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Why Cabinet nominees should be rejected

Why Cabinet nominees should be rejected

Were I ever in a position of power to take action on President Trump’s cabinet nominees, I would veto some of them without any further consideration. Here are thoughts for rejection from Keizer, Oregon: Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of Treasury.  This is the same guy whose record shows that he ruthlessly foreclosed on thousands of homeowners in the ranks of […]

Attacking Rep. John Lewis

Attacking Rep. John Lewis

By MICHAEL GERSON  Who is John Lewis that Donald Trump should be mindful of him? Lewis, by one definition, is a 76-year-old, liberal politician with a disturbing habit of hyperbole. He questioned the validity of George W. Bush’s presidential win. He once compared John McCain to George Wallace. Now he questions the legitimacy of Trump’s […]

Losing jobs to automation

Losing jobs to automation

How much longer will increasing numbers of Americans not find work at jobs that pay by the hour, are salaried or paid work of any kind? With the number of machines gone automatic, robots and computers replacing people, inexpensive imported goods and the decline in routine factory assembly and office clerk work, along with the immediate cost and incurred debt of professional […]

Death of Obamacare threatens real Americans

Death of Obamacare threatens real Americans

By E.J. DIONNE JR.    Let’s try to get this straight. Donald Trump campaigned as the champion of lower-paid working people who deserve better than they have. Republicans have spent the Obama presidency complaining about high deficits and promising to cut them. And whenever liberals put forward major reforms, conservatives say: No, no, you can’t […]

Dem or GOP? Doesn’t matter, just fix it

Dem or GOP? Doesn’t matter, just fix it

It would be a reassuring development if Oregon legislators could collectively announce the truth about the amount available in the treasury for state use in the upcoming biennium. Additionally, instead of once again casting aspersions and more blame on Democrats by Republicans and vice versa that, after announcing what’s available for state programs, they let us taxpayers know what each party wants […]

Will Trump let Obama go quietly?

Will Trump let Obama go quietly?

By E.J. DIONNE JR.  Will Donald Trump deprive President Obama of what we have come to think of as a normal post-presidency, the relatively serene life of reflection, writing, philanthropy and high-minded speeches to friendly audiences? In recent decades, we have become accustomed to the idea of ex-presidents who leave political combat behind. They might […]

Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Why do I care about the fate of any sports team?  Why do I consider the teams “my” teams?” I have no impact on or personal reward from the outcome of any game my favorites play.  For the sake of transparency here, my favorites are the University of Oregon Ducks and Seattle Seahawks.  Meanwhile, what’s most silly? I feel temporarily upset when either one loses […]

The color orange

The color orange

There are few things as promising as the dawning of a new year. As the calendar flips from December 31 to January 1, everything will be reset. We make resolutions in an effort to be better. A new year holds the promise of adventures and experiences as well as milestones and celebrations. Spring is the […]

Hate and divisiveness

Hate and divisiveness

By PRITAM K. ROHILA, Ph.D. Acrimony and nastiness have been hallmarks of the recent presidential election campaign in the United States. Divisive ideas, which were being propagated by hosts of a handful of talk radio and cable TV channels, became mainstreamed. Opponents were demonized, and differences among Americans were accentuated.  Suspicion, anger and hate became […]

The economy needs attention now

The economy needs attention now

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW President-elect Donald Trump’s transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly—confidently. More than confidently —transcendently. And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. These are signs of Trump confidence. Hard-nosed investment manager Ray Dalio, founder […]

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