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Around every bend he confronted bigotry – and he did so with amazing grace, endearing dignity, and old-school wisdom.” – Douglas Brinkley, on “I Had a Hammer”

I’M READING The Hank Aaron story, another of my one dollar purchases from a local library. I could do a book review every week if I had more time for reading. When Hank was a boy in Mobile, kids threw bottle caps for baseballs, and they hit them with broom sticks. No wonder that town produced so many Hall of Famers. So much I didn’t know about one of my boyhood “idols.”
January is the month with two faces, and I’m looking back at the 1950s in Wisconsin. Eau Claire was Hank’s first stop in pro baseball outside of time spent in the Negro league. One of his boyhood pals wrote: “The way I can still see Henry is, we’d be having a game on Saturday and he was late most of the time because his mother would have him doing chores. After a couple of innings, you’d see him running across that corn field. You’d see his head bobbing up and down over that corn, and whoever was batting would just lay that bat down, because Henry was going to pinch hit.” [a word picture right out of “Field of Dreams”]

Wes Covington was a teammate of his in Eau Claire, and got beaned by a pitcher one day (not a rare thing for the Afro-Am players in those days). Wes says: “I was the first black person who ever went into the hospital there. They assigned different nurses to me every day so they could all get the experience of being in Continue reading

Susan Gallagher, Parents Rights In Education

Show your support for PARENTS!

Encourage the OREGON CITY School Board, your elected representatives to table their decisions until parents/residents have time to review K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum(s) and study the Reproductive Health Services details.

Monday, JANUARY 13, 7:00pm

Jackson Building
District Boardroom, Room 115
1306 12th Street
Oregon City, OR

Public Testimony will be taken.
When you arrive, fill out the card and turn in to the board secretary. You may decide NOT to testify, however if your card has not been turned in, and you later decide you want to speak, you may not be allowed.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

The State of Oregon has identified 746 victims of human trafficking across Oregon in a 12-month period between October 2018 and October 2019. The new data was collected by the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

In commemoration of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Rebecca Jones Gaston, director of the DHS Child Welfare Program, honored the efforts of Oregonians who have worked to prevent human trafficking, including an award honoring an inter-agency team which stopped a trafficking ring in Lane County. The awards ceremony was open to the media, which has also help raise awareness about Oregon’s current intervention efforts and recognizes the work of Oregonians who are taking a trauma informed and victim-centered approach to trafficking intervention.

“Human trafficking and the exploitation of minors, sadly, affects every corner of Oregon. The individuals and community members we are honoring on Human Trafficking Awareness Day represent the courage, trust, and strong inter-agency partnerships necessary to help keep our most vulnerable Oregonians, especially children, safe from traffickers,” said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Continue reading

American Heritage Girls, Inc. (AHG) is rolling out its new Girl Handbooks – updated with a fresh look, and personalized elements to enhance each girl’s AHG journey. The new Girl Handbook will be available for Girl Members to purchase at the ministry’s 25th Anniversary Convention in July and via the AHGstore the first week of August.

“We are excited to have created Handbooks that not only take a girl through her AHG journey but also serve as a treasured keepsake for the rest of her life,” said Patti Garibay, AHG’s Founder & Executive Director.

AHG’s new Girl Handbooks are designed as a comprehensive, age-appropriate guide for Girl Members to read, journal, and enjoy as they progress through each Program level. Girl Handbooks are a valuable tool for understanding the core Emphases and components of the American Heritage Girls Program. Continue reading

The boy was nine when his parents parted company. As the oldest of four children, and the only boy, he naturally assumed he would take his father’s place as man of the house, but a little over a year later his mother remarried. He gradually realized he was just one of the kids.

He stubbornly refused to call his step-father “Dad,” reserving that title for his biological father, even though he rarely saw him.

The mother was 29 when she married the farmer. First married at 18, just out of high school, quickly and often with child, she had never known any real stability before moving to the farm. Now, even when the money was tight, she never doubted where the next meal would come from, or whether there would be a roof over their heads.

The new husband was 52 when he took on the responsibility of a young wife and four children. He had lived a bachelor all his life on the farm where he was born. His father, a Swiss immigrant, had homesteaded these 80 acres long before the turn of the century, and he had never known any other life.

