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Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Although many of my classmates at Bishop Conaty Memorial High School (Los Angeles) studied shorthand, typing (on manual typewriters), bookkeeping, and other office practices, I was college-bound and had already taught myself to type, so I focused on the requisite “college prep” classes (languages, math, science, etc.).
Ten years later, I came to regret not having taken shorthand, when I found myself applying for a “stenographer” job with the federal government’s NASA division in Boston, Massachusetts. We were still living in Culver City, California, but were planning to move “back” to Frank’s old stomping grounds in “Bean Town.” So, I quickly enrolled in our local high school’s night classes where I could take a 4 week course in shorthand, which would culminate in an “official” certification of the required level of proficiency that could be submitted along with my application. Continue reading

The Grand Canyon

The temperature at 7 a.m. was 26 degrees. Not what you would expect in Arizona, but Williams is at 6,766 feet of elevation. Williams is notable for two things. The first is it is part of the famous Route 66 and second is the Grand Canyon Railroad that travels 65 miles to the Grand Canyon. Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

In a fall issue of MomSense magazine there was a great idea of a craft to do inside with kids of any age during nasty weather outside. The short written piece described a “Blessings Tree.” It suggests picking up a dead tree branch from the yard and placing it securely in a pot. You could use floral foam or wrap fabric around it to keep it upright, transforming the branch into a small, leafless “tree” in a pot. The especially creative and meaningful part of this is to cut out your own paper leaves and hang them from the branch. Continue reading

As we pass the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on how he got to the Oval Office. And perhaps we can dispell a couple of myths along the way.

Donald Trump is president because he won the electoral college by trouncing Hillary Clinton 304-227. At the same time, Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes – Hillary received almost 65.8 million votes to Trump’s 63.0 million. This, of course, has led to screeching from the left that Hillary was robbed and that any system which would deprive the winner of the popular vote of an election victory must be a fundamentally unfair system. Continue reading

The fools are Joe (Scarborough ) and Mika (Brzezinski)! These (MSNBC News) people are the reason Trump Won the election and they continue to do the same type of twisting and lying that they did before the election. It shows they really aren’t smart enough to learn from their mistakes!

Donald Trump only had conversations with his staff and attorneys about the possibility and impact of firing Muller! Now, just think about why he would be asking and discussing that question. Continue reading

A new timelapse video produced by Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability shows the four-month construction of a fish-friendly culvert in Troutdale in a little more than two minutes.

In 2017 a contractor working for Multnomah County replaced a narrow box culvert that carried Beaver Creek under Stark Street next to Mount Hood Community College in Troutdale.  The old culvert was a barrier that prevented salmon from reaching spawning areas upstream. Several species of protected salmon thrive in the lower section of the creek.  Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros with four day old baby. Only 100 are left in the wild. Photo: Wikipedia

It was said of the Bolshevik Revolution that Russia looked no different the day after. Yet she suffered a profound nightmare for seven decades and only managed to get out of it because an American President, Ronald Reagan, was able to orchestrate the peaceful economic collapse of the Soviet Union with his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev. The Bolshevik promise of a worker’s paradise was simply a lie, among many lies, designed to keep the ruthless in power. Continue reading

Art Crino

Cliven Bundy

The January 8, 2018 court decision in the Bundy case brings to mind the work of Sidney Powell.

Sidney Powell, a widely respected attorney, became concerned with the conduct of the federal prosecutors. This was based on having spent ten years in the Department of Justice and twenty years in private practice. With the urging and cooperation from numerous attorneys, she published the book, “LICENSE TO LIE, Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice”. The author poses the question: “Did you know you can be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for something that was not even a crime?” Continue reading

Donald Trump’s base understandably wigged out when he proposed giving away the store in his latest immigration proposal. The president offered a 10-12 year path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACAns, twice the number anybody was talking about before, and offered not to terminate chain migration until all 4 million in the pipeline are processed, which will take about 15 years. Continue reading

Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard

State Representative Julie Parrish, R-West Linn

Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard violated multiple provisions of the County “Non-discrimination / Anti-Harassment” Human Resources policy by attacking Julie Parrish after the Measure 101 election.

Six months ago Bernard signed Resolution #2017-93, reaffirming the County’s deep commitment to “providing safe places at work”, and “respecting each other”; exposing the County and its citizens to legal liability resulting from Bernard’s unprovoked attack. Continue reading

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