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The duck that roared

The duck that roared

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office. He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in foreign […]

What will new year bring?

What will new year bring?

What amazing or tragic events  will 2015 bring to the world? Two thousand fourteen has been a year of challenges for people throughout the world—Syrians, Ukrainians, Russians, west Africans, the middle class in America and victims of violence anywhere in the world. At year’s end we were distracted by a tinpot dictator’s rant about a […]

Chemawa project done right

Chemawa project done right

The project to improve Chemawa Road from River Road westward to Keizer Rapids Park was to have been completed in 2012. All good things come in their own time—the project is now completed. Both sides of the road now feature wide, safe sidewalks, bioswales filled with native plants and trees. The best addition of all […]

End of year tax write off

End of year tax write off

To the Editor: Parents of McNary High School students are preparing for the senior graduation party. We hope to make the 2015 event just as successful as those in the past, a success made possible by hard-working volunteers and generous support from community members like you. The evening will be filled with entertainment, games, prizes, […]

Warming relations with Cuba is good

Warming relations with Cuba is good

Interest was aroused in the debate over normalizing relations with Cuba when House Speaker John Boehner said, “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom—and not one second sooner.”  Then, too, incoming Senate majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell agreed with Boehner as did GOP Senators Marco Rubio […]

Extend the joy to new year

Extend the joy to new year

Peace on earth and goodwill to men. It’s a sentiment found in many Christmas cards being exchanged around the world this month. The call for treating our fellow man with tolerance, respect and love fades too quickly when we enter a new year. Peace on earth begins with each of us. Individually we can bring […]

Fundraiser for Payton Williams

Fundraiser for Payton Williams

To the Editor: On behalf of the McNary Celtics varsity girls and boys teams, we would like to say a huge thank you to all who came out and supported the Celts for Payton Williams night last Friday, Dec. 12.  Over $1,200 was raised for the Williams family.  The family was overwhelmed and very touched […]

Letter writer could not be more wrong

Letter writer could not be more wrong

To the Editor: Thank you, Martin Doerfler, for your thoughtful and well researched letter concerning the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.—not! I recognize that you are entitled to your opinion (opinions are like belly buttons—everybody has one), but when you ignore facts and actual evidence to further your social justice agenda, you don’t contribute […]

Get back to true meaning of holiday

Get back to true meaning of holiday

To the Editor: What is Christmas all about and why do we celebrate it? In Bethlehem, a baby was born and his name was Jesus and his mother was Mary. There were shepherds, men had come to see Him. Also, wisemen traveled a long distance to bring gifts and to worship Him. That should tell […]

The arrogance of liberal elites

The arrogance of liberal elites

By MICHAEL GERSON     Jonathan Gruber—the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg—recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing […]

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