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Marlon Furtado

I hate roller coasters. I almost get seasick just watching television coverage of some theme park’s new “biggest roller coaster ever.” If they think that is going to inspire me to vacation at their park, they have another thing coming. I see absolutely no excitement to being pulled straight up several stories, only to freefall straight down before being thrown upside down and barreling through corkscrews.

I think my dislike for roller coasters is because my head doesn’t do well with fast movements. One Spring Break, Karen and I took our young children to a neighborhood carnival. Alli loved the fast rides, so we teamed her up with a little boy to ride together. When he left, Alli asked me to go on a ride with her. I looked for the slowest one I could find. When I saw Tilt-a-Wheel, I thought “how bad can that be?” As soon as the ride began, I realized I had made a BIG mistake. When the ride finally stopped, my head kept spinning. When we got back home, I immediately went to bed, where I stayed two days before feeling normal again. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Ann Bridges author

It’s an essential first step in making the USA less dangerously dependent on foreign minerals

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, let us view it from a 21st century perspective.

Many of the colonists’ grievances against King George III resonate today, as tyrannical environmentalists continue to block domestic development of minerals that are critical for our businesses, security and living standards. To protect our freedoms, we have updated that revered 1776 statement, to highlight and upend the status quo. Continue reading

Bill Wehr

Bill Wehr, Damascus Council President

Landmark case: a city once again

The other day, as I was walking into a building, I noticed a handmade sign on the tailgate of a pickup truck. It proclaimed “ Damascus is back.” Yes, Damascus is back and completing steps to re-establish itself as a self-governing city in Clackamas County.

Over the period of several weeks we have accomplished:

• The appointment of a new Mayor and filling council vacancy seats.

• The appointment of a City Manager, City Attorney and Finance Director.

• The passing of the City budget of $1.738 million for fiscal year 2019-2020 by the City Council. This was submitted to Council by the Budget Committee, that included required citizen volunteers.

• The Council passed a resolution to receive its share of State revenue sharing from cigarettes, liquor and highway gas taxes.

• Entering into agreements with contractors to provide municipal services. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

This is not your father’s low-THC marijuana

If you care about teenagers and their mental health, the rush to legalize marijuana in America is a great example of a really, really bad idea.
THC is the active ingredient in pot. According to the Washington Post, some of today’s marijuana products average a 68% concentration of THC, stratospherically higher than what my college classmates smoked back in the day. This is not your father’s dope. One dad whose son wound up in an expensive rehab program calls it “nuclear-strength weed.”

Science confirms that earlier and more frequent use of this high-octane cannabis does put adolescents in greater jeopardy of a number of pathologies, including substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. It has a clearly established and negative impact on school performance.

And the particularly noteworthy problem is that pot has a dramatic effect on developing teen brains. The part of the brain that controls problem solving, memory, language, and judgment is not fully developed until age 25, and marijuana messes with that part of the growing brain. As a result, we are seeing an epidemic of dope-induced psychosis, addiction, suicide, depression, and anxiety. Continue reading

Mark Ellis, NW Connection

Longtime Northwest Connection editorial assistant Mark Ellis has released his first novel, A Death on the Horizon, via Kindle Direct. The book is priced at $2.99, and can be downloaded to any electronic reader or personal computer, or to an iPhone by utilizing a Kindle app. A paperback version is due out in September.

A Death on the Horizon is a novel of political upheaval and cultural intrigue. From the book description:
“On the cusp of what she believes to be her termination at Charon Investigations, Private Investigator Melissa Blythe is assigned the case that will hopefully save her career and change her life.

Burned-out by the soul-numbing demands of investigative work and a love life adrift on Seattle’s late-summer streets, Melissa is convinced her boss is giving her one last chance.”

In addition to writing and editing at the Connection since 2009, Ellis writes a column at the national political website PJ Media. “If you like a good thriller featuring a character facing a crisis point in her life and career,” says Ellis, “this story is for you.”

Steve Bates

The 4th of July is one of the best holidays in America. Picnics, barbecues, patriotic music; family and friends getting together to celebrate. Children, and many adults, impatiently wait all day for the sun to fade into the west for the anticipated fireworks display.

Our 4th of July traditions are rooted in the celebration of our independence and freedoms. In particular, the fireworks tradition represents the rockets’ red glare and the bombs bursting in air. Each point of light in the sky from the aerial fireworks represent our country’s war dead. More than a million have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and for freedom around the world. The sounds of fireworks exploding represent the sounds of battle, symbolic of those wounded in the service of our country. Continue reading

TO:                 Dean of Extraterrestrial Studies

Galactic University, HomeStar

FROM:          Agent-in-Place, Planet Earth,

North American Continent

SUBJECT:     Local native customs and rituals:

“Independence Day”

DATE:                       July 3, 2019, local time Continue reading

James Buchal, Multnomah County Republican Chair

The Multnomah County Republican Party joins U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in condemning Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler for the Portland Police Bureau’s continued refusal adequately to police Antifa thugs that ran wild again this weekend.  Despite extremely violent and widespread attacks, even including a vicious attack that put independent journalist Andy Ngo in the hospital, the Portland Police Bureau apparently managed to arrest only three people.

The MCRP calls upon the President and Attorney General to restore effective federal law enforcement in Oregon.  “It is long past time for the federal government to invoke fundamental federal civil rights statutes, like 18 U.S.C. § 241, that make it a felony for groups of people to run around in masks attacking other people for exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Party Chair James Buchal. 

By Paul Driessen

Organics dirty-dozen

Will activists finally admit their sins and break out of their pesticide-blaming time loop?

Did you think Goundhog Day only comes in February?

For anti-insecticide zealots and others in the environmentalist movement who’ve been preoccupied for years with bees and “colony collapse disorder,” it actually comes every June. That’s when the Bee Informed Partnership – a University of Maryland-based project supported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – releases the results of its annual survey of honeybee colony losses and health. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Cover of the First Edition of the Time Machine (from Wikipedia)

Herbert George Wells in 1920 (from Wikipedia)

Yes, I know that it is a little early to think about my Christmas Wish List, but I certainly could use a Time Machine of the sort envisioned by H.G. Wells in his science fiction novel and in the 1960 movie adaptation starring Rod Taylor. I’m a big fan of good science fiction that takes us on fantastic journeys into the unknown without menacing us with hobgoblins like Global Warming. Hence, I like writers from H. G. Wells to Michael Crichton but not Al Gore and similar pretenders with purely political motives.

With the deadline for finishing this Op-Ed approaching faster than the Oregon Senate’s final decision on the far reaching HB2020 (Carbon Tax), I face a dilemma. Should I go with “Republican Herman Baertschiger defeats Democrat Peter Courtney” and risk a “Dewey defeats Truman” fiasco? As a scientist, I prefer sure bets to substantial speculation. Hence, a time machine that could carry me just a few days into the future would be very helpful. Continue reading

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