Day: February 13, 2015

Use power, not troops

It took the death of an attractive young American woman for President Obama and other politicians to get really mad. This week Obama sent Congress a request for broadened war power authority to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). Kayla Mueller, a 26-year old woman from Arizona, and a captive of the Islamic State (ISIS), was killed while being held hostage; ISIS says she was killed in as a result of a Jordanian air raid. Was the decapitation of James Foley not horrible enough for Obama and others to act? Obama has the executive power to order airstrikes against ISIS (as he has done for months now), but he wants to get bipartisan support for an escalation. We presume as a result of Mueller’s death. Turn the clock back 50 years. A president asked for and received almost unanimous support for his war power authority request. That president was Lyndon Johnson,  the result was the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave Johnson free reign to do anything he wanted.  After all he had the approval of a bipartisan Congress. There is one big similarity between the war in Vietnam and the coming war against ISIS: a lack of a defined battle line.  In Vietnam troops were constantly blindsided by enemy troops who were fighting a different kind of war than the Americans were. The enemy hid in plain sight amongst...

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Senator wants people to stop SB324

To the Editor: One of the first public hearings of the Oregon Legislature’s 2015 session was for Senate Bill 324, which extends the sunset for a low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) program set to expire December 31. The alleged purpose of LCFS is to reduce the “carbon intensity” of fossil fuels. Producers of biofuels will be given “carbon intensity credits” for their production of “renewable” energy products. Suppliers of gasoline and diesel will be forced to purchase these “carbon intensity credits” to “mitigate” their carbon dioxide emissions. The Department of Environmental Quality estimates this will increase the price of gasoline by about 19 cents per gallon. Consumer user groups are estimating costs to be closer to $1 per gallon. SB 324 requires no notification of the covert tax to be provided to consumers. Most Oregonians won’t realize that they are paying an extra $2 to $20 to fill up their gas tanks. The LCFS is not really about saving the planet. Even the complete elimination of all Oregon greenhouse gas emissions would not result in a measurable difference in global emissions. It’s not about social justice, either. Families living at or near poverty levels spend the highest percentage of their income for energy. They will suffer the greatest harm by forcing artificial and unaffordable increases in energy prices upon them. Oregonians concerned about this misguided policy should contact their...

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Mayor Cathy Clark

To the Editor: A big “thank you” to Mayor Cathy Clark for her attention, giving and bringing, to our long neglected River Road merchants! They are the true heart of Keizer. Cathy features and visits a different Keizer business every Wednesday as a part of her Keizer Business Day program. Carol Doerfler...

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Kitzhaber’s time is running out

By Gene McIntyre “Loose lips sink ships” was one of several slogans used by World War II’s U.S. Office of War Information to caution Americans about speaking of military matters when enemy sympathizers could be within listening range. During 2015, it would seem that a slogan to be repeated in Oregon is that “a pretty face can sink an administration.”  And, as for those Oregon taxpayers not among the privileged few in the Kitzhaber administration, they are admonished to keep a close eye on their wallets. The stuff revealed about Ms. Cylvia Hayes, mainly by staff writers at The Oregonian, most recently by journalists Nick Budnick and Laura Gunderson, keeps accumulating to build a wholly negative picture that’s begun to look like a mountain of matters that drag the Kitzhaber administration to lows never imagined for a governor formerly viewed as a level-headed, responsible leader. In fact, from here, Oregon’s governor was viewed as a political leader who would not suffer fools but unfortunately has apparently now become one himself. First there was Hayes’ willingness to throw ethics away for money when she got paid to marry a foreigner so he could stay in the U.S., then there was the omission of not reporting that income received on her tax return, and, at the beginning stage of the multifarious revelations, just before the November election, it was reported that she and a male companion had tried their hands to establish a marijuana-growing operation in Washington...

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Condemning Islam is the wrong course

By MICHAEL GERSON    Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be “twisted and misused in the name of evil” and that terrorists who profess “to stand up for Islam” are, in fact, “betraying it.” Critics found Obama’s timing offensive and his message about Islam naive: He should avoid moral equivalence, stop playing the theologian and recognize that Islam has a unique problem with violence and extremism. Days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001—in which temperatures inside the collapsing World Trade Center reached 2,000 degrees and the bodies of many passengers on the airplanes were consumed by burning jet fuel —George W. Bush took off his shoes, entered a Muslim prayer room at the Islamic Center of Washington, spoke with Muslim leaders and made a short statement. “These acts of violence against innocents,” he said, “violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. … The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam.” On Sept. 20, 2001, speaking to a joint session of Congress, Bush called the teachings of Islam “good and peaceful.” “The terrorists,” he said, “are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself.” Later in his presidency, when the charge came that America was fighting a...

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