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Rich Allen, Troutdale City Councilor

Rich Allen, Troutdale City Councilor

I read a flyer the other day for one of the regional candidates. It talked about values we could all agree with. Then it dawned on me that the person pictured on the flyer was working with the very people that have violated everything I believe in, and that my fellow service people have died for—a republic that represents the people with liberty and justice for all. These aren’t dead words. They actually mean something, and soldiers have been willing to give their lives for the ideals our nation has been founded on.

All too often politicians hire campaign managers and implement polls to find out what we want to hear, then once in office they cater to the people that can help them win the next election. At least twice I have endorsed people that later proved that they couldn’t live up to their campaign promises. It was just too tempting for them to support benefactors instead of us. If you feel like you aren’t represented, you are right. The average person doesn’t attend meetings, or know who is representing them. Certainly there is nothing a good spin can’t take care of. Politicians know it takes money to win an election, and the best contributors are people who make money from their decisions, or the people who have a special interest they want to impose on us. Hence, the folly of our system. Continue reading

bagpiperOn Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Boring, Oregon Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Boring & Dull Day Community Social In The Park.

In conjunction with four other non-profit organizations, this event is described as an ice cream social. Free Ice Cream for all will be served by volunteers from the Boring Oregon Foundation, Hollyview Family Church, Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Country Cutups Square Dance Club from Boring.

The Boring-Damascus Grange will have food for purchase at the south end of the park.

There will be live entertainment which will include Scottish Highland music by a Pipes & Drum ensemble followed by the music of Ron Ruedi and the Hurricanes.

The event starts at 5pm on Tuesday, August 9th and will be held at the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

Steve Bates

Steve Bates

In a recent Guest Editorial, a sitting Clackamas County Commissioner inferred that it was disingenuous to pursue benefits from property ownership and to attempt to increase the value of one’s property.

How can that be disingenuous?

Is it not the crux of the American Dream to strive to improve one’s standing?

To work to improve one’s finances? Continue reading

Soaking up rays, or soaking the taxpayer?

Soaking up rays, or soaking the taxpayer?

Contrary to popular belief, electric power is not like ice cream. You cannot have any flavor you want whenever you want it. Because power generation equipment is expensive, the only way to keep rates reasonable is to amortize capital costs over generations, meaning that the equipment needs to be utilized and actually last that long.

We have been lucky that previous generations understood this and built robust systems that lasted for a half century, producing power at low cost. Hydro, coal, and nuclear technology served the world admirably. When problems arose, we corrected them and moved on. Fish kills from hydro, noxious sulfur dioxide from coal, and safety issues with nuclear were all competently addressed to perfect the sources of power that have kept the lights on at reasonable cost since Thomas Edison invented the technology. Continue reading

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Green gangsters rip us off while enriching the 0.1% and trashing the environment

By Mary Kay Barton

“America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” Donald J. Trump

A recent Joe Mahoney article, NY looks to the wind to replace its fossil fuel diet, was full of half-truths and misinformation.

There is nothing “free,” “clean” or “green” about industrial wind. Quite the contrary: the true costs of industrial wind development are astronomical. Yet, the wishful thinking of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “green” ideologues, and “renewable” energy hustlers and subsidy seekers who benefit from this massive taxpayer and ratepayer rip-off has been repeated by countless “journalists” without question for years now. Continue reading

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and a veteran of anti-malaria campaigns

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power- Black death.

Climate change is all-purpose excuse for Big Green and federal misfeasance and malfeasance

First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came after oil and gas drilling and fracking, and the workers, industries and families that need petroleum. They’re also targeting farming, ranching, airlines and manufacturing.

It’s all to stop “dangerous manmade climate change,” rising seas, warmer and colder weather, wetter and drier seasons, and other “unprecedented” calamities. Now the Feds want us to believe worsening forest fires threaten communities, wildlife and wildlife habitats because we burn fossil-fuels. Continue reading

The Draper Girls: Their farm is can't miss!

The Draper Girls: Their farm is can’t miss!

cherriesinkimbcolHow long has it been since you have had fruit fresh off the tree? Tired of eating fruit from your local grocery that has no taste? Then you need to come to the Draper Girls Country Farm. Not only do they have a plethora of fresh fruits like, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots, but also early summer vegetables. The best part is you can pick them yourself, or you can purchase them already in a basket, ready to take home.

The farm is beautifully landscaped and maintained with Mt. Hood in the background. Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

safe_GirlLemonadeStand1Last year I wrote about Letterboxing as an enthralling treasure-hunt style activity and public library summer reading programs as methods to fill time and keep the edge on those nine months of education that your child just completed. I also consistently mention how much our children simply want to spend time with their parents. They don’t necessarily need a trip to Disneyland, Great Wolf Lodge or a Caribbean resort to make a happy memory with you. Instead, consider conserving what is in your wallet and instead go for these simple methods of spending time together without spending money.

Help your child start a lemonade stand. Continue reading

cottonCandyMicrosoft Word - Document2The Hood River County Fair, presented by Griffith Motors, returns Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30. It’s a fun and traditional family-oriented county fair, that’s been named the “best in the state.” The fair is known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, displays and exhibits, and food to please every taste. The scenic fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, near the community of Odell. Continue reading

Malibu Hybrid 2016 Suburban Chevrolet 2016-07-17 028

By Jim Kight

By Jim Kight

It didn’t take much encouragement for me to test drive the new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. As a matter of fact the general manager for Suburban Chevrolet, Jeff Baldwin, came up with the same car to feature at the same time. The Malibu Hybrid is the latest model to be introduced this spring by GM. It competes with other hybrids that have been on the market longer. The Malibu stand head and shoulders above their competition and highly rated among car critics.

My first impression is the styling. When I walked up to the car I immediately wanted to get behind the wheel. This is one attractive automobile that has very distinctive styling. The seats were very comfortable and easy to adjust with the 6-way power seats and lumbar support for the driver. The passenger side on this model also had power seats. Continue reading

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