Category: Commentary

Update: Gun talk’s consequences

So far, all that the Obama team has managed with its rhetoric about gun control is to get everybody in an uproar and fuel the sale of guns and ammunition. Gun and sporting goods shops have all but sold out of AR-15s, a popular kind… Continue reading




Governor: Tax hikes for seniors?

Governor John Kitzhaber’s message to the legislature on Jan. 14 sounded a hopeful tone, as these messages should. But he was short on actual recommendations, more than once saying only that this or that issue “needs thoughtful deliberation.” For example, he said the state must… Continue reading




Oregon temps essentially unchanged

Maybe it’s lucky that we don’t believe the hyperventilating about global warming in the papers and other mainstream media. If we relied on them, we might be tempted to think it’s been getting warmer in Oregon. And then we might step out the door into… Continue reading




Grocery takes right approach

In the great plastic-bag debate, one supermarket chain is following the right approach. It is making a change as a business decision, without asking the state or local government to cover its back by passing a law. The change was announced by C&K Market, a… Continue reading




U.S. violence is down, far down

Here’s something worth pointing out amid all the talk about violence and calls for more gun control: The United States keeps getting more peaceful even as gun ownership goes up. Time magazine reports that there’s nearly one gun in the U.S. for every American. That… Continue reading




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