Archive for the Category ‘Columns’

What is needed to jumpstart economic development in city?

What is needed to jumpstart economic development in city?

From the Mayor’s Desk The editorial in last week’s paper, Call it a day for the EDC (Economic Development Commission) reflects thoughts I have had for a while. And I agree that a re-think of the city role in promoting economic development, particularly in the context of our Economic Opportunities Analysis in the Comprehensive Plan, […]

Travel bans, Arrival and Mr. Rogers

Travel bans, Arrival and Mr. Rogers

By ERIC A. HOWALD I’ve lost track of how many times the counters on the digital cameras I use as part of my job have reset themselves, and the cameras only reset after 10,000 pictures. Most of those pictures will never – thankfully – see the light of day and the few I do remember […]

Sanctuary cities are not a solve-all

Sanctuary cities are not a solve-all

Immigration, immigrants, refugees, green cards, and illegals have often found their way into topics of discussion. Whether or not in each case the individual or group of individuals found acceptance or rejection had a lot to do with their point of origin. A welcome mat for western Europeans while the door is mostly shut for Asians. My third generation Scotch-American father entered […]

What are we afraid of?

What are we afraid of?

What are you afraid of?  Many of us feel over-taxed and under-protected by our government so first we should learn the real threats to our country before deciding where to invest in increased safety. If safety means not dying then we should also know the causes of death in America.  Center for Disease Control (CDC) […]

Are we ready for the way Trump governs?

Are we ready for the way Trump governs?

Referring to Stephen Bannon as President Bannon, as in president of the United States, is quickly being viewed as no joke. Many among us are concerned (extremely concerned is more like it) that the man elected to be POTUS has already morphed into the guy called in from Breitbart to direct Donald Trump in every Oval Office decision he […]

Divergent paths

Divergent paths

Sixty is the new forty.  Sixty-eight is not.  It’s just old.  I am still younger than our newly elected President.  It is a time for introspection. How is it that Donald Trump became a self-professed billionaire president instead of me? It is petty of me to point out that he had a several million dollar […]

A picture of American shame

A picture of American shame

By MICHAEL GERSON  The image of President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis, signing an executive order that (among other things) excludes Syrian refugees from America, is indelible. Three powerful American leaders, targeting and dehumanizing some of the most vulnerable people on earth. A picture of bullying. A […]

Early impressions shaky

Early impressions shaky

Granted, it’s early to make conclusions about our new president and his cabinet.  Nevertheless, there are a couple of serious concerns here that have already come up in the past two weeks. The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and political traditions have established freedoms that have not been seen, even considered, in many parts of the world.  They are […]

Rarin’ to go in 2017

Rarin’ to go in 2017

From the Capitol by Bill Post On January 9, 2017, I took the oath of office as state representative from House District 25 (Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg) for the second time. I can assure you that other than the fact I had some kind of flu virus, the thrill was not one iota less […]

Why millions gather to say ‘no’

Why millions gather to say ‘no’

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Within 48 hours, we learned that Donald John Trump intends to govern as the same fiercely angry man who shook the country in 2016. He confirmed that his administration intends to show no regard for norms —or facts. His opposition has drawn the obvious conclusion. Its only options are to contain […]

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