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Real news about a fake dossier

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS After months of going after “fake news,” President Donald Trump has found a story about a “fake dossier” that he clearly takes to be real news. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn this week, Trump said that a Washington Post story connecting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to a dossier that alleged his 2016 campaign had ties with Moscow was a “disgrace” and “a very sad commentary on politics in this country.” The president has long maintained that stories linking Vladimir Putin’s Russia with his campaign were “fake news” and that investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and his camp were part of a “witch hunt.” On Tuesday, the Post tossed some fuel into that fire when it reported that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee had paid for opposition research by the firm Fusion GPS, which had commissioned a dossier that alleged Russian operatives had “been cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for at least five years. The dossier—really a collection of memos that included unconfirmed salacious gossip about Trump—was written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. According to news reports, the FBI has confirmed portions of the 35-page document, but information about a “clandestine meeting” between Kremlin representatives and a Trump lawyer in Prague has been discredited. The Post story sent ripples through Washington. Shortly after the story went online,...

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Is our democracy under threat?

By GENE H. McINTYRE Ideally, if democracy in practice is the mainstay of a functioning government, the power must come from and remain with the people.  Elections are held and citizens are able to vote for the candidate they feel will best represent their wants and needs.  The central principle behind a democracy is that of representation. It was the foundation for the U.S. Constitution as that was the character of the nation they intended after a revolution that  freed the people from venal and corrupt British monarchical rule, conditions the founding fathers did not want to re-establish in their new country. Freedom is a large part of democracy. Freedom of thought, worship, speech and action (assuming action is peaceful and within the limits of established law) are the backbone around which our government is built. Freedoms in the American context have been those by which individuals can grow and develop and pursue their personal dreams and goals.  A democracy seeks to foster growth in the arts, sciences, literature, invention and innovations of all kinds, believing that when people are free to work as they see fit they will have the opportunity to contribute to their community and the society-at-large. Some of us, including this opinion writer, are inclined to see serious threats to our 200-plus year effort at establishing and sustaining a democracy.  We see that the central and state governments are being pushed and shoved around by the special interests that receive their marching orders from...

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Eva J. Blake

Dec. 13, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2017 Eva J. Blake passed away on Oct. 4, 2017. Blake was born in Pond Creek, Okla., on Dec. 13, 1921. She married Homer E. Blake in Long Beach, Calif., in 1947. They moved to Keizer in 1975. The couple had five children, three boys and two girls, named Dan, Sherri, Jeanie, Lon and Dean. She was a longtime bookkeeper for St. Edward Catholic Church and enjoyed knitting in her spare time. Interment was at Claggett Creek...

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