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Who will take care of your pet?

Who will take care of your pet?

By ADAM FAMULARY When billionaire Leona Helmsley passed away in 2007 she left her dog, Trouble, $12 million, quickly making Trouble the wealthiest canine in the world.  A court found the $12 million bequeath unconscionable, and whittled it down to a meager $2 million.  The court determined that $2 million was more than enough to […]

Are we legalizing discrimination?

Are we legalizing discrimination?

By DON VOWELL Life was easier when all we were asked to vote on was a school bond or a candidate for sheriff.  Now we may be asked to vote on how religious business owners should treat same-sex couples.  There are probably none among us wise enough to decide that question. An Oregon baker refused […]

We have a social contract, don’t break it

We have a social contract, don’t break it

Is it simply the expression of an innate human condition?  That is, that we seemingly can’t easily get along with one another and when we don’t we try to deny the nation’s freedoms to those with whom we disagree. The latest dust-up in Oregon has to do with Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s decision not to […]

Gap’s minimum wage move adds twist

Gap’s minimum wage move adds twist

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS On the day that Facebook paid $19 billion for the aptly named WhatsApp, San Francisco’s Gap Inc. announced it would raise its minimum wage for American employees to $9 per hour this year and $10 per hour in 2015. The announcement probably won’t make a dent in the income inequality gap […]

Governor has to show us the energy ‘beef’

Governor has to show us the energy ‘beef’

Those of us hanging around these parts in the mid-1980s who remember the Wendy’s chain of hamburger restaurants’ use of the advertising line “Where’s the beef?” It was used in an effort to put down competitor patty-size.  Later that same year Democratic primary candidate and former Vice President Walter Mondale used the phrase to present his arguments against […]

There should be room all viewpoints

There should be room all viewpoints

By DON VOWELL Representative Kim Thatcher has recommended that we elect Bill Post to fill the state representative seat she is vacating.  That gives Mr. Post some advantage, as other candidates are hardly recognized right now.  If his election has an air of inevitability at this point, then we should know more about him. Bill […]

What the Nordic countries think of us

What the Nordic countries think of us

By virtue of my youth, having grown up in Astoria, I was afforded the opportunity to know a lot of immigrants because there were so many of long-standing, as well as recent arrivals,  living there when I was a child.  That exposure inspired an interest in international relations that has never waned. The immigrants in my home town mainly hailed from the […]

Possible oil train wrecks too real

Possible oil train wrecks too real

As a young man I worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service in the Mt. Hood National Forest just east of Bonneville Dam at Eagle Creek on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.  Commonly, there were brush-grass fires alongside the railroad tracks caused by freight trains moving through the Gorge. Forest Service employees like myself, with shovels and […]

Heroin and marijuana aren’t equal

Heroin and marijuana aren’t equal

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The apparent heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman already has become a hockey puck in the war over the war on drugs. During a House subcommittee hearing on federal marijuana policy last week, critics of the war on drugs hammered a White House drug official for putting too much […]

Cover Oregon just latest of Gov’s messes

Cover Oregon just latest of Gov’s messes

Okay, Governor Kitzhaber, cutting you some slack, we can agree that Oregon is no New Jersey.  However, the differences are not flattering for you.  After all, while New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie rules by heavy-handed commission you take a quieter path and try to avoid fault for failures by omission.  Meanwhile, he’s a boisterous bully while you do your […]

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