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By Steve Buckstein, Cascade Policy Institute

For a variety of reasons, many Americans are becoming addicted to both legal and illegal opioid drugs, risking overdose and death.

Oregon just made it easier for friends and family members of those at risk to save their lives by administering what is known as the “overdose drug” naloxone. It “counteracts the potentially lethal effects of heroin, oxycodone and other abused narcotics.” It has become relatively easy to use in the form of a nasal mist and does not require a physician prescription.

Passed overwhelmingly in both the Oregon House and Senate, House Bill 3440 was signed into law by the Governor last week. Among other provisions, the law shields persons “acting in good faith, if the act does not constitute wanton misconduct” from “civil liability for any act or omission of an act committed during the course of distributing and administering naloxone….” Continue reading

Submitted by Lynne Page, AAMS Financial Advisor

As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you?
A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10% from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and has historically happened fairly regularly – about once a year. However, over the past several years, we’ve experienced fewer corrections, so when we have one now, it seems particularly jarring to investors.

How should you respond to a market correction? The answer may depend, to some extent, on your stage of life. Continue reading

Pastor Bill Ehmann, Wood Village Baptist Church

As students across most of America enter the classroom this month, they will be met with the latest technical assistance for learning – personal computers, large video screens, calculators, audio headsets, well-lighted classrooms and indoor restrooms. There will be comfortable facilities and equipment for just about any sport desired. Even young children will have a cell phone with internet connection so that Google is one voice command away.

As I reflect on this, and then ponder the scene of my early days in school, I wonder how we learned anything at all. At that time, we did not have even one of the items listed above. There was one room with desks varying in size to accommodate students from first to eighth grade. Windows were opened on warm days, and during winter, a pot-bellied stove was fired up by the one teacher, who arrived early. Parents supplied the wood and coal. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Historically and legally, there are three ways in which the political control of land is acquired or transferred: conquest, purchase, or settlement. Sovereign control is transferred when one nation settles the land (e.g., America’s westward expansion), buys it (e.g. Louisiana purchase), or wins it in war (e.g., southwestern United States).

Transfer of land through conquest can occur as a result of a defensive war, such as Israel waged in 1948 against five Arab armies, and again in 1967 when they gained military and therefore rightful political control of all of Jerusalem and the West Bank. They are not an “occupying force,” as President Trump’s National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster falsely believes. They have the moral right to every inch of territory taken from an invading enemy. Continue reading

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

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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

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