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Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

When I was a small boy in Sweden many years ago, the Swedes were emphatic. At movie theaters where American Westerns were being shown, signs proclaimed “Barn Förbjudna” or “Children Forbidden.” That was the first Swedish I learned. The Swedes were trying to protect me from the very mild violence in American Westerns of that era. But I was not happy with a steady diet of Walt Disney pictures featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. At six years old, I thought that I was more sophisticated than that!

Fast forward almost seven decades and the Swedes are today far less protective of children, especially sixteen year old autistic girls like Greta Thunberg, whose Asperger’s syndrome makes her very vulnerable to exploitation. Her parents and many others promoting the climate religion find her a very convincing advocate for their cause. They have scared her to death, not with American Westerns, but with American climate hysteria. And she has gone forth throughout Europe and now America to proclaim her fears and accuse adults of stealing her future with man-made Global Warming. It would be very sad, if she had not become such a hardened and sometimes nasty advocate at the still tender age of 16.

How much better off she would have been if her heroes had been cowboys like John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, William Boyd, Clayton Moore, and Jay Silverheels. They were mine. Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Lighthouse_Tillamook Rock Photo credit USCG

Suddenly a bright light flashed across the bow, nearly blinding the captain. The other ship was on a collision course with his. Straightaway, he signaled to it, “Change your direction.” He quickly received a signal back, “You change your direction!” Put off, the captain sent another message, “This is Captain Palmer. I order you to change your direction.” Without delay, he received the reply, “This is Mark Forsyth. You are to change your heading.” Boiling, the captain sent a third message, “I am a ship of the US Navy. I order you to change your direction immediately.” Without hesitation, the third response arrived, “I am a lighthouse. Change yours before it’s too late.”

There is one harbor that each of us hopes to reach when our sail is pulled down for the last time, that of Heaven. Its entrance is tight, though, and there are many rocks that surround its approach. The rocks represent the Judgment Day of God, in which each of us must stand before God, entirely alone. The Bible shines the only beam to point the way to avoid those rocks of judgment. Its light is the GOOD NEWS about Jesus, His death and resurrection. When Jesus died on the cross, He suffered God’s judgment on sin. He took the punishment for us. Continue reading

Mark Ellis, NW Connection

S.O.A.R. Membership Skyrockets After Announcement

If a person had asked four months ago if there was an organized Republican group in the Sandy, OR area, the answer would have been “no, there isn’t.”

There is now. The Sandy Oregon Area Republicans (SOAR) has only been around since May 24th, but has already attracted 643 members.

According to group spokesperson Dotty Pratt, the word “area” is inclusive of any town or burb in and around Sandy, specifically the official political districts that Sandy is in: Senate District 26, House District 52, and Congressional District 3. Continue reading

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Damascus Council President

In the popular TV science fiction series Star Trek there was a storyline where space aliens created their own new world through mental force. This phenomenon was described as a “reality distortion field.” This has been used to describe the abilities of persuasion that Steve Jobs of Apple had, and Bill Clinton has, upon other people. The Clackamas County Commissioners are using this approach to overcome the reality of the Appeals Court unanimous ruling in favor of the City of Damascus to exist. The Commissioners, by convincing themselves that Damascus is not now a resurrected city, feels justified in blocking, ignoring and ridiculing the efforts of the City”s taxpayers who are restoring local governance.

There has been a sequence of events since last May’s ruling by the Oregon Appeals Court that the Oregon legislature forced ballot Measure 93 in 2016, resulting in the disincorporation of Damascus, was indeed illegal. Each of the recent developments are significant in demonstrating how the Commission responds to obeying the Courts. Continue reading

John R. Charles, Jr. President, Cascade Policy Institute

In 2016 Val Hoyle, then a legislator from Eugene, introduced a bill to guarantee postage-paid envelopes for Oregon’s vote-by-mail system. She argued that having to find and apply a stamp was a barrier to voter participation, especially to young people.

That idea was widely ridiculed, and the bill died.

Unfortunately, the political culture has changed. In March the Oregon legislature quietly passed SB 861, which requires the state to pay for ballot envelopes that can be returned by business reply mail. It will go into effect on or after January 1, 2020.

Implementation will cost an estimated $1.6 million to the state General Fund for the first 18 months. There will be an additional cost to Counties of $84,000 to destroy obsolete ballot return envelopes. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

While President Trump may get impeached by the blindly obsessed Nancy Pelosi and her band of rabid Trump-haters, there is absolutely no possibility – as in zip, nada, zilch – that he will be convicted in the Senate.

The reason? Evangelicals.

In 2016, 81% of white evangelicals voted for Mr. Trump. It is no exaggeration to say evangelicals put him the Oval Office. There is a less-than-zero chance they will be inclined to participate in a coup d’etat against him.

The reasons are obvious. This is a president who has kept the large promises he made to people of faith. He has used the authority of his office to protect the sanctity of human life, and just recently stripped Planned Parenthood of $60 million in blood money.

He has appointed over 150 judges to the federal judiciary who believe, as the Founders expressed in the Declaration of Independence, that the “right to life” is an inalienable right of every human being in the womb, a gift from their Creator. Continue reading

Alyssa Ahlgren

My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us!

I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis (Florida) trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of presidential candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around.

I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Continue reading

Mary Jo Conniff, The Northwest Connection

Senator Ted Cruz, Photo Credit: Wikipedia

This brave man never waivers in his support of a border walls! He has experience on how these walls, along with professionals, tough immigration legislation, and technology, are effective.

In a recent speech to the Senate, (

Ted said that politicians from states that don’t share borders with other nations are very supportive of anti-wall rhetoric. He tells us that it’s convenient for them to have that opinion because they are unaffected.

I know what Sen Cruz means, but in the last 10-20 years EVERY STATE has suffered with drugs that are killing our children; gangs that promote the death of our family units (both literally and figuratively); that traffic people for the sex trade and to illegally, for thousands of dollars and terrible danger, to trespass into the U.S. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The problems with the so-called “whistleblower” complaint against President Trump are legion. For one thing, this guy’s not a “whistleblower” at all. A true whistleblower – an NFL referee for instance – blows the whistle when he actually sees an infraction of the rules with his own eyes. This anonymous dude, whoever he may be, by his own admission didn’t see nothin’. That’s nothin’ as in nada, zip, zilch, nothing.

This is the equivalent of an NFL official who throws a flag because somebody told him that he’d heard from a trusted friend that the friend had seen pass interference.

The entire complaint is a rehearsal of rumors this scandal-mongerer had heard from anonymous sources or from the Talking Snake Media, people who lie for a living. This report belongs on the pages of the National Enquirer, not in the halls of Congress. Continue reading

Sea otters Juno (light head) and pup Uni Sushi together in Steller Cove. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Shervin Hess.

Oct. 2 event features sea otter conservationists from the Elakha Foundation

Once common along the Oregon coast, sea otters were hunted almost to extinction for their rich fur in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Although they have made a comeback elsewhere, they remain missing from Oregon. What will it take to help them return?

That’s the question at the heart of Oregon Sea Otters: Once and Future, the first Oregon Zoo Pub Talk of the season, taking place Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the zoo’s Cascade Crest Banquet Center.

Robert Bailey, president of the Elakha Alliance, and Peter Hatch, a Siletz tribal member who serves on Elakha’s board of directors, will explore the history of sea otters in Oregon, their ecological and cultural importance to the region, and the prospects for their return and recovery. The talk will also touch on the mission of the Elakha Alliance, an Oregon nonprofit devoted to sea otter conservation. Continue reading

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