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Don’t govern on fantasies

Don’t govern on fantasies

By E.J. DIONNE JR. When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) […]

We should dump daylight savings time

We should dump daylight savings time

We humans are complicated creatures. We share a condition with virtually every other living thing, and that’s the internal clock, scientifically called the circadian rhythm.  For example, when you set your alarm clock for Daylight Savings Time, your body may not readily accept the change and what happens to wakefulness is due to the imposed change in your internal clock. Internal clocks […]

No alternative to hope

No alternative to hope

By E.J. DIONNE JR. President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism. The speech that made him a national figure, his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, is best known for his declaration that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of […]

Silence is denial

Silence is denial

By DON VOWELL No matter what you think might have helped to prevent the shooting in Marysville, Wash., it will be fiercely rejected by some faction with political clout. Since there is no single, simple, and sure action we can all support that will prevent more school shootings, no action will be taken.  We can’t […]

Scottish parallels and differences

Scottish parallels and differences

My Scottish ancestors have been citizens of the United States for decades, going back to the Revolutionary War.  There must be traces of Scottish DNA that have survived to reach me through the years because I experienced considerable excitement a few weeks ago when the citizens of modern day Scotland came close to voting their independence, mainly from England, missing it by a close 55-45 […]

Only Reagan can be reason

Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. […]

The past is the future in education

The past is the future in education

Formerly and currently, the Oregon Education Investment Board has been mainly an unmitigated dud.  Its beginning was beaten up and badly bloodied by the fouls of its first director while its more recent efforts can be measured as positive only if the evaluator ignores the huge costs of its administrative team and those board members who meet to blow their own horns, having little […]

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

By ERIC A. HOWALD There’s a story about a teacher, Paulo Friere, who is said to have taught 300 Brazilian sugar cane workers to read and write in fewer than 50 days. The workers were seeking to have a greater voice in the forces that controlled their lives at the factory and in government at […]

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

By JUDGE WILLIAM RIGGS As a former Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court with more than 30 years of experience as a judge, I have reviewed thousands of laws. I have carefully read Measure 91, which will regulate, legalize and tax the adult use of marijuana. I believe it is a solid, well-written law and […]

Back to the future in Iraq

Back to the future in Iraq

Almost 25 years after its beginning, we’ve now arrived at writing the third chapter of America’s Iraq War.  It’s insanity similar to the Vietnam era as we pour dollar after precious dollar into warring overseas while societal disaster, for example, Congress hesitates not one moment to fund bombs for the Middle East but no longer funds the National Institute of Health to develop […]

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