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Don’t say Islam is violent

Don’t say Islam is violent

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Here’s what I love about the French: They’ve long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly shooting at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo magazine “an act of exceptional barbarity,” without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn’t engage in the […]

Climate change hurts the valley

Climate change hurts the valley

By CAMILA THORNDIKE and DAN GOLDEN The region’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, viticulture and forestry—all of which are climate-sensitive.  Summers are hotter and dryer with rains occurring as storms, rather than replenishing drizzles. Snowpack is decreasing.  Less water for irrigation, increasing incidence of pests and disease, and growing competition from weeds threaten local agriculture. […]

Washington’s psychological polarization

Washington’s psychological polarization

By MICHAEL GERSON As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there are a number of things —such as tax and immigration reform and trade agreements—that political adults would like to get done for the good of the country. A commitment to incrementalism and compromise can be found, with sufficient diligence, among individual lawmakers in both […]

Putin’s follies have harsh consequences

Putin’s follies have harsh consequences

The Financial Times of London reported the other day that Russia’s former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has said of Russia: “There will be a fall in living standards. It will be painful. Protest activity will increase.” What prompted Kudrin to make such a statement? Not having heard a lot of talk about Russia of late, what’s […]

The right’s idea of ‘governance’

The right’s idea of ‘governance’

By E.J. DIONNE JR. This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing. That is, in any event, a preposterous standard to hold up as a brand spanking new goal. Isn’t governing what Congress was supposed to be doing all along? Imagine an […]

A drug’s cost and value

A drug’s cost and value

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL This morning’s breakfast—an orange, a banana, some cheese spread on a slab of homemade bread, eight or 10 Whopper malted milk balls, a little milk, and one pill worth $133.33.  My doctor suggests that I take 60 of these each month to total $8,000. That will cost America’s […]

My Rose Bowl experience

My Rose Bowl experience

By ROLAND HERRERA I have always been a big sports fan but my favorite sport to follow is college football – specifically Oregon football. I have been blessed to attend some great Duck games all over the west and even when they lost the opening game of the 2010 season to LSU at AT&T Stadium […]

Are Democrats stuck in 1979?

Are Democrats stuck in 1979?

By MICHAEL GERSON     The passing of Mario Cuomo brought bipartisan tributes appropriate to a rare political figure with a developed inner life. He was Catholic educated, and it showed. How many other politicians grappled with Thomas Aquinas? Even the loser is dignified by such a duel. But the intensity of affection for Cuomo, […]

Inaugural games have featured Oregon

Inaugural games have featured Oregon

Although basketball is referenced on the one hand and football on the other, there will occur a most remarkable event should the University of Oregon Ducks defeat the Ohio State University Buckeyes in the AT&T Stadium at Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12.  There is simply a matter of 76 years that separate these happenings. The inaugural NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament took […]

Permanent Armageddon

Permanent Armageddon

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in “High C” all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about everything would lack credibility when something truly outrageous came along that merited a well-crafted high-pitched scream. […]

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