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Knight of Arts a grand success

Knight of Arts a grand success

To the Editor: On behalf of the McNary Fine Arts Board, thank you to each and every one of you for your generous support of Knight of Arts 2015. This was a record breaking year for us, and none of it would have been possible without your help.  Because of the hard work and generosity […]

Negotiating from weakness

Negotiating from weakness

By MICHAEL GERSON    Over the years, President Obama has been criticized and praised—but mainly praised—for lacking a driving foreign policy ideology. It seemed to be one of the “childish things” he promised to set aside as he launched his presidency in 2009. America’s conduct in the world would be characterized by outreach, consultation, flexibility […]

Israeli election could determine future

Israeli election could determine future

Next week, specifically March 17, will prove a most monumentally-important day in U.S.-Israeli relations.  It’s the day the Israeli voters decide whether they want Benjamin Netanyahu, who came here to indelicately kick our duly-elected president and our nation’s foreign policy, to continue as that nation’s prime minister.  Or, choose Isaac Herzog, who commented about Netanyahu’s visit as “a very harsh wound to […]

Do not be goaded into war

Do not be goaded into war

When in doubt, cut taxes or send in American military troops. Those seem to be the only choices for some of the nation’s politicians on the right. No tax is good—taxes feed the government beast that has an insatiable appetite. Cut off its food source and government will shrink to a manageable size, whatever that […]

The Bibi-Boehner coalition

The Bibi-Boehner coalition

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy. It was equally strange that the speaker of our House of Representatives interjected the United States Congress into an Israeli political campaign. It fell […]

Love transcends societal rules

Love transcends societal rules

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD Joanie spent most of the day I met her on the couch where I had just started work as a vocational care provider for developmentally disabled adults. Joanie was in her 60s, her face pruned by time and caving in around her eyes and gums. She was mostly […]

The subversive FBI director

The subversive FBI director

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists. In Parting the Waters, the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration […]

Monied college sports need reforms

Monied college sports need reforms

The line between college and professional football appear to have become more and more blurred with each passing season.  Just the other day, for example, the media announced that one Vernon Adams, who has been a star quarterback with Eastern Washington University and could play there this fall in his senior year, has switched schools to play at the University […]

Use power, not troops

Use power, not troops

It took the death of an attractive young American woman for President Obama and other politicians to get really mad. This week Obama sent Congress a request for broadened war power authority to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). Kayla Mueller, a 26-year old woman from Arizona, and a captive of the Islamic State (ISIS), was […]

Senator wants people to stop SB324

Senator wants people to stop SB324

To the Editor: One of the first public hearings of the Oregon Legislature’s 2015 session was for Senate Bill 324, which extends the sunset for a low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) program set to expire December 31. The alleged purpose of LCFS is to reduce the “carbon intensity” of fossil fuels. Producers of biofuels will […]

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