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Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Once a local person like me learns that there will be established here in the Salem-Keizer School District attendance area a public-private venture whose published purpose is to develop academic proficiency and technical skills, I am compelled to ask why are we doing that which will cost many more tax-supported dollars when our schools should have been offering instruction in […]

Too many bills

Too many bills

From The Capitol By REP. BILL POST Things are moving quickly here in the legislature these days. One short check of the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) where you can see every bill, where they are and everything on committees and floor sessions and you will find some of the craziest ideas you can possibly […]

Anti-vaccination forces hurt all

Anti-vaccination forces hurt all

Rude awakenings, it was once believed, were reserved for other states in our nation.  Now we know from recent events that the one exceptional state, Oregon, is no longer of privileged status as was true in former years.  Our former governor has taken a dive for a girlfriend and it turns out that he may have had a lot of […]

Hillary’s Nixonian path to office

Hillary’s Nixonian path to office

By MICHAEL GERSON   The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was an act of deck clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process. A former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations, made a statement on Iran nuclear negotiations, then admitted deleting more than 30,000 emails she deemed personal […]

GOP should be equal partner

GOP should be equal partner

It is hard to know what a Republican stands for these days.  With a newly won Congressional majority the only unifying theme in bills they have introduced seems to be “How can we harm Obama?”  It hasn’t helped them much so far. Each time they defer to the more extreme Tea Party bloc they get […]

Promise of kicker refund isn’t so certain

Promise of kicker refund isn’t so certain

Some good news for Oregon’s beleaguered middle class and those whose incomes are even lower: Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis has announced that there will be a re-awakening of the kicker law to the tune of $349 million. Of course, as always when the government hints of a break for taxpayers, this may be a false alarm if revenue […]

The Senate’s 47 percent

The Senate’s 47 percent

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that “if they want to prevent a war, they need to […]

Inequality’s effects on kids

Inequality’s effects on kids

By MICHAEL GERSON It is rare for a work of sociology to leave readers choking back emotion. Max Weber and Emile Durkheim were not known for writing tearjerkers. But Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” is sociology as story, as tragedy and as an act of social solidarity. It is the culminating […]

No advertising, please

No advertising, please

By R. WILLIAM STITT I have had a keen interest in seeing a large “destination” playground being brought to Keizer Rapids Park ever since my first child was born six-and-a-half years ago; ever since I scouted high and low throughout the region and found that no such public playground existed. I had traveled to many […]

Negotiating from weakness

Negotiating from weakness

By MICHAEL GERSON    Over the years, President Obama has been criticized and praised—but mainly praised—for lacking a driving foreign policy ideology. It seemed to be one of the “childish things” he promised to set aside as he launched his presidency in 2009. America’s conduct in the world would be characterized by outreach, consultation, flexibility […]

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