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I’m with her (Ameya)

I’m with her (Ameya)

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD I always hesitate to call myself a feminist. It makes me feel like a stray dog digging up a stranger’s garden. However, as a father to an only daughter, Ameya, I also feel duty-bound to say something when issues of gender inequity arise. A day after the first […]

Support Citizens United

Support Citizens United

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Hillary Clinton has promised that in her first 30 days as president she will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which she characterized as a “disaster for our democracy.” Because Clinton has a better-than-even chance of being elected president, who am I to […]

Trump’s immigration stand is wrong

Trump’s immigration stand is wrong

Some sources of wisdom on last week’s debate gave Hillary Clinton the win by an overall rout. That happened because Donald Trump allowed his apparently often uncontrollable temperament to take over. Nevertheless, Donald did well, even admirably well for about 30 minutes, when he drove hard his strongest issue: trade. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat and Maggie Haberman gave […]

Cow pasture decisions must be made according to law

Cow pasture decisions must be made according to law

FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK Land use matters are tricky.  When the City Council hears certain types of land use applications, we sit as judges and have to weigh all facts provided to us against a strict set of criteria and State statutes.  The state requirements the city and the council must follow are the result […]

Donald Trump clings to deception

Donald Trump clings to deception

By MICHAEL GERSON    There is a story from the history of professional wrestling in which a manager named Freddie Blassie comes to the edge of the ring and, while the referee is distracted, breaks a cane over the head of the opposing wrestler. After the match an interviewer asked Blassie, “Where’s that cane of […]

Stop blaming PERS for money problems

Stop blaming PERS for money problems

A number of Oregonians chronically grouse about and wring their hands over the cost of PERS as causing all the state’s fiscal problems. However, fairness and law reigned and the Oregon Supreme Court shot down the plan to cut PERS retirees’ benefits due established and continued by contractual obligations. But when it has come to raising taxes on those most able […]

Trump’s tolerance of prejudice

Trump’s tolerance of prejudice

By MICHAEL GERSON  Once upon a time, I thought the repudiation of white supremacists was the easiest layup shot in American politics. Not for the Trump campaign. Asked recently whether he considered former KKK leader David Duke deplorable, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said he was “not in the name-calling business.” Earlier this year Donald […]

Protests during national anthem

Protests during national anthem

It’s been done by the same guy in past years and he’s back at it again this NFL season, now being joined by other pro-football players. athletes in other sports and even some high school teams. Their protest, by sitting, kneeling or raising fists during the national anthem, is intended to bring attention to what they view as wrongdoing […]

Candidate’s health fair game

Candidate’s health fair game

By DON VOWELL I plumbed the depths of my soul to bring you this piece. Actually the plumbing was hired out to professionals.  It was a common maintenance project with which many of you are familiar. The homeowner’s responsibilities are simple enough. You have only to restrict yourself to drinking clear fluids for a day […]

The unhealthy political climate

The unhealthy political climate

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Is a presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton’s health problems— pneumonia now, but also for some time deep vein thrombosis and a history of blood clots—healthy enough to be president? Most probably, yes, but her weekend health issues make you wonder if Clinton is covering up bigger health problems than her team […]

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