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Brooks: Our elites still don’t get it

John Bowlby is the father of attachment theory, which explains how humans are formed by relationships early in life, and are given the tools to go out and lead their lives. The most famous Bowlby sentence is this one: “All of us, from...

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LIMEY PASTOR: Crimes of power

One of my choicest sermons (that I wrote and liked) was entitled the “Commandments of Jesus,” and dealt with many of the commandments that Jesus left us in the New Testament and sayings thereof.

We study little of these as...

Kristof: Billionaires desperately need our help

It is so hard to be a billionaire these days!

A new yacht can cost $300 million. And you wouldn’t believe what a pastry chef earns — and if you hire just one, to work weekdays, how can you possibly survive on...

Goldberg: I believe Juanita
Goldberg: I believe Juanita

On Friday evening MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a tweet that electrified online conservatives: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right’s ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it’s also true that Democrats...

York: At Air Force Academy, a perfect hoax for age of Trump

It’s hard to exaggerate the praise heaped on Air Force Gen. Jay Silveria after his impassioned speech against racism went viral at the end of September. Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, spoke after five black cadet candidates...

Brooks: The existing Democratic majority
Brooks: The existing Democratic majority

By David Brooks

New York Times News Service

We’re all familiar with a certain political geography. Democrats win the cities, Republicans win the rural areas, and the battlegrounds are in the suburbs. In general, Democrats win...

Roy Moore should face 
defamation suit from God
Roy Moore should face defamation suit from God

For decades, one of the most sanctimonious moralizers in U.S. politics has been Roy Moore, the longtime Bible-thumper in Alabama who crusaded against gays, transgender people, Islam and “sexual perversion.”

Moore suggested just...

LIMEY PASTOR: The Church of the Night

I miss my friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I miss the bulky greenness of Boardman, with its windy promontories and weather, and … oh I miss its surprising weather!

I enjoy the congregational letters to me very much. I am pleased...

Kristof: How to reduce shootings

It has happened yet again: Inevitably, predictably, fatefully, another mass shooting. On Sunday, a gunman shot dead 26 people in a Texas church. These episodes are peculiarly American tragedies, and what’s particularly heartbreaking is...

Sexton: There’s wild game, then there’s game behind a fence

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to kill a nice blacktail buck. I had been hunting off and on through deer season, and I saw lots of does every time I went out. With a little patience I knew I would finally cross paths with a good buck and...

Husted: Believing in the American story
Husted: Believing in the American story

“What does it mean to be an American?” Ellen Knutson asked us. We had gathered at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, which was hosting her Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, to explore this question. Most of us had just seen...

Hanbey: Since when do you have to be stylish on the trail?
Hanbey: Since when do you have to be stylish on the trail?

Net nuzhdy — “There is no need.” That’s what two former Russian soldiers said when I asked if they needed to borrow socks to wear with their old boots instead of the rags I saw wrapped around their feet.

I ran into...

Brooks: The clash of social visions

Every tax plan is a social vision and a statement of values. The social vision embedded in the House Republican tax plan is straightforward: to take money away from affluent professionals in blue states and to pump up corporations as the engine for...

York: Mueller does what special prosecutors do
York: Mueller does what special prosecutors do

Do you think Tony Podesta, the longtime Washington Democratic lobbyist, fixer and brother of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, colluded with Russia to allow Donald Trump to win the 2016 election?

Neither do I.

Do you think Vin...

Leonhardt: A conspiracy of inaction on sexual abuse

I caught the journalism bug in high school. I was fortunate to be a scholarship student at a rigorous New York private school with a weekly newspaper, and some of the older students I admired taught me the power that the written word could...

Leonhardt: A conspiracy of inaction on sexual abuse

I caught the journalism bug in high school. I was fortunate to be a scholarship student at a rigorous New York private school with a weekly newspaper, and some of the older students I admired taught me the power that the written word could...

Hughes: Will Oregon produce solar panels again?
Hughes: Will Oregon produce solar panels again?

SolarWorld, a Portland-based maker of solar panels, may soon receive trade tariff protection. Suniva, an Atlanta panel maker, is in line to receive the same treatment.

SolarWorld and Suniva sought protection under a safeguard provision (often...

Wood: Cemeteries remain a reminder of heritage

The recent passing of Halloween and its related imagery pertaining to graveyards in particular set me to pondering the subject of cemeteries and how we deal with the remains of our family and friends.

For more than 20 years, I have served on...

Isom: An assertive China we need to heed

Assessing China’s President Xi Jinping’s extraordinarily fast rise to power — and his philosophy — should bring little comfort to us Americans. Since 9/11, we have been too caught up in our own domestic and other foreign...

Friedman: Trump, Niger and connecting the dots

It is easy to ignore the recent story of four U.S. servicemen killed in Niger, the giant state in central Africa, because the place is so remote and the circumstances still so murky. That would be a mistake. Niger highlights a much larger...

Oregon’s education system in need of direction

We’re still a little puzzled over Gov. Kate Brown’s firing of Salam Noor, the state’s deputy superintendent of public instruction.

Brown said that she was not satisfied with Noor’s ability to carry out her vision for...

LIMEY PASTOR: Little prayers

I know I am writing this for someone right now ... someone in the newspaper audience who needs to hear this message. So this little prayer is for you. I pray this day that you will know that you are beloved of God Almighty and will be with him and his...

Goldberg: The plot against America
Goldberg: The plot against America

On Monday morning, after the United States learned that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s lobbying partner, Rick Gates, had been indicted and turned themselves in to federal authorities, the president...

York: After Trump dossier revelation, FBI is next

Investigators looking into the Trump dossier were not surprised when news broke recently that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, working through the Democrats’ law firm, Perkins Coie, financed the “salacious and unverified”...

Leonhardt: Donald Trump wants to raise your taxes

The old formula for passing a big tax cut for the rich was simple: Package it with a modest tax cut for the middle class — and talk endlessly about the middle-class part.

President Donald Trump and Congress are following the...

O’Toole: What can we do about wild horses?
O’Toole: What can we do about wild horses?

Imagine a proposal to introduce an exotic species to the sagebrush steppe of the American West. This species could successfully reproduce and expand into forested areas, uplands and wetlands. It would be a large charismatic creature that attracted a...

Sampson: Clean Energy Jobs will help rural communities and tribes
Sampson: Clean Energy Jobs will help rural communities and tribes

As a fishery biologist, I have worked on Columbia River salmon restoration for more than 30 years. As an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, I grew up on the reservation hunting elk and deer and fishing for...

Egan: The national crackup

I never cared for the “melting pot” metaphor, in part because it treats a nation of immigrants like a stew with all the cultures cooked out of it. Nor was I a fan of “gorgeous mosaic,” which sounds fine coming from a...

Isom: The bold rise of China’s president

The cover of the Oct. 14 issue of The Economist carries a picture of China’s President Xi Jinping and labels him as “The world’s most powerful man.” Really? How has Xi achieved his tight grip on power in just five years?...

MURDOCK: Present over perfect
MURDOCK: Present over perfect

The line to the dock was short. We had just missed the 8:00 ferry and were now front and center for the 8:30 with thoughts of the day ahead filling every ounce of the wait. The sky was gray, but not the heavy kind of gray that adds extra weight. It...

Kristof: Hey, men, listen up: Sex harassment isn’t just a ‘women’s issue’
Kristof: Hey, men, listen up: Sex harassment isn’t just a ‘women’s issue’

Women have been speaking out over the last few weeks about sexual harassment and assaults — passionately, eloquently and sometimes tearfully — and we men have been (for once!) rather silent.

That’s better than jumping in,...

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