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 Opinion    May 5, 2021 

Time for the state to back off on COVID

Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have been in the driver’s seat in Oregon’s response to COVID for well over a year now.  What’s been the result? Depends, of course, on whom you ask. On one side are those who fully buy in to the...

 

Biden's legacy may be dollar signs

By Rich Lowry So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old-school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory. He’s been replaced by the Joe...

 

The latest assault on Winston Churchill

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith During his long life, Winston Churchill suffered several indignities. He was dismissed from his position as the head of the Royal Navy in 1915 because of the disastrous defeat Anglo-French forces endured at Gallipoli during Wo...

 

New reporter: How I got to Sweet Home

The first time I heard about Sweet Home was in a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. But that was Sweet Home, Alabama. You see, I come from quite far away. Pennsylvania, to be precise. When I learned that Sweet... Full story

 

ODF habitat plan has many flaws

By Amanda Astor The Oregon Department of Forestry is proposing major changes in state forest management. Last year, the agency released a draft 70-year habitat conservation plan with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atm...

 

Time to step up and help out

By John Marble Twenty years ago, America suffered a devastating attack and a horrific nightmare as the Twin Towers collapsed in a heap of concrete, fire and death. I was most deeply moved by the newsreels showing New York firefighters and police...

 

Freedom's not a given, and rights are being lost

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech, which is a thing terrible to traitors.” – Benjamin Franklin By Peter Ready America’s gateway drug to its tyranny addiction has been to forget and...

 

Time to discard failed planning rule

By Vlad Yurlov Oregon’s transportation policy is in an alternate reality, the “no build” alternative, to be exact. It’s been more than 30 years since Oregon built a new highway, and its metropolitan areas are pressured to say “no” to park...

 

Booting of classics act of ideological destruction

By Rich Lowry It was only a matter of time before Cicero got canceled. The New York Times recently profiled Princeton classicist Dan-el Padilla Peralta, who wants to destroy the study of classics as a blow for racial justice. The critique of...

 
 By Scott Swanson    Opinion    March 3, 2021

Athletes back in action, and let's keep them there

High school athletics kick off this week in earnest after a year in cold storage and we should all be happy, even those of us who’ve never warmed a seat at a sports event. We’ve reported a few sports stories during that period, but most haven’t...

 

COVID decision triggers unusual feeling: happiness

Imagine you’re a high school athletic director. You love sports and you like kids. If you didn’t, there are plenty of easier ways to make money. Your job – if not life – centers on trying to maximize the life experience for high schoolers,...

 

Ramped-up mandates ring hollow against common sense

By Dennis Linthicum In the movie “Collateral Damage,” Arnold Schwarzenegger saves the day at the last minute. Aside from the bad guys, explosions, and the lustre of an action movie, there is another lesson: Don’t be fooled by kind words and...

 

Congress sidelined by presidential pens

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden has proved that, if nothing else, he has a pen and a phone. According to The Economist, he signed more executive orders in his first two days than President Donald Trump signed in nearly his first two months. And he...

 

When government's actions cost citizens, is compensation in order?

By Dr. Eric Fruits Oregon Department of Education recently announced relaxed guidelines for school reopenings. The new guidelines provide a roadmap for districts in the Portland area and much of the state to roll out in-person instruction for...

 

Measure 109 not 'just another drug ballot measure'

In the November 2020 election, Oregonians voted in favor of passing Ballot Measure 109. This permits the Oregon Health Authority to establish a framework for psilocybin-assisted therapy to begin as...

 

Evidence falls short in trial of Trump

By Dr. John A. Sparks The House of Representatives, with the sole responsibility of impeachment, has passed a single Article of Impeachment charging President Donald Trump with committing a high crime, namely that he “made statements that...

 

Why COVID relief is problematical

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson Americans are known to have big hearts. When disaster strikes, Americans unselfishly and heroically extend a helping hand. That certainly has been the case in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody wants to see those...

 

Keep writing those letters!

This opinion page is often devoid of thoughts other than those of our staff, usually yours truly. That’s certainly not by design or preference. Thus, I’m truly delighted to see local readers and residents expressing thoughts about some of the eve... Full story

 

Rush to judgment could be dangerous as crime

Regardless of which end of the political spectrum one represents, the storming of the U.S. Capitol by protesters was reprehensible, in particular the cost of human lives. The tragic episode is being condemned, rightly, from all sides. It’s one of...

 

COVID: What's the big deal?

By John H. Marble Over the past few months this paper has printed numerous COVID letters and editorials, from all points of the compass. I suppose this simply reflects the generally scattered views of Americans, regardless of the topic. At the risk...

 

Local COVID management better for all

Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to make the metrics governing whether schools can operate advisory, rather than mandatory, is a good one, not only for state officials but for the people they serve. How effective the “freeze” imposed nearly two month...

 

Pandemic result: economic cruelty

By Rich Lowry Just when it seemed some of the most disheartening trends in the U.S. economy were finally beginning to reverse, COVID-19 arrived to entrench them. The pandemic has been a neutron bomb targeted at the prospects of lower income working...

 

Seeking true peace in turbulent times

Christmas, for many in our society, is supposed to be about family, presents, comfort and joy, generosity toward the less fortunate and, for some, remembering why we celebrate the holiday in the first place: the birth of Jesus Christ. We’re in the...

 

Biggest joy of serving in House is hanging with local residents

My nearly 13 years in the legislature will be wrapping up in the next couple weeks. This will be my last submission as your state representative. I find it very fitting to spend the next 400, or so,...

 

Taking COVID seriously will save lives – maybe yours

Every week I tabulate the dead to create the COVID graphs for this newspaper. Each life snuffed out by coronavirus is a line or less on my spreadsheet. When they’re local I take particular note, and there are more of those than ever these days....

 

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