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By Paul Driessen

Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease. Continue reading

Scot Faulkner

Some history lessons and suggestions to improve US healthcare without breaking the bank

As the White House and Republican leaders debate and negotiate a new bill, the “blamestorming” continues over the earlier failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congressional Republicans have only themselves to blame. Since returning to majority status in the House in January 2011, Republicans have formally voted 54 times to address all or part of Obamacare. Six were votes on full appeal.

H.R. 132, from 2015, is typical of these efforts. It simply stated: “such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.” Why didn’t Republicans vote on this a few weeks ago? Continue reading

Quilting: a true labor of love

Visit the Hood River County Fairgrounds for the hugely popular Blossom Craft Show and the wonderful Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale, April 15-16….

In springtime, the beautiful Hood River Valley is famous for it’s blanket of thousands of acres of blooming pear, apple, and cherry orchards. The valley’s communities celebrate this spectacular floral display with the annual Blossom Festival. Two of the festival’s most popular events–the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show–take place Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, from 10am to 5pm. The fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell. Admission and parking are free. Continue reading

Spring has sprung-may your basket runneth over!

After what feels like a very long Winter, Spring is just a whisper away. If not today, then tomorrow, or in a few days. The time of birth, and rebirth. Time for Easter and Passover, or just lilacs and tulips and daffodils! Time for an abundance of eggs!

Eggs truly symbolize this lighter time, after months of roost crops and squashes, soups and stews. Eating in season is healthier and cheaper and usually means more local. Early Spring foods include asparagus, green onions, lettuces, radishes, rhubarb. All juicy, many detoxifying. Lacto-ovo vegetarians and omnivores will delight in the egg abundance. Vegans will need other sources of the nutrients found in eggs. Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Whether it grows wild in a pasture or cultivated in the garden, the daisy has long been appreciated for its simple beauty.
Daisies are an ancient flower. Hairpins decorated with daisies were found during the excavation of the Minoan Palace on the Island of Crete. Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies.

The family Asteraceae, meaning star, (the aster, daisy, or sunflower family) is the largest family of flowering plants, comprised of more than 1,600 genera and 23,000 species.

The daisy’s name comes from the term “day’s eye,” a reference to the fact that daisy blooms are only open during the day and close up at night. This uncomplicated flower has been assigned meaning for centuries—here are a few: Continue reading

Lulu: becoming a caregiver after mother’s passing

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

Most of you who read this column will remember that I lost my tiny Shih Tzu, Poobah, and my oldest Shih Tzu, Mouse, late last year; one to bad kidneys and the other to epilepsy. Without being maudlin, it devastated me. When dogs live with you and are part of a dog family there are side-effects. It wasn’t difficult to detect a mourning process going on among the dogs. Of course, it didn’t help that they picked up on my sorrow.

Since then, an interesting phenomenon has quietly taken place. Lulu, the eldest daughter of Mouse, seemed to know when her mother was nearing the end. She began to distance herself. It was hard to detect at first, but gradually became more evident. The time frame here was maybe a week before the passing of Mouse. In a way, I understood. My sister and I had taken care of my mother before she died. In order to do that with the absence of hospice we had to be clear minded. And, so began my observations of Lulu, who, by the way, looks very much like her mother. Continue reading

1st Row (left to right) Vance Rogers, Richard Weill, 2nd Row (left to right) Joy Friedel, Tim Sherman, Kristin Loitved, Jim Sherman, Michael Sherman.

Starting in April, 2017, eight new recruits will be responding to emergency calls. Finally, after six months of extensive training and a practical skills exam, they will begin their year-long probationary period with the department. The recruit academy covered a variety of topics, such as emergency medical training, hazardous materials, fire control, ropes and knots, etc. At the completion of the training the new recruits will receive their Oregon DPSST Firefighter 1 Certification.

The composition of the new group reflects the nature of the general population in the Corbett area. The new recruits range in age from the late teens to people who are retired and in their sixties. Some are still students, one is a practicing attorney, another is a sheet metal installer, one is a retired biologist, another is a former bank employee and is the mother of two small children (4 and 6 years of age), and one is a paramedic who has a pre-school daughter. Continue reading

Don Trotter, Candidate for Position 2, Clackamas Fire District #1 Board of Directors

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, The NW Connection

The blare of the fire truck horn, or wail of the ambulance, makes us pause and hope that wherever it is going it gets there in time to prevent a catastrophe.

The shock at what just happened at a fire or medical scene can be physically and emotionally devastating to the victims. For the fire fighter and emergency medical teams at the scene there can be an overwhelming emotional impact. And this visceral jolt can last long after the event for some of the responders.

During the 10 years that Don Trotter has been on the Board of Directors of Clackamas Fire District 1, he has become a strong believer in the wellness, not only of the citizens the district serves, but also of the responders that go out on emergency calls. Don says he has a special interest in the internal Wellness Program that is crucial to “having healthy and mentally stable fire fighters ready at all times for the next emergency.” He goes on “This Program is structured to include peer-to-peer discussions after a call [in order] to decompress.” Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D

When I received an email the other day from a Multnomah County employee sporting their new logo “ALL are welcome here,” I wondered if that really applied to older white male scientists who dare to disagree with the County’s official religion “’Climate Hysteria” and all the anti-modern, anti-Christian dogma that goes along with it? Have Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and the surrounding area finally become inclusive and respectful, even welcoming black sheep who are clearly different from them? Or do their concerns merely extend to illegal aliens who have committed a felony and are in danger of being deported?

In hopeful anticipation, I consulted the County website where their concerns were for “immigrants,” “LGBTQ rights, marriage equality,” “seniors, the homeless and children.” Former Chair of the County Board Deborah Kafoury said her goal was “to take a stand against hatred, racism and violence.” Continue reading

Kathryn Hickok, Cascade Policy Institute

Denisha Merriweather failed third grade twice. Today, she is finishing her master’s degree, thanks to Florida’s tax-credit-funded scholarship program. Last month Denisha was President Trump’s guest at his Address to Congress, where he called educational choice “the civil rights issue of our time.”
The key to Denisha’s success was her godmother’s ability to remove Denisha from a school that was failing her, and to send her to the school that provided her with the support she needed.
Denisha says: “Now that I’m in graduate school, I can look up statistics that suggest I’ve beaten the odds….[S]tudents who don’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school as those who do….”
“That was me.” Continue reading

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