State and local officials are wisely counseling Oregonians not to call 911 on people who refuse to abide by Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide mask mandate. As concerned as people may be over the potential spread of coronavirus, asking police to confront those who won’t wear one is a misuse of law …
The Supreme Court on Tuesday needlessly poked a hole in Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in a case from Montana that if a state provides a tax break that benefits students at a secular private school, it must include private rel…
The U.S.’s decline started with little things that people got used to. Americans drove past empty construction sites and didn’t even think about why the workers weren’t working, then wondered why roads and buildings took so long to finish. They got used to avoiding hospitals because of the u…
Wearing a mask is just plain sensible. But too many Oregonians don’t wear masks. We can’t let the sacrifices people have made during the pandemic be for nothing.
Earlier in June, activists tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the Minneapolis State Capitol. Mainstream media news coverage inevitably focused on the activists’ view that Columbus was a racist villain, whose discovery of America led to the demise of native cultures. Few press…
The federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been haphazard, mismanaged and ultimately deadly. Yet the Trump administration is trumpeting the country’s “success” against the pandemic, with the vice president recently declaring that the U.S. response to COVID-19 is “cause for celebration.”
California, again, is leading the nation’s fight against climate change. The California Air Resources Board adopted a rule Thursday requiring that by 2045, all trucks sold in the state be zero-emission models.
Attorney General William P. Barr sat down for an interview with NPR and did little to dispel the impression that he's run his office in ways that benefit President Donald Trump's personal and political interests.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a huge spike in layoffs, leaving tens of millions of Americans without the employer-sponsored health insurance that had protected their families. But the 2010 Affordable Care Act offered a safety net for them — laid-off workers can sign up for replacement coverag…
Oregon is failing its students needing special education. Only a third of Oregon children eligible for special education through early intervention/early childhood special education programs “received an adequate level of services,” according to an audit released by the Oregon Secretary of State.
A global pandemic. A state budget in trouble. A need for police reform. With all that going on, you might hope legislators would be working in sync during the special session.
Signature gathering for petitions looks a lot different these days, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But even a pandemic shouldn’t stop direct democracy when a deserving idea comes up for consideration.
For practically my entire career, when I’ve written about the experiences of Black people I’ve had to do so using a lower case “b.”
The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday that the Trump administration botched how it sought to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was a gift to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
The U.S. Supreme Court provided a welcome — if surprising — reprieve to 700,000 immigrants on June 18 by upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the ruling should also serve as an urgent warning that DACA recipients have no permanent guarantee against deportation.