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Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Damascus Council President

During Clackamas County Commissioners comments on July 18, 2019, Chairman Jim Bernard launched an unfiltered verbal bushwhack on James De Young, Mayor of Damascus. He called De Young “the self appointed supreme leader of the Oregon territory.” He continued to belittle him by repeating fake news that Mr. De Young is being sued because he was representing himself as a public official. The Chairman pondered “ How does one appoint himself mayor?” The other Commissioners either laughed, smiled or remained silent during these cheap shots being leveled.

Earlier in the meeting Mr. De Young gave citizen comments and had long left the building when Bernard’s stand-up routine began. In reality, the Mayor was appointed by a quorum of councilors in an open meeting as called for in its city charter. The next week, when Bernard’s verbal salvo was pointed out, he incredulously claimed he was talking about himself and offered his apology.

But all of this was to deflect from the issue that had been presented by the Mayor and others at the Commission meetings for weeks now. Namely, that the City of Damascus has been ruled a legal entity by the Appeals Court on May 1, 2019. What is the County going to do to correct its part in the fiasco created by the illegal disincorporation vote of 2016, and to recognize Damascus as a city within Clackamas County? Continue reading

Jeanne Robinson, Damascus City Councilor

My name is Jeanne Robinson. Forty-six years ago, I moved from Portland to my home in what is now Damascus, Oregon. When making my purchase, I was under the impression that I would be living on Deep Creek Road in Damascus, only to learn after moving in that the road name had changed to 232nd Drive, and it was considered part of Boring, Oregon.

After nearly three decades, I received a telephone call from Dee Wescott, at that time unknown to me. He introduced himself, told of his family’s pioneer involvement in the community, and shared with me his great dream – that Damascus would become Oregon’s newest city. Initially, I was lukewarm to the idea, but this voice on the phone was excited. He shared his vision for the City of Damascus with me, I asked scads of questions, and about 20 minutes later, I was sold!

I welcomed our new city, and I was proud to share my new address with my friends and business associates. I smiled every time I drove into our city center and saw the beautiful Damascus signs. I loved it when our city hall opened. I followed our elections and always voted with great thought. I loved our Damascus police car. I loved everything about being part of the City of Damascus. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

When our Founding Fathers brought our democratic republic into existence, they built it on a straightforward, unambiguous foundation. Government, whether at the state level or federal level, has a simple yet elegant charter, according to the Declaration: to protect our inalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (By this last phrase, the Founders meant “property” since men pursue happiness through accumulating, acquiring, and using stuff. I pursued happiness last weekend, for instance, by buying a new grill for my patio.)

These are “rights” because they are bestowed on us by our Creator. They are “inalienable” because no earthly power has the moral authority to deprive us of any one of these rights. God gave them to us. No one can be allowed to take them away. Continue reading

Helen Cook

How much would you be willing to pay in taxes for your local business?

Thirty-three percent of total sales from Oregon distilleries currently goes to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. This means, on average, that the state makes a greater profit from tasting room sales than the distillers making the product. In comparison, beer and wine crafters remit 0% of tasting room sales to the state.

Oregon is a “Liquor Control State.” This means that all liquor is owned by the state, entitling it to a certain percentage of each liquor sale. The revenue that distillers do receive from tasting room sales is actually a commission for selling the state’s liquor. Continue reading

By Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to the victims of the El Paso Mall shooting. The gunman posted a manifesto.

One of the issues which angered the gunman is illegal immigration. Democrats and fake news media will jump on this like white on rice. Despicably, they will launch a bogus narrative that the gunman is a typical Trump voter, driven to violence by Trump’s racist rhetoric.

Don’t be fooled, folks. The deranged gunman’s views are all over the ideological map. However, his environmental views are clearly the result of progressives dominating public education and fake news media. This quote from the manifesto exposes his insane progressive environmental views. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

California judges provide stage for kangaroo court justice over Roundup weedkiller

San Francisco area juries have awarded cancer patients some $80 million each, based on claims that the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, caused their cancer – and that Bayer-Monsanto negligently or deliberately failed to warn consumers that the glyphosate it manufactures is carcinogenic. (It’s not.) Judges reduced the original truly outrageous awards of $289 million and even $1 billion per plaintiff!

