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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 […]

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

Not that long ago, “senior” Americans volunteered in our schools and did so only to benefit from some heart-felt thanks.  Almost always under a teacher’s supervision, whose work they labored to supplement, their purpose was to help children learn to read, write and use numbers. Seniors working with kids in a school setting has been mainly viewed as a good-fit with successful relationships the pay off.  They’ve provided children one-on-one attention while feeling appreciated, that having been the standard of older persons […]

Under the good-jobs-report hood

Under the good-jobs-report hood

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Good news for the American worker: Employment in June surged 288,000, with a 262,000 gain in the private sector, easily beating the consensus forecast of 215,000 new payrolls. This marks the fifth consecutive monthly increase of 200,000 or more jobs, the best five-month stretch since early 2006. As for the unemployment rate, […]

It is time to focus on internal problems

It is time to focus on internal problems

The steamiest topic here at home these days appears to be the immigration issue. Tens of thousands of Central Americans crossing into the U.S. along the border with Mexico has reached red hot status. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are equally upset over the U.S. return militarily to Iraq, our nation weary of war overseas with its futile loss and […]

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times reports that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered “the best hope” to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It’s sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill—such […]

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

U.S. involvement in the Middle East reads like this, “It’s too late to drain the swamp when you’re up to your waist in alligators.”  According to polls, most Americans feel strongly in favor of getting away from the Middle East as fast as we can and leaving any draining of that “swamp” to persons who live […]

U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

Long ago and far away, Muhammad, Islam’s founder and author of the Koran, passed away.  That year was 632 A.D.  Two factions formed almost immediately.  “One who follows the traditions of the Prophet” was the Sunni mantra; they wanted Muhammad’s closest friend and advisor to succeed him.  The Shia or “people of the household of the Prophet,” sought a Muhammad family member to […]

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to keep itl legal and keep it safe when using fireworks. The 2014 Oregon fireworks sales season opened this week and runs through Sunday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners […]

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