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Permanent Armageddon

Permanent Armageddon

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in “High C” all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about everything would lack credibility when something truly outrageous came along that merited a well-crafted high-pitched scream. […]

Building the American dream from within

Building the American dream from within

Black-white race relations may improve by way of succeeding generations of Americans but there appears little hope that’ll soon happen dramatically.  The election of Barack Obama gave those who think positively about the prospect for improvements some measure of encouragement. However, events in Washington, D.C. and wider, exampled by the presence of resolute naysayers from the Southern states who deny the president any support, […]

A global conspiracy of health

A global conspiracy of health

By MICHAEL GERSON In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as population increased by about 1 billion. Shout it from the rooftops. Or, more […]

The duck that roared

The duck that roared

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office. He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in foreign […]

Warming relations with Cuba is good

Warming relations with Cuba is good

Interest was aroused in the debate over normalizing relations with Cuba when House Speaker John Boehner said, “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom—and not one second sooner.”  Then, too, incoming Senate majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell agreed with Boehner as did GOP Senators Marco Rubio […]

The arrogance of liberal elites

The arrogance of liberal elites

By MICHAEL GERSON     Jonathan Gruber—the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg—recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing […]

Who will investigate Cylvia Hayes?

Who will investigate Cylvia Hayes?

In matters that represent integrity in Oregon state government, it would have been reassuring to the citizens if Governor John Kitzhaber’s employees, such as his spokesperson, Melissa Navas, and his aide, Mary Rowinski, would have resigned when they were asked to perform services for the governor’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, that were at least marginally outside of ethical conduct by state employees.  According to documents until recently […]

Good fences make good neighbors

Good fences make good neighbors

By RHONDA RICH You may ask after reading the article in last week’s Keizertimes, (Council clears buffer in KRP plan, Dec. 5), why is there so much talk about the “good neighbor buffer” at Keizer Rapids Park? I would like to clarify the reason for the request from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association in regards […]

The responsibility of the majority

The responsibility of the majority

“The minority is always aware of who they are in the presence of the majority.” – Mat Johnson I was at a writer’s conference in Seattle earlier this year when Johnson, an author, imparted that bit of wisdom upon a room packed full of writers seeking a deeper understanding of how to treat those who […]

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Entertainment happened for me the other day while reading letters to the editor from another newspaper. The letter writer was, perhaps facetiously, commenting that his best advice to the Democratic party on what their proper candidate for president should be is that he or she “should love the Constitution, the free enterprise system, traditional family values, a powerful […]

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