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February Amethyst

February’s violets

February has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four. In common years the month has 28 days.
• February is the most misspelled of all the months.
• The violet is the February’s flower. Although there are some that say the primrose is February’s flower.
• Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February.
February 1 — National Freedom Day commemorated the signing by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865, the joint resolution adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution which outlawed slavery in the United States. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

Many people find the “basics of health habits” difficult. Things like 8-10 glasses of water, exercise, organic food, more sleep. Take care of those and the rest comes easier. Yet some people deny that they’re even “toxic” or think “it’s all in your head”.

I personally feel that doing the basics is a good way to prepare the body for a cleanse, a detox. We’re not yet in Springtime when fresher fruits and vegetables become more available, so keep working on the basics until we get there.

Some people need convincing of the need to detox. Well, we are ALL toxic! Few people are able to eat all organic food. We still love our snacks and sugar. Plus there are hidden and unknown sources of toxins. These ones, as well as the obvious ones, need to be enumerated and identified. Continue reading

A matriarch with her brood

No bull: boys need fathers

A number of years ago there was a problem with the elephant herds on a game preserve in Africa. Because they were protected, the herds were growing to such a size that they were destroying the countryside and even farm crops in a search for food. The local experts decided that the way to control the size of the herds was to “cull” them; to kill the adult bull elephants so that they could not breed.

Elephant herds are matriarchal in nature, in other words the female and young elephants live in a herd under the leadership of the dominant female. Older males live by themselves until it is time to breed. When male elephants are born they live with the herd for protection until they are teenagers, Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

The Thames Barrier Cruise Ship Viking Star entering the Thames Barrier

During the 80’s and 90’s, Frank and I were blessed with the opportunity to vacation in England several times. On a couple of those occasions, one of our sight-seeing highlights was a visit down the Thames River to the spectacular Great Thames Barrier. We had never heard of the barrier before and first encountered it on a trip to Greenwich, where the mean time used historically as the prime basis of standard time throughout the world was determined (now replaced by COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME). Greenwich is also the site where the British clipper ship Cutty Sark is moored. The Cutty Sark, built in 1869, was one of the last tall clippers to be built (also one of the fastest at the end of a long period of design development, which came to an end as sailing ships gave way to steam-powered vessels. Continue reading

Perhaps one of the most familiar words in the English language is “home.” Every person, actually everything that exists, has a place called “home” – or in some cases a desire to have a home. A secure home solves many problems, and the lack of a home may be the greatest challenge to our survival.

Consider some of the uses of “home:” home team, home of our birth, animal home, the environment where a plant is at home, Home in Heaven – to name just a few. The home where we live probably comes to mind first. The need for a home follows us from the beginning to the end of our earth life.
Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys the benefit of a place to call home. Homelessness is a major concern these days as we try to find a way for everyone who wants it to have a place to call home. If we were born in another country and wish we still lived there, we will talk about going back home. Continue reading

Justhy Deva Prasad

Governments too often ignore data, and fail badly. Citizens must take more responsibility.

A primary reason governments exist is to protect their citizens from dangerous threats – foreign, domestic and natural. People can play important roles in this arena, but most lack the resources, funds, legal authority or political power to act on their own.

In addition, government roles have become ever more dominant and pervasive. On environmental or other grounds, federal, state and even local governments have steadily taken responsibilities from the private sector, and even prohibited citizens from taking steps to protect their lives and property, such as constructing seawalls to block storm surges or thinning out trees to prevent catastrophic wildfires. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Claims defy parody, as alarmists become more tyrannical and their policies wreak havoc

Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that: President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate pact; the US EPA is reversing anti-fossil fuel programs rooted in doom-and-gloom climatology; America is producing and exporting more oil, gas and coal; developing nations are burning vastly more of these fuels; Poland is openly challenging EU climate diktats; and German, British Australian and other politicians are voicing increasing concerns about job-killing, eco-unfriendly “green” energy. Continue reading

On February 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl LII. As a fan, you can admire the way Super Bowl quarterbacks direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals – and you may find it helpful to have your own “quarterback.”

Who should be on your team? Your financial strategy will involve investments,taxes and estate planning, so you will likely need a financial advisor, a tax professional and an attorney. Ideally, your financial advisor – the individual with the broadest view of your financial situation – should serve as the quarterback of this team. And, just as a quarterback on a football team must communicate clearly with his teammmates, so will your financial quarterback need to maintain consistent contact with the other team members. Continue reading

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

Do you want contraception offered in the School Based Health Clinics at the high schools?

A Listening Session is scheduled by the TTSD School Board for next Tuesday. Parents and all community members are invited to attend and share opinions. Your voice counts!

SBHC Contraceptive Listening Session
TUESDAY, February 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Tualatin High School, Library

Should TIGARD/TUALATIN School District make decisions about who can touch your minor child’s body? Continue reading

Dr. Tim Ball

Tom Harris

It’s time for sober second thoughts on climate alarms

Now that the excitement has died down over the news that Earth’s surface temperature made 2017 one of the hottest years on record, it is time for sober second thoughts.

Did the January 18 announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that 2017 was our planet’s third-hottest year since 1880, and NASA’s claim that it was the second hottest year, actually mean anything?

Although the Los Angeles Times called 2017 “a top-three scorcher for planet Earth,” neither the NOAA nor the NASA records are significant. One would naturally expect the warmest years to come during the most recent years of a warming trend. And thank goodness we have been in a gradual warming trend since the depths of the Little Ice Age in the late 1600s! Back then, the River Thames was covered by a meter of ice, as Jan Grifier’s 1683 painting “The Great Frost’ illustrates. Continue reading

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