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York: Optimism in Trump’s America

President Trump’s job approval rating, 44 percent with a 48 percent disapproval rating in a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, makes him “the first president of the post-World War II era with a net negative approval rating...

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Murdock: The nose knows what the nose knows
Murdock: The nose knows what the nose knows

Yesterday was cold. The sky stayed the color of a cloud all day long. In fact, it felt like a cloud was touching me and the world I live in most of the afternoon. It was a cold kind of cloud that hung low and seemed to press in on all of us from every...

Walden: Local work critical to federal fight on opioids
Walden: Local work critical to federal fight on opioids

The recent news story (East Oregonian, Jan. 23) regarding Dr. Chuck Hofmann’s work to help patients addicted to opioids reveals the challenges we face all across Oregon and underscores the importance of legislation I helped pass last...

Bates: Oregon’s wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate Bill 694
Bates: Oregon’s wounded warriors deserve passage of Senate Bill 694

For almost 100 years, Oregon has honored its wounded warriors — our disabled veterans — with a property tax exemption. At one time, research shows, this exemption was more than 100 percent of the value of a median single family dwelling...

LIMEY PASTOR: Nightmare of a dreamer
LIMEY PASTOR: Nightmare of a dreamer

My wife, Jeanne and I have been very close to a young man, I shall call “H,” for a number of years. When my wife was very ill a couple of years ago, he befriended us and helped my wife around the house and with her garden and cared very...

Brooks: This century is broken
Brooks: This century is broken

Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars,...

Bruni: Milo is the mini-Donald

If you halved Donald Trump’s age, changed his sexual orientation, gave him a British accent and fussed with his hair only a little, you’d end up with a creature much like Milo Yiannopoulos.

He could be Trump’s lost...

YORK: NATO says yes to Mr. Trump

Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its...

DOUTHAT: Beltway panic, Wall Street zen

The most grounded fears about a Donald Trump presidency have always involved incompetence rather than malevolence, the perils of a catastrophically weak presidency rather than the prospect of a near-dictatorship.

So far, many of these fears are...

Culture Corner: Getting nerdy with The Nerdwriter
Culture Corner: Getting nerdy with The Nerdwriter

Video essayist Evan Puschak embraces writer Robert Heinlein’s notion “specialization is for insects.”

I stumbled upon Puschak’s work this past weekend while seeking online analysis of Denis Villeneuve’s...

Hebert: Of Yoruba chickens, the god Ogun, and taxis
Hebert: Of Yoruba chickens, the god Ogun, and taxis

Is it possible for a nation to embrace all manner of modern (read Western) ways without losing its soul?

Well, the Japanese and the Vietnamese and the Koreans have learned best practices from the western world and improved upon many without...

Stewart: Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner
Stewart: Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner lived through almost the entire 20th century and wrote his way through more than half of it. His fan mail started with a trickle in the 1930s, opened up to a flow in 1943, after the publication of “The Big Rock Candy...

Brooks: What a failed Trump Administration looks like
Brooks: What a failed Trump Administration looks like

I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Donald Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through...

LIMEY PASTOR: Marriage and the milestones

It was our 31st wedding anniversary this last Valentine’s day. Saint Valentine ’s Day is the best day for weddings, because there is no chance that you’ll be caught flat-footed by the time creeping up on you. All commerce is pink...

Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

I know a lot of you were saying in December that this administration wouldn’t last a month. But I’ll bet you didn’t actually have “worry about collapse of the government” written down on your schedule for February.

Kristof: What did the president know and when did he know it?
Kristof: What did the president know and when did he know it?

During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

Today...

York: Time for Trump to hit campaign trail

President Trump’s many critics say his young administration is a hot mess. His defenders say Trump has accomplished more in three weeks than many presidents do in years.

At the moment Trump is in what might be called the executive-action...

Culture Corner: America first, but who is second?

In Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, he made clear that he was going to put America first.

The crowd cheered heartily, but of course Americans make up just 4.4 percent of the world’s population. The other 95.6 percent were left...

Smith: The first lesson of guitar
Smith: The first lesson of guitar

Thirty-some years ago, I worked for a woman who owned a sizable chunk of Marin County, California. I tended half a dozen jumping horses, two hundred pampered sheep, one too-friendly dairy heifer, four free-range hogs, fifty feral chickens, a couple of...

Murdock: Tangling with Trump not worth the risk

Tuesday’s editorial in the East Oregonian reminded us we are a state that embraces, celebrates and welcomes immigrants and refugee residents. I couldn’t agree more. We have for years, and I agree with that sentiment.

My...

Brooks: A gift for Trump
Brooks: A gift for Trump

If you could give Donald Trump the gift of a single trait to help his presidency, what would it be?

My first thought was that prudence was the most important gift one could give him. Prudence is the ability to govern oneself with the use of...

Limey Pastor: Marmite and the mystery

My friend Dennis came to me this week very excited. He had just received news of his Mormon DNA test. He had thought he was a blend of Viking and German, and indeed there was still a bit of that in him, but not a lot. He has found, to his apparent...

Te Velde: Ready to start work at Lost Valley Farm

We write in response to the East Oregonian’s Jan. 18 editorial on Lost Valley Farm. We appreciate the paper’s detailed reporting and the focus on our project.

In 2002 we opened Willow Creek Dairy, which operates down the road,...

Friedman: Connecting Trump’s dots
Friedman: Connecting Trump’s dots

Every day, the president’s behavior becomes more worrying. One day he demeans a federal judge who challenges him; the next day, without evidence, he accuses the media of hiding illegal voting or acts of terrorism. His lack of respect for...

York: Judge Robart’s national security expertise

Judge James Robart, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington State, believes there is no basis for President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terrorism-plagued...

Tom Price, Dr. Personal Enrichment
Tom Price, Dr. Personal Enrichment

Each year, a publication called Medscape creates a portrait of the medical profession. It surveys thousands of doctors about their job satisfaction, salaries and the like and breaks down the results by specialty, allowing for comparisons...

BLOW: A lesson in Black History

Last week at a supposed Black History Month “listening session” at the White House, Donald Trump made this baffling statement: “I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend...

Culture Corner: Pulitzers and Hitler
Culture Corner: Pulitzers and Hitler

Hindsight is 20/20, and history often reveals with clarity what is obscured in a fog of uncertainty as events unfold.

That’s why it’s so impressive to read on-the-ground journalism and commentary that proves to be downright...

Column: School, church, tavern
Column: School, church, tavern

One of the key components of our federal government is the principle of checks and balances provided by our Constitution’s separation of power into the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. In theory (and generally in...

Brooks: A return to national greatness
Brooks: A return to national greatness

The Library of Congress’ main building is one of the most magnificent buildings in Washington, or in the country. It was built in a pivotal, tumultuous time. During the 23 years in the late 19th century that it took to design and build...

Stout: ODFW, fire and winter doing a number on wildlife

This winter has many similarities to the winters of 1983 and 1992. If history proves itself again, there will be a dramatic die-off of our game animals. There is one stark difference that accompanies this year and not the previous two disaster years.