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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

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day)

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day)

Earlier this month, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) sent a letter to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) asking the board to eliminate a proposed rule to impose a $100 fee per month per teacher or other public education employee who opts out of OEBB medical coverage. On June 17, April Kelly, rules coordinator for OEBB, responded to Ferrioli saying OEBB had decided to drop the $100 monthly fee on educators for exercising their right to choose the medical coverage best suited for their families. Continue reading

By Steve Buckstein

By Steve Buckstein

Oregonians Must Unite to Stop IP28

 Public employee union backers of Initiative Petition 28 have turned in more than enough signatures to place their massive 2.5 percent gross receipts tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot.

While supposedly dedicating most of the $6 billion per biennium additional tax revenue to public education, health care, and senior services, in reality legislators would be under pressure from powerful lobbyists in the Capitol to substitute at least some of this new revenue for money they would otherwise dedicate to those services. In short, the loudest voices in Salem, not voters, will ultimately control where this extra tax money goes. Continue reading

Lisa, Poobah and Connie

Lisa, Poobah and Connie

Control is a wonderful thing – and for most of us, it is completely elusive. As someone with ongoing heart issues, and a much loved little dog with a severe health condition – I feel well qualified to speak on this subject. Having raised and adored small dogs for years, I have been lucky. Now, not so much. Continue reading

Submitted by Lynne Page, AAMS Financial Advisor

Submitted by Lynne Page, AAMS Financial Advisor

For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to retire in stages. Continue reading

Supervising a painting project: Dad had just been promoted to Salem District Manager

Supervising a painting project: Dad had just been promoted to Salem District Manager

Mark Ellis, The Northwest Connection, Assistant Editor

Mark Ellis, The Northwest Connection, Assistant Editor

My father does not come from wealthy people. There was always a roof over his head, and he didn’t miss any meals, but it was hardscrabble at times, first as a toddler in Nebraska, then a young boy growing up in Casper, Wyoming. When my father’s father, Grandpa Fred, up and left for California, Dad came too, and there would seek his fortunes as an adult. Continue reading

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee family in Corbett

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee family in Corbett

By Phil Yokers

This year, Thirteen Garden Railways in the greater Portland area will be open for visitation from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 18th. This is a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures and people populating the “G” scale railroad worlds that have been created. Several gardens feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the trains pull their passenger and freight cars.
The admission fee of $10 per family, all ages, purchases a self-guided tour booklet with photos, a description of each garden layout, handicap access information, maps to get there, and admission to all 13 featured railroads. Continue reading

Jim Wagner, The Northwest Connection

Jim Wagner, The Northwest Connection

After the Orlando slaughter at the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) bar, I received an e-mail from a writer friend. It was a series of questions with a request that interested persons respond with answers.

Given the comments of President Obama and his associates, the singularly focused editorials in the recognizably “progressive” media, Dennis Prager’s report from Rome, Italy that the U.S. Embassy in Rome was “draped” with a large LGBT flag, and the anti-2nd Amendment same-old question-begging arguments, by such as the Giffordites, that American citizens are not entitled to carry concealed side-arms (the question begged is that if one or more of the citizens at the LBGT had been armed, the killer might have been stopped might not many lives have been saved?) I decided to “take a shot” at answering the reasonable queries of the questioner.

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This 10-pound snapping turtle was recently found in a douglas County water treatment plant. ODFW photo

This 10-pound snapping turtle was recently found in a Douglas County water treatment plant. ODFW photo

ROSEBURG, Ore – A 10-pound snapping turtle recently found at the Yoncalla Water Treatment Plant is a good reminder not to release pet turtles into the wild. It’s illegal, and it’s harmful for Oregon’s two native turtles, the Western Pond Turtle and Western Painted Turtle.

Snapping turtles, red-eared sliders, and map turtles and are not native to Oregon and are often illegally bought, sold or traded in the state. These are the most common pet turtles but are prohibited by law in Oregon because they are invasive species. Continue reading

Book_burning_(3)The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change.

The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School Board.

However, the wording of the Board resolution should greatly concern parents of Portland public school students. Resolution No. 5272 is two pages long, but the most chilling part is the final sentence: Continue reading

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