Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within the Elliott must be managed as an endowment asset for public schools.

Since the Elliott is now a net liability instead of an asset due to environmental litigation, the State Land Board has appropriately concluded that the Trust Lands should be sold.

Unfortunately, the sale will not take place through competitive bidding, because this is not an auction. On July 27, the Land Board will announce the results of an appraisal and set the sale price as the appraised price. If you dare to offer even one dollar more, your bid will be set aside by state lawyers as “nonresponsive.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Photo: Where Oregonian ran the email story

By NW Spotlight,

The breaking news of 10,000 leaked Democrat emails ran on the Sunday Oregonian on page 14 with the size of the article not much longer than your thumb. Absent from the article is anything negative despite the fact that the emails contained discussions of slandering Bernie Sander’s Jewish faith and posting false ads to attack Trump. Yet, it was damaging enough to oust the DNC leader (which did make front page today). Why can’t our newspapers be more fair?


Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Another VP pick, another European terror attack

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by NW Spotlight

It’s a sign of the times. A week ago Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Nice, France. That terror attack, by Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, killed 84 people on France’s Bastille Day when he drove a truck threw the crowd.

Exactly one week later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement yesterday of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Munich, Germany. Yesterday’s Munich terror attack, by German-Iranian Ali David Sonboly, killed 9 people near a shopping mall in Munich – Sonboly used a pistol in the attack.

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Terrorism | Leave a comment

Photos from the 2016 GOP National Convention in Cleveland

by NW Spotlight

Oregon state Rep. Bill Post (R-Keizer) and Dan Mason (GOP candidate for Oregon House District 30) travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, this week for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Bill was there as a delegate and Dan as an alternate delegate. They agreed to share their photos of the experience. Click on photos to enlarge them.

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2016 GOP National Convention (photo: Dan Mason)

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Posted by at 06:22 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Republican Party | Leave a comment

Frustration at Oregon DEQ

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by Jeff Anderson

The best laid plans.

My lunch hour was to be spent taking my car through DEQ to pass the magic emission test and get new tags. I read the instructions provided by DEQ on how to prepare for my test.

I had all the paperwork ready, I brushed my teeth, combed my hair, brought a blood & urine sample along with driver’s license, passport, proof of address, proof of insurance, registration, title, cash and a happy attitude….attitude is everything.

I was greeted by a cheerful lady as I drove up, she put me through my first quiz, which I passed and she directed me to Lane #3.

After waiting in line, watching cars getting probed up the tailpipe (I’m over 50 so I can sympathize) it was finally my turn. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:09 | Posted in Environment, Oregon Government | 6 Comments

Obamacare is proving to be a failure of epic proportions

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

I wrote a column in June detailing the ongoing issues with national health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. More developments have emerged since then, causing even more severe problems for rural Oregonians and consumers across the United States, as well as the Obama administration’s credibility.

Oregon insurance regulators announced their plans last week to take the first steps to place the state’s Health Co-op into receivership. This July 8 article in the Oregonian states the company’s board has voted to agree to the receivership order. This agreement would enable the state to liquidate the Co-op’s assets. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Obamacare | 16 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job.

The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign someone to an expensive contract. After a short honeymoon, the new leader will sink into the bureaucratic quagmire and leave after a short and forgettable tenure.

Management experts know that if system results are disappointing, you need to change the system, not the people. The single most important change Portland could make would be to redesign how the money flows. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 5 Comments

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