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When hope begins

When hope begins

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s offenses against taste, tolerance and truthfulness are coming so fast that it is hard to pick out individual cases. But let’s linger on his recent foray into Christian theology.      During a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump pronounced Ben Carson’s story of conversion from violent troublemaker to […]

The Trump effect, still understated

The Trump effect, still understated

By MICHAEL GERSON    The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican principle of birthright citizenship; […]

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Divided as we Americans are over President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by next year, there are many other concerns we share.  Primarly because there may be Jihadist terrorists among those seeking safety and they will die without hesitation for their cause due to the promise of heavenly rewards. The terrorists are dedicated to destroying America as they see us […]

The marketplace chooses winners

The marketplace chooses winners

By JOHN MORGAN I am a specialist in community development working with cities all over the state. I also served as Keizer’s Community Develpoment Director from 1990 through 1998. I have some particular understanding in both how corporations make location decisions and in how local government operates. Therefore, I finally have to step in to […]

Foreign policy brought to you by Facebook

Foreign policy brought to you by Facebook

By DON VOWELL It seems sad how little encouragement it takes to return me to this page. A long-time friend at church asked why I have been absent so long.  I told her it was because I realized that I’m an idiot. Not going so far as to deny that, she did say she sometimes agreed […]

Don’t feed the Islamic State narrative

Don’t feed the Islamic State narrative

By MICHAEL GERSON  As careful as we should be in drawing lessons from tragedy—and there is something particularly disgraceful in mounting a political soapbox at a funeral—the horrors experienced in Paris demand a renewed dedication to the prevention of future horrors. Islamic State terrorists have goals beyond a blood-drunk love of carnage: to discredit the […]

Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD The friend request arrived earlier this year, nearly 20 years since our last conversation. That one went something like this: “Eric, phone call.” “Thanks, mom.” “Hello?” A pause. “Hi, Eric, it’s Mike. I’m in the hospital.” This is how my former best friend opened the conversation after twelve […]

Mizzou’s very real political football

Mizzou’s very real political football

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System, Tim Wolfe —and, most importantly, after the Mizzou football team threatened to boycott games until Wolfe quit—the administrator caved. “It is my belief we stopped listening […]

GOP voters’ love of the unserious

GOP voters’ love of the unserious

By MICHAEL GERSON Welcome to the vetting season, in which presidential candidate resumés are pumped full of air, submerged in water, and tested for bubbles like an inner tube. None of the Republican candidates, even the few with actual governing experience, has ever suffered the level of scrutiny given to a top-tier presidential prospect. It […]

CNBC does the impossible, unites crowded GOP field

CNBC does the impossible, unites crowded GOP field

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a standout moment early in last week’s Republican debate when he went after, not other Republicans, but the CNBC moderators, none of whom appeared to have “any intention of voting in a Republican primary.” CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli later asked questions a conservative would ask, […]

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