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When it’s time for me to leave this mortal coil

Retirement has freed up a lot of time.  I’ve decided to use some of it for growing up and doing mature things.  It’s come to my attention that most responsible adults fill out wills in order to simplify life for their survivors.  Our chosen attorney says we should create the will, assign durable power of attorney to a trusted family member/friend, and leave an advance directive.  It’s the advance directive that excites the imagination. The first thing we learned is that the attorney wants $250 an hour.  American pay scales aren’t associated in any way with stress levels.  Our daughter makes a fraction of that teaching math and science to middle-schoolers.  Never mind. We are a family of modest means—an uncomplicated estate.  The will was simple. We assigned durable power of attorney to each other, then to the eldest child.  The advance directive provoked the interesting discussions. Our advance directives came in a helpful booklet. The opening pages suggest different scenarios to jumpstart conversation about miserable ways to die. Can you talk about it?  Does money matter?  Religion?  Do you worry about being a burden to your family? Persistent vegetative state?  Incurable illness?  Then you are to discuss what measures should be taken to keep you alive even facing no hope of recovery.  As of this writing I don’t think I want any family member patiently keeping a bedside...

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Dolores Ione (Haeger) Young

March 25, 1935 – June 5, 2017 Dolores Ione (Haeger) Young of Keizer passed away of natural causes on June 5, 2017. Young was born March 25, 1935 to Henry and Inez Haeger in Olympia, WA. Her early years were spent in Olympia and Tonasket, WA; she graduated from high school in Arcata, CA, where she had been a cheerleader and honor student. She also attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She was a contestant in regional preliminaries for the Miss America pageant. Dolores married Gary Young on Feb. 26, 1955. They moved to Keizer in 1964 and had three...

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There was no staggering increase in coal jobs

To the Editor: It seems timely and fitting to address “alternative facts” and “fake news”  for which the Trump administration has become infamous.  This example has to do with jobs in mining coal and was delivered the other day by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Pruitt announced that the Trump administration has presided over “a staggering increase in coal-industry employment.” “Over 50,000 jobs increase since the first of 2017, coal jobs, mining jobs created in this country,” with “almost 7,000 mining and coal jobs created during the month of May.” Facts from the U.S. Department of Labor statistics report that the coal industry added 400 jobs, not 7,000, in May, 2017, and has added just 1,700 since last October, 2016.  The mining and coal industry employs currently a total of 51,000 people and there were not merely 1,000 people employed therein before the Trump election. It would seem ill-advised to plan America’s future energy policy around the goal of maximizing jobs in an industry that’s reputed to offer fewer jobs than the Arby’s franchise.  Then, too, the solar industry employs twice as many Americans as the coal industry.  Meanwhile, if one wants to live in a fantasy where greenhouse gas emissions do not trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere, one may as well pretend a scenario with imaginary jobs. Gene H. McIntyre...

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