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Left turn in the emerging markets

Left turn in the emerging markets

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW There’s a new cynical perception among international investors that Brazil is becoming Argentina, and Argentina is becoming Venezuela. But these investors are starting to boycott all the so-called emerging markets, since nearly all of them are moving to the left, abandoning free-market principles, reverting to the bad old days of higher spending […]

Hundreds of little business people

Hundreds of little business people

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ In 2013 more than $4 million was raised at lemonade stands that dotted the Houston, Texas metropolitan area; there were more than 50,000 stands. Those were scattered over the entire 10,000 square mile metropolitan area. Chip Conrad, a Salem entrepreneur, discovered Lemonade Day thought it would be a success in Keizer […]

I’m retired, I should run for mayor now

I’m retired, I should run for mayor now

By DON VOWELL Every senior discount is now available to me. This month I turned 65.  Retirement is as wonderful as most people say it is.  The one annoyance is that people keep asking what I am doing to keep busy. None of your beeswax! I’d never have quit if I wanted to be busy.  […]

The MeNow Generation uprising

The MeNow Generation uprising

By EVAN RUMMERFIELD The other day I witnessed a scene that is hard to put into words. I was outside in a parking lot, and a driver decided to bring his truck to a halt in the middle of the road that led out of the parking lot. The driver was a teenager—a high school […]

Business wants growth and growth

Business wants growth and growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Growth, growth, growth is the new mantra of the venerable Business Roundtable, whose member companies generate annual revenues of more than $7 trillion while employing 16 million workers. In past years, the BRT has put out lengthy pamphlets proposing intricate solutions for budgets, entitlements, the environment, regulations, health care and more. But […]

Schools should look within first

Schools should look within first

It would be so welcome here if the Salem-Keizer School Board would perform their duties and responsibilities so that the outcomes would establish a blazing new trail for public education in this mid-Willamette Valley Oregon community.  Unfortunately, S-K  School Board after each election, the school governing body starts out fresh but always ends up doing what its predecessor did with rarely […]

We need leaders who speak truth

We need leaders who speak truth

By DON VOWELL I see that Michelle Obama and I will celebrate our birthdays on the same day.  That is probably the sum of our similarities.  Our most radical difference is our freedom of speech.  Michelle Obama must parse every word that she publicly utters. If tomorrow I stand at the corner of River and […]

Free Edward Snowden. Really?

Free Edward Snowden. Really?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Former CIA Director James Woolsey has pronounced that the proper punishment for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be for him to be “hanged by his neck until he is dead.” The news media want to hand him not a rope but a pedestal. The Guardian editorialized last week that […]

Predictions are a tricky thing

Predictions are a tricky thing

As a young American in the 1960s, it was popular where I lived in Oregon to make New Year’s resolutions.  Prophesizing the future was an art form much less often ventured.  That wasn’t so for one Issac Asimov (1920-1992), an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University who wrote about 500 science fiction and non-fiction books.  Although […]

We can’t have it both ways

We can’t have it both ways

Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, once commented, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Brandeis personally witnessed the excessive greed and unbridled aggrandizement of the late 19th century […]

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