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Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

The law: troubling inconsistencies

The Age of Consent Law states at what age a person is considered old enough to have sex or marry. The law was deemed necessary to protect minors from being sexually exploited by adults.

In the United States the age of consent varies from state to state but is generally between the ages of 16 and 18. In 1880 the age of consent in Oregon was 10, it was bumped up to 16 in 1920 and has since been raised to 18.

But what does the age of consent really mean? It Is clearly the state stepping in to protect minors from sexual exploitation by adults. Why did the state of Oregon deem it necessary to increase the age from 16 to 18? We laud the increase and might assume, given the over-sexualization of children, that the increase in age was to add further protection for minors. However, if one were to take a closer look you might find the opposite to be true. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

Of all the creatures on this planet, only one is capable of significant abstract reasoning. Yet, all too frequently, he surrenders his intellectual capabilities to his animal instincts. Our ability to reason gives us capabilities to understand and adapt to the world around us. We live better and happier lives as a consequence. But in a generation, we have turned the clock back toward a time when politics and religion ruled the day over reason and science, and most people were poor. We called it the “Dark Ages.”

This rejection of reason is so pervasive today that we need not look far for examples. Here are two relevant to our region.

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Art Crino

Still in? Good luck with that, we’re out!

At the United Nations (UN) climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the chant was “We Are Still In!” This refers to the nations that are still in the UN Paris Climate Accord. Perhaps some of them still believe in the threat of excessive global warming. However, there is reason to believe most of them want the redistribution of wealth the program calls for.

Have you wondered about the status of the multitude of UN impending disasters? Such as: the threat of increased tornadoes; more forest fires; devastating droughts and food shortages; increasing frequency and severity of hurricanes; fewer polar bears; acidification of oceans causing fewer shell fish; and dramatic rising sea levels. For the reality, read on. Continue reading

Governor Kate Brown opened this month’s legislative session with her State of the State speech February 5. She focused on the need for better education and workforce training for young Oregonians, so they can achieve the American Dream and raise families. To close the “skills gap” between workers and employment opportunities she proposed a new job-training initiative called “Future Ready Oregon.”

The governor’s vision is laudable, but what young Oregonians need most isn’t another state program. What often stands between young workers and moderate-income jobs is government red tape in the form of burdensome occupational licensing requirements and fees that can be significant barriers to entry. Continue reading

This tax season, Better Business Bureau Northwest & Pacific is partnering with the Oregon Office of the Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, to warn the public about the dangers of tax identity theft. The public is urged to be vigilant with their personal information so they don’t fall victim of tax identity theft.

Here’s how the scam works:

Tax identity theft occurs when someone gets access to your Social Security number and uses it to get a tax refund or job. You’ll discover it occurred when you receive a letter from the IRS stating more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you do not know. Continue reading

House hearing investigates a UN cancer agency accused of misusing US taxpayer funds

A growing problem for modern industrialized Western societies is the legion of government agencies and unelected bureaucrats and allied nongovernmental organizations that seem impervious to transparency, accountability or reform. Their expansive power often controls public perceptions and public policies. Continue reading


March: The planet Mars, hamburgers and pound cake!

March was named after the Roman god Mars, who was regarded as the guardian of agriculture and warfare.

March is National Maple Sugar Month, International Hamburger and Pickle Month, and, ironically, National Nutrition Month. We also celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, Banana Cream Pie Day, National Pound Cake day, Cheese Noodle Day, Frozen Food day, Baked Scallops Day, Artichoke Hearts Day, National Green Beer Day (on March 17th of course), National Lobster Newburg Day, Spanish Paella Day, and we close out the month with National Oranges and Lemons Day. Continue reading

American Hero and Patriot Lydia Darrah

March is Women’s History Month, but the contributions of women to the Revolution are often neglected today. Many women demonstrated exemplary courage during this time. Here are a few examples.

In April, 1777, a large British force arrived in Fairfield, Connecticut. Marching through nearby Danbury, they searched for American supplies and burned property owned by patriots. A messenger from Danbury was sent to Col. Henry Ludington, the leader of a nearby militia, alerting him to what was happening and seeking his help. His militia was scattered throughout the countryside and someone was needed to alert them and round them up. The Danbury messenger was exhausted from his ride and also unfamiliar with the area, so Sybil Ludington, Col. Ludington’s 16 year-old daughter, carried the message, riding throughout the night, across 40 miles of dangerous country. Continue reading

Drawing of Lenape Chief Oratam by Thom Maguire

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Recently, our son Thom who is a very talented artist, was asked to produce a drawing of a likeness of Chief Oratam, of the Lenape Native American Nation, for a silent auction fundraiser to be held by the PTA of the Haledon (New Jersey) Public School.

Affixed to the back of the framed drawing was a brief bio about Thom, and a brief synopsis of Chief Oratam.

This peaked my curiosity, so I did a bit of homework, and thought I’d share this story with our NWC readers.

When Verrazano sailed into Delaware Bay in 1524, and when Henry Hudson cast anchor at Sandy Hook in 1609, the land was occupied by Native American Lenape Nation who lived throughout what would become northeastern New Jersey. They were farmers, hunters, and fishermen. Continue reading

By most measures, 2017 was a pretty good year for investors. But what can you expect in 2018?

It’s difficult to precisely predict the immediate future of the financial markets. However, many signs point to improved global economic growth and rising corporate earnings – both of which are important drivers of stock prices. In the United States, economic growth may be more modest than in other regions, which could result in international stocks outperforming domestic ones. Continue reading

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