“Right to Try” Is a Good First Step, Should Be Expanded

By Anna Mae Kersey Oregon House Bill 2300 gives terminally ill patients access to potentially life-saving drugs or investigational products not yet approved by the FDA that they might otherwise die waiting for. While the necessity of such a bill … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Health Care Reform, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Preying on the Misery of Others – Part III

I am a lawyer by education, training and practice. My father was a lawyer. I have a brother and a sister each of whom is a lawyer. I am proud to be a lawyer (even though I have not practiced … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Class Action, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership | 4 Comments

Obama’s Incompetence Is Losing Iraq

Last week the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State (ISIS) forces despite the numerical superiority of the Iraqi armed forces. USA Today reported: “Iraqi security forces fled Ramadi without putting up a fight, despite holding as much … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Individual Responsiblity, Iraq, Islam, Leadership, President Obama | 13 Comments

Time to “Uberize” the Transportation Economy

By John A. Charles, Jr. We are now two weeks into a 120-day “pilot project” by the City of Portland to allow private car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to legally compete with cab companies. Given the consumer demand for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Transportation | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Low-Income Scholarship Recipients “Highly Successful” in High School and Beyond

By Kathryn Hickok The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice just released an exploratory study examining the graduates of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore. CSF Baltimore is a privately funded scholarship program helping low-income children in the Baltimore area to attend … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Portland Set to Approve Public Shaming of Building Owners

By John A. Charles, Jr. For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means. Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Privacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Is Your Five-Year-Old Ready for Full-Day Kindergarten?

By Kathryn Hickok The Oregon State Senate is considering a bill that would lower Oregon’s compulsory, full-time school age from seven to five. Senate Bill 321 was heard in the Education Committee on March 5. Most children start at least … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

By John A. Charles, Jr. State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate rises, it encourages people to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Smoking Bans, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 144 Comments

A Refreshing Alternative to Our Top-Down Public Education System

By Steve Buckstein Many Oregon parents and teachers are standing up to oppose new high-stakes tests designed to measure how well public schools are teaching the controversial Common Core Standards. So-called Smarter-Balanced tests are on track to be given to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity, Oregon Government, State Budget, State Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Politics and Public Liars

In the aftermath (or it may simply be the middle) of the Brian Williams scandal, we should take a look at public liars. It appears that these public liars fall into three categories: The first group includes those who inflate … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, President Obama | 10 Comments

2015’s Forward-Looking Celebration of School Choice

By Kathryn Hickok January 25-31 is National School Choice Week. Every January, National School Choice Week highlights the need for effective educational options for all children “in a positive, forward-looking, fun, nonpolitical, and nonpartisan way.” Planned by a diverse coalition … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Individual Responsiblity | Tagged , , , | 2,412 Comments

Christmas –2014: A Season for Hope

In a year filled with so much tragedy, conflict and antipathy we sometimes have to search hard for optimism. I went back through my columns over the past decade to remind me of the goodness of man and the reason … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Christmas, Ethics, Individual Responsiblity, Progressivism | 3 Comments

Let’s Talk Turkey – with Uncle Sam

By Steve Buckstein On this Thanksgiving I have to give credit to The Blaze for alerting me to a serious issue of public concern. Apparently the U.S. government, in its collective wisdom, believes that Americans need its help to purchase, … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Government Waste, Individual Responsiblity, Progressivism | Tagged , , , | 32 Comments

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