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Earth Day should be every day

Earth Day should be every day

Earth Day occurred on April 22.  Considering the fact that the human population is going about spoiling every facet of our one place to live in the whole universe-—other than the International Space Station—it’d be in our best interest to recognize and do something about saving our unique world, every day of our lives.  The […]

Representing means respecting others

Representing means respecting others

From the Capitol By Bill Post As you probably already know, here in the Oregon Legislature, there are two political parties, one of which is in a “supermajority” in the Senate and one shy of “super majority” in the House.  That means we (Republicans) can’t really move a whole lot of bills we’d like to, […]

Mission is not accomplished

Mission is not accomplished

Not known for his intellect, George W. Bush was remarkable for his ability to make prophetic statements on at least one occasion. On May 1, 2003, after landing by small jet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and standing under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished,” then-President Bush heralded “the arrival of a new era.” He […]

Following the trail of the phone menu

Following the trail of the phone menu

A Box of Soap By Don Vowell As an illustration of the time I invest in research for these rants, I called the office of this newspaper during normal business hours. They answered the phone. Hallelujah. My gratitude is out of proportion because I had just finished a call to the office of a large […]

Saving water? It’s really not that difficult

Saving water? It’s really not that difficult

By Gene H. McIntyre The classic Two Years before the Mast tells the story of Bostonian Richard H. Dana’s experience as a common seaman aboard an American sailing ship that rounded Cape Horn to Mexico’s California in the 1830s with return by ship to Massachusetts. Six years before the Desert relates the adventures of this […]

If heroism is hopeless

If heroism is hopeless

By MICHAEL GERSON   The apocalypse has been much on my mind. This is not only because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now more or less officially in charge of a nuclear threshold state, or because a dictator with the mentality of a spiteful teenager controls North Korea’s dozen or so atom bombs, or because a nuclear […]

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

There was a time in this country when Americans supported the government through taxes on distilled  spirits, carriage making, refined sugar, tobacco and snuff sold at auction, corporate bonds and slaves.  Limited as it was, it didn’t last, of course, as the War of 1812 brought sales taxes on gold, silverware, jewelry, and watches and, […]

Iran’s remarkable achievement

Iran’s remarkable achievement

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever else the Obama administration accomplished in the Iran nuclear framework, it did a good job keeping the bar of expectations low and then clearing it. Many assumed various provisions would last 10 years or less; most are for 15 years or more. Many expected the number of operating centrifuges to exceed […]

How to read the Iran debate

How to read the Iran debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more […]

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

By MICHAEL GERSON The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors’ payments—permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing—has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a March 4 meeting between leaders in a metaphorical […]

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