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It is hard for most voters to watch the “train wreck” that is North Bend City government right now without some voter remorse.  Since losing in the November 2020 general election to Jessica Engelke by a very narrow margin, I elected to stay on the political sidelines and out of the fray to g…

"Slowly but surely," Neal Freyman reports at Morning Brew, "the supply chain bottlenecks that have plagued the global economy for over a year appear to be easing - or at least have been circumvented."

Evonne lives in a fire lookout in Oregon, and since I meet with these graduate students on Zoom, we’ve all seen snippets of her life, including the dizzying moments when she leaps up to scan for fires while holding her tablet.

Beating COVID-19 has certainly taken longer than most of us were hoping, but we've turned the corner, and it's never too early to begin the critical exercise of assessing "lessons learned."

As you might already be aware, the bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed through the House and has now been signed into law by President Biden. This historic bill means many priorities that are essential to Oregon families will get the attention they deserve.

Some days, I change “O.K.” to “OK.” On other days, you might find me changing “OK” to “okay.” Sometimes I spend a good deal of time deleting spaces around dashes, other times I insert spaces around dashes. Then there are the mornings when I add an extra s after a possessive James or Charles.…

It has long been a truism that the strength of the Republican party lies in its head and the strength of the Democrat party lies in its heart.  

The only remedy that stopped the 1918 Spanish flu worldwide pandemic after 2 plus years was the wearing of masks. As a vacation property owner in Ore. I was disheartened to find that regardless of Governor Brown's and the Oregon Health Authority's indoor mask mandate of Aug. 13th, individual…

The Grand Canyon boating community — devoted to each other and to the Colorado River — was shocked to learn this fall that we’d lost two of our own.

RE: DA decries governor’s decision to commute sentences, November 5 edition. Isn’t this a just a bit of over the top sensationalizing? The list of who might be considered for commutation (not pardon) came from the Department of Corrections and everyone approved served 15 or more years of the…

Stagnant wages, rising costs of living, worsening work conditions, growing uncertainty. These are all problems that we face. And I think that it’s become clear that those who currently hold economic and political power have no interest in solving the problems facing those of us who don’t, th…

On November 9, the North Bend Council decides the future of disc golf in Ferry Road Park. Mayor Engelke believes this decision need not wait on approval of the new Parks Master Plan next March, though this was the reason given in June for deferral of a picnic area proposal well supported by …

The flow in the stream from Siltcoos to the ocean began moving back into the lake October 25. At first, fishermen attributed this to storm surge. When the backward flow continued after the storm, a walk down the beach revealed that the recent storms have completely blocked the stream and unt…

After hearing Superintendent Kevin Bogatin’s internet interview with the Coos County League of Women Voters and reading about North Bend School District 2021 Proposed Bond measure, I Voted yes on Measure 6-192.

Little scares me about Halloween or trick-or-treating. Ghosts, zombies, skeletons and witches have nothing on all the milk ingredients in candy and the frightening truth about the dairy industry.

Incrementalism is anathema to activists, especially activist organizations that need to raise money to pay lawyers, high dollar executive staff and contribute generously to compliant politicians. Idealism invariably trumps reality, including practical transitional thinking. That is the respo…

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in Western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle grazing even on semi-arid land.

Why is it taxpayers get hammered with new taxes every year for schools? We pay for free meals, for getting the students to school. Then we find out Oregon now doesn't require a student to read or write in order to graduate.

I would like to voice my support for the North Bend School bond measure for this upcoming vote. We have resided in North Bend for 47 years and our sons have both been through the NB schools from K - 12. They had great experiences. We had great experiences following their school journeys.

How sad to see the North Bend School Board meetings and a board member threatened. What is even more sad is that the board chair had the perfect opportunity to make a statement denouncing the threats and intimidation tactics after explaining the change to an online meeting setting. Jim Jorda…

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

Chances are that you’ve heard the expression, “nice guys finish last.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This statement is used by many to justify less than ethical treatment of others.

Words are powerful. Used effectively, they can change the world, sell more widgets or gently break the bad news to Dear John. But it’s a paradox of writing that too many words can dampen the power of your words. Less is usually more. That’s why editors chop dead-weight expressions out of wri…

Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional? I lean towards unintentional but they have become deeply ingrained.

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Some days, I change “O.K.” to “OK.” On other days, you might find me changing “OK” to “okay.” Sometimes I spend a good deal of time deleting spaces around dashes, other times I insert spaces around dashes. Then there are the mornings when I add an extra s after a possessive James or Charles.…

It has long been a truism that the strength of the Republican party lies in its head and the strength of the Democrat party lies in its heart.  

