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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....

 

229 years ago, America became ... America

By Ken Paulson Tuesday, Dec. 15, marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago on that date that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation...

 

Other answers besides layoffs for library

The news that the city is considering laying off library staff raises eyebrows on a number of fronts. Given the way the numbers appeared in early November, when property tax revenues had not yet materialized, it’s understandable that city...

 

In difficult times, thanksgiving can be healthy

2020 has been a tough year. That may be one of the few things Americans agree on, pretty much universally. We’re sick of COVID, even though most of us haven’t actually had it. We’re tired of the restrictions, we’re unhappy about the numbers,...

 

Economic benefactors should be among those we're thankful for

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson With all the attention commanded by the presidential campaign, election, and aftermath, plus the ongoing COVID-19 story, many other issues have faded into the background. Though escaping the headlines, some of these other...

 

Coronavirus crunch time has arrived

Back in the days when we had didn’t have to do a risk assessment to hold or attend a fund-raiser auction, dinner, youth sports event, etc., we often had chances to win free services and stuff provided by local merchants in support of local...

 

COVID-19: up close and personal

Guest Commentary After I came down with a dry cough, headache, kidney stone-like chest pain and a sore throat that began Sept. 30, I decided to stay home from work. My wife, Tiffany, had similar more intense symptoms, and our 12-year-old boy, Jim,...

 

Time for rural Oregon to make a good impact

As we near the end of a turbulent year, we’ve just experienced a critical juncture in our community, our state and our nation’s journeys: a big election. Unless President Trump pulls a spectacular and convincing legal rabbit out of the hat, we...

 

As emotional election ends ... the sun continues to shine

By Dr. Glenn Mollette   The sun is shining today and will rise tomorrow. For more years than we know the sun has followed this same pattern.  The rising sun is a good pattern for all of us. We know each day we can count on the sun. Some days the s...

 

Door's open to get kids back to school; can we do what it takes?

Linn County has an opportunity. Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement last Friday, Oct. 30, is making it a bit easier to get students back in school (see story on page 1). Indeed, across Oregon, 130,000 students were immediately allowed to return to... Full story

 

Where is our 'North Star?' A response to Gov. Brown's plan

Last Friday, Oct. 30, Gov. Kate Brown announced in a press conference new metrics for opening up schools for in-person instruction. During her opening remarks she said, "This is a time for us to take...

 

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