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Public Education

Much of what passes for journalism in Oregon amounts to little more than reproductions of various press releases. This is especially true of the teacher unions, who find a natural partnership with the one-sided legacy media.

We will feature the best informed education experts in Oregon, discussing real school choice, budgetary impact on taxpayers and how to provide quality education efficiently to all of Oregon’s children.

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  • Looking at Fossil Fuels Through Different Lens May 27, 2015
    Yes, we should continue searching for new energy sources that leave a lighter carbon footprint. But it is not practical — nor rational — to think we can just stop using fossil fuels, which are so completely woven into our daily lives. What we need is thoughtful debate, not reactionary thinking as thin as bumper […]
  • Senate Eager to Add More Money for Drought Prep May 27, 2015
    The Washington Senate Ways & Means Committee unanimously recommended Tuesday that $18 million be allocated to fight Washington’s drought. People in the urban Puget Sound area are not feeling the direct effects. But rural Washingtonians — especially farmers — have been hit hard. The post Senate Eager to Add More Money for Drought Prep appeared […]
  • Senate GOP: Open Up State Union Contract Talks May 27, 2015
    Committee Chairman Andy Hill, R-Redmond, said the proposal was an attempt to make contract talks more transparent in a system where employee dues are sent to unions that can make political contributions to candidates, including the governor's race. That's different from the private sector, he said. The post Senate GOP: Open Up State Union Contract […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Burundi, Syria, Poland & Ireland May 25, 2015
    1) Zedi Feruzi, an opposition leader in Burundi and his bodyguard were shot and killed over the weekend. In response, many of the leading opposition figures in Burundi have fled or gone into hiding. Massive protests against President Nkurunziza have led to violence, with 20 killed, but also mass exodus, with more than 100,000 escaping the country. […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Colombia, Cuba & Latvia May 22, 2015
    1) During a pause in negotiations with FARC rebels in Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos ordered airstrikes on the militants, killing 18 in one of the deadliest attacks against the rebels. Previously, Colombia had ended all airstrikes but the suspension was lifted last month. Peace talks resumed the same day.   2) The U.S. and Cuba have […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Libya & Mali May 21, 2015
    1) ISIS has gained control of the Syrian city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Islamic State now controls half of the country. 2) New fighting in Libya has killed 10 people and wounded 40. The dual governments in the country continue to clash violently, with the added presence of ISIS terrorists. […]
  • Low-Speed, Infrequent Rail May 28, 2015
    Quentin Kopp, who once chaired the California High-Speed Rail Authority and led the effort to persuade voters to pass the 2008 law authorizing its construction, is speaking out against the project as currently planned. To succeed, he says, high-speed rail needs to run on dedicated tracks at high speeds and frequencies. Instead, the current plan […]
  • Defining Suburbs May 27, 2015
    Based on surveys asking people whether they thought the lived in urban, suburban, or rural ares, Trulia economist Jed Kolko has defined the borderline between urban and suburban as 2,213 households per square mile (slightly less than 3.5 per acre), while the line between suburban and rural is 102 households per square mile (about 1 […]
  • Amtrak & Innumerate Liberals May 26, 2015
    A number of articles in National Review last week supported the Antiplanner’s view that more infrastructure spending wouldn’t have prevented the May 12 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. Rich Lowry says Amtrak is a huge waste that carries so few passengers that it is “a rounding error of American transportation.” John Fund shows that Congressional budget […]