job ready students?

Will more money create job ready students?

Since the recession has softened, it has been revealed that there is a need for people trained in vocational-technical skills.  The number of these jobs is no small potatoes; in fact, they add up to hundreds, even thousands, of opportunities that too often go unfilled by Oregon’s working age youth and adults because they are not adequately trained for them. […]

We get a kick out of Oregon

We get a kick out of Oregon

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL The Oregon “kicker” law was forefront in the news recently. The lead editorial in today’s morning paper is headed “Don’t let Democrats steal your kicker.”  We could talk about the kicker refund without willful stupidity and name-calling. Without taking a keep it or a give it back stance […]

Our hesitant talk on mobility

Our hesitant talk on mobility

By MICHAEL GERSON For both parties, the emerging theme of economic mobility is often a reluctant, second choice. Deep down, many Democrats would prefer to focus on economic inequality. But while Americans have theoretical concerns about the income gap, they are consistently skeptical about government’s role as leveler. Explicit talk of redistribution doesn’t get a […]

Ethics commission needs bigger teeth

Ethics commission needs bigger teeth

Recent revelations by The Oregonian strongly suggest that the state of Oregon has been mainly wasting precious tax dollars on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.  It takes the commission about a year to investigate an alleged ethics violation, the current maximum fine for ethics violators is $5,000, but that in half the cases violators got off with a mere warning […]

Religious conservatives’ shifting role

Religious conservatives’ shifting role

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day […]

Bernie Sanders: The new St. Nick

Bernie Sanders: The new St. Nick

     By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — How is it that Democrats forgot about the joys Santa Claus can bring? How is it that Republicans managed to steal the Santa idea from the party of FDR and never let go?      Understanding why Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy is important requires revisiting the politics […]

Kicker is money you deserve back

Kicker is money you deserve back

From the Capitol By Bill Post Just recently we turned a corner in the legislative session and the revenue forecast was announced. This estimate shows how much in taxes the state government is planning to receive, so they can really start figuring out the budget for the next two years. While I am not on […]

Use school money wiser; give back kicker

Use school money wiser; give back kicker

The impression from the last several decades is that when school districts are given a blank check with taxpayer money they cannot be depended upon to use it for the betterment of learning opportunities for the students in the schools under their authority. Conversely, if a bond is put to voters and it stipulates that if passed it will, for […]

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