The Northwest Connection

A Community Newspaper for the way we live

John A. Charles, Jr.

Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report examining the links between anti-sprawl, “smart growth” regulations and increasing housing costs in Oregon. The report measures the extent of supply restrictions in Oregon and their impact on housing prices. It concludes that “smart growth” policies contribute substantially to the decrease in affordable housing and single-family housing options in Oregon.

The report, The Housing Affordability Crisis: The Role of Anti-Sprawl Policy, was written by Randall Pozdena, Ph.D. Pozdena is president of QuantEcon, Inc., an Oregon-based economics consultancy. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

What sets the Bible apart from all other books? The fact that it’s been on the #1 Bestseller list more than any other book? That’s true, but that’s not what I’m after. How about the fact that it’s been translated into more languages than any other book? Also true, but there’s something else. Is it that the Bible is a collection of writings over the course of 1500 years by 40 authors from all walks of life? The Bible is definitely unique in that way, but it’s not what I’m looking for. Continue reading

Whether or not you have ever visited a national park, you have contributed to their budgets by paying a federal income tax. These funds help to pay for operational services like removing trash, operating camp grounds, and maintaining roads.

If you want to enjoy a national park in person, you’ll (usually) also pay an entrance fee. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, park fees are designated for “repair, maintenance, and facility enhancement related directly to visitor enjoyment, visitor access…” and other visitor services. Under this law, entrance fees do not fund the previously mentioned park operations. Continue reading

Bobbie Jager

As a mother of 13 children (no, that’s not a typo) and grandmother of 17 more, I understand the critical role that parents play in the lives of their children. Education can make or break a child’s future, and school choice gives parents the power—and the responsibility—to decide what education options fit their children best. That’s why I support school choice and National School Choice Week.

Every January, National School Choice Week (www.schoolchoiceweek.com) shines a spotlight on effective education options for all children. A nonpartisan and nonpolitical celebration of educational choice, the Week raises awareness of the different K-12 education options available to Continue reading

Susan Gallagher, Parents Rights In Education

Scappoose School Board Monday, January14, voted with a majority of 5 -2 against a RESOLUTION proposed by board member, Lisa Maloney to remove GEORGE from the Oregon Battle of the Books reading list. Maloney and Brooks voted in favor.

Content of this book is Highly Controversial
GEORGE is a controversial book, nationwide. George, required reading for OBOB 3-5th grade students, was removed by Canby School district last spring and two other districts refused to participate in the OBOB state-wide competition because of it’s inclusion.

When there are 15 additional books on the 3-5 grade reading list, it would seem evident to make accommodation for those opposed to their child’s exposure to the content…for any reason. Continue reading

Helen Maguire

A few years ago, a good friend of ours, Keith Paddick, introduced us to the concept of the “Art of Doing Nothing.” In fact, NWC published his essay on the topic in last year’s January issue.

As it turns out, Keith is not alone in thinking that we ought to promote this “art.”

In 1972, columnist Harold Pullman Coffin proposed that National Nothing Day “un-event” be observed annually on January 16. In 1973, it was added to Chase’s Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

TriMet’s ridership has been steadily declining in recent years, to the great concern of transit advocates and fiscally conscious citizens alike. Proposed solutions involve sending expensive new bus and rail lines to underserved locations. But what if TriMet could reach new customers at a fraction of that cost?

Cascade Policy Institute recently released a study by economist Dr. Eric Fruits which found one or more high-cost and low-ridership bus lines could be replaced by facilitating the use of ride-hailing services in partnership with transit. Riders within particular areas could call an Uber or Lyft, ride to the bus, and then take public transit the rest of the way—a much more efficient and comfortable method than Continue reading

Jainism traditionally known as Jain Dharma, is an ancient Indian religion. Followers of Jainism are called “Jains”. The word is derived from the Sanskrit word jina (victor), connoting the path of victory in crossing over life’s stream of rebirths through an ethical and spiritual life.

The history of the Jains includes a succession of twenty-four victorious saviours and teachers known as tirthankaras. The first was Rishabhanatha, who according to Jain tradition lived millions of years ago. The twenty-fourth tirthankara was the Mahāvīra around Continue reading

Tom Tamarkin

Why Big Green energy investors rely on the man-made global warming myth

Supposedly “green” or “renewable” energy has become a trillion-dollar-plus annual industry that has spawned tens of thousands of new businesses worldwide. The total Climate-Industrial Complex is a $2-trillion-per-year business. Major fossil fuel companies like Shell Energy now have green energy divisions.

These companies are virtually 100% dependent on the politically driven notion of “dangerous manmade global warming and climate change.” The media, public and political establishment constantly recite the assertion that 97% of scientists say the problem is real and manmade carbon dioxide (CO2) is the cause. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Cliff Mass

With each new year we are ever hopeful that we will see a re-dedication to the principles that made America so successful. FAT CHANCE this year! The forces of darkness are out in full force to try to separate President Donald Trump from the Presidency and science from the truth. The two are interrelated because the President magnificently stands up to the darkness and strongly supports the truth even if, in the case of science, he does not always understand it.

So there is a chance that we will be better off twelve months from now, but it all rests on the shoulders of one man. And half the nation wants him to fail, regardless of the consequences for America. That is very dangerous for everyone. Our totalitarian enemies, from China to Russia to ISIS, have to be rejoicing at our disarray. They need do nothing except watch us self-destruct.

The American experiment with democracy is only about 250 years old, with each year making us stronger – until recently. Personal liberty to speak our minds and make our own economic decisions have been deciding factors in our success versus the rest of the world.

The entire modern world was built with science as its foundation. But science, like America, is only a few centuries old and inherently fragile. When science Continue reading

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