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Let’s talk about sex, maybe: Students, teachers united against reporting changes

Students, teachers united against reporting changes By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An expansion of mandatory reporting policies in the Salem-Keizer School District isn’t sitting well with teachers or students at McNary High School. Teachers were notified in the second week of October that they would need to take an additional mandatory reporting training online and, by early last week, teachers, students and even parents were challenging the new rules in private and through petition and protest. “It’s really nice to be able to go to our teachers because there are some things you aren’t comfortable talking with your parents about. The teachers...

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Three branches of government

To the Editor: I have spent most of my long life in Oregon but I was born in England. Before I could become a U. S. citizen I had to learn about the American system of government. Three branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial, each branch operating independently but also providing a “check and balance” to the other two. When did this system break down, allowing one man to use “executive orders” to bypass the other two? Is this not the way a dictatorship works? Beryl MacDonald...

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General shames briefing room

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario—when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry. To wit, at last week’s press briefing, Kelly tongue-lashed the usually feisty White House press corps so relentlessly that in 18 minutes he reduced the usually swaggering scribes and talking heads into shamed silence. After Kelly slammed reporters for taking a “sacred” moment—the notification of family when a military member is killed in action—and turning it into a cable-news chew toy, after he pointed out the thankless toil of the 1 percent of Americans who serve in the military and after he directed members of the media to raise their hands if they knew any Gold Star families, Kelly offered one final salvo. “We don’t look down upon those of you who haven’t served,” Kelly closed. “In fact, in a way, we’re a little bit sorry because you’ll never have experienced the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kind of things our servicemen and women do. Not for any other reason than they love this country.” Kelly’s trip to the podium was a rescue mission of sorts designed to extricate Trump from another media mud pit of...

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