The only remedy that stopped the 1918 Spanish flu worldwide pandemic after 2 plus years was the wearing of masks. As a vacation property owner in Ore. I was disheartened to find that regardless of Governor Brown's and the Oregon Health Authority's indoor mask mandate of Aug. 13th, individual…

The Grand Canyon boating community — devoted to each other and to the Colorado River — was shocked to learn this fall that we’d lost two of our own.

RE: DA decries governor’s decision to commute sentences, November 5 edition. Isn’t this a just a bit of over the top sensationalizing? The list of who might be considered for commutation (not pardon) came from the Department of Corrections and everyone approved served 15 or more years of the…

Stagnant wages, rising costs of living, worsening work conditions, growing uncertainty. These are all problems that we face. And I think that it’s become clear that those who currently hold economic and political power have no interest in solving the problems facing those of us who don’t, th…

On November 9, the North Bend Council decides the future of disc golf in Ferry Road Park. Mayor Engelke believes this decision need not wait on approval of the new Parks Master Plan next March, though this was the reason given in June for deferral of a picnic area proposal well supported by …

The flow in the stream from Siltcoos to the ocean began moving back into the lake October 25. At first, fishermen attributed this to storm surge. When the backward flow continued after the storm, a walk down the beach revealed that the recent storms have completely blocked the stream and unt…

After hearing Superintendent Kevin Bogatin’s internet interview with the Coos County League of Women Voters and reading about North Bend School District 2021 Proposed Bond measure, I Voted yes on Measure 6-192.

Little scares me about Halloween or trick-or-treating. Ghosts, zombies, skeletons and witches have nothing on all the milk ingredients in candy and the frightening truth about the dairy industry.

Incrementalism is anathema to activists, especially activist organizations that need to raise money to pay lawyers, high dollar executive staff and contribute generously to compliant politicians. Idealism invariably trumps reality, including practical transitional thinking. That is the respo…

If Jim Howell, a fourth-generation rancher in Western Colorado, has a guru, he’s Allan Savory, the champion of intensive cattle grazing even on semi-arid land.

Why is it taxpayers get hammered with new taxes every year for schools? We pay for free meals, for getting the students to school. Then we find out Oregon now doesn't require a student to read or write in order to graduate.

I would like to voice my support for the North Bend School bond measure for this upcoming vote. We have resided in North Bend for 47 years and our sons have both been through the NB schools from K - 12. They had great experiences. We had great experiences following their school journeys.

How sad to see the North Bend School Board meetings and a board member threatened. What is even more sad is that the board chair had the perfect opportunity to make a statement denouncing the threats and intimidation tactics after explaining the change to an online meeting setting. Jim Jorda…

What did we learn this summer and fall? We learned that people who’d been cooped up, thanks to COVID-19, flocked to our national parks and forests. Once there, many were eager to empty their bucket list of must-do activities in the outdoors.

Chances are that you’ve heard the expression, “nice guys finish last.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This statement is used by many to justify less than ethical treatment of others.

Words are powerful. Used effectively, they can change the world, sell more widgets or gently break the bad news to Dear John. But it’s a paradox of writing that too many words can dampen the power of your words. Less is usually more. That’s why editors chop dead-weight expressions out of wri…

Black Americans get a lot of messages about who matters and who does not in this country, and the question is: Are the messages intentional or unintentional? I lean towards unintentional but they have become deeply ingrained.

It is hard for most voters to watch the “train wreck” that is North Bend City government right now without some voter remorse.  Since losing in the November 2020 general election to Jessica Engelke by a very narrow margin, I elected to stay on the political sidelines and out of the fray to g…

"Slowly but surely," Neal Freyman reports at Morning Brew, "the supply chain bottlenecks that have plagued the global economy for over a year appear to be easing - or at least have been circumvented."

Evonne lives in a fire lookout in Oregon, and since I meet with these graduate students on Zoom, we’ve all seen snippets of her life, including the dizzying moments when she leaps up to scan for fires while holding her tablet.

Beating COVID-19 has certainly taken longer than most of us were hoping, but we've turned the corner, and it's never too early to begin the critical exercise of assessing "lessons learned."

As you might already be aware, the bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed through the House and has now been signed into law by President Biden. This historic bill means many priorities that are essential to Oregon families will get the attention they deserve.