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Kathryn Hickok

By Kathryn Hickok  Cascade Policy Institute

Why do many workers choose to opt out of union membership? Some believe they can make better use of their money than giving it to a union. Others “vote with their feet” against what they perceive to be poor union service or negotiating results. Still others leave because they oppose their unions’ political positions. They simply don’t want to support an organization that promotes different political beliefs from their own.

August 20-26, 2017 is National Employee Freedom Week, a national effort to inform union members about their freedom to opt out of union membership if they choose and to make decisions about labor representation and the use of their union dues.

Many recent scientific surveys have been conducted to see how the public and members of union households think about these issues. In 2015, National Employee Freedom Week asked members of union households this question: Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Imagine what a Tesla or wind turbine would cost if the Left followed its own “principles”

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer, Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”

The one thing that almost everybody is getting wrong about the riot in Charlottesville is that the confrontation was not a matter of left versus right, but left versus left. Both sides in this tragic showdown grew in the soil of regressive American liberalism.

As Dinesh D’Souza has pointed out, white nationalism is a leftwing creation. The KKK is the creation of the Democrat Party, which was also the party of Jim Crow legislation. It was the party that used sheriffs, police dogs, and firehoses to block school house doors to black children and to prevent marchers from crossing the bridge in Selma.

The media is relentlessly pounding the phrase “white nationalism” because it has the word “nationalism” in it. Donald Trump does not stand for white nationalism, but for American nationalism, but the media is conditioning the American people to think “racism” every time they hear the word “nationalism,” which is why 76% of Democrats, according to a Suffolk poll, believe, with absolutely zero evidence, that the president is a racist.

It was the Democrat Party whose white senators filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act and fought against the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Both of those bills only became law because they had more Republican than Democrat support. Continue reading

By Jim Kight, NW Connection

Troutdale has recently hired a new city manager that previously served as the municipal court judge for some 27 years. Prior to serving as judge, Ray Young, 57 was the prosecuting attorney for the city. He is well connected, understands the city, and is the obvious choice to help manage the city.

Driving down Interstate 84 going west bound I noticed construction projects underway and projects continue as you head over to Marine Drive. Troutdale has divided their commercial zones from residential by locating the majority of the commercial properties to the north of Interstate 84. In a recent interview, I asked Young if he could give us an idea of current projects and jobs that could be available in the future.

What currently is building built in downtown Troutdale? Continue reading

A quick glance at the various holidays celebrated in August reminds us that summer is winding down. August 3rd is Watermelon Day, on the 10th, we celebrate National S’Mores Day and on the 30th, we have more fun with Toasted Marshmallow Day. In addition, here are more interesting August holidays:

International Left-handers Day (13th) ; National Bad Poetry Day (18th); and, my personal favorite, National Senior Citizens Day (21st). Continue reading

Learn how to protect your pet from the heat, stay cool, and prevent heatstroke.

It’s important to protect pets from the heat to avoid heatstroke, which can be difficult to treat once it begins, and can be life threatening. Please observe and share the following guidelines and resources for keeping pets cool in hot weather.

Steps to keep your pets cool Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

After a slow and manic start to summer weather, it appears it has finally arrived. Longer days coax us outside and clear blue skies with fresh air lure us out of bed in the mornings. We are inclined to put carpe diem into practice when we are invigorated by a beautiful day.

Some of the ways you can seize the day with your children lead you just steps outside of your own door. When my sister and I were young, my dad would occasionally bring home a sheet of photographic paper for us to set outside. We would lay objects down on the paper on the patio and then wait for the sun’s exposure to do its work. The paper would turn dark grey but when we removed the scissors, flower, necklace or whatever other objects we had lain on the top, the objects’ shapes were there in white, that is until the natural light exposure darkened them, too. Continue reading

A rise in complaints to home security company ADT, about door-to-doorsalesman claiming to be affiliated with the company in the Seattle-Tacoma area, prompted them to reach out to Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest to help warn the public about these deceptive sales tactics.

Although many trustworthy companies solicit door-to-door, BBB and ADT warns homeowners to be alert of fraudulent security system salespeople making the rounds.

In June, a Washington woman was misled by a door-to-door alarm sales company claiming to be affiliated with ADT. They sold her an alarm panel that did not work properly and was beeping intermittently for 24 hours. She was able to get them to remove it and eventually reached out to ADT directly to get a new panel installed. Continue reading

Jon Bloom

Hope is to our soul what energy is to our body. Just like our bodies must have energy to keep going, our souls must have hope to keep going.
When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed it? Promises.

Why do we feed our soul promises? Because promises have to do with our future, and hope is something we only feel about the future — about ten minutes from now, or ten months, or ten thousand years. Continue reading

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

One has to have lived quite a few decades to remember traveling across the USA without interstate highways. With today’s multi-lane highways, younger people do not know what it was like on the two-way roads that wound their way up and down steep inclines as they connected every town along the way.

I am quick to admit to having no desire to return to those days. But it is true that they had some assets that are lost with the interstates. Travel was slower, which usually meant we saw more scenery, stopped more often and connected with more people in their communities.

Tourists made mom-and-pop stores a thriving business. Every small town had one or several motels operated by local families. If you were in the habit of Sunday church, you probably visited one. That is how some of us were able to keep our perfect attendance record. Overall, the pace of life was slower and people took more time to enjoy the journey. Continue reading

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