The Northwest Connection

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During this short month, we celebrate the following:
• American Heart Month
• Canned Food Month
• Great American Pie Month
• National Cherry Month
• National Grapefruit Month

On February 1, 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, was published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Donald Trump would like to be known for building a wall. But his adversaries keep frustrating his plans. Well, Nehemiah is a guy who IS known for building a wall, and had to overcome a lot of resistance to do it. Perhaps he has something to teach our president about how to get it done.

Now if the president were to get the border wall built, it would be the most significant accomplishment of his presidency and put him next to Herbert Hoover as a president whose name is connected with a huge civil engineering accomplishment. He would be remembered for decades as the president who protected our national security along the southern border.

It’s worth noting that God devoted an entire book of the Bible to recording the history of a construction project, the building of a physical barrier around the ancient city of Jerusalem. One implication here is that our view of what counts as ministry is much too narrow. Nehemiah’s job was as sacred and as Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

The theory that humans are significantly changing the Earth”s climate by burning fossil fuels has suffered a thousand deaths, only to rise again like the Phoenix because too many see the political possibilities from a “planetary emergency.” Never mind that there is no emergency or even real scientific concern about an advertised “catastrophe.” As the former President of the US National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ralph Cicerone, once said “We don’t have that kind of evidence.”

Yet the mainstream media continue to hawk “catastrophe” as “settled science,” based mostly upon slight planetary warming over two of the last seven decades that can be vaguely correlated with rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. Never mind that natural climate variations easily explain all robust observations. We live on a fluid planet with vast oceans and atmosphere that are never in equilibrium. That alone guarantees substantial climate variations. Continue reading

Portland, OR – Katie Eyre was recently elected the newest board member of Cascade Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research and educational organization based in Portland. Eyre, a Certified Public Accountant, is a Tax Partner at Fordham & Co LLP in Hillsboro and is a former Oregon state legislator. The Cascade Board of Directors elected Eyre in late 2018 to begin her term in January 2019.

Katie Eyre joined Oregon accounting firm Fordham & Co in 1998 after gaining broad tax experience in several long-term positions with other firms. She assists business and individual clients with complex tax and compliance issues. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The Democrat Party, fresh off electoral victories last fall, is flexing its muscles on behalf of sheer, unadulterated brutality, cruelty, and savagery.

In New York, the Democrat-controlled legislature and the Democrat governor signed into law a bill that allows abortion up the day of birth. The drop-dead point for the the butchers of Planned Parenthood is the scheduled day of delivery. The drop-dead point for the baby is any point before that. Even babies born alive after a botched abortion have been stripped of any guarantee of receiving medical attention. They presumably can be tossed in the corner and allowed to die. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

One of the movies often shown during the Christmas holiday is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Ruined financially, George Bailey is suicidal, thinking the world would be better off if he was never born. George’s guardian angel, Clarence, who is in training to become a full-fledged angel with wings, has the task of convincing him that his life really does matter. By the end of the movie George is glad he was born, and the tinkling of a bell on a Christmas tree indicates Clarence has received his wings. I don’t know if it’s because of this movie, but I’ve been surprised how many people believe that when we die we also become angels. I believe an understanding of the Bible gives an entirely different view. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Climate alarmists must prove expensive, weather-dependent energy is green and sustainable

The IPCC says it’s still possible to limit planetary warming to an additional 0.5 degrees C (0.9 F) “above pre-industrial levels” – but only if global CO2 emissions are halved by 2030 and zeroed out by 2050.

So climate alarmists intend to carbon-tax, legislate and regulate our energy, factories, livelihoods, living standards, liberties and lives to the max. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal would eliminate and replace US fossil fuels by 2030. It’s an unprecedented economic and political power grab. Continue reading

There is a political war going on between “Believers” in man-made global warming — anthropogenic global warming (AGW) caused by CO2 emissions — and “Deniers,” who are skeptical climate scientists who continue to search for facts. These categories of “Believers” and “Deniers” (also sometimes called “Skeptics”) are shallow terms generated by politicians and journalists.

Often seen in this newspaper in articles by Gordon Fulks, however, scientists never use such words as “believing” or “denying.” Every honest scientist is always a skeptic.

Was 2018 our “hottest year on record” — as declared by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? The answer is: “No, not even close.” In Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Joe Kennedy was fired in 2015 as a football coach at a high school in Bremerton, Washington. His fireable offense? He had violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by praying silently at midfield after football games were over and the field had cleared. His firing was upheld by the political activists posing as judges who sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court this week denied to review Kennedy’s appeal, but said that their denial does not, in the words of Justice Alito, “signify that the Court necessarily agrees with the decision” of the lower court. The Court says it needs more facts before it will be able to act intelligently on Kennedy’s request for review. Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr.

Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report examining the links between anti-sprawl, “smart growth” regulations and increasing housing costs in Oregon. The report measures the extent of supply restrictions in Oregon and their impact on housing prices. It concludes that “smart growth” policies contribute substantially to the decrease in affordable housing and single-family housing options in Oregon.

The report, The Housing Affordability Crisis: The Role of Anti-Sprawl Policy, was written by Randall Pozdena, Ph.D. Pozdena is president of QuantEcon, Inc., an Oregon-based economics consultancy. Continue reading

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