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Sue and settle schemes reward pressure groups, and hurt the rest of America

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies have been apoplectic about it.

Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much of the cash coming from the government they appear or pretend to be fighting. Many now have separate legal arms with hundreds of attorneys, whose primary job is to sue the government and keep the cash flowing. They are part of the $13-billion-per-year U.S. environmental industry and lobby. Continue reading

Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach

I just came back home after being away for two nights and three days. The feeling of refreshment and renewal felt so good that it inspired me to write this story for you.

This year has been a challenging one as I am sure many of you can relate. In addition to the normal challenges of everyday life, my son went off to college, and I went through the turnstiles at various hospitals. We all will go through similar circumstances; the difference being the intensity and the duration. Continue reading

Rudolph: The full story

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” popularly known as “Santa’s ninth reindeer,” is usually depicted as a young calf with a glowing red nose who barely has antlers. He is the lead reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. The luminosity of his nose is so great that it illuminates the team’s path through even the worst winter weather. Continue reading

“New England Patriots” Nutcracker

Mary Jo Conniff

The modern-day nutcracker was introduced to the United States after WW2, when our soldiers brought them home from Europe as souvenirs for friends and family. The originals were artists’ creations as decorations in Germany, and the beautiful sculptures have become a Christmas staple since Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and the ballet created in its name is performed every year during the gorgeous wintry holiday season. I doubt that there is one single household that doesn’t have at least one non-functioning nutcracker in their home. Continue reading

Connie Warnock with son Chris

T’was six days before Christmas –
St. Nick drawing near,
I cornered my husband
and with tact said, “my dear”-
The lights and adornments
for our Christmas tree
are upstairs and they aren’t being Continue reading

Poet: “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Moore’s Manhattan birthplace

The first reference to Santa’s sleigh being pulled by a reindeer appears in Old Santeclaus with Much Delight, an illustrated children’s poem published in New York in 1821. The names of the author and the illustrator are not known. The poem, with eight colored lithographic illustrations, was published by William B. Gilley as a small paperback book entitled The Children’s Friend: A New-Year’s Present, to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve.

The beloved 1822 poem by Clement Clarke Moore “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) is largely credited for the contemporary Christmas lore that includes eight named reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder or Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen or Blitzen). The names Dunder and Blixem derive from Dutch words for thunder and lightning, respectively. Continue reading

“A sleeper agent is a spy who is placed in a target country or organization not to undertake an immediate mission but to act as a potential asset if activated.” ~ Wikipedia

In the Cold War era, spy novels and spy movies were produced which featured the quite sinister plot of sleeper agents launching attacks on the United States. A “sleeper agent” was someone connected to a hostile power who had been placed in a position of influence and access who appeared, from all external indications, to be a loyal citizen of this country. Continue reading

Olivia Caldwell

I’m from the smell of fresh pine
From the sunlight between the trees
I’m from the morning air
Crisp and full of dew
I’m from the rose petals that grew Continue reading

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

Anti-biotics first came into being in the 1930-40s and really blossomed after WW II. Now we have resistance to anti-biotics creating an even bigger problem. But the flu is different, as the flu is caused by viruses and therefore will not respond well to anti-biotics. If you demand anti-biotics for colds or the flu you may be creating your own personal anti-biotic resistance. For the record, most of us have anti-biotics in our systems even if we’ve never been prescribed them. Eighty percent of anti-biotics are in our industrial food system, especially meat. An argument for a more plant-based diet then. Continue reading

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