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By Paul Driessen

Fish & Wildlife Service director nominee joins hundreds of others in confirmation limbo

Aurelia Skipwith has a BS in biology from Howard University, a Master’s in molecular genetics from Purdue and a law degree from Kentucky. She has worked as a molecular analyst and sustainable agriculture partnership manager. She was also co-founder and general counsel for AVC Global, a Washington, DC-based agricultural supply chain development company that helps small farmers link up with multinational buyers and with agronomy, business, financial and other service providers.  Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Governor Kate Brown

Dear Governor Brown,

I noticed with considerable amazement that you characterized ‘Global Warming’ as “The crisis of our time.” That is far beyond how most Oregonians rate this issue, even those who count themselves as ‘true believers.’ We have many problems in Oregon that deserve much more of your attention and funding than a hypothetical problem that is best characterized as fraud.

Every time I drive through Portland, I am reminded of the enormous homeless problem that you seem unable to address. Closely connected to that are mental health and drug addiction problems that you likewise seem unable to address. Over the years two dead bodies have been dumped on my property, one a heroin overdose and the other a Mexican drug dealer apparently shot by his gang. These are related to the issues of illegal immigration and free passage of large quantities of drugs across the Mexican border. Why don’t you support strong action against these very real crises? Continue reading

Edmund Pierzchala

To: Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi
PSU President
CC: PSU CampusSecurity
Dear Dr. Shoureshi:

I wish to relate to you my concerns regarding a recent event at the PSU campus.

Michael Strickland was invited by the Portland State University College Republicans to give a presentation and a talk about the events of July 7th, 2016, which led to his conviction of felony charges after he drew a legally carried firearm in self-defense against a violent mob in downtown Portland.

His PSU presentation was disrupted, which you can see in this YouTube video, and many others circulating on the Internet: Continue reading

Dan Nebert

“This past month, 76,000 illegals attempted to cross the southern U.S border.” The Immigration Reform and Control Act was enacted in November 1986 — with expectations by Reagan and other politicians that Congress would address the immigration issue within the year. It is now more than 32 years later, and Congress continues to kick the can down the road.

Since 1986, the estimated number of illegals in this country now ranges between 12 million and 20 million. Let’s assume, for the sake of simplicity, the number is 16 million; divided by 32 years, this amounts to 500,000 per year. When does an illegal “mass migration” qualify as Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government program, and nothing is quite as immortal as a temporary tax. Metro promised in 2006 that its parks bond would leave no need for new taxes until 2016. Instead, the money was sent to a general fund and additional taxpayer support was requested in both 2013 and 2016.

Now Metro is planning a new 400-million-dollar bond measure to support expansion of its parks and nature programs. The organization argues that tax rates wouldn’t be raised and that the funds would combat the challenges posed by population growth, climate change, and racial inequity. Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr.

Last week our State Treasurer, Tobias Read, issued a press release bragging that investors around the country “stood in line” to loan Oregon $100 million so that Governor Kate Brown could buy part of the Elliott State Forest, which we already own.

According to Treasurer Read, “There was three times more demand than supply” of the bonds, which will be repaid to investors over 20 years at an interest rate of 3.83 percent.

While this may have been a great day for investors, Oregon taxpayers have no reason to celebrate. They will be paying roughly $146 million in debt service on the loan, while getting little in return. Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

School choice made a splash in the headlines last month with the proposal of the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. The proposed legislation would create a federal income tax credit for donations to organizations which grant scholarships to school-aged children and create an efficient path forward for students in states which have yet to embrace educational choice.

Tax credit scholarship programs have already successfully assisted thousands of students in states like Florida, where 92% of families enrolled report satisfaction. 71% of the 108,000 students would otherwise be in a public school. But because of their option to choose, they are statistically more likely to Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr.

This week our State Treasurer, Tobias Read, issued a press release bragging that investors around the country “stood in line” to loan Oregon $100 million so that Governor Kate Brown could buy part of the Elliott State Forest, which we already own.

According to Treasurer Read, “There was three times more demand than supply” of the bonds, which will be repaid to investors over 20 years at an interest rate of 3.83 percent.

While this may have been a great day for investors, Oregon taxpayers have no reason to celebrate. They will be paying roughly $200 million in debt service on the loan, while getting little in return.

The Elliott is an 82,500-acre forest in Coos and Douglas Counties. It is an asset of the Common School Fund, which means it must be managed for the Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield

Here’s a question for you: Why is housing so expensive in Oregon?

Government at all levels has attempted to address the issue of housing affordability for years with tax credits, occasional expansion of the urban growth boundary, multimillion dollar bond measures, and now statewide rent control in Oregon. But rather than making life easier for Americans, state and local policies play major roles in the affordability crisis.

Economist Dr. Randall Pozdena recently authored a report published by Cascade Policy Institute that analyzes the decline of housing affordability, with a Continue reading

John Droz

America absolutely needs outside expert review of climate claims used to oppose fossil fuels

Should the United States conduct a full, independent, expert scientific investigation into models and studies that say we face serious risks of manmade climate change and extreme weather disasters?

As incredible as it may seem, US government climate science has never been subjected to any such examination. Instead, it has been Continue reading

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