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Saving water? It’s really not that difficult

Saving water? It’s really not that difficult

By Gene H. McIntyre The classic Two Years before the Mast tells the story of Bostonian Richard H. Dana’s experience as a common seaman aboard an American sailing ship that rounded Cape Horn to Mexico’s California in the 1830s with return by ship to Massachusetts. Six years before the Desert relates the adventures of this […]

If heroism is hopeless

If heroism is hopeless

By MICHAEL GERSON   The apocalypse has been much on my mind. This is not only because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now more or less officially in charge of a nuclear threshold state, or because a dictator with the mentality of a spiteful teenager controls North Korea’s dozen or so atom bombs, or because a nuclear […]

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

There was a time in this country when Americans supported the government through taxes on distilled  spirits, carriage making, refined sugar, tobacco and snuff sold at auction, corporate bonds and slaves.  Limited as it was, it didn’t last, of course, as the War of 1812 brought sales taxes on gold, silverware, jewelry, and watches and, […]

Iran’s remarkable achievement

Iran’s remarkable achievement

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever else the Obama administration accomplished in the Iran nuclear framework, it did a good job keeping the bar of expectations low and then clearing it. Many assumed various provisions would last 10 years or less; most are for 15 years or more. Many expected the number of operating centrifuges to exceed […]

How to read the Iran debate

How to read the Iran debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more […]

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

By MICHAEL GERSON The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors’ payments—permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing—has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a March 4 meeting between leaders in a metaphorical […]

Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Once a local person like me learns that there will be established here in the Salem-Keizer School District attendance area a public-private venture whose published purpose is to develop academic proficiency and technical skills, I am compelled to ask why are we doing that which will cost many more tax-supported dollars when our schools should have been offering instruction in […]

Too many bills

Too many bills

From The Capitol By REP. BILL POST Things are moving quickly here in the legislature these days. One short check of the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) where you can see every bill, where they are and everything on committees and floor sessions and you will find some of the craziest ideas you can possibly […]

Anti-vaccination forces hurt all

Anti-vaccination forces hurt all

Rude awakenings, it was once believed, were reserved for other states in our nation.  Now we know from recent events that the one exceptional state, Oregon, is no longer of privileged status as was true in former years.  Our former governor has taken a dive for a girlfriend and it turns out that he may have had a lot of […]

Hillary’s Nixonian path to office

Hillary’s Nixonian path to office

By MICHAEL GERSON   The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was an act of deck clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process. A former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations, made a statement on Iran nuclear negotiations, then admitted deleting more than 30,000 emails she deemed personal […]

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