I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration, I don’t recall seeing much about a relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution, Jefferson’s friend Thomas Paine, who stirred the new nation to action.
In the months before our country declared independence from his native England on July 4, 1776, Paine anonymously published what became an instant bestseller, his pamphlet Common Sense. Later that year, after the war for independence had started, Paine began publishing a series of pamphlets known as The American Crisis, which began with these now-famous words:
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
by NW Spotlight
Today is the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 – “which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.”
200th anniversary of our national anthem lyrics
2014 is also the 200th anniversary of the lyrics of our national anthem. In September 1814 Francis Scott Key, a well-known lawyer and Maryland native, was negotiating the release of a prominent physician who had been captured by the British during the War of 1812. During the negotiations, Key was held on a small ship behind the British fleet – prior to a planned British attack on Baltimore – which began with the bombardment of Ft. McHenry. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Natural systems endure an ever evolving cycle of growth and decline. The deterioration accumulates and dominates the landscape when we fail to put the growth to productive use. Too often, failure to manage and utilize the productive growth results in catastrophic destruction through disease and wildfire.
Left to its own devices, the natural way is a boom and bust cycle. These systems can and are being managed to be both more productive and less destructive.
We recently returned from a road trip through four western states. Throughout the trip we observed the stark difference in the management of private and public lands. In general, private lands show the pride of ownership while public lands demonstrate the widespread deterioration inherent in failure to manage resources for sustainable production. Nowhere is that failed management more apparent than in our national forests and parks. Our current federal land management is clearly not working. Continue reading
Right From the Start
As the government of President Barack Obama steers a steady course towards government intrusion in all aspects of life, the United States Supreme Court appears to side instead with individual rights and liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. Mr. Obama has now suffered nine straight defeats at the hands of the Supreme Court. It is both an administrative rebuke to Mr. Obama as well as a personal rebuke to his claim to be the “constitutional professor in the Oval Office.”
But the most telling of these over the long term may well be the decision in Harris v. Quinn. This is the case in which the court ruled that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could not require individuals who received public funds for providing home health care services to relatives to join or pay dues to the public employees unions. That should have been a “no-brainer” even for a public employees union as aggressive and myopic as SEIU. Continue reading
Keynote : State Representative Dennis Richardson
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. July 2nd, 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn – 11707 Northeast Airport Way
Bring a friend! ~~ $20 buffet option ~~ no host bar
Republican Governor candidate Rep. Dennis Richardson is trending strong since the latest poll shows he is within 4% of defeating Kitzhaber.
Next meeting after this: August 6th, 2014
Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate
Will discuss solutions for the problems facing the VA
Portland - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby will appear in Oregon City on Wednesday to share ideas for how the VA can better take care of our country’s veterans.
Wehby has firsthand experience as an intern, junior resident and chief resident at the VA during her residency and training to become a neurosurgeon. During this time she developed an intricate knowledge of the operations of the VA, which inform her proposed solutions on how to get better care for our country’s veterans. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
Cover Oregon, Oregon’s attempt at a health insurance exchange, has been a disaster. It didn’t start out that way — it started full of promise and high expectations. Back in 2011 Gov. Kitzhaber spoke of the support from the Obama administration for Oregon to become a pioneer in healthcare reform, “We have great support with this administration, and deep support within [the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services]. Their inclination right now would be to give us whatever flexibility we need.”
Gov. Kitzhaber also spoke in 2011 on the importance of Oregon developing its own health insurance exchange rather than using the federal exchange, “A local Exchange accountable to Oregonians — not the federal government – offers choice competition, value, and transparency,” and “A local Exchange established by and accountable to Oregonians and not the federal government is vital to bringing quality, affordable health care to more than 350,000 Oregonians.” Continue reading