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Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

Once again the ubiquitous Planned Parenthood is on the offense, skulking the halls of our state house, and backing legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to perform vasectomies.

Oregon House Bill 2103 has already passed the house and is on its way to the senate. In 2015 Planned Parenthood promoted House Bill 2678, same bill different number. Fortunately, enough senators did not look favorably upon this bill and it died—a deserved death.

Parents need to understand that any type of contraceptive care can be accessed by their child at any age in Oregon without parental knowledge or consent. A vasectomy is considered contraceptive care! Will school-based health clinics be performing vasectomies? Continue reading

Many crowdfunding donors have recently been left in the dark because of shady business ventures. Crowdfunding is a method of raising money from multiple donors, typically via the internet. Charities and businesses often use crowdfunding websites to get a business or project off the ground. Since it’s often difficult to determine if a crowdfunding campaign is legitimate, Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest advises consumers to be cautious before investing in a business venture. Continue reading

Kathryn Hickok

By Kathryn Hickok,  Cascade Policy Institute

Six years ago, Arizona became the first state to pass an Education Savings Account law for some K-12 students. In April, lawmakers there passed a new ESA bill which expands the program eligibility to include all Arizona children. Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee also have ESA programs limited to certain students, such as those with special needs. Nevada also passed a near-universal ESA bill, but it is yet to be funded.

Education Savings Accounts put parents in the educational “driver’s seat.” An ESA is analogous to a debit card for qualifying education expenses. It gives parents who want to opt out of a public school that is not meeting their child’s needs a portion of the per-student state funding for spending on their child’s education in other ways. Funds not used by the student in a given year can be rolled over for future years. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D

Speaking from the Rose Garden on the first of June, you made a very strong case for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Many scientists, including some very famous ones, strongly support your decision, as the best for America and indeed for the world. The further we can distance our nation from the climate madness, the better everyone will be.

America has again become a world leader rather than a follower, thanks entirely to you. Continue reading

Navy Veteran, Businessman, Songwriter And Patriot
July 9, 1942 – April 25, 2017

Mack’s gone from us. However, he had a life that clearly had an positive impact on many people’s lives that will carry on.
Navy Veteran –
Mack served in the Navy for 25 years. He completed two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Among his honors, he was awarded the Purple Heart. He then influenced a number of lives over a period of years as a recruiter for the military. He stayed in touch and encouraged many of them as their own lives unfolded. Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? And with kids involved, the delight of adventure is intensified. Maybe you have heard of a certain world-wide activity that blends creativity, clues and observation, and exploring the outdoors, all in one. It is called letterboxing. It’s a lower-tech version of geo caching, if you will.
According to one letterboxing website, the tradition began in 1854 when a man put his calling card in a bottle, leaving it in a remote pool or pond in England. Adventurers who made it to this nearly inaccessible site left their own calling cards in the bottle, and eventually in a tin box. Visitors began to leave self-addressed post cards so the next person to find the post card would mail it back from his or her hometown. Continue reading

May’s official flower, one of the most beautiful, delicate, and fragrant spring flowers, the Lily-of-the-Valley, was mentioned by John Lawrence in “The Flower Garden” (1726) as having the “sweetest and most agreeable perfume.”
Also known as May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, and fairy ladders, Lily-of-the-Valley is a low-growing perennial plant that makes an excellent ground cover. It usually has two large oblong leaves and small, bell-shaped flowers, making it a popular choice for bridal corsages, bouquets and centerpieces. Continue reading

Sign of the times: a new Elmer’s restaurant in East Portland

Come on down to 1933 NE 181st!

A longtime Portland family tradition continues with the addition of Elmer’s Restaurant to the East Portland community. “We are very excited to be growing in the Portland area in order to serve more local families! Everything we do at Elmer’s is done to support our three word mission statement – Delight Our Guests,” said Jerry Scott, President/CEO.

The newest addition to the Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. family is a conversion of the former Francis Xavier’s Restaurant on 181st & San Rafael (near Halsey). Francis Xavier’s was opened in 1999 by brothers Frank and Keith Gaudette, who both had previously worked for Elmer’s. Continue reading

If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England may have good news for you.

They have found that phytochemical-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory, according to a study published in the science journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Continue reading

By Jim Kight, NW Connection

The Navy needs you

Sometimes you find nuggets of gold in your own backyard. In Troutdale, not only did I find gold nuggets but the mother lode. If you have a graduating high school senior in your family (and I am including you grandparents) or if you would like to go on to a master or doctoral degree this article is for you. If you are 34 years of age and up to 39 years of age and are looking to have retraining in a trade or a new profession this may be your ticket. If you are 60 plus years old and have a medical specialty and would like to continue in your medical field you may be surprised at who would like to see you join them.

The following is an interview of PO2 Alex Salinas, and PO1 Jose Morris, U.S. Navy. Continue reading

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