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A GOP trapped by Trump

A GOP trapped by Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       WASHINGTON — The Republican Party is on the verge of being taken over by an egomaniac who appeals to the nation’s darkest impulses. Yet Donald Trump’s foes are splintered, tactically but also philosophically.      It doesn’t help that each of his three serious challengers is a flawed alternative. None is sufficiently […]

Privacy vs. security

Privacy vs. security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ordering Apple to break into the cell phone of the San Bernandino shooters to get what could be vital information. The information that is now locked away inside that iPhone could reveal important data that would help authorities get a clearer understanding of the movements and contacts of Syed […]

Short session plus one party control

Short session plus one party control

From the Capitol By BILL POST If you have been following this “short” legislative session in the news over the past few weeks, you may have seen conflicting reports on what has transpired. I can tell you one thing, the pace of this session is incredible and even longtime legislators, lobbyists and staff in the […]

Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect

Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS During a recent CNN town hall Donald Trump offered up that he probably works too hard and if he had worked “a little bit less,” he “probably wouldn’t have had two marriages that didn’t work out.” Moderator Anderson Cooper then thanked Trump for participating in the event, and the last town […]

Which candidate can allay our fears?

Which candidate can allay our fears?

Is there anything to worry about today in the United States?  There just may be a few reasons to feel some fear. President Obama is a silver-tongued orator but has let us down in so many ways from what we thought he would do.  Sure, he’s put some Americans back to work as there are more […]

Obama must nominate justice

Obama must nominate justice

The funeral for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hasn’t been held yet and already the forces are out to hyper-politicize the naming of his replacement. Scalia died last weekend at the age of 79 after serving nearly 30 years on the nation’s highest court. He is being lionized across the spectrum as a […]

Thanks for your kindness

Thanks for your kindness

To the Editor: To the gentleman who found my bank card, I would like to say “thank you” for going out of your way to return it to my bank.  As fate would have it, I was frantically searching for my card today when I realized it was missing. At that moment, I received a […]

What Keizer loses

What Keizer loses

Tuesday’s city council meeting was the final one for Brandon Smith. He submitted his resignation last week; he is moving to Salem, making him ineligible to serve on the body. Smith has served twice on council. He was appointed to a vacancy in late 2007 and won the seat in his own right in the […]

Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

Replacing Scalia will take epic effort

By MICHAEL GERSON  A public official can fight to expand the power and prerogatives of his office with skill and cunning. Defending the prerogatives of other officials, in another branch of government, is done only out of principle. Justice Antonin Scalia spent a career in America’s judicial aristocracy defending representative democracy. He wanted courts to […]

Put more effort into CTE for students

Put more effort into CTE for students

Some of our state legislators will get into something that has complex features and then over-simplify it for the sake of political gain.  A classical example of such a matter is a guest opinion in another newspaper by Republican Senator Ted Ferrioli of John Day who wrote glowingly but without a word about the historic shortcomings regarding career and technical […]

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