Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Reincarnation of Al Neuharth

A fascinating S.O.B. entered the cosmic recycling bin a week ago. He will be coming around again soon. His kind never dies. Al Neuharth, USA Today founder, and former chairman and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc. – the largest newspaper chain in the U.S. – shoved off at the age of 89 at his home […]

America’s Marathon on Race

They were young, male and they bore a terrible trauma on their souls. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? The Central Park Five? In 21st Century America any disaffected male minority can lay claim to ancestral suffering to explain bad behavior. Here in Oregon, the state Senate recently passed a bill requiring that any new legislation include […]

Advocating for Abusers

No wonder women get slapped around. Consider the spectacle they created in a hearing room at the Oregon State Capitol, where a legislative committee took testimony on a proposed law to drop mandatory-minimum sentences for first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Here they came over two days of hearings, women representing groups with […]

Breaking Weak on Drugs

Whenever my younger brother is asked if he has ever smoked, his standard reply is, “I smoked a pack a day until I turned 18.” Our parents were addicted to nicotine, a habit my brother and I were forced to endure. I learned something early on from my parents’ addiction: If you never start a […]