Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

Marijuana prohibition doesn’t work

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times has seen the light. On Sunday, the paper editorialized in favor of an end to the federal ban on marijuana. According to Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance, The Gray Lady has become the first major national newspaper to support legalizing marijuana. The Times did not […]

False equivalence

False equivalence

By SUSAN ESTRICH The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest between the extremists who generate passion and ratings, and rarely reflecting the views of the majority in the middle. I’ve […]

Thoughts on dealing with global conflicts

Thoughts on dealing with global conflicts

To the Editor: I have read and listened all Sunday morning to the views of pundits and politicians describing what we should be doing or have failed to do with respect to the Ukraine/Russia and Israel/Palestine crises.  Now that I am thoroughly informed, I offer the following thoughts: 1. Stop threatening Putin.  It is not only […]

Bullying in state government

Bullying in state government

Recent news disclosed that two state of Oregon unionized employees have filed lawsuits against the Department of Human Services.  The basis for their suit is a claim that their boss bullied them. I worked about half my working years as a state of Oregon employee; the other half was spent in the private sector.  I was naïve about work with state […]

Obama is crushing the Reagan link

Obama is crushing the Reagan link

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Across his remarkably successful presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the link between the U.S. economy and U.S. international security and defense. He consistently argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad. Reagan was aiming at the dismal Carter years. But he understood for all times that economic strength at home sends […]

50,000 and counting

50,000 and counting

The exodus of children from Latin American countries across the border into the U.S. continues while the people who can do something about it would rather win political points than address this humanitarian crisis. Many of the children, some as young as four, are escaping dangerous life in their home countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala and […]

Social networking

Social networking

People talk about social networking sites as if they had a right to use it. Take the latest hullybaloo over Facebook’s manipulations about mirroring content to users interest. Social networking sites are a business—a lucrative business. There is no right for the public to use them other than the way specific  companies require. If people […]

Salaries

Salaries

City Councilor Joe Egli was right when he voiced concern over, and voted against, the recent salary survey for the city manager and city attorney positions with Keizer. He voiced concerns about the process including step increases and the cities that were included such as Lake Oswego and West Linn, two cities that are decidedly […]

Romney has done enough for GOP

Romney has done enough for GOP

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he thinks that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and that “he will be the next president of the United States.” The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008 and then the general election in 2012. What would his […]

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

Not that long ago, “senior” Americans volunteered in our schools and did so only to benefit from some heart-felt thanks.  Almost always under a teacher’s supervision, whose work they labored to supplement, their purpose was to help children learn to read, write and use numbers. Seniors working with kids in a school setting has been mainly viewed as a good-fit with successful relationships the pay off.  They’ve provided children one-on-one attention while feeling appreciated, that having been the standard of older persons […]

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