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Freedom of, and from, religion

Freedom of, and from, religion

Being ignorant does not necessarily mean a person is evil or bad; rather, it simply can mean that the person does not know.  He may not wish to know something and he may reject knowledge in order to protect his beliefs.  Whatever the case, this consideration with all its permutations and complications has a lot to do […]

Cheap populism helps no one

Cheap populism helps no one

By MICHAEL GERSON With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest. To some partisans such as Sean Hannity, the responsibility for the expected loss—as well as for Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court picks and “whatever illegal immigrants do” —lies with Never Trump conservatives. Whether […]

Restructure school chief’s job

Restructure school chief’s job

There are matters about which I feel like shouting, “There’s got to be a better way!”  For example: the way we spend our tax money on our local schools, in this instance, the Salem-Keizer School District. One reference in particular has to do with the apparent knee-jerk need by members of the school board to raise the salary of […]

Measure 96 is big boost for veterans

Measure 96 is big boost for veterans

By PAUL EVANS This November, Oregonians have an unprecedented opportunity to assist our veterans who struggle to return and reintegrate into our communities. Ballot Measure 96 represents the most consequential investment in veterans’ outreach and services in Oregon history. It is imperative we make the most of this opportunity: it is imperative that we all […]

Politics is an Olympian endeavor

Politics is an Olympian endeavor

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles will not be eligible to run for president until 2032, although Michael Phelps hits 35 years old in 2020. After watching these Olympians display so many traits we admire—persistence, discipline, grace, goal orientation, resilience, and inner strength—perhaps we should consider drafting one of them […]

Will drama win the debates?

Will drama win the debates?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The first of three presidential debates won’t happen until Sept. 26. Nearly six weeks beforehand, I safely can make these predictions: Hillary Clinton will show up for all three, as her campaign announced this week. Donald Trump will show up, at least to most of them. He told Time, “I will […]

Earning millions while others suffer

Earning millions while others suffer

Review the particulars of just one Oregon professional team of sixteen players, the Portland Trail Blazers.  They will take part in 82 games during regular season play between October and sometime in April, or about a half year’s work time, unless they win enough games to enter the playoffs, which end in 2017 with an NBA championship, a status the […]

I’m with her

I’m with her

I’m with her.  Many are willing to define Hillary Clinton as lying, untrustworthy, criminal, etc. Much mud has been slung. Little has stuck. The most common lament is that we must choose the lesser of two evils in this presidential election.  It’s no contest.  Hillary Clinton is indeed a politician, adjusting her positions as needed […]

Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

By MICHAEL GERSON    One of the most unintentionally revealing moments of Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far came during her recent, unconvincing explanation of the email affair: “I may have short-circuited it and for that I…ah …you know, will try to clarify.” Most of the resulting ridicule has focused on the “short-circuited” portion of the […]

Much ado about God bless America

Much ado about God bless America

Maybe I don’t get out enough,  but I’d never stumbled across any American newspaper writer who wrote an article to take exception with the use of the phrase, “God bless America.”  Turns out that that enduring expression is not off limits for at least one writer whose views find fault with its use by American politicians. One of the main problems regarding the writer’s […]

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