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Losing jobs to automation

Losing jobs to automation

How much longer will increasing numbers of Americans not find work at jobs that pay by the hour, are salaried or paid work of any kind? With the number of machines gone automatic, robots and computers replacing people, inexpensive imported goods and the decline in routine factory assembly and office clerk work, along with the immediate cost and incurred debt of professional […]

Parks? Cops?

Parks? Cops?

Parks and cops? Parks or cops? One little word can make a huge difference in the near future of Keizer. Both are paid for from the city’s general fund budget. Both are important to the livability of the city.  But only one—parks—is the subject of a survey that will, in part, ask homeowners if (and […]

Death of Obamacare threatens real Americans

Death of Obamacare threatens real Americans

By E.J. DIONNE JR.    Let’s try to get this straight. Donald Trump campaigned as the champion of lower-paid working people who deserve better than they have. Republicans have spent the Obama presidency complaining about high deficits and promising to cut them. And whenever liberals put forward major reforms, conservatives say: No, no, you can’t […]

Dem or GOP? Doesn’t matter, just fix it

Dem or GOP? Doesn’t matter, just fix it

It would be a reassuring development if Oregon legislators could collectively announce the truth about the amount available in the treasury for state use in the upcoming biennium. Additionally, instead of once again casting aspersions and more blame on Democrats by Republicans and vice versa that, after announcing what’s available for state programs, they let us taxpayers know what each party wants […]

Take the lead on ride-hailing

Take the lead on ride-hailing

Economic models are being thrown on the slag heap of history as technology changes the way we live and work. Social media has revolutionized communications. Every new discovery and service brings their own rewards and challenges. The way we work has changed and will continue to revolve. The way we move around is changing, as […]

Electoral college serves a purpose

Electoral college serves a purpose

To the Editor:   Gene McIntyre started his column (An equation for disaster? Dec. 30, 2016) with the wrong premise. Alexander Hamilton and others created the Electoral College so states with low populations wouldn’t be left out of the process. If they hadn’t created the College, a few large states could control all national elections. […]

Will Trump let Obama go quietly?

Will Trump let Obama go quietly?

By E.J. DIONNE JR.  Will Donald Trump deprive President Obama of what we have come to think of as a normal post-presidency, the relatively serene life of reflection, writing, philanthropy and high-minded speeches to friendly audiences? In recent decades, we have become accustomed to the idea of ex-presidents who leave political combat behind. They might […]

Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Why do I care about the fate of any sports team?  Why do I consider the teams “my” teams?” I have no impact on or personal reward from the outcome of any game my favorites play.  For the sake of transparency here, my favorites are the University of Oregon Ducks and Seattle Seahawks.  Meanwhile, what’s most silly? I feel temporarily upset when either one loses […]

The color orange

The color orange

There are few things as promising as the dawning of a new year. As the calendar flips from December 31 to January 1, everything will be reset. We make resolutions in an effort to be better. A new year holds the promise of adventures and experiences as well as milestones and celebrations. Spring is the […]

Hate and divisiveness

Hate and divisiveness

By PRITAM K. ROHILA, Ph.D. Acrimony and nastiness have been hallmarks of the recent presidential election campaign in the United States. Divisive ideas, which were being propagated by hosts of a handful of talk radio and cable TV channels, became mainstreamed. Opponents were demonized, and differences among Americans were accentuated.  Suspicion, anger and hate became […]

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