The Northwest Connection

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Marlon Furtado

I’d like to suggest that there is a common misconception among us Christ-followers. I hear it when someone says, “I’m a better person since I’ve come to know Christ.” What we mean is that we don’t do the same outward things that we did before surrendering to Christ. Now, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with being happy that we don’t do the same things that once brought us shame and embarrassment. But that doesn’t make us better people than those who haven’t come to know Christ and His forgiveness yet.

This error is insidious because it gives the impression that we don’t struggle with sin as much anymore. This leads to the misconception that we don’t need Jesus daily as much anymore. In effect, we’re thanking Jesus for our ticket to get in the door of heaven, but we’re also implying that we can handle the rest of life fairly well on our own. Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

Cascade Policy Institute has supported parental choice in K-12 education since 1991. In fact, it’s the issue that convinced founder Steve Buckstein of the need for a free-market think tank in Oregon. But would you have imagined that Gandalf, fictional hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, would be a voice for educational choice as well?

Yes, you read that right: Gandalf the Grey (delighter of hobbits, purveyor of fireworks, and instigator of disruptive adventures) would support school choice—giving parents the power to choose the educational setting that works best for their children. It’s all right if you need some tea to process that. I’m enjoying my second breakfast as I write this. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

In a field so burdened with propaganda, corruption, and vast nonsense, it might seem very unlikely for any real scientific progress, despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars of American taxpayer money. And indeed the remarkable discovery reported here was accomplished far from taxpayer dollars and involves none of the luminaries associated with this field. Ralph Ellis of France and Michael Palmer of Canada published this pioneering paper in Geoscience Frontiers: “Modulation of ice ages via precession and dust-albedo feedbacks.”

“X- Factor”

This story begins with a search for the “X-Factor” that has long been suspected of causing the monumental shift of the Earth’s climate out of the 100,000 year ice ages into brief interglacials, such as the present Holocene Climate Optimum. Al Gore popularized the ice core temperature reconstructions that show the very Continue reading

Last minute holiday shoppers will delight in the opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones this year. Join us for the annual Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds December 8th and 9th, 10am-4pm. Parking and admission are free.

The Columbia Gorge is abundant in talented artists and designers that are anxious to share their unique products, including fine clothing and accessories, pottery, photography, jewelry, home goods, and more! Browse over 40 local vendors with beautifully made arts and crafts, baby and kid items, decorations, baked goods, and gourmet food products. This is the perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind, last-minute Christmas items, and a great chance to connect with local Gorge artisans. Lunch options and beverages are available in the fair kitchen. Located in the community building, this is a fun, family-friendly event you won’t want to miss. Continue reading

Ah, splurge. The word itself is an indulgence to the tongue. Say it with gusto. But this is your conscience speaking: I am here to tell you to strive not to acquire more junk and in the process not spend beyond your means this holiday season. As parents we have an urge to give our children the best or the most or the seemingly one thing in the world that would make them happy (at least until the next toy comes along). But—and here is my rant—we in the United States of America possess too much stuff! Let us not train our children in a likewise manner. Our kids will have a big enough chore cleaning out our garages, attics and storage units when we downsize or leave this earthly realm anyway. Hint: start purging now! Continue reading

Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program currently helps more than a hundred thousand of the state’s most disadvantaged students to get a better education through privately funded scholarships, making it the largest private school choice program in America. The program has been funded by voluntary corporate donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. In return for these donations, companies receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits against their state income tax.

Last month, EdChoice released the largest-ever survey of the parents of Florida’s tax credit scholarship students, revealing these families’ educational priorities and experiences.
Analyzing the responses of more than fourteen thousand parents, EdChoice concluded: Continue reading

Dr. Jeffery Foss

More honesty and less hubris, more evidence and less dogmatism, would do a world of good.

“What can I do to correct these crazy, super wrong errors?” Willie Soon asked plaintively in a recent e-chat. “What errors, Willie?” I asked.

“Errors in Total Solar Irradiance,” he replied. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change keeps using the wrong numbers! It’s making me feel sick to keep seeing this error. I keep telling them – but they keep ignoring their mistake.”

Astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon really does get sick when he sees scientists veering off their mission: to discover the truth. I’ve seen his face flush with shock and shame for science when scientists cherry-pick data. It ruins his appetite – a real downer for someone who loves his food as much as Willie does. Continue reading

Dr. Jay Lehr

Tom Harris

Alarmists try to frighten people, and stampede them into terrible energy decisions

For the past 50 years, scientists have been studying climate change and the possibility of related sea level changes resulting from melting ice and warming oceans. Despite the common belief that increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere could result in catastrophic sea level rise, there is no evidence to support this fear. Tax monies spent trying to solve this non-existent problem are a complete waste.

There is another widely held misconception: that all the oceans of the world are at the same level.  In reality, sea level measurements around the world vary considerably, typically by several inches. Prevailing winds and continental instability are among the variables that Continue reading

Abigail Klein Leichman

An Israeli company is helping America’s disaster victims and first responders

Watergen sends Israeli water-making machine to assist massive wildfires.

An emergency response vehicle (ERV) carrying an innovative Israeli machine that pulls pure drinking water directly out of ambient air is on its way to California, to provide hydration to police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of two massive wildfires that have taken at least 87 lives and destroyed over 10,000 homes and businesses. Continue reading

Dr. Tim Ball

Tom Harris

Governments charge ahead on engineering Earth’s climate, ignoring possible harmful effec

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report said we have only 12 years left to save the planet. It triggered the usual frantic and ridiculous reactions.

NBC News offered this gem: “A last-ditch global warming fix? A man-made ‘volcanic’ eruption” to cool the planet.” Its article proclaimed, “Scientists and some environmentalists believe nations might have to mimic volcanic gases as a last-ditch effort to protect Earth from extreme warming.” Continue reading

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