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Miranda Bonifield

Metro claims Measure 26-199 is designed to address affordable housing, but the 652.8 million dollar bond measure raises taxes for homeowners without ensuring that it will accomplish its goals.

Metro claims these bonds would fund up to 3,900 low-income housing units. However, the measure doesn’t require a minimum number of units: Metro could build a few units, spend the rest of the money on “services,” and fulfill the requirements of Measure 26-199. The text of the measure even says these bonds may be used for things like grocery or retail space without limitation. In other words, there’s no guarantee the measure will make even a small improvement to housing affordability. Continue reading

Greg Walcher

Does government really need to regulate everything? Can no program be allowed to expire?

In high school and college, I competed in debate tournaments across the state and country. I clearly remember many occasions when a debate team’s plan would include abolishing some government program. Inevitably, the opponents would ask, “What will you replace it with?”

Only once did I hear any debater respond with, “Nothing at all. Government shouldn’t be doing that at all.” Everyone in the room was stunned, and that team lost. Continue reading

David Wojick, PhD

Insane “eco” proposition would all but shut down oil production – and set bad national precedent

The anti-fracking folks are trying a clever new strategy in Colorado. Instead of banning fracking, they just make it impossible. In fact, they make nearly all oil and gas development and production impossible – which is exactly what radical “leave it in the ground” eco factions demand.

However, the Colorado focus seems to be fracking (horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing) because, being new, it is the scariest. And people sure are being scared. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

John Kasich was quick to condemn President Trump for being un-Christlike by seeking to stop the invading army of thousands of illegal aliens snaking its way across Mexico. After all, Kasich says, Jesus taught the story of the Good Samaritan to teach us that we as a nation should throw our borders and our arms open wide and welcome them to cross our sovereign border en masse.

Said Kasich:

“We’ve got to start putting ourselves in the shoes of other people. We’ve got to start thinking about the consequences that others suffer. And if we have been spared those by the grace of God, let us be appreciative, let us count our blessings, and let us reach out to those who have less. And let’s stop putting up walls around ourselves and not understanding the plight, the trouble, and the problems of others. It is not right. And the Lord doesn’t want it, and our people at their hearts want to reach out to others.” Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

The Trump administration is weighing in on the subject of transgenderism, and the good news is that Trump officials are weighing in on the side of biological truth. At last, some sense of rationality and sanity is returning to the public debate on this topic.

Title IX in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination on the basis of “sex.” The Obama administration stretched the simple and straightforward meaning of this word (“sex” meaning either “male” or “female”) out of all recognition and squeezed “gender identity” into it, and then used this expanded and wholly unsupportable definition to ban discrimination against people who are so mentally confused that they think they are trapped in an opposite sex body. Continue reading

Tom Harris

Dr. Jay Lehr

And changed the alarmism from global cooling to global warming, and now climate change

Although his science is often seriously wrong, no one can deny that Al Gore has a flare for the dramatic. Speaking about climate change in an October 12 PBS interview, the former vice-president proclaimed, “We have a global emergency.” Referring to the most recent UN climate report, Gore claimed it showed that current global warming “could actually extend to an existential threat to human civilization on this planet as we know it.”

Al Gore’s overblown rhetoric makes no sense, of course. Yet his hyperbolic claims beg the question: How did this all start? Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

By now, most Americans will have heard about the rituals performed in Brooklyn last Saturday (October 20) to place hexes on new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The “Witches of Bushwick” carved his name into a black candle, doused it in “Revenge Oil,” and then set it on fire. Three “poppets” – cloth dolls made to look like real people – adorned the altar, effigies of Kavanaugh, President Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The effigies of the three were burned, along with their pictures. Graveyard dirt, coffin nails, and a caldron were likewise part of the ritual.

One of the organizers of the event told the BBC the hex was “aimed at exposing Brett Kavanaugh for what he truly is, to cause him harm and see him undone.” He also referred to himself in the plural, as in “they” and “themself” rather than “he” or “himself.” Continue reading

JoLinn Kampstra

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, you can’t help but pass by the most fascinating flower created—the passionflower. It is incredible in design, beauty and elegance. Laced with rich colors of purple and white spindles, this flower boasts many other elements, which adds to the mystic appearance of this flower.

History tells us that in 1620, a Jesuit priest came across the plant we now know as passionflower. Enthralled with its beauty, that night he had a vision likening its floral parts to the elements of the Crucifixion or Passion of Christ. The five petals and five sepals became the ten apostles (omitting Peter and Judas). The three pistils became the nails of the cross. The purple corona was the crown of thorns, and the stemmed ovary was the Lords’ goblet. Continue reading

Helen Maguire

Eddie Rickenbacker, Photo: Wikipedia

When World War I broke out, the nation already knew “Fast Eddie” Reichenbacher as a skilled race car driver for General Motors. When America entered the war in 1917, his fame took second place to his patriotism. Eddie was among the first to enlist. It was during this time that Rickenbacker anglicized his last name to avoid anti-German sentiment.

Born October 8, 1890, as Edward “Eddie” Reichenbacher, Eddie Rickenbacker was the third of eight children of German-speaking Swiss immigrants who had settled in Columbus, OH. He attended school until the age of twelve when, following the death of his father, he ended his education to lend support to his family. Continue reading

Like many of us I don’t spend hours on a computer desktop or laptop. I go directly to the business at hand, researching, writing, or buying, and get off the computer. If memory serves me I was searching for an electric blanket and up pops, full screen, a Microsoft warning both visual and audio. I stared at it for some time trying to determine the authenticity of the source and warning. Then I did the dumb thing by calling the ersatz and phony Microsoft customer service.

It was downhill from there. The person answering sounded very creditable with a foreign accent…think India. However he indicated he was at a call center in Buffalo, New York. With the call centers employing foreign nationals it seemed plausible but I was starting to feel something was off kilter. He spoke fast and Continue reading

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