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Optimistic for 2016

Optimistic for 2016

From the capitol By BILL POST I hope this article finds you and your loved ones having had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. In our house we enjoyed the fact that our son moved home from Missouri and we were thrilled to see him, making Christmas very special this year. I look […]

What if the worst happens?

What if the worst happens?

By MICHAEL GERSON   What if the worst happens? The worst does not mean the nomination of Ted Cruz, in spite of justified fears of political disaster. Cruz is an ideologue with a message perfectly tuned for a relatively small minority of the electorate. Uniquely in American politics, he has made his reputation by being roundly […]

Is war the only response to N. Korea?

Is war the only response to N. Korea?

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is just about as entertaining as our nation’s lineup of presidential candidates. Several of these guys on the American stump want to go to war as soon as they’re in the White House and that’s what Kim’s saying, too.  Does this mean that if one of our “hawks” is elected that we’ll be at […]

Bernie Sander’s lessons for capitalists

Bernie Sander’s lessons for capitalists

By E.J. DIONNE JR. There is an irony to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders: The senator from Vermont is often cast as exotic because he calls himself a “democratic socialist.” Yet the most important issue in politics throughout the Western democracies is whether the economic and social world that social democrats built can survive […]

Want an outsider for president? Consider Musk

Want an outsider for president? Consider Musk

It is reported and polls show many Americans want a person elected president who’s not a politician. Not someone who’s a member of the so-called “establishment” or those folks who year-after-year make certain one of their favorite cronies is elected to the highest political office in the land. I join those who want an outsider elected […]

Back on the job

Back on the job

By MARK GLYZEWSKI “Without my back I could not do this job,” said Greg Biben, a firefighter/paramedic with the Keizer Fire District for the past 14 years. Unfortunately, Biben hurt his back while on the job on two different occasions. The first was in 2012 while lifting a man onto a stretcher. Biben ended up with […]

Which party loves the USA?

Which party loves the USA?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Which political party loves America? Not the United States that once existed, but the flesh-and-blood nation that we all live in now. The debates we have witnessed —too few and far between for the Democrats, frequent enough for the Republicans to constitute a new reality TV show—have provided an incontestable answer […]

Gap in incomes gets wider and wider

Gap in incomes gets wider and wider

Should we in any way be concerned that middle income Americans are no longer America’s economic majority?  Concerned or not, it is reported that the middle income set is no longer the economic majority as there are now more low-income and high-income Americans than there are people earning middle incomes. According to a PEW Research Center report, there were 120.8 million adults […]

Cruz: The Maple Leaf candidate?

Cruz: The Maple Leaf candidate?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS During the most recent presidential election, non-candidate Donald Trump crowned himself king of the “birther” movement, with his constant questions about whether President Barack Obama was born in Kenya or the United States. Now (it pains me to say) Trump is the GOP front-runner, and his closest challenger in the polls […]

A nation of guns and gun violence

A nation of guns and gun violence

Almost every day now there’s another dreadful shooting in America.  And that’s just counting the mass shootings where four or more Americans are shot. The San Bernardino executions add up to another one of these profoundly troubling events that are becoming too frequent and about which nothing but more talk has been accomplished. Democrats, including President Obama who will now try an […]

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