Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Week That Wasn’t

“Trust Women Week” ended a couple of days ago, and had a friend not e-mailed me about it, I would have never known it was happening. Sadly, I don’t trust women. Neither do I trust Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, and the other usual groups who are supposed to be fighting for […]

Max Williams and the jailbirds

God is smiling on Max Williams. Or at least the media are. After he recently retired as head of the state Department of Corrections, The Oregonian gave Williams a big, wet kiss in a front-page story that said, “Critics of Williams are surprisingly hard to find … .” You wouldn’t know that during Williams’ tenure, […]

Helplessness and the Status Quo

In Portland, Ore., school officials are struggling with a disconnect between how the city sees itself (very livable and very special) and the poor performance of its public schools (almost half of high school students don’t graduate in four years). Fifth-year seniors are becoming a trend. “The stigma of a fifth year is not what […]

Put a Dollar Sign On It

It tells you something that the only public member of Oregon’s Commission on Public Safety is a car dealer. Not that there’s anything wrong with car dealers. (I’ve owned three cars in my life, and two of them were bought from car dealers.) To his credit, Dick Withnell is the only member of the commission […]