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Vlad Yurlov

Governments often try to pat themselves on the back. The minimum wage has long been a tool for this. As I began my trek from Foster Road to Oaks Park Way in 2015, I couldn’t wait to earn my own money! The minimum wage was $9.25 at the time, school was out, and I began working.

Starting off at about twenty hours a week, I was having a productive summer. A year later, I came back to an early Christmas present, the Portland Metro area received a minimum wage hike up to $9.75 on July 1st of 2016, which was just fine with me.

Then the hours shortened. New hires arrived. Overtime was a dirty word. The cotton candy I was making went up twenty-five cents! What happened? Continue reading

The 2019 general archery seasons open Saturday, Aug. 24. Before you head to the field this season, be sure to check out:

10 tips for Buoy 10 fishing

A veteran angler offers these tips to help you successfully navigate this popular fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River. Continue reading

Frank Salvato

If it wasn’t enough that they retained Valerie Jarrett to run their operations from a mansion less than ten miles from the White House, the Obama’s are now documentary producers. They join the ranks of the Carters and the Clintons in former First Families who stay in the spotlight long after their stints in leadership are over.

Michelle and Barack Obama have formed Higher Ground, a production company that is now partnered with Netflix to deliver several titles. It’s first is called “American Factory” and promotes globalization via a storyline about a Chinese company’s employment of American workers laid off because of the effects of…wait for it…globalization. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The New York Times, through what it is calling “The 1619 Project,” has decided to rewrite American history by identifying the date of our “true founding” as August 20, 1619, 400 years ago today. The Times has picked that date because that’s the day when “20. and odd Negroes” (sic) were off-loaded from a Dutch man-of-war in Jamestown, Virginia and slavery first came ashore in what became the United States.

There is no question that slavery was our original sin as a nation, much as abortion is our great and grievous national sin today. Much blood was shed in the slave trade, and the Bible indicates that the only way a land can be purified from the shedding of innocent blood is by the shedding of blood. “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it” (Numbers 35:33). The blood of 600,000 American brothers, fathers, and sons was spilled on American soil in the Civil War to atone for the sin of involuntary servitude. (It is a sobering thing to think of the amount of American blood which must be shed to atone for the innocent blood of 60 million babies.) Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

The Oliver family, circa 1953

She is 12 years old and waits, hidden by the curtains, to play her music. She watches her friend who is poised, pretty, and makes no mistakes. What would that be like? The sheets of music in her hands wrinkle slightly from the moisture, which is part nerves, part adolescence. She loves her white blouse and her black circle skirt. She imagines she is quite beautiful. It doesn’t help. When she sits down neatly on the piano bench, she turns to smile at the audience. Why must there always be an audience?

She plays “Moonlight on the Terrace.” She imagines she is the beautiful woman on the cover of the sheet music. The woman, so slender in a long gown, is looking up at a handsome man. The young girl is sure they are deeply and forever in love. She makes no mistakes, her fingers perfectly curved. “The Saber Dance” doesn’t go as well. Large circles of sweat form under the sleeves of the Gibson Girl blouse. Finally, she rises, smiles at the audience and walks off the stage. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

“Good in theory, bad in practice.” Sure, it’s a cliché, but it’s a cliché because so often it’s true. It looks to be especially true regarding congestion pricing in the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is pursuing plans to impose tolls on parts of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. Portland recently announced the formation of an “equitable mobility” task force, with “congestion pricing” as a key component. Not to be outdone, Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, is launching a study it hopes will lead to region-wide congestion pricing.

One would expect that something as big and complex as congestion pricing would require substantial public input. However, Metro has made clear that, at least for its technical evaluation of scenarios, its process does “not anticipate significant public outreach.” This is likely because a key takeaway from a survey by DHM Research concludes tolling “is not a popular idea and residents are skeptical that it will be effective at reducing congestion.” Continue reading

Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst, Cascade Policy Institute

Milton Friedman once famously said that “nothing is more permanent than a temporary government program.” If Friedman were currently living in Portland, Oregon, it is likely he would instead be saying “nothing is more permanent than a temporary Metro tax.” The Metro Council unanimously voted in July to approve funding for planning and development grants supported by the regional government’s construction excise tax (CET) in the 2019-20 fiscal year. This CET is riddled with problems, including the removal of its sunset date and mission creep.

The CET was originally adopted by the region in 2006 as a temporary tax to support development planning for areas newly brought into the urban growth boundary (UGB). The tax is paid by anyone applying for a building permit for construction within the UGB, with some exceptions.

Its original sunset date was slated for 2009 or until Metro collected a certain amount of money. When asked if this was a permanent tax in 2006, Metro responded by saying, “No. This tax takes effect July 1, 2006, and will remain in effect until $6.3 million is collected.” This fund threshold was met and the original sunset date was passed, however, the CET was not allowed to die. Continue reading

On Monday, 8/19/2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an adult male swimmer that had gone missing at Sand Island next to Rooster Rock on the Columbia River. Emergency responders from the Oregon Parks and Recreation, Corbett Fire, Gresham Fire, Port of Portland, Trauma Intervention Program(T.I.P.), and MCSO River Patrol responded to the scene. Despite efforts from multiple agencies, the lost swimmer is still missing.

Due to the setting of the sun and loss of light, the search was suspended until morning.

August is Outdoor Safety Month and MCSO wants you to be as safe as you can while boating or swimming. Please make a plan and wear a personal flotation device when you are in or around the water.

Marlon Furtado

One nice feature about international flights is having the opportunity to watch movies to occupy your time. The last time I flew to India on a mission trip I began watching the movie, Jack the Giant Killer. The movie was based upon the fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk, with giants living in the clouds. I enjoyed the movie, but I knew it was fiction.

However, the Bible makes several references to real giants that lived on earth. One was named Og. He had an iron bed over thirteen feet long and six feet wide (Deuteronomy 3:11). Now that’s a king-size bed! But the most well-known giant was Goliath, standing over 9 feet tall. He was a warrior in the Philistine army (1 Samuel 17:4), which was at war with the army of Israel. He boasted that if any Jewish soldier defeated him, the entire Philistine army would surrender. As you can imagine, no one among the Jewish army wanted to fight such a huge man. This guy would make NBA players look small. Plus, he had all his combat gear on. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

My good friend Scott Lively, former two-time candidate for governor in Massachusetts and author of The Pink Swastika, believes the fix is in for the Democrats to select Elizabeth Warren as their candidate for 2020. And I believe he is right. (Don’t blame Scott for anything else I say in the rest of this column.)

One of the things that strikes me about recent press coverage of the Democrat primary is the absence of critical pieces about Ms. Warren. Every other candidate seems to come in for his share of criticism – except for the senator from Massachusetts with the creative ancestry. She seems to be getting a free ride from the Talking Snake Media.

This has led me to the tentative conclusion that she has become the de facto choice of the regressive left and its mavens in the press. Joe Biden, who is now in a dead heat with Warren nationally, has virtually been driven into hiding by the unsparing press coverage of his truly impressive array of gaffes. But what is missing is any concerted effort from the TSM to provide cover for him or to excuse or explain away his hoof-in-mouth disease. Continue reading

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