A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The bigger enemy is pain

Written January 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As important as cancer research is, it seems to me that keeping people — especially very old people — free from pain is more important still. Obama said in his state of the union address the United States should cure cancer once and for all. Yes, but helping people who suffer unbearable pain would be better yet.

Gun sense? Like in Britain, Australia?

Written October 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Here we go again with the debate about what President Obama calls “common-sense” gun laws. On Thursday, after the massacre in Roseburg, Obama complained about citizens who oppose “any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon,” as though he’d never heard of all the laws on that very subject.

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About Iran, Israel and us

Written March 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

There have always been tensions between the Obama administration and the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. Now their disagreement about Iran and other issues is even more acute, and the question is who’s right and who’s wrong. The answer should not be hard.

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The emperor has spoken

Written November 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Would it hurt Barack Obama to at least try to look and act like the president of a republic instead of an emperor? Just look at what they now call the “optics” of his announcement on illegal immigrants.

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Immigration: Steps to avoid

Written August 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The papers tell us that President Obama “still intends to act on his own to change immigration policy,” though he’s no longer sure just when he’ll do this. In this case his dithering may make some kind of sense. Perhaps he realizes that he might be making a big mistake by going ahead.

Obama, the climate and cheese

Written June 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Anaheim over the weekend, President Obama gave a commencement address that illustrates his penchant for loose talk. When you don’t or can’t tackle real problems — thousands of children walking across from Mexico so the Border Patrol will take care of them, Islamist terror brigades taking over Iraq, the government failing to do its […]

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Putin and the Thief of Kiev

Written February 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A few weeks ago, I got an unexpected glimpse of the Ukraine crisis when two young men came to our house and installed a new window, replacing one that had worn out. I could not understand what they were saying to each other while they worked. Later I asked one of them what language they were speaking. “Sounds like […]

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Obama, emperor or magician?

Written January 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Ahead of the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, his top advisers told the Associated Press what he intends say. It sounds as though Barack Obama thinks of himself as an emperor or maybe Merlin the Magician.

Obama strikes the wrong note

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If President Obama was interested in moving on to a more constructive way of running the government after the shutdown and near-default on federal obligations, he could not have made a worse start than he did today. In a speech at the White House, Obama angrily blamed his opponents in the House for refusing to negotiate […]

Saved by the Russians?

Written September 9th, 2013 by

Whatever else was going on with Syria and the world on Monday, the idea of a punitive U.S. missile strike seemed to be off the schedule for now. CNN reported that on the phone Secretary of State Kerry had told the Russian foreign minister, who had brought up the idea, that the U.S. would consider not […]

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