Last month Governor Kate Brown gave a speech to Portland activists promising to secure carbon-pricing legislation in next year’s one-month legislative session. A few days later, she met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and urged him to maintain or expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon.
Clearly, the Governor is getting bad advice about environmental priorities. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant; it’s a beneficial gas that is essential for plant growth. If the Governor continues Oregon’s “war on carbon,” she will impose great costs on the economy with no offsetting benefits.
Similarly, there was no need for the Governor to lobby on behalf of national monument expansion when Oregon already has plenty of federal land in protected status. She should have used her time with Secretary Zinke to argue for improved management of BLM lands in Oregon, including forest thinning and increased timber harvesting. Without active management, all public lands—including parks, wilderness areas and national monuments—will continue to be threatened by Oregon’s top environmental risk: catastrophic wildfires. Continue reading
CDC and Syphilis
On March 17, 2017, according to the Center for Disease Control there is a return of that once curable venereal disease, syphilis. It crosses all age, socio economic, race and ethic boundaries. April was STD Awareness Month and the theme was Syphilis Strikes Back. The syphilis rates are the highest they’ve been in 20 years and there is a new “antibiotic resistant, pandemic syphilis strain identified”. Half of all new cases are between 15 and 24 years of age.
Can we extrapolate that in 10 years, much like the DARE Program where drug use, point in fact, increased when students in elementary school reached their teens, that there will be a corresponding epidemic of syphilis and other venereal diseases? Maybe. The Dare Program quietly disappeared. Will comprehensive sexuality grooming education quietly disappear? Not a chance…there’s too much big money and control over the lives of your children, besides where do you think Planned Parenthoods trolls for their recruits and customers.
Al Gore’s bombast and hypocrisy, an energy debacle “no one saw coming,” lessons for USA
The Wall Street Journal called it the energy shortage “no one saw coming.” Actually, a lot of people did see it coming. But intent on pursuing their “dangerous manmade climate change” and “renewable energy will save the planet” agendas, the political classes ignored them. So the stage was set.
As an Australia-wide heat wave sent temperatures soaring above 105 degrees F (40.6 C) in early 2017, air conditioning demand skyrocketed. Continue reading
Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death
After being infected again with malaria last July, I spent almost a month in a Kampala hospital. Paying for my treatment was extremely difficult, as it is for most Ugandan and African families. I was lucky I could scrape the money together. Many families cannot afford proper treatment.
Where and how can they get the money to go back to the hospital again and again, every time a family member gets malaria, when they also need food, clothes and so many other things – or malaria makes them so sick that they can’t work for weeks or even months? Many parents can do nothing except watch their loved ones die in agony, and then give them a simple burial. Continue reading
A Columbia Gorge summer highlight arrives soon. Loaded with exhibits, family-friendly tradition, and fun for everyone, the Hood River County Fair, returns to the Hood River County Fairgrounds, Wednesday through Saturday, July 26-29. The fair has been named “best in the state.” It’s known for outstanding entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, a wide variety of displays, and food to please every taste. The fairgrounds are at 3020 Wy’east Road, south of Hood River, Oregon, near the community of Odell. The Hood River County Fairboard organizes the fair, and a wonderful group of community sponsors and hard-working volunteers make it possible.
The fair serves up open class, 4-H, FFA, and commercial exhibits of all kinds, along with carnival rides and midway fun, exotic animals, livestock, daily appearances by dynamic performers, special entertainment every evening—including Country Music’s Sammy Kershaw on Saturday–great activities, and all kinds of delicious food. Continue reading
July is National Picnic Month – therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the following are “official” national holidays to be celebrated this month: National Grilling Month, Hot Dog Month, Pickle Month, Horseradish Month, Baked Beans Month, Ice Cream Month, Watermelon Month, AND let’s not forget that July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!
• The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered by many military historians as the turning point of the American Civil War, because it marked the last major attempted invasion of the North by the Confederacy. Continue reading
If you’re going to achieve all your goals, such as sending your kids to college, retiring in comfort and leaving a legacy, you will need to save and invest throughout your lifetime. But to really complete your financial picture, you’ll also need to add one more element: protection. And that means you’ll require adequate life insurance for your situation. However, your need for insurance will vary at different times of your life — so you’ll want to recognize these changing needs and be prepared to act.
When you’re a young adult, and you’re single, life insurance will probably not be that big of a priority. And even married couples without children typically have little need for life insurance; if both spouses contribute equally to household finances, and you don’t own a home, the death of one spouse will generally not be financially catastrophic for the other. Continue reading
This year is flying past. It has been a cold wet year here in Oregon. This is what Steve Solomon, author of “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades,” would call a cabbage year. If you are growing a garden to actually feed your family you’d better be growing cabbage. Many people till their garden area around May 15 and put in all their starts in a single weekend.
Corn seed rots pretty quickly in cold wet soils, so planting too early or when the ground is still cold will result in very low rates of germination and stunted growth. Yesterday, I saw the first signs of life from my corn area, little two-inch shoots coming up. I soak my seed in warm water to hasten germination. I have found it makes a real difference. Continue reading
A Gun Digest reader asks, “I’m taking my first concealed weapons class with a small frame 9mm pistol. Can you recommend a specific holster to get started?”
This is a great question. I can point you in a general direction, but holster selection is like success in the dating game: highly subjective and dependent on many factors. So don’t be surprised if you end up shopping around some.
Let’s start with our focus on four things: (1) leather, (2) belt mount, (3) high ride, and (4) thumb snap. Several excellent manufacturers (Bianchi, Galco, De Santis) offer models with all four of these features. Continue reading
As we celebrate our nation’s Independence this month, I would like to share a story of God’s divine protection over our first president, George Washington (before his presidency). This story, which was told often by Washington himself, happens during the French and Indian War, which some historians argue was more significant than the Revolutionary War in starting Americans on the path of independence.
A young Virginia man, George Washington served as an officer for the British Army in the French and Indian War. During this particular battle on July 9, 1755, at the Monongahela River (near the city of Pittsburg now), Washington and his men were completely outnumbered and outmaneuvered by the French and Indian warriors. Within two hours, 1,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 French and Indian warriors were injured. Continue reading