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Why so blue?

Why so blue?

By EVAN RUMMERFIELD Next year will be a great year; 2014 will be a better year than 2013 —I think. One way to make a new year seem better is to establish a New Year’s Resolution. Well, actually, New Year’s Resolutions should be referred to as “yearly grievances” because of the heartbreak and grief that […]

The Finnish educational model

The Finnish educational model

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test has been widely reported of late.  It found that American students once again lag behind their Asian and European peers.  Meanwhile, Pearson PLC, providing publishing and assessment services to schools, corporations and students, has also conducted an assessment. The Pearson study presents findings from a world-wide quantitative and qualitative analysis.  Titled The […]

Opposing ACA because it’s there

Opposing ACA because it’s there

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Obamacare is provoking a much needed discussion about American health care.  People I have known and loved forever surprise me with their public vitriol about the President and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Health care debate should be about sick people having access to doctors and treatment, not […]

New Fed Reserve chair Yellin needs rules

New Fed Reserve chair Yellin needs rules

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW The greatest central banker in my professional lifetime was Paul Volcker. His signal achievement was bringing down the inflation rate from roughly 15 percent to about 3 percent more than three decades ago. The simplest way to look at the economic evils of runaway prices is to think of inflation as a […]

Worst day of the year?

Worst day of the year?

By EVAN RUMMERFIELD If I say ‘the worst day of the year,’ everybody will think of a different day. If I say the most chaotic day, more people might have a similar day in mind. I’m referring to National American Consumer’s Holiday for Shopping, Sales, and Bargains Day (NACHFSSABD). In colloquial terms, it’s Black Friday. […]

We all have a role in schooling kids

We all have a role in schooling kids

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Do you see public schools as good, bad, or barely adequate?  There are teachers in my family and among our family friends.  From Salem-Keizer schools to the state of education in America, the subject often surfaces in conversation at our home. If we all agreed that there was […]

Professional cuddling is a real thing

Professional cuddling is a real thing

Just the other day a neighbor phoned my wife to report a fact that had my wife responding with a “Now I’ve heard everything.”  It’s a common expression and one I’ve heard many times.  Nevertheless, when I use it, as is true with my wife, we usually, most often, actually really mean it. Here’s the connection:  […]

John Kennedy 50 years on

John Kennedy 50 years on

Many people of a certain age remember where they were when they heard of President John Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The Kennedy adminstration and mystic was dubbed Camelot by an author and the moniker has stuck. It seems American fascination with President Kennedy, the Kennedy family and the assassination won’t […]

Attack Obamacare, but talk growth too

Attack Obamacare, but talk growth too

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW That’s the GOP one-two punch for the midterm elections. There’s no question that the catastrophic debut of Obamacare—including the website breakdown and the millions of pink-slip cancellations —will be a great card for Republicans to play on the way to the 2014 midterm elections. No question. The president lied about his lies […]

Obama talks, but can’t do the walk

Obama talks, but can’t do the walk

Millions of Americans with homes “underwater” may relate easily these days to President Barack Obama.  Poll after poll discloses that Obama is up to his neck and sinking in what looks like pickle juice while his favorability percentages may soon take him to the bottom of that “vat.”  It’s unfortunate for this nation that his greatest strength has turned out to be his […]

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