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Can we make education engaging?

Can we make education engaging?

Today’s high schools are relics of an age when the teacher was the possessor of knowledge and wisdom that was imparted to assemblies of students. Sitting in uncomfortable desks and not allowed to slouch, they were expected to say nothing unless a question was asked and an invitation to show the ability to answer was allowed by […]

The acceleration of history

The acceleration of history

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.      The move against the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina quickly cascaded into a national […]

Religious and gay rights must coexist

Religious and gay rights must coexist

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — It is often the fate of conservatives to be concerned about the fire code and occupancy limit at someone else’s party. Never more conspicuously than concerning the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges.      With many friends and relatives celebrating the outcome, judicial conservatives are generally anxious […]

A way to give that is right for you

A way to give that is right for you

By KRIS ADAMS My family moved to Keizer in 1964. I was 5 years old and I vividly remember that it rained for months leading up to a flood that year. I grew up going to Keizer schools and later moved back to the same Keizer house and worked retail until my retirement five years […]

Jeb is right about 4 percent growth

Jeb is right about 4 percent growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW “There is not a reason in the world why we cannot grow at a rate of 4 percent a year.” That’s what Jeb Bush said when he officially announced his presidential run in Miami last week. And right off the bat, most economists trashed the idea. “It can’t happen and it’s never […]

Pope did the right thing on global warming

Pope did the right thing on global warming

A joy in the life of my wife’s and my own is our 4-year-old granddaughter.  She, grandma and I play a lot of games that allow us to enter her world of fantasy where magical thinking and denial of reality are the places we go in the make-believe of a child’s mind. However, when adults in positions of trust and power […]

The therapy of helping a community

The therapy of helping a community

By CRAIG MURPHY Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed her. While at the Big Toy build site multiple times in the past week or so, I began to see some familiar faces. I’m not just talking familiar in terms of people like city councilors or department heads I see on a regular basis. […]

2015 campaign has truly started

2015 campaign has truly started

By MICHAEL GERSON   Stealthily demonstrating one of Jeb Bush’s more controversial policy views—the need for Common Core history standards—an “anonymous ally” is quoted in The New York Times as saying that “the culture of the Bush operation will now be a Pickett’s Charge engagement with his main opponents.” Republican politicians have generally preferred Teddy Roosevelt’s […]

Why Bernie Sanders deserves a look

Why Bernie Sanders deserves a look

Refreshing is what it is when a member of Congress who seeks the presidency lets us know what’s on his mind rather than echoing what’s on the mind of a billionaire who underwrites his campaign.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is that refreshing candidate who will run for the highest political office in the U.S. where he says […]

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 […]

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