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John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade Policy Institute

Recently the Oregon Legislature held a hearing on HB 3231, a bill promoted by Rep. Rich Vial (R-Scholls) that would authorize the formation of special districts for the purpose of constructing and operating limited-access highways.

Opponents made many of the same arguments they’ve been using for decades: new highways threaten farmland; increased driving will undermine Oregon’s “climate change” goals; and we can’t “build our way out of congestion.” Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D

Those who most fervently support the climate paradigm and all the “solutions” that purport to fix “the problem” generally know the least about it. That is hardly surprising, because there is no problem in the first place. Yet the brainwashed inevitably believe that the vast majority of scientists support the concept of a climate catastrophe, even if they do not. That presumed “consensus” alone sustains the faithful. Continue reading

This month, I am writing about one of the best values in gardening—bare root fruit trees. These babies give you a lot of “bang for your buck!” “Freedom” and “Liberty” apples are two great cultivars that are supposed to need little-to-no spraying. Plums and pears are easy to grow in our area and need almost no care. I garden organically and use “tricks” to avoid spraying. I have a fence around my orchard and added a small chicken house, so my chickens are my pest control team. I sprinkle chicken scratch into the soil under the trees and the chickens will work in their fertilizer and scratch bugs in their daily scratchings. Continue reading

In years gone by, I was part of a hunting party that focused on fellowship as much as the hunt. The group was Bob (my dad – a service station owner); Dan (a man who was like an uncle); Doc ( a connectionist); Ralph ( a grocer); Jack (the local banker); and Jerry (sporting goods store owner). That was a mix of many talents that all came together for 10 days in deer camp. We called it Big Buck Hunting Shack. Continue reading

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English :poet, :playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

Whether you’re a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — more than 400 years later. Ever been “in a pickle” or had “too much of a good thing”? Perhaps friends have “eaten (you) out of house and home” or had you “in stitches” over a joke. These are just a handful of well-used sayings that come courtesy of Shakespeare.

Here is a list of popular sayings “The Bard” coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they’ve become clichés.

1. “Green-eyed monster” – meaning “jealousy.” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss

April 22 was Earth Day, the March for Science and Lenin’s birthday (which many say is appropriate, since environmentalism is now green on the outside and red, anti-free enterprise on the inside). April 29 will feature the People’s Climate March and the usual meaningless “Climate change is real” inanity.

The Climate March website says these forces of “The Resistance” intend to show President Trump they will fight his hated energy agenda every step of the way. Science March organizers say they won’t tolerate anyone who tries to “skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science.” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease. Continue reading

Scot Faulkner

Some history lessons and suggestions to improve US healthcare without breaking the bank

As the White House and Republican leaders debate and negotiate a new bill, the “blamestorming” continues over the earlier failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congressional Republicans have only themselves to blame. Since returning to majority status in the House in January 2011, Republicans have formally voted 54 times to address all or part of Obamacare. Six were votes on full appeal.

H.R. 132, from 2015, is typical of these efforts. It simply stated: “such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.” Why didn’t Republicans vote on this a few weeks ago? Continue reading

Quilting: a true labor of love

Visit the Hood River County Fairgrounds for the hugely popular Blossom Craft Show and the wonderful Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale, April 15-16….

In springtime, the beautiful Hood River Valley is famous for it’s blanket of thousands of acres of blooming pear, apple, and cherry orchards. The valley’s communities celebrate this spectacular floral display with the annual Blossom Festival. Two of the festival’s most popular events–the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show–take place Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, from 10am to 5pm. The fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell. Admission and parking are free. Continue reading

Spring has sprung-may your basket runneth over!

After what feels like a very long Winter, Spring is just a whisper away. If not today, then tomorrow, or in a few days. The time of birth, and rebirth. Time for Easter and Passover, or just lilacs and tulips and daffodils! Time for an abundance of eggs!

Eggs truly symbolize this lighter time, after months of roost crops and squashes, soups and stews. Eating in season is healthier and cheaper and usually means more local. Early Spring foods include asparagus, green onions, lettuces, radishes, rhubarb. All juicy, many detoxifying. Lacto-ovo vegetarians and omnivores will delight in the egg abundance. Vegans will need other sources of the nutrients found in eggs. Continue reading

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