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If heroism is hopeless

If heroism is hopeless

By MICHAEL GERSON   The apocalypse has been much on my mind. This is not only because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now more or less officially in charge of a nuclear threshold state, or because a dictator with the mentality of a spiteful teenager controls North Korea’s dozen or so atom bombs, or because a nuclear […]

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

Taxes and IRS targeted as 2016 nears

There was a time in this country when Americans supported the government through taxes on distilled  spirits, carriage making, refined sugar, tobacco and snuff sold at auction, corporate bonds and slaves.  Limited as it was, it didn’t last, of course, as the War of 1812 brought sales taxes on gold, silverware, jewelry, and watches and, […]

Iran’s remarkable achievement

Iran’s remarkable achievement

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever else the Obama administration accomplished in the Iran nuclear framework, it did a good job keeping the bar of expectations low and then clearing it. Many assumed various provisions would last 10 years or less; most are for 15 years or more. Many expected the number of operating centrifuges to exceed […]

How to read the Iran debate

How to read the Iran debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate. Those engaged in the argument sometimes pretend to more […]

Don’t legalize discrimination

Don’t legalize discrimination

The to do about Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence signing into law that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is well placed by those who will boycott the Hoosier state for what they call legalized discrimination. The act says the government cannot burden a person’s ability to follow their religious beliefs, unless it can prove a compelling […]

Government vs. religion

Government vs. religion

To the Editor: There’s been a lot of news about Indiana passing a freedom of religion law. Both sides in favor or against the law have voiced their opinions. My personal feeling is people who have strong religion reasons for not providing services should have rights under certain conditions. If there were only one baker […]

Fire board election

Fire board election

To the Editor: I am supporting Betty Hart for the Keizer Fire District board.  Betty has demonstrated her dedication to community service by years of effort on boards of various organizations such as Girl Scouts.  She manifests her high sense of responsibility by attending required meetings and community involvement ventures, and assisting with organization of […]

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

Virtues of the smoke-filled room

By MICHAEL GERSON The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors’ payments—permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing—has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a March 4 meeting between leaders in a metaphorical […]

Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Is CETC overpromising what it can do?

Once a local person like me learns that there will be established here in the Salem-Keizer School District attendance area a public-private venture whose published purpose is to develop academic proficiency and technical skills, I am compelled to ask why are we doing that which will cost many more tax-supported dollars when our schools should have been offering instruction in […]

Three men changing education

Three men changing education

If Chuck Lee and John Honey get students as excited about the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) as adults, the facility will surpass all expectations. The Career Technical Education Center—long a dream of the Salem-Keizer School District—is scheduled to open this fall on Portland Road. Budget cuts of more than $120 million a few years […]

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