He had told her, “You know, if your children hadn’t been so well-behaved, I wouldn’t have considered marrying you,” and she had smiled demurely, with secret pride in her offspring. But as the boy grew into adolescence, she sometimes wondered whether the good behavior would last. Continue reading

The Oregon Transportation Commission deferred action on the environmental path for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project and told ODOT to continue studying tolling in the Portland area.

Commissioners, meeting in Lebanon for their last 2019 meeting, decided to delay further action on the I-5 Rose Quarter Project to consider public, local and statewide stakeholder input and to define the immediate next steps for ODOT. Commissioners plan to meet in January to consider the next steps. Continue reading

Must we put up with yet another eco-cataclysm fabricated and exaggerated by ruling elites?

One day I will write a book: 111,111 ways our saviors have proposed to save the planet from the coming climate-driven catastrophes and extinctions. Meanwhile, here’s one you may not have considered.

At my cat-loving daughter’s house the other day, I ran across one of her books – How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You (by Matthew Inman). A little later, I saw this headline: “Hollywood Celeb Emma Thompson: Eat your pets to survive ‘climate crisis.’” Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

With Time magazine naming 16 year-old Greta Thunberg as their ‘Person of the Year,’ one has to wonder what that means in a world dominated by political correctness and Leftist ideology. Greta is an autistic Swedish child who has been programmed by her parents to promote a children’s crusade against climate change. Never mind that Greta has no knowledge of science and no ability to understand that she is being used as a pawn in the climate battles. She might well be the ‘Abused Child of the Year,’ not a person held up as some sort of hero. Or as Time explains it, “a person, a group, an idea, or an object that for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

The very first Time magazine ‘Man of the Year’ was Charles Lindbergh in 1927, a choice that was very appropriate. Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight was a sensation. Later choices in the 1930s, from Mahatma Gandhi (1930) to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1932+) to Haile Selassie (1935) to Chiang Kai-Shek (1937) were likewise men of great stature. But then Time faltered, choosing Adolph Hitler in 1938 and Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942. They were certainly newsworthy but clearly monsters.

Following the Second World War, Time continued its tradition of recognizing the best of humanity, from just about all United States Presidents to Winston Churchill (1949) and Queen Elizabeth II (1952). But they also faltered with Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) and Yasser Arafat (1993), again monsters. Continue reading

Helen Maguire


Irna Phillips: Soap opera pioneer. Public domain

Irna Phillips (July 1, 1901 – December 23, 1973) was an American scriptwriter, screenwriter, casting agent, and actress. She is best known for creating, producing, and writing several of the first American daytime radio and television soap operas. As a result of creating some of the best known series in the genre, including Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Another World, Phillips is credited with creating a daytime serial format with programming geared specifically toward women. Later known as “Queen of the Soaps,” she introduced techniques such as the organ musical bridge to give a smooth flow between scenes and the cliff-hanger ending to each episode.

The Brighter Day scene 1954. From left, (Babby) Mary Linn Beller, (Grayling) Hal Holbrook, (Patsy) Lois Nettleton, Public domain

The origin of the soap opera can be traced back to short, daytime serial dramas that took place on the radio in the 1930s. Radio executives wanted to increase ad revenue to their stations so they began to court businesses that sold household products since the majority of people at home during the day at that time were women homemakers.  Procter & Gamble became the first major advertiser to sponsor one of these daytime dramas using their Oxydol soap powder, a laundry detergent. It didn’t take long for other soap and household goods manufacturers to get on the bandwagon. Proctor & Gamble even began to produce their own radio shows. These radio dramas began to be associated with their advertisers, hence the name “soap opera.” Continue reading

A total of 36 abortion facilities closed nationwide in 2019, according to a survey of every abortion facility in the U.S. conducted by Operation Rescue.In 2019, new abortion facility openings slightly outpaced closures. Today, there are a total of 710 U.S. abortion facilities, up nine facilities from 2018’s record low of 701.

However, the number of surgical abortion clinics continues to decline with seven fewer today than last year at this time, hitting a record low of 464.

“The closer we get to ending abortion in America, the harder the Abortion Cartel will fight against our efforts to save innocent lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Our side cannot afford complacency, especially as we enter a critical presidential election year that will determine whether our national policies favor greedy abortionists or the protection of babies in the womb. The outcome of that election – as well as the fate of millions of innocent lives that hang in the balance – will be up to us.”

Other noteworthy facts were revealed by Operation Rescue’s survey.

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