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Mike Morgan of Morgan Heating doing an installation in a home under construction. Photo credit: Jim Kight

Leaky windows with broken seals? A furnace that provides heat and high utility bills at the same time? Little or no insulation in the walls, ceilings and floors? Hot water heater that needs replacing? Check out the benefits that Energy Trust of Oregon provides to folks in your situation.

Established by the State of Oregon Legislature, Senate bill 1149 helped create Energy Trust of Oregon. It is an independent coalition of electric and gas providers throughout Oregon. All utility users support the trust by paying 3% of their bill into the trust. The revenue for last year was $148.9 million for the state-wide program. Their stated goal is to provide low rates through energy efficiencies such as replacing outdated windows and in particular single glaze, insulation upgrades, and 90-95% efficient gas furnaces.

For this story I interviewed two employees, Becky Engel and Tom Beverly. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

The onslaught of toxins is phenomenal in our chemically oriented world. Many people think a “detox” means extra fiber and a colon cleanse. But we each have a whole body, not just body parts. And toxic substances are all around us not just in the air, the water, or our earth. There are toxic grocery receipts, cosmetics, cleaning products. Also, jet fuel chemtrails that fall all over our planet daily. Positive ions are given off by clothes dryers, dishwashers, and HDTVs, to say nothing of the toxic dishwasher soap and popular brands of laundry detergents capable of killing children and puppies who ingest them. Continue reading

Satan has conned many people into a twisted view of the Christian life. We imagine that God calls us to do things that won’t be good for us, while the unbelievers are out there having all the fun. In fact, anything done for God’s glory also works for our good.

Choosing what is good and right will always be to our advantage. Wrongdoing sometimes appears to offer benefits, and doing right may seem to bring serious disadvantages. But in the long run, in this life and in the afterlife, God rewards His children’s right choices and confers consequences (not eternal punishment) for wrong ones. “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7, NIV). Continue reading

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

The law: troubling inconsistencies

The Age of Consent Law states at what age a person is considered old enough to have sex or marry. The law was deemed necessary to protect minors from being sexually exploited by adults.

In the United States the age of consent varies from state to state but is generally between the ages of 16 and 18. In 1880 the age of consent in Oregon was 10, it was bumped up to 16 in 1920 and has since been raised to 18.

But what does the age of consent really mean? It Is clearly the state stepping in to protect minors from sexual exploitation by adults. Why did the state of Oregon deem it necessary to increase the age from 16 to 18? We laud the increase and might assume, given the over-sexualization of children, that the increase in age was to add further protection for minors. However, if one were to take a closer look you might find the opposite to be true. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Of all the creatures on this planet, only one is capable of significant abstract reasoning. Yet, all too frequently, he surrenders his intellectual capabilities to his animal instincts. Our ability to reason gives us capabilities to understand and adapt to the world around us. We live better and happier lives as a consequence. But in a generation, we have turned the clock back toward a time when politics and religion ruled the day over reason and science, and most people were poor. We called it the “Dark Ages.”

This rejection of reason is so pervasive today that we need not look far for examples. Here are two relevant to our region.

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Art Crino

Still in? Good luck with that, we’re out!

At the United Nations (UN) climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the chant was “We Are Still In!” This refers to the nations that are still in the UN Paris Climate Accord. Perhaps some of them still believe in the threat of excessive global warming. However, there is reason to believe most of them want the redistribution of wealth the program calls for.

Have you wondered about the status of the multitude of UN impending disasters? Such as: the threat of increased tornadoes; more forest fires; devastating droughts and food shortages; increasing frequency and severity of hurricanes; fewer polar bears; acidification of oceans causing fewer shell fish; and dramatic rising sea levels. For the reality, read on. Continue reading

Governor Kate Brown opened this month’s legislative session with her State of the State speech February 5. She focused on the need for better education and workforce training for young Oregonians, so they can achieve the American Dream and raise families. To close the “skills gap” between workers and employment opportunities she proposed a new job-training initiative called “Future Ready Oregon.”

The governor’s vision is laudable, but what young Oregonians need most isn’t another state program. What often stands between young workers and moderate-income jobs is government red tape in the form of burdensome occupational licensing requirements and fees that can be significant barriers to entry. Continue reading

This tax season, Better Business Bureau Northwest & Pacific is partnering with the Oregon Office of the Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, to warn the public about the dangers of tax identity theft. The public is urged to be vigilant with their personal information so they don’t fall victim of tax identity theft.

Here’s how the scam works:

Tax identity theft occurs when someone gets access to your Social Security number and uses it to get a tax refund or job. You’ll discover it occurred when you receive a letter from the IRS stating more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you do not know. Continue reading

House hearing investigates a UN cancer agency accused of misusing US taxpayer funds

A growing problem for modern industrialized Western societies is the legion of government agencies and unelected bureaucrats and allied nongovernmental organizations that seem impervious to transparency, accountability or reform. Their expansive power often controls public perceptions and public policies. Continue reading


March: The planet Mars, hamburgers and pound cake!

March was named after the Roman god Mars, who was regarded as the guardian of agriculture and warfare.

March is National Maple Sugar Month, International Hamburger and Pickle Month, and, ironically, National Nutrition Month. We also celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, Banana Cream Pie Day, National Pound Cake day, Cheese Noodle Day, Frozen Food day, Baked Scallops Day, Artichoke Hearts Day, National Green Beer Day (on March 17th of course), National Lobster Newburg Day, Spanish Paella Day, and we close out the month with National Oranges and Lemons Day. Continue reading

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