Opinion

Mueller: Congress must ensure healthy forests and secure watersheds

It’s not fire season right now – or at least it shouldn’t be – but continuing drought and seemingly constant shifts in “normal” weather patterns set the stage for record-setting, winter wildfires...

DATE: Jan. 18, 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 Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of...

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

Brooks: Conflicting views on how democracies perish

Everybody agrees society is in a bad way, but what exactly is the main cause of the badness? Some people emphasize economic issues: The simultaneous concentration of wealth at the top and the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Kristof: Trump’s threat to Democracy

Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian: 1. The leader shows only a...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | 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. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Thiessen: The 10 best things Trump has done in his first year

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done – for both good and ill – is pretty remarkable. Trump inspires such deep...

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

Buckley: Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire turns 50 this year

Fifty years ago, Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire was published to decent reviews but little fanfare. “Another book dropped down the bottomless well. Into oblivion,” wrote a disheartened Abbey in...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Dreamers fate may rest on the mood of the moment

We’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all...

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

Littwin: Is it wrong to confess that Oprah is not the answer?

First, I’ll make a confession, which is only fitting when discussing Oprah. I have been occasionally guilty of mocking Oprah and her show. Yes, it’s true. It was long ago — back when she was giving...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Shirley: Conservatives should oppose shrinking national monuments

The Western United States may be the last natural bastion of what it means to be a free American. The image of the Old West brings a sense of beauty, with sky-scraping mountain ranges, deep valleys...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

From the Department of Injustice, more prohibition

After foraging through the dumpster of discarded ideas, the Trump administration has dragged out another fetid reject as part of its campaign to roll back modernity, common sense and the will of...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Harrop: Seven habits of highly effective resisters

Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The “resistance” is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must...

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