Archive for the Category ‘Columns’

Malheur Refuge standoff taught us about a few things

Malheur Refuge standoff taught us about a few things

Ammon Bundy, quoted on his acquittal of charges in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation, expressed amazement that anyone could fail to take the side of the “people” instead of the government. Ideally, government is of the people, by the people, and for the people.  I am both people and part of the government. […]

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

By MICHAEL GERSON The Republican Party is everywhere triumphant—House and Senate, executive and legislative, national and state—and yet faces a series of crises. There is a crisis of identity. Trump now leads a coalition including the Republican establishment—and people who despise the Republican establishment. The insurgent president-elect—lacking relevant experience, adequate personnel and actual policy proposals—cannot […]

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

Consider incongruous.  It’s a fancy word meaning something is not consistent with what is logical. Further, consider the following information that was made available in the media a few days ago. The University of Oregon’s trustees last week approved a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Dana Altman that will pay him $18.45 million through April, […]

Start small

Start small

By ERIC A. HOWALD When Matthew Boger stepped out from behind a curtain at Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, my reporter brain went into overdrive. I was on a retreat with coworkers and Matthew was the first person to greet us as we arrived. He seemed a warm, amicable and sincere person. To me, nothing stood […]

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

There are close to 5,000 employees who work for the Salem-Keizer School District, so it comes as an annual surprise when such a very tiny number of them are given special recognition by way of the Crystal Apple Award.  Surely, with all the millions upon millions of dollars spent through taxation here in the effort to provide a public […]

The all-Trump election

The all-Trump election

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Let me tell you about my life since Donald Trump won the Republican primary. I voted against Trump in June because of his history as an unreliable conservative and longtime supporter of big government. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election. Yet I have had this dark presence […]

Brown unenthusiastic choice

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol. It’s not like some elections for […]

Read between the lines on Measure 97

Read between the lines on Measure 97

By DON VOWELL You can’t vote maybe.  You can vote yes or no.  If your life is guided by political campaign ads you must believe that a yes vote for Measure 97 dooms us to higher taxes, loss of jobs, and crippling burdens for some Oregon-based businesses.  A no vote means a continuance of failing […]

It’s time to vote

It’s time to vote

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post It’s so good to be a Keizerite!  As I write this, I’ve just found out what you have no doubt already discovered, that we have a Winco/Waremart grocery store coming to Keizer!  I couldn’t be more excited. This town has proved over and over that it can support […]

Trump is not a Republican aberration

Trump is not a Republican aberration

By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — The lies and distortions that Donald Trump’s campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate’s outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we’d like to admit. Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the […]

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