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After Mitt: A GOP message of sound growth

After Mitt:  A GOP message of sound growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is […]

Get out of town

Get out of town

The leaders of Keizer, especially members of the city council, don’t like to try new things unless or until they’re been done somewhere else. What is Salem doing? is a regular question when policy questions are discussed at the council level. It’s a policy that suits Keizer—why take the risk of being first when we […]

Keizer Rapids Regional Park

Keizer Rapids Regional Park

To the Editor: I am under the impression our Keizer Rapids Park was a regional park since Marion County contributed funds to purchase some of the property. The county was able to spend county park money. If the park is regional, the county should provide the city with funds for some park maintenance.  County Commissioner […]

State of the Union

State of the Union

To the Editor: The President’s State of the Union address is, by long standing tradition, a chest thumping opportunity for the administration in power. I would have expected no less from Obama. And a negative rebuttal by the other party is expected as well. It seems like things have never been better—or worse. Let me […]

Who’s missing in economic growth?

Who’s missing in economic growth?

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL To say that you are worried about America’s future is no different than saying you are worried about America’s children.  Last week we learned that just more than 50 percent of public school children are now from low-income homes.  In the same week we learned that the world’s […]

Republicans in the immigrant minefield

Republicans in the immigrant minefield

By MICHAEL GERSON Any Republican event convened by Rep. Steven King—he of “calves the size of cantaloupes” fame—could easily have degenerated into a festival of immigrant bashing. It is to the credit of the serious GOP presidential prospects in attendance that the Iowa Freedom Summit generally was not. Yes, Donald Trump emerged from his stretch […]

Design of the divine?

Design of the divine?

By MICHAEL GERSON The biographer Eric Metaxas recently made waves by arguing that modern science increasingly “makes the case for God.” Writing in The Wall Street Journal, he framed some rather weak arguments about planetary science, claiming that the parameters for the emergence of life are so precise and unlikely that they point to divine […]

How government helps the 1 percent

How government helps the 1 percent

By E.J. DIONNE JR. You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance. There is nothing wrong with you if you believe this. Our public discourse […]

Don’t say Islam is violent

Don’t say Islam is violent

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Here’s what I love about the French: They’ve long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly shooting at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo magazine “an act of exceptional barbarity,” without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn’t engage in the […]

Climate change hurts the valley

Climate change hurts the valley

By CAMILA THORNDIKE and DAN GOLDEN The region’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, viticulture and forestry—all of which are climate-sensitive.  Summers are hotter and dryer with rains occurring as storms, rather than replenishing drizzles. Snowpack is decreasing.  Less water for irrigation, increasing incidence of pests and disease, and growing competition from weeds threaten local agriculture. […]

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