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Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

The world’s largest military alliance met in Warsaw last week.  The largest agenda item was money. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been pushing long and hard for more spending by its members. Just last year, the alliance increased defense spending for the first time in 20 years. However, the fly in the organization’s machinery is […]

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

By E.J. DIONNE JR. The haunting U2 lyric, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” captures what many Americans seem to feel about politics in 2016. And a lot of us are looking backward. Donald Trump’s pledge to make our country great again captures the longing of some of his supporters for a time […]

Public officials should set standard

Public officials should set standard

Sometimes, a two-word descriptive phrase can communicate equal to a 100 word paragraph. Consider the phrase “political hack.”  It can be used in a number of contexts but in this column it references a political office holder who may be best described as having displayed ethically-deficient behavior. Case in point comes from a newspaper story out of Salem reporting that State […]

Yes, Keizer is safe

Yes, Keizer is safe

By CATHY CLARK Are we safe? I have heard that very sincere question many times as we have read reports of crimes committed at our local businesses this week. Our police chief has stated that folks in our community who do not live a high risk lifestyle, i.e. drug dealing, sex-trafficking, theft, or gangs, are […]

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 […]

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