Opinion

Hoyt: The next generation - America’s future farmers and ranchers depend upon training and education today

If you’ve ever gone to the opening day of your local farmers market only to find some of your favorite farmers aren’t in business anymore, you’re not alone. As a farmer myself, I’ve seen high...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Sheek: Coming soon, an updated LUC and building code

In 2012 Cortez was the recipient of a Heart & Soul grant awarded by the Orton Family Foundation (think Vermont Country Store). The focus was to develop a strategy for engaging all citizens,...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Thiessen:Trump throws away his momentum for ‘Peanuts’

WASHINGTON – Recently, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address that won the approval of 75 percent of viewers, including 43 percent of Democrats. Normally, presidents try to ride...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Theissen: Attempt to block memo was scandalous

WASHINGTON – Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should not be debatable: The effort by the FBI to...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: What does commonsense immigration look like?

WASHINGTON – We are a nation of immigrants who are uneasy about immigration. There is a long history of resentment against immigrants, dating to the Irish in the 1840s and the Chinese a few decades...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Gerson: Trump’s conspiracy theories endanger democracy

WASHINGTON – Just as Bill Clinton’s 1998 State of the Union address is known as the speech after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address is likely to be...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: Does Main Street remain hostage to Wall Street?

WASHINGTON – The stock market is going gangbusters, but whether this reflects the economy’s underlying strength or runaway speculation stumps many experts. Hence, the need for this column: a...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: China and the global race for new technology

WASHINGTON – The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial “Science & Engineering Indicators,” a voluminous document describing the state of...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Will; In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON – Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said: “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in L.A.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind,...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Rankin: Teacher to class: “Can you hear me now?”

“It’s just common sense.” How many times have you heard this phrase and thought “If only more people would just use common sense?” I was thinking that during a conversation with Dan Snowberger,...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in his first year

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has done many positive things, but his record of conservative achievement has been overshadowed by a whole series of self-inflicted wounds. On...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Samuelson: The curious disconnect between politis and the economy

WASHINGTON – For President Trump, a lot is riding on the economy in 2018. If it continues to do well, it should bolster his popularity and his claim that he understands it better than his critics. ...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed