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June 14 each year is set aside as Flag Day in the United States. There are many stories written about our flag, but none could rival the drama of Francis Scott Key’s writing of the poem that became our National Anthem. It was about the battle for Ft. McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Our flag played a prominent role in the story he told. Key was a young lawyer living in Georgetown just outside of Washington, D.C., during that fateful time when...

Posted Jun 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Oregon's university presidents have been angling for more money out of the Legislature all session, and now that the May revenue forecast predicts more growth, they've started making promises. Lawmakers should see those pledges and raise them a...

Posted Jun 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Something we can doClimate change can seem overwhelming; 'What can we do?' But there is something we can do: I'm writing in support of the recent guest opinion regarding HB 3470.The Climate...

Posted Jun 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.One could hardly find a news channel the past couple of days that wasn't touting the former Bruce Jenner for her courageous transgender metamorphosis or...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Will humans go extinct?A drilling rig in Seattle is being outfitted to extract the ever-decreasing supply of the world's oil. There have been many such rigs in the past and there will be some in the near future. Meanwhile,...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Many workers take for granted that, if they are too sick to work, they can call their employer and stay home for a day or two without losing any income and, even more important, without fear of being fired. But that benefit is up to employers to...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

KUAJOK, South Sudan — "I wish," a South Sudanese female aid worker said to me, "they had waited five or 10 years before resuming the war." This is what passes for hope in South Sudan.It was only two and a half years after...

Posted May 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Fasten your seat beltsLet's see if I have this right. Extremists are on the ascendant, resulting in millions of refugees, untold numbers of brutal murders, ethnic cleansing on a horrific scale and mass slaughter of...

Posted May 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.I feel the same way...

Posted May 30, 2015 at 11:01 PM

It's a popular — and time-worn — refrain among those of a certain age: Kids these days have it easy, and they don't have the academic skills to succeed in college, much less in life. While the sentiment is nothing new, it has gained...

Posted May 30, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Off by a fewI agree with the intent of the Judith Burgess’ (May 18) and A. Adams’ (May 25) letters to the editor entitled “Speak English.” But I think they may be off a few hundred years. More...

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