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American experiment 240 years on

American experiment 240 years on

On Monday July 4, America celebrates her 240th birthday, Independence Day. That day is one of the greatest days in human history. When a struggling colony threw off the shackles of an overbearing government and said “we are free” by declaring its independence and then at the cost of thousands of lives, defended that independence. […]

Learning from Britain’s crisis

Learning from Britain’s crisis

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Elites are in trouble. High levels of immigration are destabilizing our democracies. Politicians who put their short-term political interests over their countries’ needs reap the whirlwind—for themselves but, more importantly, for their nations. Citizens who live in the economically ailing peripheries of wealthy nations are in revolt against well-off and cosmopolitan […]

Election won’t unjam political gridlock

Election won’t unjam political gridlock

Many Americans say they’re unhappy with the way the U.S. government is being run and demand wholesale changes. Whatever the individual views among us, it’s argued here that we should be the beneficiaries of at least two healthy parties where there are center-right and a center-left choices. The center-right some say should stand to offer market-based solutions to global warming, gun control, fiscal […]

Security and rights of the USA

Security and rights of the USA

Per the news media, Americans supporting the ISIS agenda are not attacking their fellow Americans on a daily basis although their murdering interests and actions have reached a fairly threatening, “Who’s next?” not thereby knowing which innocent lives will be taken during the next club night out, while seeing a movie, by going to a mall, or simply by sitting with work friends to […]

Fighters don’t always use fists

Fighters don’t always use fists

By ERIC A. HOWALD Keizerite Thomas Lucas sat in the second-to-last row of more than 700 graduates participating in the Chemeketa Community College commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 14. He had a long wait, but I’d used my press pass to get on the floor of the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where the event […]

Is the gun lobby finally cornered?

Is the gun lobby finally cornered?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. A political crisis is usually preceded by an intellectual and moral crisis. Dominant ideas that once seemed to hang together lose their hold when they are exposed as contradictory and incoherent. Similarly, moral claims made on behalf of a worldview can, gradually or suddenly, come to be seen as empty. Demoralization […]

When love fails to conquer

When love fails to conquer

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD Andrew was the first friend I made at Auburn University. It had been two weeks since leaving home for college, and I’d found a job at the on-campus housing department. There were a number of other students working there giving tours and filling a myriad number of other […]

Will Orlando drive us from our corners?

Will Orlando drive us from our corners?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It only compounded the horror that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history called forth talking points that had been composed long before 50 innocents were murdered early Sunday. The immediate reactions on social media to the killings at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, etched a portrait of our […]

America is a tapestry of world’s races

America is a tapestry of world’s races

Because every grouping of people in the world harbor among them an assortment of the good, the bad and the ugly, the Latinos, arguably, are no exception as is any cross-section of the U.S. population. Nevertheless, there are some Americans who have chosen to single Latinos out as mainly rapists, murderers and drug peddlers. Meanwhile, according to facts as organized […]

Being the change is harder than it looks

Being the change is harder than it looks

By ERIC A. HOWALD My 16-hour trip along the outskirts of the criminal justice system began at 9 a.m. Monday morning. I was waiting in the hallway outside of Marion County courtroom for a man convicted of raping a minor to receive his sentence. It had been a while since I’d seen the inside of […]

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