Meanwhile, ubiquitous ads are still trolling for new clients, saying anyone who ever used Roundup and now has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or other cancer could be the next jackpot justice winner. Mass tort plaintiff law firms have lined up 18,500 additional “corporate victims” for glyphosate litigation alone. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Whether boys are standing beside a small creek or on a bridge above a river, they will find something to toss into the water. It’s fun to watch things bump along as they float downstream. It’s also fun to be the one drifting. When we were much younger, Karen and I enjoyed floating down the Sandy River on inner tubes. It was so slow, that it would take all day to float the nine miles to our destination.

But drifting can also be dangerous. A boat without an anchor can drift into the rocks. A houseboat must be anchored to the pilings to prevent drift. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:1, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Why is the author of Hebrews giving this warning? Surely, he’s not talking about drifting down a river. What, then, is so dangerous? Continue reading

America has an anger problem. There was another random shooting – this time in a city east of Santa Cruz in California. The Mercury News (7/28/19) reports: “At least four people were dead, including a suspect, and 15 people injured after a gunman cut through a security fence and opened fire on a crowd Sunday evening near the end of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, sending panicked festival goers running for their lives.”

The gunman was reported to have opened fire on the crowd with an assault-style rifle. Witnesses heard someone shout, “Why are you doing this?” and the gunman replied, “Because I’m really angry.”

Before his death, the gunman posted on Instagram, “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard,” according to NBC News. That 1890 anti-Christian, racist screed is subtitled, “Or, Survival of the Fittest,” and it promotes Social Darwinism. After all, if humanity is just glorified apes, then why should we be surprised when someone acts like one? – with apologies to apes. Continue reading

Tj Saling Caldwell, Director, Apple of His Eye Charities

Saddle up for Apple of His Eye Charity ride

My first Mother’s Day gift from my husband was a road bike. I have always loved biking but once out of college, and with other responsibilities filling my time, I pretty much stopped biking. Dan, my husband, on the other hand got on his first bike at the age of four and never got off. He absolutely loves it and his passion reignited my passion. We now ride bikes year-round, weather permitting, and although we ride for fun and recreation, I have learned that for many around the world it is their main form, if not only form, of transportation.

Once going on mission to India and Rwanda, I saw the need for bikes in almost every area of our ministry: the older orphans need transportation to college or vocational training programs; the widows need transportation for everyday errands; pastors that walk miles every day to share the gospel or minister to those in need can use bikes thus reaching many more in one day; and then the orphans need bikes to exercise, play and just be kids!Realizing the need and seeing the impact bicycles have in our different areas of ministry inspired Cycle for a Cause. We thought: why not turn a sport that we love and enjoy into something that helps others, too? Continue reading

Unbelievable lineup slated for Clark County Fair

The 151st Clark County Fair is set for Aug. 2 through 11, and the Clark County Fair Association has created a marvelous lineup of thrilling features including the all-Bug-Ology, favorites like DockDogs®, motorsports fun with Monster Trucks, and a new motorsports event – Moto Tuff Extreme! And, get all the carnival rides, fantastic fair food, family fun, and adorable animals you can see in one day! Plus – don’t miss the Parades happening opening day, August 2nd, at 1:00pm, and again the following Friday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m., the parades goes right up the midway, so get a great spot to watch! Visit the Clark County Fair website for updates and all the schedules at

Are you ready for the Sounds of Summer? Then buy your reserved VIP seats for our featured music artists – Carly Pearce with guest Matt Stell, KC and the Sunshine Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt band, and Randy Houser! You can also sit for FREE in the Grandstands during the concerts!

Get ready for plenty of action at the Excavation Rental Services (ERS) Grandstand; and the Kid’s Park will be filled with plenty of fun activities and contests aplenty. The Columbian Community Stage will feature free around-the-clock musical entertainment and fun acts – including the Washington State Fiddle Championships. The Clark County Fair is proud to welcome back Butler Amusements and Summer’s Best Carnival. And let’s not forget ALL the cows, horses, goats, llamas, sheep, chickens and so much more!

Be sure to purchase your Clark County Fair discount tickets online at to save money; or find the list of consignment ticket locations with participating SW Washington Fred Meyer stores, People’s Community Federal Credit Union branches, and Wilco Farm Stores.

See you there!

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