Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day 2016

To the Editor: I sit here looking out the window at the American flag, with tremendous pride. It is impossible not to have a heavy heart over watching rioters burn that same flag. Watching protesters vandalize buildings, cars, and blocking traffic, preventing working people from getting to or from home, to work, to pick up […]

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

By MICHAEL GERSON The Republican Party is everywhere triumphant—House and Senate, executive and legislative, national and state—and yet faces a series of crises. There is a crisis of identity. Trump now leads a coalition including the Republican establishment—and people who despise the Republican establishment. The insurgent president-elect—lacking relevant experience, adequate personnel and actual policy proposals—cannot […]

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

Consider incongruous.  It’s a fancy word meaning something is not consistent with what is logical. Further, consider the following information that was made available in the media a few days ago. The University of Oregon’s trustees last week approved a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Dana Altman that will pay him $18.45 million through April, […]

The improbable president

The improbable president

He could never win the Republican presidential nomination. The country would never elect him to the highest office in the land and make him the most powerful person in the world. The morning after the election proved that in the  end, polls, pundits and media were all wrong. Donald J. Trump defied all the odds […]

Start small

Start small

By ERIC A. HOWALD When Matthew Boger stepped out from behind a curtain at Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, my reporter brain went into overdrive. I was on a retreat with coworkers and Matthew was the first person to greet us as we arrived. He seemed a warm, amicable and sincere person. To me, nothing stood […]

Astronomy and the US debt

Astronomy and the US debt

To the Editor: Numbers in astronomy are astronomical; the U.S. debt is in the same category. There are approximately 300 billion stars in our galaxy. It would take about 100,000 years, at the speed of light, to cross it. It is estimated there are 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Billions used to be […]

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

There are close to 5,000 employees who work for the Salem-Keizer School District, so it comes as an annual surprise when such a very tiny number of them are given special recognition by way of the Crystal Apple Award.  Surely, with all the millions upon millions of dollars spent through taxation here in the effort to provide a public […]

The all-Trump election

The all-Trump election

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Let me tell you about my life since Donald Trump won the Republican primary. I voted against Trump in June because of his history as an unreliable conservative and longtime supporter of big government. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election. Yet I have had this dark presence […]

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Mike could sleep standing up. It wasn’t a parlor trick he’d learned to impress people, it was a survival skill. He’d spent much of his late teens and early twenties homeless and figured out that if he could find a 24-hour laundromat and leaned up against the dryers while they ran, it solved two problems: […]

Brown unenthusiastic choice

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol. It’s not like some elections for […]

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