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Helen Maguire

War’s end: 2,400 pianos shipped to soldiers

Steinway & Sons was founded by a German immigrant named Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later changed to Steinway) in 1853. Heinrich began building pianos in 1835, and by 1839 his reputation as a piano builder grew throughout the Braunschweig area. In 1850 Heinrich immigrated to the United States with his family, taking jobs with several different piano manufacturers. In 1853 Heinrich and his sons (Theodore, Charles, and Henry) founded the Steinway and Sons piano company. The Steinway family was known for their engineering and scientific innovations, which are shown through their many patented ideas.

The very first Steinway & Sons patent was granted in 1857, and since that time the company has been granted more than 125 additional patents, positioning the Steinway as the piano by which all others are judged. Continue reading

Some years ago I attended the Wild West Rough Stock Rodeo at the Northwest Equestrian Center on Highway 26 and Haley Road. Along with most of the audience, I removed my hat, and placed it over my heart when the graceful teen-age girl rode her horse around the arena carrying the American flag.

And I suspect that many of them, like me, surreptitiously wiped a little moisture from the corners of their eyes as we listened to a stirring blended audio recording: the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, even parts of Martin Luther King’s famed “I have a dream” speech.

It felt good to feel good about being an American—to have a good, clean, wholesome time of fun enjoying a well-presented, particularly American form of entertainment and sport among a crowd of Americans who didn’t have to apologize for taking pleasure in their Americanism. Continue reading

Susan Gallagher, Parents Rights In Education


Grooming pre-school children to embrace the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, with your tax $$$!

Parents’ Rights In Education (PRIE) is committed to protecting the rights of parents in K-12 pubic schools. We are tackling the issue of LGBTQ agenda in public libraries because they are a public government agency serving children and families. An appreciation of literature at a young age is the first step to an education, however grooming and indoctrination is NOT education.WE Cannot Avoid This Issue!

The American Library Association promotes these dangerous events in libraries across the nation, causing concern for all adults who care about the innocence of children. Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

With school starting I want to help our kids and grandkids focus. For that matter many of us adults could use some help in this matter as well. Though changing what you eat, or what your kids eat, may not be easy it’s certainly worth the effort—especially if you want them (and you) to focus and think.

I’ve been writing these columns for nearly twenty years now (!) so long-time readers know that I don’t like the word “diet.” So let me start with calling it the Ketogenic Food Plan. The Ketogenic Plan has grown out of the Paleo style of eating which is what out ancestors did–from early humans up to about 100 years ago. Then things changed. Face it; our grandparents ate simple, home-grown, home-prepared food. Not the overly preserved, packaged stuff that dazzles the eye in modern supermarkets and big box stores. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Neil Gorsuch is promoting his new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, and is doing media interviews hither and yon, even with news personalities who detest his judicial philosophy. These interviews, even the hostile ones, reveal insights into his view of the Constitution. These glimpses should exhilarate anyone who loves the Constitution and the Founders who crafted it for us.

For too long, we have been governed not by the Constitution the Founders gave us but by the one mangled beyond recognition by an activist Supreme Court, with all its penumbras and emanations and such. If we can take Gorsuch at his word, those days are over. We are headed into the sunlit uplands of a jurisprudence that would make the Founders stand up and cheer.

Antonin Scalia had been the keeper of the flame until he died. He was a towering intellect and an unapologetic originalist. His like may not come again for a long time, but it looks as though Gorsuch may fill his shoes quite nicely in the interim. Continue reading

Secretary of State Bev Clarno

The 2020 election is upon us. Candidate filing for offices on the May 19, 2020 Primary Election opened today. We will be voting for President, US Senator, and US Representative. Oregon offices up for a vote include Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Attorney General. Sixteen of Oregon’s thirty State Senator seats will be on the ballot and all sixty State Representative seats will be up for election. We will also vote on members of the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Circuit Court. Twenty-one county District Attorney positions will also be voted upon. There will also be local offices and measures that will appear on your ballot. For a full list of offices that will be voted on in 2020 visit

Unfortunately, recent elections have not had very many people run which means voters have not had much to choose from. In the 2018 Continue reading

National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day in the United States—this year that will be September 10th.

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

The official flower to commemorate this day is the “forget-me-not.” Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Early in His ministry, Jesus attended a wedding. Jewish weddings in those days were very different than most weddings in our country today. The wedding usually lasted five to seven days. The bride and groom were paraded through the village, so the wedding was often a joyous village-wide event.

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus performed His first miracle at this wedding? I assume He wanted to show that He celebrated marriage (since He instituted it). The wine had run out, which would have been a huge embarrassment to either the groom or his parents. Jesus’ mother, Mary, was the first to notice the potential fiasco. She asked Jesus to do something about it. At first Jesus hesitated, probably waiting for instructions from His heavenly Father. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

The blue bowl sat on a small table under the mail slot. This was when the neighborhood mailman walked a route and delivered to each and every house. Hopefully, there would be a card or a paper treat of some sort. There were never pieces of “junk mail.” No – the incoming mail was definitely important.

At holidays, the blue bowl would fill to overflowing with cards and invitations. The bowl would become a purveyor of love and good wishes. It was not unlike a friend, one you could talk with, laugh with, and cry with. When my mother passed away, many years later than my father, my sister and I held an estate sale. All I wanted was the blue bowl.

I have at times found a friend who seemed to me to be a version of the blue bowl. That friend was one who welcomed me warmly, loved me unconditionally, and was always there. I have always been so careful with the blue bowl. I have tried to be that careful with friends, and yet sometimes they slip through a person’s hands. Whereas the bowl is glass and obviously, if in careless hands, breakable – so also are friendships. It is equally difficult to mend a friendship. The blue glass bowl would not be the same with a repair. Neither I have found are friendships. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

George Orwell in 1943 (Press Card photo from Wikipedia)

In choosing the headline for this essay, I realized that it peripherally applied to me. I hope that I am still relevant in a world gone crazy with endless nonsense conjured up by those seeking absolute power. Revolutions purporting to establish a Utopian society to solve all perceived problems, likely solve none of them. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” was a ruse that led to great dictatorships and great misery. Every student of 20th century history has to completely oppose all who would lead us down that path.

No one did that better than the great writer George Orwell, whose novel about a dystopian future, “1984,” so starkly portrayed the problems with dangerous mind-bending ideologies that it is still relevant today. Published in June 1949 just a year before Orwell’s death, the prophetic novel concerns an individual, Winston Smith, living in a mythical society called Oceania, where the Party run by Big Brother controls everyone through their Thought Police who prosecute Thought Crimes. Orwell talked about Newspeak where language was manipulated to suit the needs of the Party and Doublethink where contradictory beliefs were simultaneously accepted as correct. Continue reading

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