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James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

The Multnomah County Republican Party appreciates the sacrifice everyone in Oregon is making during this quarantine to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, there is growing concern that the quarantine is harming our economy.  We urge the State of Oregon to prioritize taking advantage of the new test for antibodies to the COVID-19, which is already coming into use in other parts of the country.

Oregon’s governor should use the first available test kits to perform a random sample test of Oregon’s population.  Random sampling can provide a statistically-meaningful estimate of Oregon’s population that has already acquired immunity to the virus.

We need to know if it is safe to lift the quarantine.  While scientists can advise us whether they believe enough of the population is immune so that it is safe to do so, Oregon also needs to make the results of the test available to the public so that Oregonians can participate in that decision.

Moving forward, Oregon should also prioritize making the antibody test available generally, allowing Oregonians who have acquired immunity to resume their normal lives as soon as possible.


Steve Bates

The Vietnam Veterans of America bestowed their highest honor to Boring resident Steve Bates for his commitment to America’s veterans.  On March 17, 2020, Steve Bates was presented a certificate and letter from Jaycee Newman, the Secretary of the Oregon State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

In the letter, Vietnam Veterans of America national president, John P. Rowan wrote:  “It is my privilege to award you an Honorary Life Membership in Vietnam Veterans of America.  Your commitment to veterans and keeping the core principal of VVA that ‘never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another’ first and foremost, your dedication is appreciated.”

Although he never served in the military, over the past five years, he has been actively involved with several veteran’s projects that have impacted veterans, veterans’ families and communities around the state of Oregon. Continue reading

Wayne Thompson

SILVER ALERT — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in the search for 78-year-old WAYNE R. THOMPSON, missing from the Welches, Oregon area.

He left his residence on Tuesday, March 31 in a silver 2013 Honda Civic with Oregon license plate 763GLQ. He may be heading to Illinois to visit a family member. He may also need medical attention and evaluation.

Bulletin and photo attached.

Wayne Thompson is 78 years old. He is a white male standing 5’6″ and weighing 200 lbs. He has grey hair and blue eyes.

Call 911 if seen.

If you have information about his whereabouts, you can also leave a tip at 503-723-4949 or — please reference CCSO Case # 20-007212.

By Paul Driessen

Junk science and scare stories stampede countries into taking drastic, unnecessary action

Some 40,000 children slave away in Chinese-operated Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mines, digging out cobalt for cell phones, laptops, Teslas and Green New Deal technologies, the London-based Guardian has reported. They’re exposed constantly to toxic and radioactive mud, dust, water and air. Blood and respiratory diseases, birth defects, cancer, paralysis and death by suffocation are common. Other investigators have confirmed the horrors. But the human rights violations continue.

Unfortunately, other Guardian stories are a bizarre mix of fact, fake news, junk science, conjecture and nonsense. “Is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?” a recent headline blared, adding “As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics.” The story blamed the destruction and virus on road building, mining and logging.

The article opens with the tragic story of an Ebola-traumatized village in Gabon, just west of the DRC, on Africa’s west coast. Villagers had gotten the disease from eating a wild chimpanzee. Many had died. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

One of King David’s songs to God that has been handed down to us in our Bibles is Psalm 139. Eugene Peterson has paraphrased some of it this way, “God, I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!”

David had difficulty finding words that were sufficient to express his amazement that God cared so much about him. Later, in the same song, David wrote about God forming him in his mother’s womb. Not only did God know him intimately, but God supervised all aspects of his development before birth. Continue reading

The following is submitted by Mrs. Laura Merriott, President, Save Unborn Life:
What would you pay to save an unborn baby from abortion? We invite you to join Save Unborn Life, we offer abortion-minded women who say they will abort because they cannot afford the child, a sum of $3000 to choose life for their baby. We have saved over 100 unborn babies!Please go to and watch the video on how we convinced a mom to leave a Planned Parenthood with the offer, and choose life for her child. We believe there is no better use of money than to save a human life, AND to save the mother from the regret of ending her baby’s life!

We welcome an interview with other programs to spread the information with other pro-life citizens. Call @ 814 835-0249 to get the details on how a donor can help save a human life.

We are granted in the Declaration of Independence the rights to LIFE, liberty and pursuit of happiness, we hope you join us to help these innocent babies, and grant them their one chance at life.


SOURCE Save Unborn Life
Adult female checkerspot butterfly in the Butterfly Lab. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham

Innovative program helps return endangered butterfly to the wild in Oregon

For nearly 750 endangered butterflies raised at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, it’s time to head home.

 For much of the past year, inmates at Coffee Creek have raised and cared for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly larvae as part of a collaboration with the Oregon Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Institute for Applied Ecology. This population of rare butterflies was raised specifically for release in Oregon, from eggs that hatched in the region.

Last week, the butterfly technicians at Coffee Creek transferred 723 of the growing caterpillars and 399 pupae back to the Oregon Zoo’s butterfly lab, where they were exposed to cooler, more ambient temperatures to prepare Continue reading

Kathryn Hickok, Cascade Policy Institute

If Oregon charter school students can stay at home and stay in school at the same time, shouldn’t they be able to?

Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-08, which closed all Oregon public schools due to COVID-19, has been interpreted to also close Oregon’s online charter schools. This means students who were enrolled as online charter students before COVID-19 have had their online schools closed, even though these students already learn at home and can safely comply with Oregon’s social distancing and stay-at-home norms. Like other public schools, online charter schools are permitted to offer “supplemental” educational materials, but not their full curriculum, according to Willamette Week.

Apparently, this decision isn’t about students; it’s about school funding. A memo from the Oregon Department of Education suggests that because online charter schools already have a curriculum for students to learn Continue reading

With coronavirus shutting government schools, millions of parents have a historic opportunity to try homeschooling and non-government alternatives, declared leaders with the new movement “Public School Exit.”

According to the non-profit, founded in 2019 by Christian leaders passionate about K-12 education, government schools are seriously harming children through sexualization, indoctrination, and dumbing down.

But with schools closed across America due to COVID19, interest in home education and online options are surging.

PSE co-founder Dran Reese, president of The Salt & Light Council, called on ministry leaders to be involved. “Pastors and church leaders have a huge role to play in equipping congregations with a biblical understanding of citizenship, and that includes education of children,” she said. “This pandemic is a perfect time for pastors on the sidelines to get involved.” Continue reading

Lloyd Marcus

My brother who lives in Baltimore is a fellow black Christian conservative Republican. He phoned to warn me not to mention Trump to a senior relative. Fake news media’s corona-madness has driven her hatred to the extreme. Now, she wants him dead!

Our relative’s irrational hatred for Trump is exactly what Democrats/fake news media still strive to create since the day he was elected.

However, whenever Trump speaks directly to the American people, they believe him, gravitate to him, and love his America-first agenda.

This is why Democrats/fake news media continuously seek to block Trump from communicating directly to We the People. Absurdly, they claim his tweeting is an impeachable crime. The Democrats/fake news media were thrilled when coronavirus hit our shores, giving them an opportunity to demand that Trump stop holding rallies. The mega thousands who attend Trump rallies include a growing large number of Democrats eager to jump aboard the Trump Train. Continue reading

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