Category: Guest Opinion

Our Nation Built on Compromises -Is it Time to Revisit the Electoral College?

From May through September of 1787 fifty-five men, representing 12 of the 13 states, met in Philadelphia to write a new document to become the foundational law of the land.  They also needed to devise a process through which it would be accepted/ratified by a majority of the states.  Quite a summer project!  The result was the Constitution of the United States of America.  It became accepted largely because of its several major compromises.  The Constitution said that a slave was counted as 3/5 of a person (Article I, Section 2). That was a compromise between the states with...

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Proud to Be a Member of the Thin Green Line

by Laurie Dougherty Six years ago, I retired and moved to Salem, Oregon where my daughter lives. I knew before I got here that there were plans to build coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest to sell Powder River Basin coal in Asia. I knew I had to find a way to fight this. I soon learned there were also several proposals to build oil-by-rail projects and LNG export terminals and pipelines in Oregon and Washington state (and British Columbia too.) We don’t have coal mines or oil and gas fields here. To the fossil fuel industry our...

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Standing Up for Social Change & Climate Policies in Oregon

I study social change and how it happens. I’ve done research on how people transition to greener lifestyles and why people become members of environmental movements. If you’re wondering in these uncertain times, “what’s the one thing I can do to support social change?” It’s joining an organization that engages in civic and political action to reduce emissions and transition us to a clean energy economy. Because the reality is that there are comparatively few sources responsible for the vast majority of pollution and it will take new laws and regulations to make sure big business is doing their...

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The Values of Service and Transparency

by Matt Ausec Growing up in a home with two teachers as parents, one of the core values I developed was to serve the public. All of my life I have paid attention to the quality of life that I have experienced compared to the quality of life others experience. The injustices that I witnessed drove me to study political science, public administration, and to focus my career on working public service jobs. The reason that I worked hard to get elected to a second job with no pay and long hours was to expand the impact I make...

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Urging civility

A week ago last Monday at the West Salem Neighborhood Association, there were a series of totally inappropriate vocal and physical disturbances instigated by folks who support a new bridge, based primarily on emotions without much critical analysis. It was very disturbing, especially in light of what is happening nationally. I commented on it at length at Monday’s council meeting. I spoke from written notes which are reproduced below. Sorry for the length (especially without pictures!) but this issue is important. One of the functions of Salem neighborhood associations is to receive and discuss information concerning city projects and...

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