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The past is the future in education

The past is the future in education

Formerly and currently, the Oregon Education Investment Board has been mainly an unmitigated dud.  Its beginning was beaten up and badly bloodied by the fouls of its first director while its more recent efforts can be measured as positive only if the evaluator ignores the huge costs of its administrative team and those board members who meet to blow their own horns, having little […]

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

By ERIC A. HOWALD There’s a story about a teacher, Paulo Friere, who is said to have taught 300 Brazilian sugar cane workers to read and write in fewer than 50 days. The workers were seeking to have a greater voice in the forces that controlled their lives at the factory and in government at […]

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

Measure 91 deserves a yes vote

By JUDGE WILLIAM RIGGS As a former Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court with more than 30 years of experience as a judge, I have reviewed thousands of laws. I have carefully read Measure 91, which will regulate, legalize and tax the adult use of marijuana. I believe it is a solid, well-written law and […]

Kim Thatcher for Senate

Kim Thatcher for Senate

In her five terms in the Oregon state house Republican Kim Thatcher focused on gun-related issues and trying to keep undocumented people from attaining legal driving licenses. She has been at the forefront of transparency in state government spending. We would like to have seen her spend as much time on issues that affect everyone: […]

Ebola in America

Ebola in America

By MICHAEL GERSON In any health care setting, it is wise to listen to the nurses, who see all. Their reports from Dallas about the initial procedures used in treating Thomas Eric Duncan are appalling. Safety suits with exposed necklines left nurses to cover skin with tape. When tape is removed, it abrades the skin. […]

Back to the future in Iraq

Back to the future in Iraq

Almost 25 years after its beginning, we’ve now arrived at writing the third chapter of America’s Iraq War.  It’s insanity similar to the Vietnam era as we pour dollar after precious dollar into warring overseas while societal disaster, for example, Congress hesitates not one moment to fund bombs for the Middle East but no longer funds the National Institute of Health to develop […]

Support for Chuck Lee

Support for Chuck Lee

To the Editor: The main reason I am voting for Chuck Lee is because he can negotiate with others to solve both large and small problems. He has demonstrated this while serving on the Keizer City Council and the Salem-Keizer School Board. He is very much interested in education, which is critical to providing an […]

Support for Bill Post

Support for Bill Post

To the Editor: We are asking each and every registered voter in Oregon to vote for Bill Post for House District 25 state representative. Bill Post is an entrepreneur, a family man, someone who understands the real economic-generating force in Oregon is small business.  I have the pleasure of seeing him every Sunday at church […]

Principles should reflect core values

Principles should reflect core values

To the Editor: As you may be aware, I am running for Keizer City Council, Position 5. You might already know that my opponent has the endorsements of some well-known names including Rep. Kim Thatcher and Mayor Lore Christopher. You also may already be aware that the business partner of my opponent has a criminal […]

Support for Ryan Howard

Support for Ryan Howard

To the Editor: I attended the candidate’s forum sponsored by the Greater Gubser Neighborhood on Oct. 16.  Ryan Howard, candidate for Senate (District 13) was one of the speakers.  Wow! He made a lot of sense.  He is very articulate and a very active member of his community. He serves on the Newberg City Council, […]

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