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Published on January 18, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on January 18, 2018 9:44PM


A tip of the hat to action this past week to improve mental health services in Eastern Oregon.

Spurred in part by concerns raised by law enforcement professionals throughout the area, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. (GOBHI) put Lifeways Inc. on notice for what it called substandard mental health services.

GOBHI CEO Kevin Campbell requested that Lifeways hire an outside consultant to oversee the program and help make necessary improvements.

The first meeting between the two organizations since Campbell went public is scheduled for Friday. It’s good timing because Lifeways is welcoming a new CEO, and may have a window to make some long-overdue changes to policy and personnel.

We don’t know what will come out of these new plans and demands, but the fact that mental health services are being talked about and wrestled with publicly is a step in the right direction.

Refocusing law enforcement, the medical community and local government on the importance of this issue is critical, and we’re happy that services here are going under the microscope.

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A kick in the pants to how low Donald Trump has dropped the expectations of moral conduct of the President of the United States, and for those who don’t seem to care.

Share this list with your 2015 self and see if it matches your expectations of the presidency. He has cheated on all his wives, judges everyone — even his own children — by their appearance, has no friends, lies about giving money to charity, insults everyone, etc., etc.

The report this week in the Wall Street Journal that Trump cheated on his wife, first lady Melania, in 2005 just months after she had given birth is only the latest revelation in the tabloid presidency. The woman in question is porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump’s lawyers paid her $130,000 during the election not to tell her salacious story to the media. Since that payment, Daniels denies the tryst ever took place.

That the escapade barely raises an eyebrow is a marker of just how salacious the first year of Trump’s presidency has been. That a U.S. president cheated on his wife with a porn star, paid her to shut up about it and faces no repercussions is quite a realization.

For many, these misdeeds are worth looking past, because of Trump’s un-Hillaryness. They’ll even pull out the quick Clinton equation — Bill did the same thing, right?

But Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and his blatant lie about it was the sole focus of the media for months. It brought about impeachment. And “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” stands next to Nixon’s “I am not a crook” as the epitome of presidential lies. We didn’t accept either.

For some reason, we’ve lost our will to stand up to such garbage.

The people who support the president should realize that they are making themselves and the country susceptible to equally odious moral leadership (from both sides of the aisle) in the future.



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