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Murdock: Learning to carry additional weight
Murdock: Learning to carry additional weight

I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but it did. 12 years and several months later, it seems that none of it can be taken back. The hard wiring that defines you is there to stay.

You’re a worker. You’re a real life problem...

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Brooks: When life asks for everything

I’d like to offer you two models of human development.

The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is...

Over DACA, an acute case of Trump panic syndrome

The entire politico-media complex had a nervous breakdown last week over President Trump’s position on DACA.

Lawmakers, journalists and activists jumped to all sorts of conclusions when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House...

KRUGMAN: Complacency could kill health care

I haven’t yet read Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened,” but it seems pretty clear to me what did, in fact, happen in 2016.

These days, America starts from a baseline of extreme tribalism: 47 or 48 percent of the...

Collins: Donald Trump has changed his mind — a heck of a lot

Wow, Donald Trump really is all over the place.

On Tuesday he had dinner with a few moderate Democrats and completely retooled his tax policy before dessert. This is the man who is having such a famous fling with the minority leaders,...

Smith: Packy Don Larew rides again
Smith: Packy Don Larew rides again

I was working though a case of the Sunday morning slows in a massive shopping center on the island of Oahu. I was attired in my usual, casual, drugstore cowpoke outfit of felt hat, Whites boots, snap shirt, dinner plate belt buckle and Wranglers, and...

Baughman: The fires all the time
Baughman: The fires all the time

In September 1982, my wife, Hilde, and I learned firsthand about wildfires during a backpacking trip in Northern California. While we were fly-fishing a creek miles from camp, we noticed a cloud of smoke drifting upstream. More smoke, thick...

LIMEY PASTOR: Being there together: a worship potluck in the park

September 10th came upon us. Our churches gathered by the marina in Boardman. The water flittered and glittered under the blue sky. Eighty-six souls were bathed under the rays of the later summer sun. A plethora of pastors and a plenitude of prayers...

Douthat: Liberalism and the campus rape tribunals

Last week Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, announced that the Trump White House would be revising the Obama administration guidelines for how colleges and universities adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.

There were protests...

York: What’s in the Dream Act?

President Obama’s original 2012 executive action creating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals stipulated that to be eligible, recipients must have “not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple...

Brooks: Harvey, Irma, Jose .... and Noah
Brooks: Harvey, Irma, Jose .... and Noah

Is there anything we can learn from hurricanes, storms and floods?

People have been asking that question for thousands of years, and telling stories that try to make sense of natural disasters. These flood myths are remarkably similar to...

Stephens: DeVos ends a campus witch hunt

Suppose you’re the kind of thoughtful liberal who concluded from Donald Trump’s election that you’ve been living in a bubble and need to better understand the causes of America’s distemper. Suppose, too, that you...

Other views: With DACA ending, Congress needs to do its job

On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Journal Sentinel opinion writers and reporters that Congress needs to replace the Obama administration’s program aimed at protecting some 800,000 young immigrants from deportation and to...

Hughes: The best is yet to come for Class of ‘58
Hughes: The best is yet to come for Class of ‘58

In early August, my wife Ginny and I made our way to Pendleton for what was billed as the last ever class reunion.

My parents had moved from Portland to Pendleton in time for me to the join the ninth grade class at the old junior high school,...

Douthat: The apostle to the media

When a public person you know and care for dies too soon, there is a temptation to elevate their historical significance, to cast them as an era’s representative figure in order to persuade easily distracted readers to pay closer...

Husted: Confronting pain everywhere
Husted: Confronting pain everywhere

My husband is in pain, but the waiting room at the pain clinic is crowded. No one has been called back to see the doctor for some time, and as the clock ticks on, more people enter. The server’s down. We’ll all have to wait until they...

Bruni: Can we talk about Tom Brady’s brain?
Bruni: Can we talk about Tom Brady’s brain?

Another pro football season has begun begin, and Tom Brady is again taking snaps for the New England Patriots, and there’s chatter galore about how much longer that can last. He turned 40 on Aug. 3. In quarterback years, he’s a...

LIMEY PASTOR: Mixing fire and water, we gather by the river: a prayer

September 10th is upon us. I write this several days before with the glow of fire above and ash sprinkling in spirals around me. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, our friends in Christ will gather at the water’s edge in Boardman at the marina to share a...

Walden: Hermiston’s Bounds would be voice for rural Oregon on the Ninth Circuit
Walden: Hermiston’s Bounds would be voice for rural Oregon on the Ninth Circuit

The President’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for rural Oregon. Born and raised in Hermiston, Ryan has never lost touch with his roots and understands well the way of life in our...

York: After Trump acts, DACA is now Congress’ problem
York: After Trump acts, DACA is now Congress’ problem

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who after the departure of Jeff Sessions has emerged as the Senate’s leading immigration hawk, says he would support the legalization of all current DACA recipients — nearly 700,000 of them —...

Bruni: The real campus scourge

Across the country, college freshmen are settling into their new lives and grappling with something that doesn’t compete with protests and political correctness for the media’s attention, something that no one prepared them for,...

Stephens: Hurricanes, climate and the capitalist offset

Texans will find few consolations in the wake of a hurricane as terrifying as Harvey. But here, at least, is one: A biblical storm has hit them, and the death toll — 38 as of this writing — is mercifully low, given its intensity.

Lyons: Sage grouse will suffer from new Interior Department plan

Somehow, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke needs to recognize that the greatest threat to economic development in sage grouse territory is not the existing sage grouse conservation plans, but the threat of losing the “regulatory certainty”...

Wood: Vintage harvest

Following the completion of our wheat harvest in mid-August, son Willie and I immediately transitioned into our third cutting of dryland alfalfa hay. Thanks to Willie’s winter maintenance program — along with more than a little luck...

LIMEY PASTOR: Spike and Lance: prayer warriors

My friend Spike died and his memorial service was held today at his new church in Washington state, this very day of writing. I write this for him, with thanks for his heart and soul, his gift of prayer. Spike and his friend Lance were instrumental in...

Friedman: Many shades of the U.S. at war

I’m just back from visiting all of our key air bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and along the Persian Gulf, and I find myself wrestling with two stark contrasts: the contrast between what is happening there in the air and what is happening on...

York: Trump vs. The Filuster

President Trump brings an outsider’s perspective to the long debate over the Senate filibuster. An overwhelming majority of the Senate disagrees with his desire to kill the filibuster, which means he doesn’t have a prayer of winning. But...

Johnston, Brown: Forest collaboratives include wide range of constructive voices

The Blue Mountains Forest Partners is a nonprofit organization that consists of loggers, ranchers, contractors, conservationists, landowners, and others from Grant County and across eastern Oregon who care about public lands and rural communities.

Leonhardt: Harvey the storm the humans helped cause
Leonhardt: Harvey the storm the humans helped cause

Even before the devastation from Harvey, southeastern Texas was enduring a year unlike any before.

The daily surface temperature of the Gulf of Mexico last winter never dropped below 73 degrees. You can probably guess how many previous times...

Collins: Grandfather and the bounty hunters

One of my fond childhood memories is going to the amusement park in Cincinnati on Republican Day. My grandfather, who was a bail bondsman, organized the outings so I could ride on the rides and he could play cards in a tent with the judges. To...

Murdock: Adults look but never leap
Murdock: Adults look but never leap

I’ve never been a huge fan of trampolines, especially as an adult. There is something about the lack of control one has when others are jumping next to them that just puts knots in my stomach.

Maybe because when I was about 22 years old,...

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