Day: December 30, 2016

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 season when nature starts to bloom anew, but for the people, New Year’s Day heralds all that is bright and new and unexplored. For most people anyway. There is no getting around the fact that not everyone will celebrate a new year, because for them it will look much like the previous year.  Many people will continue to struggle with finances, living situations and more. People who don’t live the great American lifestyle don’t always have a choice. They should not be judged. For those in need who ask for help should receive it, not just from some bureaucracy but from their fellow man. We judge when we are intolerant of other’s life style, life choice or ideology. That intolerance begets isolation, bias and injury. Our world has become a society in which too many people feel they’ve been given the permission to  attack, verbally and physically,  those who are different. That includes the bullying of children, whether it is in person or cyber. It is not nearly enough to just express the sentiment...

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Bob O’Shea

Bob O’Shea, of Keizer recently passed away. He is survived by his wife, Joan. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Keizer Elks lodge, 4250 Cherry Avenue N., at 1...

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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 widespread. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recorded a 14 percent increase in the number of hate groups in the country in 2015. In its 2016 report, released in late November, it counted almost 900 incidents of harassment and intimidation in a variety of settings, all directed against immigrants, minority individuals and related institutions. Even children, disabled individuals and houses of worship were not spared. New York Police Department has noted a 115 percent increase in hate crimes in New York City. According to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, in parts of the county, there was a 24 percent rise in hate crimes, mostly targeting minorities, and  there was 69 percent increase in hate crimes just against Latinos. The FBI reported 5,850 hate crimes in the United States, last year. Muslims and Muslim-appearing individuals were targeted on 263 occasions, the second highest number on record, trailing only the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks backlash. Many Muslim women have experienced hijab-grabbing incidents. In some cases, even Muslim police officers were victimized. It...

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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 of Bridgewater Associates and a nonpolitical guy, expects the Trump years to be as transformational as the years of President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He says the Trump era could “ignite animal spirits” and “shift the environment from one that makes profit makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power.” That’s as good a summary as I have found. Since the election, I have argued that the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton war against business will come to an end and that America will once again reward success, not punish it. And while the left has demonized Trump’s Cabinet appointees as a terrible group of successful business people, free-market capitalists such as myself regard this group as very good indeed. Why shouldn’t the president surround himself with successful people? Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption. Their business success demonstrates that they know how to achieve goals and convince skeptics that good deals can be made to the benefit of both sides. Isn’t...

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An equation for disaster?

Americans have heard it more than once: “I’ll bet he is turning over in his grave,” when a matter occurs that we know would greatly upset a certain deceased person. I think of Alexander Hamilton when I think of a person from the past who’d likely be rolling over in his grave if such an event ever happens.  What would do it to him?  The outcome of the nation’s Electoral College meeting and vote. From the founding of our republic, members of the Electoral College have had a constitutional responsibility to vote for a qualified person to be the president of our nation. At the urging of Hamilton, the Electoral College was made a part of the Constitution to make certain that every president—including the 45th, now waiting in the wings for January 20—must be competent and capable to perform the duties of the office. Hamilton and the other founding fathers were cautious in their faith of voters to be good judges but had the foresight to realize that sometime in the future, voters might not select a candidate with the right stuff sufficient to be president. It has been argued of late, in no uncertain terms, that Donald J. Trump lacks the temperament and ability, causing him to be unfit for America’s most important political job. They met in Washington, D.C. on December 19 and gave their votes in sufficient number to...

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