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Please join us on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10 am as we honor the Johnson Brothers.
The Johnson Family is one of four Oregon families that lost two sons to the Vietnam War.
Location:  Lincoln County Veterans Appreciation Wall Main Street – Toledo, Oregon
This will be the Dedication Ceremony of Fallen Hero Memorial Highway Signs for: 

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Bryan Fischer

President Trump’s political adversaries, whether establishment Republicans or Democrats, are apoplectic at his pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio instructed his deputies to check the immigration status of anyone who was stopped for a traffic violation, and hand over any illegals they encountered to Border Patrol. Arpaio had a legal duty, according to federal and state law, to detain illegal aliens, and he did his duty. Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Anti-mining groups “protect” local tribe against phony risks by trampling on Guatemalan workers

Not long ago, supposed “environmental justice” concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus. Continue reading

Art Crino

As we approached the August 1945 anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the media and many politicians trot out the myth that dropping the bombs saved a large number of American soldiers who did not have to invade the Japanese mainland. The majority of American citizens believe this false history. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer,

About a month ago, the Commander-in-Chief issued a series of Tweets in which he announced the re-establishment of a military ban for those who suffer from the mental disorder known diplomatically as “gender dysphoria.” This is a condition in which males, whose DNA is 100% male, become so confused they think they are females trapped inside a male body, and in which females, whose DNA is 100% female, are so mentally confused they think they are males trapped inside female bodies.

Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal (emphasis mine): Continue reading

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

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