The politics of the legislature

As I begin to write each monthly column, I try to write something with the perspective of “I’ve never been to the Capitol and I don’t understand what those people do down there.”  Until I was elected, I wondered the same thing. For instance, the matter of the recent walkout[Read More…]

No winners in infrastructure spat

Here’s a scary thought about last week’s skirmishes between President Donald Trump and the Democratic leaders formerly known to him as “Chuck and Nancy”: Both sides think they won.  When both parties think they’ve won, dear reader, that probably means you lost. Because there always has to be a big[Read More…]

The very air that we breathe

Hi kids! How about an opinion piece for people your age? Since you will inherit our planet and hopefully help to preserve it for the generations to come, it’s important to keep you informed and thinking about some vitals, such as the oxygen we breathe. I want to share with you a[Read More…]

Nothing lasts forever

It is shock when we realize that something we hold dear is coming to an end. Think Game of Thrones, typewriters and landlines. “How can this be?” we ask ourselves. You may have loved whatever it is, but time marches on and waits for no man—nothing lasts forever. They say that[Read More…]

PSU fiasco shows we need college czar

News out of Portland State University has aroused anger and disgust over the outrageously generous severance PSU’s Board of Trustees granted its former president, Rahmat Shoureshi, who can just sit wherever he resides for the next year and yuck it up while floating around on a golden parachute worth $850,000,[Read More…]

LETTER: Why I support Chuck Lee

To the Editor: I am supporting Chuck Lee for Salem/Keizer School Board Zone 6 I have known Chuck for over 25 years and have seen his commitment to education first hand. Over the years, we have worked on various projects and committees where I was fortunate to watch and learn[Read More…]

LETTER: A better way to board airplanes

To the Editor: We all know that boarding airplanes takes way too much time. The typical system creates a blockage in the aisle, causing a line in the jet bridge. One of the main reasons for this is people bringing carry-ons. Because the airlines are charging for checked bags, more[Read More…]

LETTER: By nature pitbulls are not a danger

To the Editor: Ending abusive behavior towards pitbulls is a key step for ending all violence, which is why it’s important to resolve the problem by educating people. For clarification, the term, “pitbull,” actually classifies four dog breeds, but the original breed is the American Pitbull Terrier. To start off,[Read More…]

LETTER: Ocean pollution

To the Editor: Ocean pollution has rapidly increased in the past years, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association states, “The majority of pollutants going into the ocean come from activities on land. Natural processes and human activities along the coastlines and far inland affect the health of our ocean. One of the[Read More…]

The $2 trillion infrastructure trap

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emerged from the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump. They announced that Trump and congressional Democrats had agreed to spend $2 trillion on a big infrastructure package. It’s amazing how chummy partisans can be when they doubt they[Read More…]