The Northwest Connection

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Vijay Jayaraj

Paul Driessen

Misrepresentations by radical greens promote myths of GE dangers and organic benefits

Across the globe, genetically engineered (GE) crops face opposition from environmental and organic food activists, who claim the crops harm the environment and endanger human health.

How factual are their claims? The evidence strongly supports GE over organic crops. Continue reading

Endangered Species Day offers chance to view imperiled pollinator conservation

A Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly on a paintbrush plant at the Oregon Zoo’s butterfly lab. (C) Oregon Zoo / Photo by Melinda Holland.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Visitors to the Oregon Zoo this weekend can catch a rare glimpse of the life cycle of two of its most elusive — and endangered — residents. To celebrate Endangered Species Day, the pathway to the zoo’s butterfly conservation lab will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keepers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the Taylor’s checkerspot and Oregon silverspot butterflies that are raised in the lab and released into the wild each year.

“This is a great opportunity for people to see the work we do in the lab,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s butterfly programs. “The Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies are hatching right now and we have silverspots in diapause preparing to wake up, so there’s a lot going on.” Continue reading

James Buchal

On March 26, 2018, the Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) issued Public Records Act requests calling on the Portland Public Schools (PPS) to produce documentation of efforts to organize Portland students against Second Amendment rights.  After a month, PPS finally produced an estimate reporting over 37,000 responsive documents, and seeking a charge over $15,000 to produce the requests.  As far as the MCRP can tell, PPS re-wrote the request to make it broader and increase the cost, and when the MCRP objected to this, PPS provided no further estimates, and also declined to rule on the MCRP’s request to waive the production fees because disclosure of the documents was in the public interest.  Today the MCRP has appealed PPS’s continuing refusal to produce the materials to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Continue reading

Shopping for bargains at PACS…

It was the height of the depression in 1934 and the women from the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church- dubbed the Sunshine Ladies- met to sew quilts and clothing for struggling families. Food for many during that time was in short supply and the ladies gathered up scarce resources to provide to those families who had nothing to eat. Fast forwarding to 2018 Portland Adventist Community Service Center provides services to east county families. Eight churches furnish volunteers and financial support to help struggling individuals and families. Continue reading

In my mid-forties, we lived in Milwaukie, Oregon. There was a great group of women in the surrounding neighborhood – Helen, Carmen, and Elizabeth. I was fond of walking up a dirt road alongside Helen’s house. I went up this road because at the top was a resident flock of Stellar Jays – the tradition Blue Jay with the black crown. Just that much altitude made the difference in their habitat. At our house, we had the other Blue Jays which weren’t as much fun to watch. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry

Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful unintended consequences are brushed aside; and the insidious crony corporatist system the ethanol program has spawned between producers and members of Congress. Continue reading

Tom Harris

Earth Day Network’s misguided anti-plastic campaign is a sign of more nonsense to come

Earth Day Network (EDN) chose “End Plastic Pollution” as their theme for this year’s April 22 Earth Day. It is just the tip of the anti-plastic activism that now consumes environmental extremists. A Google search on “Plastic Pollution Coalition” (a group claiming to represent “more than 500 member organizations” dedicated to “working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts”) yields almost 90,000 hits, including a video actor Jeff Bridges made for the campaign. Continue reading

When I was a little girl, I often wondered why days were set aside for mothers and fathers as special days. “Why isn’t there a children’s day?” I would ask my parents. My mother would respond with something her mother used to tell her: “Every day is children’s day.” (Puh-lease, I’d be thinking…) But if you think about it, it’s true. Children are naturally narcissistic, but not in a pejorative sense; they simply believe that the world revolves around them until they develop enough maturity to realize that indeed, it does not. And as a mother, I see how so much of my time and energy is spent raising my child, there’s no doubt in my mind that, yes, every day is children’s day so moms and dads deserve a special day set aside to honor the often unrewarded responsibility of parenting.

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Helping the homeless local to regional

When Peter Kelleher’s 33-year-old son Travis passed away in 2016 after battling addiction and homelessness, Kelleher knew he wanted to help those battling the same fight Travis did. What started off as making hot soup and delivering it to the homeless in Brockton, Massachusetts, has now grown to a regional effort aimed at not just delivering soup but also backpacks, gloves, hats, health supplies, blankets, and more to the homeless across the region. Continue reading

Tending to your “bumper crop”

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

Farmers are diligent to prepare the soil for planting. When everything is right, they put seeds into the ground. As they do this, they have a mental picture of a field ready to harvest. They anticipate corn, oats, wheat or soybeans in abundance – what they call a “bumper crop.”

Gardeners follow a similar routine on a smaller scale. Their mental picture is of tomato vines bending under the weight of abundant fruit and healthy bushes loaded with beans or peas. It is the anticipation of the harvest that encourages hard work and patience over many weeks and months.

Farmers and gardeners understand potential crop failures. If they have worked at it for a few years, they probably have experienced such a loss. But they continue to make their preparations each year, always with a view of the harvest. If they ever lose that perspective, they might give up. Continue reading

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