The Northwest Connection

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Glassblowing; an ancient art

Shipwrecked Phoenician sailors, marooned on an island, may have been the first to discover glass. They noticed that the sand around their campfire had melted and turned to shiny solid. In Egypt and Mesopotamia potters accidently witnessed glass forming while glazing their pottery.

Glass blowers were often held hostage so that their craft wouldn’t be shared with others. During the first century, glass workers were forbidden to leave their country. Venetian glass blowers as an example were threatened with death if they left the island of Murano. Some did; and left for Switzerland, France, and Belgium. Continue reading

What do Pac-Man and public pensions have in common? An intriguing 2016 national study of pension debt and teacher salaries recently answered this question. Depending on what economic assumptions are made, it’s likely that unfunded public pension liabilities for all states and local governments exceeded $6 trillion in 2017. Based on the same assumptions, Oregon’s share of those liabilities likely approached $50 billion.

The study, The Pension Pac-Man: How Pension Debt Eats Away at Teacher Salaries, by Chad Aldeman of Bellweather Education Partners, concluded that unfunded public pension liabilities were eating away at teacher salaries in every state—just like the old arcade game Pac-Man. This happens because the school districts teachers work for have to pay an increasingly larger share of their budgets into retirement funds for teachers who are no longer teaching, at the expense of those currently in the classroom. Continue reading

Neither Ontario nor any country should follow its example on energy and environmental policies

On March 8, 2018, former US Vice President Al Gore visited Ontario, Canada in an attempt to help then-Premier Kathleen Wynne win the June 7 provincial election. Gore said, “I travel all over the world, and I cite Ontario as an example of a provincial government that is doing it right: creating jobs, building the base for economic progress, while also staving off the severe danger that the climate crisis poses to all of us.” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

University of Delaware student newspaper attacks climatology professor for his religious beliefs

University of Delaware students, faculty, administrators and trustees must truthfully answer a simple, but important question: Would this conduct have been ignored or excused if the targets had been Muslim?

A recent article by the editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper proclaimed “Green Dragon slayer for hire, in a geography department near you: To members of the Cornwall Alliance, environmentalists are satanic ‘Green Dragons,’ sent from the bowels of hell to threaten world order and harm the needy.” Continue reading

The biggest threat to the safety and security of the American people is not North Korea or Russia but Islam.

As we saw on 9/11, when 19 Muslims hijacked planes and flew them into the Twin Towers, Islam carries a dark and dangerous energy that is determined to vanquish Christianity and extend its demonic rule over the whole earth.

Because the Supreme Court, for a change, ruled in accordance with the Constitution and the law this week in upholding the president’s travel ban, we now have the opportunity to stop the spread of Islam at our borders and to contain this deadly contagion. Continue reading

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

~ Revelation 3:20

The Scripture tells us, that contrary to what regressives think (they call themselves “progressives,” but they’re not – they’re dragging us backwards), borders are not man’s idea but God’s. In Acts 17:26, we are told that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined…the boundaries of their dwelling place.” (Emphasis mine throughout.) Boundaries between nations may change shape through settlement, purchase, or war, but God’s sovereignty over human affairs is directing it all. Continue reading

Nothing was quite so unimportant to the founders of this nation as the independence of the Department of Justice. If I close my eyes, I can almost see the determined set of James Madison’s jaw as he etches into the stone of our Constitution those memorable words which embodied what he called his passionate “regard for the cherished independence of the Justice Department, which is responsible for conducting investigations without the influence or opinion of the White House.” In the same way, I can imagine how the veins must have throbbed on Alexander Hamilton’s temples as he declared in the Federalist Papers his own deeply held view: “There has to be a wall between political operatives in the White House and investigators at Justice. History has shown us that when that wall is too low, that’s when Justice Departments get in trouble.” Continue reading

Enjoy the riverfront view! Photo credit: Margaux Photography

Enjoy the live concert! Photo credit: Margaux Photography

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 25th year and you are invited to help celebrate the silver anniversary. Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 22-23 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. The festival will celebrate 25 years of musical genius, award-winning craft brews and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

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