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Vintage wheels at Bonneville Gorge Days

Vintage wheels at Bonneville Gorge Days

The 12th annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016. Just 45 minutes east of Vancouver off of Highway 14, North Bonneville provides a magnificent setting in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville and organized by the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.

The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with citywide garage sales that continue all day Saturday. Continue reading

By Jim Kight

By Jim Kight

Sgt. Bryan White Program Coordinator for Citizen's Police Academy

Sgt. Bryan White Program Coordinator for Citizen’s Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what your police officers and county deputies do throughout the day and evening to protect you while you are at work or sleeping? Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is presenting their 12th annual Citizens’ Police Academy in Wood Village City Hall so you can find out first-hand.

The program is open to adults over the age of 18 and, in the past, attendees over the age of 70 have attended. The students are a cross section of our community with several married couples attending. Continue reading

Jeff and Laurie Grossman, Alternative Delegates

Jeff and Laurie Grossman, Alternative Delegates

Local Republican Marrieds Are Convention-Bound

The Republican Party has just completed its wildest nominating process, well, since ever.

With Donald Trump striving to gather the full support of a party often divided by his candidacy, the GOP convention in Cleveland this July will be one of the most dramatic in history. Continue reading

Glenn Pelikan

Glenn Pelikan

Debra Mervyn, President U-Choose Education Forum

Debra Mervyn, President U-Choose Education Forum

Glenn Pelikan, co-founder of U-Choose Education Forum, passed away on June 13, 2016 after a long health battle. Glenn was an experienced and successful leader working in a variety of capacities to bring his expertise to the nonprofit organizations for which he had passion.

Glenn and I met in early 2009, when our passion for improving the Oregon Republican Party was sparked by unwelcome changes we saw occurring in local and statewide politics. Not long after that we met Suzanne Gallagher, also a co-founder of U-Choose. Continue reading

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and a veteran of anti-malaria campaigns

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and a veteran of anti-malaria campaigns

Should we give Washington still more power over our lives – or “Take back control”

Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to reflect on personal freedoms and responsibilities.

The Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence were about overbearing, despotic kings. Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, was much about overbearing bureaucrats in Brussels. Continue reading

The Inspector

The Inspector

In the previous two articles, the mayor of Troutdale and some of the councilors have been chastised for what appears to be lack of fairness when it come to a proposed Urban Renewal project. This project is located immediately to the east of the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Store and comprises of 7.76 acres of city-owned property. A former sewer treatment plant facility that unfortunately was located on the shores of the scenic Sandy River is open for development. There remains the remnant of out buildings and a settlement pond. The only developer contacted was the neighboring property owner Junkie Yoshida. For the City’s part, an agreement with Eastwind Development, a Yoshida-owned company, the City is to condemn a building and create a new access to the Eastwind property and the City property. As previously reported, this will be an uphill battle. Continue reading

John D. Trudel

John D. Trudel

The use of lies and intimidation to control a society is deemed Orwellian. Hitler and Stalin were masters of this art. Saul Alinsky took it to the next level.

Obama came to power promising to “fundamentally change” America. Aided by the media, his regime seeks to fashion a society where psychosis is the norm.

We are there. Doublethink and Doublespeak are in control.

Dina Temple-Ralston of NPR reported that Mateen didn’t fit the usual ISIS-inspired attacks, commenting that officials were “becoming increasingly convinced that the motive for this attack had very little — or maybe nothing — to do with ISIS.”

Instead, we are told to blame it on guns. Here is a typical media Q & A. Continue reading

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Council President

”You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause.” Senator Jefferson SmithMV5BMTU2NjQzNTM4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTAzNDc5._V1_
The 1939 classic movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart as Senator Smith, tells the story of a man who really believed he was appointed to the Senate to do the honorable thing and serve his constituents to the best of his ability. Along the way, he finds the deck is stacked against him by special interests that just want him to be a place-setter, and for him to not question the status quo. He confronts his opponents using Senate rules and old-fashioned gumption. The movie shows it is possible for one person with principles to overcome powerful political forces.

“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.” Sen. Smith. Continue reading

Art Crino

Art Crino is a combat veteran of WW II, graduate of OSU in Electrical Engineering

This primarily reviews the book American Made by Dan Di Micco, Chairman Emeritus of Nucor Steel.

The United States has experienced 30 years of slipshod economics and 20 years of failed unbalanced trade policies. This was caused by lack of leadership. Di Micco says we need to create 30 million new jobs by 2025. And we need to invest $3.6 trillion in infrastructure improvements and expansion. Our leaders, consciously or unconsciously have declared his goals as mission impossible. Di Micco disagrees. Continue reading

W.D Hoard

W.D Hoard, Farmer

“Wisdom is the power to see behind a tree.” – old Indian chief

“Common sense is the widest understanding possible of the relationship of common things and our relationship to them.” – William Dempster Hoard (1836-1918)

A FARMER’S PHILOSOPHY. For the benefit of anyone who has never heard of this great man, I think this is a good time for a book review. “W.D.” – as he’s usually known around these parts – headquarters of his still-existing publishing enterprise, had no formal education beyond the age of fourteen, and graduated from farm hand door-to-door salesman. He was an unapologetic farmer by trade (as were several of our Presidents). “The Life of William Dempster Hoard” is the book, and what a life it was! Continue reading

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