Day: November 18, 2016

Veterans Day 2016

To the Editor: I sit here looking out the window at the American flag, with tremendous pride. It is impossible not to have a heavy heart over watching rioters burn that same flag. Watching protesters vandalize buildings, cars, and blocking traffic, preventing working people from getting to or from home, to work, to pick up the kids. All under the guise  of “their rights.” In 1944, 18-year-olds stormed Normandy. Many gave their lives to protect a free world, to give us the freedoms we have today.  Today we have 18-year-olds staging “cry-ins” on colleges campuses because they didn’t get their way. Therapy dogs being brought in to help them grieve, college professors weeping over a lost election, making exams “optional” while students grieve. Should it be any surprise that high school students walk out in protest given the brain washing they have experienced from teachers like this? Some parents have been complaining for years, about a leftist agenda that has been in control of our public schools. No surprise at the increases in enrollment in private schools. Look at the proliferation of private/church schools in the valley. Have we become a society that teaches our youth “you have the right to have anything you want whether earned it or not?” G.I. Wilson...

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A triumphant GOP, mired in crisis

By MICHAEL GERSON The Republican Party is everywhere triumphant—House and Senate, executive and legislative, national and state—and yet faces a series of crises. There is a crisis of identity. Trump now leads a coalition including the Republican establishment—and people who despise the Republican establishment. The insurgent president-elect—lacking relevant experience, adequate personnel and actual policy proposals—cannot exercise power without the help of those he ridiculed. Trump has chosen to incorporate this conflict into the structure of the West Wing. His chief of staff, Reince Priebus, was the sponsor of the 2013 Republican autopsy report, which called on the party to accommodate America’s multicultural future. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has made a career out of resisting that future. This is less a team of rivals than an ideological cage fight. Every good presidential transition should involve betraying a few of your friends. Not everyone who helps a president to become president is fit to help him govern. Bannon—whose Breitbart News invited the alt-right into the conservative mainstream and who has made a business model out of spreading conspiratorial nonsense —belongs in this category, along with Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Corey Lewandowski and the rest of the distracting campaign sideshow. For the Republican Party, this is also a governing crisis. Trump won office promising to undo globalization, bring back manufacturing jobs and fulfill “every dream you ever dreamed.” So expectations are...

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No to corporate taxes, yes to big salaries

Consider incongruous.  It’s a fancy word meaning something is not consistent with what is logical. Further, consider the following information that was made available in the media a few days ago. The University of Oregon’s trustees last week approved a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Dana Altman that will pay him $18.45 million through April, 2023. Altman will earn a base salary of $1.8 million this season and is due a retention $850,000 bonus this spring at the end of the contract’s first year.  Altman’s the fifth highest paid coach in the Pac-12 while his new deal places him among the nation’s top 20 highest paid coaches.  The work he does manages a sports event named basketball, there’s no life or death involved. Altman has taken Ducks basketball to play in the national tournament but did not finish as national champions.  Meanwhile, Ducks football head coach, Mark Helfrich was a winner for a couple of years but this year has been the coach of a team that has lost more than half of its games.  He’s already been paid millions of dollars for his coaching work; however, should he be fired due to lack of support for him due to this year’s dismal record,  he nevertheless will receive $11.6 million. Altman and Helfrich are not unusual for the amounts of remuneration they receive along with perks that add up to tens of...

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