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I support Barbara Jensen

I support Barbara Jensen

To the Editor: Barbara Jensen has been a close friend for the last 10 years. She embodies so many qualities that would make for a great state representative, but I feel the characteristic that holds the most weight for me is trust. Over the years, her consistency, resolve and dedication to work and causes that […]

Student debt will bury next generation

Student debt will bury next generation

There’s a story about financing a college education you might like: I knew this kid who was able to pay his way through college by working summer jobs and some, too, during the academic year, but not enough to keep him from investing in study time sufficient to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.  Thereafter he was hired as a high school […]

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

By SHELBY STROUT In today’s school system, teachers are switching out the fictional writing to fulfill the standard of formal writing. Whether it is an analytical essay on a classic piece of literature or an inferential discussion about a non-fiction article, students are hard pressed to a strict, realistic writing regime. This year I was […]

Should we rate doctors?

Should we rate doctors?

By DON VOWELL How well should you know a person before you agree to let them carve you open with a scalpel, rearrange your innards and then sew everything back up?  My personal policy has been to just blindly follow the recommendations of every doctor I see. The weakness of this policy is exposed by […]

Bill Post is a good choice for D-25

Bill Post is a good choice for D-25

To the Editor: I have concerns about the House District 25 primary race. I had never heard of Barbara Jensen until reading a very negative article in the newspaper where she charged Bill Post with some trivial “illegalities.” My immediate reaction was to defend Bill and to suspect Barbara of dirty politics. It takes a […]

Deflating Russia can be done

Deflating Russia can be done

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW  President Barack Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again. Russia holds $132 billion of U.S. Treasury securities. […]

Can the US head off a new Cold War?

Can the US head off a new Cold War?

Students of history might argue successfully that the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States actually got underway when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The success of those two detonations resulted in a case of extreme paranoia on Joseph Stalin’s part and began the protracted competition involving the two surviving major world […]

Support for Barbara Jensen

Support for  Barbara Jensen

To the Editor: Barbara Jensen has the skills and experience to serve our community. I had the pleasure of working with Barbara at the Oregon Department of Energy and was pleased to hear that she is now running for state representative. As a small business owner and successful project manager, Barbara has the proven leadership […]

House District 25

House District 25

To the Editor: With the excitement of yesterdays filing day, I know many of us are now looking to what the general election holds.  I want you to know that I am backing a particular house district candidate that I believe will represent my district with the best leadership and experience to move us forward. […]

Salem river crossing

Salem river crossing

To the Editor: The Keizer City Council recently approved a new version of a bridge over the Willamette River, without a public meeting and without revealing to Keizer residents how the new alternative would affect them. The city council approved “by consensus” an alternative originally proposed by the Salem City Council last summer.  The so-called […]

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