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Lottery revenue lets business off tax hook

Lottery revenue lets business off tax hook

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) of Silverton has lobbied the state’s government since 1990 on budget, tax and economic issues with a goal “to improve decision-making and generate more opportunities for all Oregonians.”  Over its lifetime, it has weighed in on how certain policies like welfare assistance programs, taxes, minimum wages and unemployment […]

Anti-Muslim rhetoric profits the enemy

Anti-Muslim rhetoric profits the enemy

By MICHAEL GERSON  After the Brussels murders, and the Paris murders, and the San Bernardino murders and dozens of previous, tragic iterations of innocent blood on the sidewalk, the two leading Republican candidates for president propose to finally get tough on terrorism. In Ted Cruz’s view, America is “voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show […]

Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS They’re both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California’s former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold’s two terms in the governor’s office have watched The Donald’s presidential campaign unfold with a sense of deja vu. […]

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

By MICHAEL GERSON In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The two candidates who call themselves revolutionaries—Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—are, in fact, backward looking, intellectually timid and unresponsive to the real needs of the working and middle classes. This judgment […]

Time to stop clock-changing madness

Time to stop clock-changing madness

A couple of weeks have passed since we were put upon again by this mindless moving of our clocks ahead in spring and back in the fall. Everyone who survived can forget about it for awhile. Rather than resign to daylight saving time, I argue, the best response to this matter is to ask: Why […]

The stain of accommodating Trump

The stain of accommodating Trump

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his political achievement is enormous, and he deserves the credit.      With no background in elected office, Trump has led the Republican presidential field for eight months. His strong plurality has proven to be demographically and geographically diverse. He has soundly beaten a series […]

A modern moral to Downton

A modern moral to Downton

Many Americans, myself included, have enjoyed PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre presentations, Downton Abbey being no exception.  A very old nation, specifically compared to our own, there would seem to be a nearly endless selection of subject matter from which to choose. Nevertheless, Downton Abbey just completed a six-year serialized presentation that ended like all dramas my […]

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

From the Capitol By BILL POST The Oregon state legislature just finished a grueling 32 day “short session” at the Capitol and I’m still recovering.  I am not very happy with much of the legislation we passed so I am now working very hard to get new folks elected in House seats all over the state […]

Dinner for all

Dinner for all

One of the best community events going on in Keizer these days is the Community Dinner held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Patterned after a similar program in Silverton, the Community Dinner in Keizer will feed up to 400 people. It is for anyone who wants to attend regardless of need. So far […]

The GOP vulgarians

The GOP vulgarians

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It was William Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan years and the Republican Party’s premier moralist, who embedded a phrase in the American consciousness when he bemoaned the fact that “our elites presided over an unprecedented coarsening of our culture.” Well, to borrow another famous phrase, it is Bennett’s party and […]

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