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Iran nuclear deal

Iran nuclear deal

To the Editor: The Iran deal will make the world a more dangerous place, unless we write to our elected officials to modify it a follows: Make any lifting of sanctions be contingent upon unlimited access to possible nuclear weapons  sites; and perhaps make this preventing of nuclear weapons go on for  more than 10 […]

Americans polarized but ambivalent

Americans polarized but ambivalent

By E.J. DIONNE JR. So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in […]

Trump setting the wrong tone for 2016

Trump setting the wrong tone for 2016

The only known GOP hopeful to have come to Donald Trump’s defense is Senator Ted Cruz  (R-Texas).  However, even he apparently has had some second thoughts about The Donald after Trump’s critical comments several days ago regarding Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). At Iowa’s Family Leadership Summit.  Trump, as we know, was annoyed with McCain who put down as […]

A calm, reasonable voice wanted

A calm, reasonable voice wanted

Will a calm voice ever be heard again in our national politics? This year alone has resulted in so much vitriol from every side. Anger still lingers about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and there remain calls for its repeal even after the U.S. Supreme Court let it stand. The same court’s ruling on same-sex […]

Not all welcome at concerts

Not all welcome at concerts

To the Editor: We have enjoyed the summer concerts at Keizer Rapids Park for some time but we had a bad experience Saturday, July 18. Several members of our Wood Carvers Club showed up as usual to enjoy the evening of music, food, fun and to do a little wood carving. As we set up […]

Jeb Bush wants to share

Jeb Bush wants to share

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable—and boring. I left […]

Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

I have been struck by the impression of Senator Peter Courtney (D) and Rep. Tina Kotek (D). They come across as unfriendly and grouchy. Whatever the case, one is now the longest-serving Senate president (Courtney), while the other is the Speaker of the House (Kotek). As the 2015 session proceeded through fits and starts and then came to its end, the […]

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders last Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations—more […]

Ed Dougherty

Ed Dougherty

To the Editor: Ed Dougherty was an icon. For years in the Salem-Keizer area and beyond, Ed touched many lives through EJD Enterprises. Ed along with his wife,  Jan, worked together for years to bring concerts and events to the people of our community. Some of the greatest musicians from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and […]

I fought the good fight this year

I fought the good fight this year

From the Capitol by Bill Post The legislative session just came to a close and as your state representative, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from the past months. You may remember that this is my first time representing you in Salem, and it has been […]

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