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Our hesitant talk on mobility

Our hesitant talk on mobility

By MICHAEL GERSON For both parties, the emerging theme of economic mobility is often a reluctant, second choice. Deep down, many Democrats would prefer to focus on economic inequality. But while Americans have theoretical concerns about the income gap, they are consistently skeptical about government’s role as leveler. Explicit talk of redistribution doesn’t get a […]

Ethics commission needs bigger teeth

Ethics commission needs bigger teeth

Recent revelations by The Oregonian strongly suggest that the state of Oregon has been mainly wasting precious tax dollars on the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.  It takes the commission about a year to investigate an alleged ethics violation, the current maximum fine for ethics violators is $5,000, but that in half the cases violators got off with a mere warning […]

Religious conservatives’ shifting role

Religious conservatives’ shifting role

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day […]

Bernie Sanders: The new St. Nick

Bernie Sanders: The new St. Nick

     By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — How is it that Democrats forgot about the joys Santa Claus can bring? How is it that Republicans managed to steal the Santa idea from the party of FDR and never let go?      Understanding why Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy is important requires revisiting the politics […]

Kicker is money you deserve back

Kicker is money you deserve back

From the Capitol By Bill Post Just recently we turned a corner in the legislative session and the revenue forecast was announced. This estimate shows how much in taxes the state government is planning to receive, so they can really start figuring out the budget for the next two years. While I am not on […]

Use school money wiser; give back kicker

Use school money wiser; give back kicker

The impression from the last several decades is that when school districts are given a blank check with taxpayer money they cannot be depended upon to use it for the betterment of learning opportunities for the students in the schools under their authority. Conversely, if a bond is put to voters and it stipulates that if passed it will, for […]

Every opinion supported by web

Every opinion supported by web

By DON VOWELL In the 1950s it was announced that a vaccine had been found effective in preventing poliomyelitis.  Parents were relieved and widespread vaccination programs were begun.  I remember parading through the Whittier Elementary library with my classmates hoping I wouldn’t be the one to break down in tears. Mom and dad trusted government […]

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

By JANET CARLSON & LORE CHRISTOPHER The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park is about building our community and improving our children’s health. As a community, we are concerned about childhood obesity that has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park will make possible healthy, active outdoor […]

Keeping a promise to those with PERS

Keeping a promise to those with PERS

Some Oregon newspaper writers have contracted ‘beat a dead horse’ syndrome.  Those among this group just cannot give up the effort to find fault for all the state’s problems in the retirement benefits earned by former public employees PERS retirees who worked long enough for the state of Oregon to have been vested.  What happened to deny those […]

Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

By MICHAEL GERSON Pass any Chipotle these days—and it is my gastronomic preference to pass rather than enter—and you will see signs claiming credit for removing ingredients that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from the menu. It is the first big chain to do so, and probably not the last. The business press has pronounced […]

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