Don’t Pay Twice for Public Education

CascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 Don’t Pay Twice for Public EducationBy Steve Buckstein

Last week, the American College Testing organization (ACT) released the results of its national college admissions examination consisting of tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science. Thirty-six percent of Oregon’s 2014 high school graduates took the tests. Only 30 percent of those students scored high enough to be ready for college in all four subject areas.

One conclusion we might draw from these findings is that we shouldn’t spend more money on our higher education system until we can honestly say that our K-12 system is preparing most college-bound students to actually succeed there. Otherwise, we’re just paying twice for remedial courses to teach college students what they should have learned in high school. Continue reading

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Act Three: Merkley votes Congress out of Obamacare

Dr Monica Wehby thb Act Three: Merkley votes Congress out of Obamacare

Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate

Good Enough For Us, But Not For Them

Portland – Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.

The third act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is his vote against compelling members of Congress to acquire their insurance through the Obamacare exchange. While not surprising Senator Merkley would commit something so hypocritical, many Americans were outraged Congress was playing by a different set of rules than the rest of us. Continue reading

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Officials obscuring facts on Bandon Marsh mosquito infestation

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by Rob Taylor

The saga of The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge & Mosquito Preserve is continuing to unfold as the people of the Coquille Valley are learning to live with what the US Fish & Wildlife Service is calling an “acceptable amount” of mosquitoes.

Of course, there are differences of opinion on the term “acceptable.”

The officials at Bullards Beach State Park, which is next to the Bandon Marsh, released this advisory in July, “US Fish and Wildlife Service has been applying larvacide to the Bandon Marsh since early May.  The larvacide has reduced the saltwater mosquito population significantly.  Due to the dry conditions this year the drainage ditches at Bullards Beach have been dry for at least a month.  As a result we have seen very few of our “normal” mosquitoes, but a few are present.  Coos County Health Department has traps set up at the park to monitor the mosquito population.”

What is “normal” and who decides those standards based on what evidence?” Continue reading

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Act Two: Merkley and the IRS Scandal

Dr Monica Wehby thb Act Two: Merkley and the IRS Scandal

Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate

Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests.

The second act of hypocrisy we’ve caught Senator Merkley in is the Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the targeting of groups based on their political leanings. In May 2013, Mr. Merkley called the IRS targeting of political groups “wrong and absolutely unacceptable”, but had pressured the IRS to investigate those same political groups in March 2012. What a difference a year makes! Continue reading

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Gov. Victor Atiyeh: Master of now-faded political art

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by Dave Fiskum

The passing of former Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh last month has prompted an outpouring of positive comments about the last Republican governor in Oregon, both for his accomplishments, as well as for the positive way he conducted himself while he held the state’s top political job.

Memories abound for me because I had the privilege of serving in the Atiyeh Administration from 1979-87, including a stint as the Governor’s press secretary.

Senator Peter Courtney captured the man well in his tribute:  “Governor Vic Atiyeh was a kind and gentle man. He had a great smile and a great way of dealing with people. He was the ultimate public servant in the truest sense of the word. There was no greater role model.  He led our state during the most difficult of times. He found a way to make things work when everything was going against us. He brought out the best in people by appealing to the best in each and every person. He never focused on the negative. Oregon is saying goodbye to one of its greatest statesmen and one of its most remarkable citizens.” Continue reading

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Latest Dennis Richardson ad: Kitz pays women less

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Act One: Merkley Cuts Medicare

Dr Monica Wehby thb Act One: Merkley Cuts Medicare

Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate

Sen. Merkley Champions Medicare, Cuts It, Champions It, Then Attacks Wehby

Portland – Hypocrisy is the scarlet letter of modern day politics, and Jeff Merkley is wearing it. From Main Street to Wall Street, Senator Merkley’s actions rarely match his rhetoric. Saying one thing, and doing another is the recipe by which Merkley and his political cohorts hold on to power, proving his allegiance lies not with the people of Oregon, but rather D.C. special interests. Continue reading

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