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Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

By MICHAEL GERSON  A public official can fight to expand the power and prerogatives of his office with skill and cunning. Defending the prerogatives of other officials, in another branch of government, is done only out of principle. Justice Antonin Scalia spent a career in America’s judicial aristocracy defending representative democracy. He wanted courts to […]

New Hampshire spanks the elites

New Hampshire spanks the elites

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among a large swath of young Americans. And the Clinton and Bush brands are yesterday’s products in desperate need of renovation.      These are, admittedly, large conclusions to draw from one […]

Lottery bill to benefit veterans

Lottery bill to benefit veterans

By Paul Evans Oregonians serving with the 116th Air Control Squadron recently received a warm, well-deserved welcome from family, friends, and neighbors at a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe (Clackamas). Even as we celebrate their homecoming, we should take a moment to reflect upon the ongoing challenges our veterans face upon return. These men and […]

Trump’s authenticity is a lie

Trump’s authenticity is a lie

By MICHAEL GERSON   When the Watergate tapes were released, some Americans were dismayed at the many “expletives deleted” that Richard Nixon employed in private conversation. But as historian Stephen Ambrose pointed out, Nixon had insisted that even the milder words “hell” and “damn” be deleted from the transcriptions, creating the false impression that his language […]

Real action not lip service for schools

Real action not lip service for schools

The Keizertimes recently reported that Salem-Keizer Schools superintendent Christy Perry received high marks from the school board for the 2014-2015 school year. The board looked at student performance against state averages, graduation rates, dropout rates, English language learner performance and growth in the percentage of schools that show above-average growth compared to similar Oregon schools. Apparently there was nothing about […]

A sobering visit

A sobering visit

By LYNDON ZAITZ I went to Los Angeles last week for some sunshine and warmth. There wasn’t much of that but I did come away thoughtful. I wanted to visit several art museums that weekend but all had lines out the door due to free admission Saturday. I eschewed art and embraced history. My friend […]

The American Dream has not been stolen

The American Dream has not been stolen

By MICHAEL GERSON   There is one issue on which the whole ideological range of campaign 2016 seems to agree. “The American Dream is dead,” says Donald Trump. “For many, the American Dream has become a nightmare,” says Bernie Sanders. Even discounting for the apocalyptic mood of many candidates, this is a justified concern. A way […]

Teach teachers better than we are now

Teach teachers better than we are now

Governor Kate Brown informs us she will appoint an “education innovation officer.”   This appointee will have no clout but will have the backing of the two state-level education agencies and must possess ears the size of an elephant as this gubernatorial appointee will have as an assignment to listen to the state’s school district officials and members of the […]

Money makes politics crazy

Money makes politics crazy

By DON VOWELL I got a word of the day desk calendar for Christmas and today’s word is kakistocracy.  It is a combination of the Greek kakistos, superlative of kakos, which means “bad,” and the English suffix “-cracy” meaning form of government. Kakistocracy literally means government by the worst people.  Many of the calendar’s words […]

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Two years ago, Thumbtack—a startup that connects consumers with local contractors—conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama’s bid “to give America a raise.” The survey found that a plurality of the small businesses that […]

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