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Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Captain Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was raised as a slave in Charleston, South Carolina, where he learned about steamboats – including how to pilot large vessels along the Atlantic seaboard. He earned a reputation for exceptional navigational skills, and at the outbreak of the Civil War was forced into service for the Confederacy as quartermaster on the Planter, a 300-ton side-wheel steamer. As quartermaster, Smalls was in charge of the ship’s steering, thus making him the de facto pilot of the Planter; but he did not hold that title, for such an important post was not allowed a black slave in the Confederate south. Continue reading

Vera Badsky: Finding beauty in the Columbia Gorge

Troutdale’s historic Harlow House museum will offer a summer exhibit of the art work of the late Vera Badsky, a native Oregonian, who began painting when she was 14. Upon moving to Dodson, she painted more than 100 scenes of the Columbia River Gorge.

The display can be seen each Sunday afternoon, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harlow House, 726 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Admission is by donation. Continue reading

Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

A month ago, I was present at a regular meeting of concerned citizens that takes place at the Boring Fire Station on the first Tuesday of each month. I only meant to stay for the social hour prior to the meeting. However, the speakers who were from Clackamas County law enforcement, and they were very interesting, so I stayed for the entire evening.

The subject was criminal activity and/or supposed criminal activity in our neighborhoods and how we, as residents, can handle it. Much stress was put on well-run systems of Neighborhood Watch. As most of us know, gone are the days of blissfully trusting all of our neighbors and assuming that the people going in and out of the house a block away – the one with the For Rent sign – are redecorating it! Continue reading

John A. Charles, Jr. Cascade Policy Institute

Recently the Oregon Legislature held a hearing on HB 3231, a bill promoted by Rep. Rich Vial (R-Scholls) that would authorize the formation of special districts for the purpose of constructing and operating limited-access highways.

Opponents made many of the same arguments they’ve been using for decades: new highways threaten farmland; increased driving will undermine Oregon’s “climate change” goals; and we can’t “build our way out of congestion.” Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, Ph.D

Those who most fervently support the climate paradigm and all the “solutions” that purport to fix “the problem” generally know the least about it. That is hardly surprising, because there is no problem in the first place. Yet the brainwashed inevitably believe that the vast majority of scientists support the concept of a climate catastrophe, even if they do not. That presumed “consensus” alone sustains the faithful. Continue reading

This month, I am writing about one of the best values in gardening—bare root fruit trees. These babies give you a lot of “bang for your buck!” “Freedom” and “Liberty” apples are two great cultivars that are supposed to need little-to-no spraying. Plums and pears are easy to grow in our area and need almost no care. I garden organically and use “tricks” to avoid spraying. I have a fence around my orchard and added a small chicken house, so my chickens are my pest control team. I sprinkle chicken scratch into the soil under the trees and the chickens will work in their fertilizer and scratch bugs in their daily scratchings. Continue reading

In years gone by, I was part of a hunting party that focused on fellowship as much as the hunt. The group was Bob (my dad – a service station owner); Dan (a man who was like an uncle); Doc ( a connectionist); Ralph ( a grocer); Jack (the local banker); and Jerry (sporting goods store owner). That was a mix of many talents that all came together for 10 days in deer camp. We called it Big Buck Hunting Shack. Continue reading

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English :poet, :playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

Whether you’re a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — more than 400 years later. Ever been “in a pickle” or had “too much of a good thing”? Perhaps friends have “eaten (you) out of house and home” or had you “in stitches” over a joke. These are just a handful of well-used sayings that come courtesy of Shakespeare.

Here is a list of popular sayings “The Bard” coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they’ve become clichés.

1. “Green-eyed monster” – meaning “jealousy.” Continue reading

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