If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.
On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.
Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.
If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.
Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m
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Four seats on the Salem-Keizer School Board are up for election this May 14, 2017. These seats are elected by district to four-year terms and are up for election on a staggered basis every odd-numbered year in May.
Candidates seeking a school board seat must be a registered voter and have lived in the district for one year prior to the election. In order to run in the 2017 election, candidates had to file with their county clerk by March 16, 2017.
Four candidates have filed for the open Zone 1 seat: Mark Bateman, Kathy Goss, Kathleen Harder, and Ross Swartzendruber. Two have filed for the open Zone 3 seat: Jonathan Baker and Sheronne Blasi. Zone 5 has two candidates who have filed: Jesse Lippold and Levi Herrera-Lopez. Zone 7 board incumbent Paul Kyllo is running unopposed.
To vote in Oregon, one must be a resident of Oregon, a US citizen, and at least 17 years of age. One may register to vote at any county election office, the office of the Secretary of State, any DMV office, or by downloading a registration form and sending it to a county election office. To vote in the 2017 election, residents must register to vote by April 25, 2017.
Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery. Yes. Young people. I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions. I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand. This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.
Recently I asked these kids a simple question: “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”
They all raised their hands.
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February 18, 2017, Norma McCorvey passed away. Her long, hard journey on this harsh Earth behind her, she finally rests in the peace of our Lord. At last.
Norma was one of the most broken people I have ever met, but her impact on the lives around her can not be measured.
Norma carried a crushing, unbearable weight around for most of her life. She felt the burden of the 58 million lost lives since the Roe v. Wade decision because Norma was Roe. I hate to type that because she was so much #morethanroe.
Why do I detest the pro-abort feminist movement? Norma McCorvey.
Let’s hit the Wayback Machine to 1987. I was a young impressionable university student leader. I was responsible for bringing concerts, comedians, and lecturers to the University of Nevada campus. I had the opportunity to meet many incredible people – musicians, intellects, opinion leaders and…
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The Yes on 97 campaign is featuring Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Lewis & Clark College, in its advertisements, assuming that an economist will be a persuasive voice of authority to the general public.
But what does the public know about Hart-Landsberg? Here’s some background on his views.
About Martin Hart-Landsberg
“…seriously if I hear (in his class) how capitalism is bad, socialism is good one more time I might vomit.”
“(Class) mainly focuses on how capitalism is bad and socialism is good. You don’t learn very much else.”
Rate my Professors at Lewis & Clark College
“…it is capitalism (as a dynamic and exploitative system), rather than neoliberalism (as a set of policies), that must be challenged and overcome.”
“…therefore, as participants in the resistance, …we can illuminate the common capitalist roots of the problems we face and…
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The debate over socialism shouldn’t even exist. Everywhere big government has been tried, it has failed.
And we have reams of evidence that free-market economies dramatically out-perform statist economies.
Yet the siren song of socialism still appeals to a subsection of the population, either because of naiveté or an unseemly lust to exercise power over others.
So let’s once again wade into this debate that shouldn’t be happening.
Writing for the Dallas Morning News, former Texas A&M economics professor Svetozar Pejovich explains that adding “democratic” to “socialism” doesn’t change anything. What really matters is that Sanders and his supporters want bigger government. And that never ends well.
Sanders’ policies…are…incompatible with the American tradition of self-responsibility, self-determination and limited government under a rule of law. …putting those premises into practice requires the acceptance of two institutions: the redistribution of income initiated and monitored by federal government, and the attenuation…
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Integrity is a real pain in the arse – my integrity is always getting in my way.
I know, that’s a weird thing to say but it’s true – if I didn’t have integrity I would likely have doubled my followers in social media, grown my radio show in an epic way and not have spent two months being threatened with death and all sorts of other unpleasant happenings. BUT OH NO, freakin’ integrity gets in the way.
See, I could have jumped on that ol’ Trump Train like so many other mid-level pundits did but I chose not to. And believe me, when you work in any type of media you pick and choose what you will and will not “cover” for readers and listeners. Anyone telling you otherwise is delusional or full of it. But with Trump, there was just so much wrong with him and his campaign…
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Civic engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future.
Historically, too many Christians have been reluctant to engage civically, either at the local or national level, and opting out has brought us a largely secular government that has altered the fabric of our country in ways that are discomfiting to many in the faith community. Many have posited that we are here largely due to Christians disengaging from political discourse, either out of fear, indifference, or a misunderstanding of the role we must and are blessed to play in the political process.
As a Christian, and as a woman who cares deeply about my community and my country, this is of great concern to me. Successfully encouraging Christians to reenter the political arena requires persistence, a willingness to speak out and educate, as well as providing a means of fellowship with peers who are active and engaged. This principled goal was given a great boost by Morning Star’s willingness to boldly step into the fray with a Civic Engagement event held on February 20.
A panel of elected officials joined with Pastor Scott to engage in a lively discussion of the why’s and how’s of political engagement and what it means to our community. Representative Jodi Hack (HD19), Representative Bill Post (HD25), Salem City Councilor Brad Nanke and Mt. Angel City Councilor Don Fleck were joined by Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron in sharing their personal stories of community involvement and political action. Pastor Scott’s teaching on a biblical view of citizenship and a lively question-and-answer session with the panel gave participants an opportunity to learn about the privilege and responsibilities of living in this land, the nuts and bolts of our political process, and what it’s like navigating the culture at the capitol.
Councilor Brad Nanke echoed the sentiments of many participants, stating that “the turnout for the forum was beyond my expectations. As is usually the case when politicians are involved, we ran out of time before we could get through all of the great questions from attendees.” Brad is looking forward to providing written responses to those unanswered questions and would like to see a repeat of this type of event on a periodic basis. He says, “I am hopeful that we can have continuing conversations with those who have chosen, or are considering, to get involved to get feedback and answer any other questions.”
Representative Bill Post said the event exceeded his expectations as well, stating, “I hope they [attendees] register, vote, file as a PCP, generally get more active politically.” Post anticipates that other churches in Salem-Keizer follow Morning Star’s lead and he will participate in upcoming panels should he be asked. Just as a reminder, the deadline to file as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP—the grassroots and backbone of any political party) is March 8.
If you, too, would like to see more people actively involved in shaping our community and country, I encourage you to share the event podcast with your friends, family, and other churches here in Salem-Keizer and throughout the state of Oregon. And if you weren’t able to attend the event, you don’t have to miss out! Click here to listen and for the take-home program/resource guide.
In 2016 we find ourselves at a critical juncture, a pivotal year that has the heart and soul of our nation hanging in the balance. It is imperative that we Christians fully engage in the process to assure our voice and our worldview is robustly represented at all levels of government.
Denise Quinn Nanke co-hosts the popular drive-time radio show Gator’s Radio Experience heard weekdays on 1430 KYKN, and operates the Salem-Keizer Sentinel news website. She and her husband Brad are members of Morning Star and have lived in Salem for 28 years.