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Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

By Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

When will its leaders focus on vital issues affecting its people, instead of lining their pockets?

Africa is still battling “transitional periods,” from slavery and colonialism, to neocolonialism and eco-imperialism. Its wars, diseases and suffering will never end until we stop having greedy leaders who only care about their families, cronies and tribal members.

The continent has enough natural resources to bring peace, health and prosperity to nearly everyone. And yet 90% of Africans still lack electricity and basic necessities, while corrupt leaders who could help transform our nations embezzle billions and leave parents and children starving and poor. Continue reading

dollar_1If you haven’t seen this before, please take time to look at and study the dollar bill. It means much more than just something to spend.

On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.  Continue reading

Air Force Academy cadets keep a giant American flag aloft during the Air Force-Brigham Young University halftime 9/11 memorial ceremony at Falcon Stadium near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 11, 2010. The flag measured about 55 yards by 30 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Air Force Academy cadets keep a giant American flag aloft during the Air Force-Brigham Young University halftime 9/11 memorial ceremony at Falcon Stadium near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 11, 2010. The flag measured about 55 yards by 30 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress; a thoroughfare of freedom beat across the wilderness! America, America! God mend they every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!”

I watched the Republican convention last night from beginning to end…on C-SPAN, absent the supercilious talking-heads.  I listened and watched REAL God-fearing, God-loving Americans speaking ACTUAL truth.  For the first time in years have I been so inspired by the good, decent, courageous people who still inhabit this nation.

My first look at Google this a.m. was disgusting.  Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and can be reached at gordonfulks@hotmail.com. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago's Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research and has no conflicts of interest on this subject.

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago’s Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research.

In a stunning reversal of what many presumed to be the “consensus,” the most prominent of Global Warming proponents who are scientists now say that the scientific literature does not support the popular belief that the Earth is headed for Armageddon if we do not repent our sins and stop buying Exxon gasoline. That moves the scientific side of the Global Warming debate much closer to what skeptics have said all along: there is no scientific support for the notion that we are destroying the Earth with man-made carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is beneficial.

Warmers have certainly not given up their claim that adding CO2 to the atmosphere will cause noticeable warming, but their continuing dispute with skeptics centers around “How Much?” Skeptics maintain that there will be little or no observable warming, while “alarmists” (if we can still call them that) now see significant but not catastrophic warming. 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, Heartland Institute and Congress of Racial Equality, and author of Eco-Imperilaism: Green power-Black Death

America has centuries of fossil fuels, but hydrocarbon deniers want to strangle our future

Fool me once, the adage says, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

The reality-based fossil fuel version states: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me forever – or at least until creative, entrepreneurial spirits can devise reliable, affordable alternatives. The 2016 Democratic Party would change this adage to read: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me never again.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to regulate drilling and fracking into oblivion, or ban them outright. Clinton also says she is “going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Continue reading

The Inspector

The Inspector

In the previous two articles, the mayor of Troutdale and some of the councilors have been chastised for what appears to be lack of fairness when it come to a proposed Urban Renewal project. This project is located immediately to the east of the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Store and comprises of 7.76 acres of city-owned property. A former sewer treatment plant facility that unfortunately was located on the shores of the scenic Sandy River is open for development. There remains the remnant of out buildings and a settlement pond. The only developer contacted was the neighboring property owner Junkie Yoshida. For the City’s part, an agreement with Eastwind Development, a Yoshida-owned company, the City is to condemn a building and create a new access to the Eastwind property and the City property. As previously reported, this will be an uphill battle. Continue reading

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Council President

”You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause.” Senator Jefferson SmithMV5BMTU2NjQzNTM4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTAzNDc5._V1_
The 1939 classic movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart as Senator Smith, tells the story of a man who really believed he was appointed to the Senate to do the honorable thing and serve his constituents to the best of his ability. Along the way, he finds the deck is stacked against him by special interests that just want him to be a place-setter, and for him to not question the status quo. He confronts his opponents using Senate rules and old-fashioned gumption. The movie shows it is possible for one person with principles to overcome powerful political forces.

“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.” Sen. Smith. Continue reading

Gorge Blues & Brews returns, June 23-24

Gorge Blues & Brews returns, June 23-24

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 23rd year. Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. We will celebrate 23 years of musical genius, award-winning craft brews and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud

Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud

Last week I was shocked to learn that two former city councilors who abruptly quit mid-term filed a recall petition against me – and the councilors who replaced them.

As your mayor, I’ve prided myself on communicating with transparency and candor. In that tradition, I would like to offer a glimpse of what this is really about.

This recall is about personality, not policy. Continue reading

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