A Lament and a Promise

Much to consider as 2018 comes to a roaring conclusion. Much to lament as the world faces a plethora of serious issues and our democracy faces challenges straight from the top. As we postulate whether POTUS can be charged, consider this 1872 story of President Grant and his speeding “ticket.” Cozy up to Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin or The Soul of America by Jon Meacham. And take a moment to appreciate the goodness around you - and make sure you do your share to spread kindness.

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Bettie Denny
It's Almost Time to Vote, Honey-Bun

After this week’s emotional hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice, Bettie Denny takes a look at the strange confluence of women’s rights and alcohol in Oregon in the late nineteenth century, examining the differing strategies of Abigail Scott Duniway and Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy in their work to empower women. It seems we still have a long way to go.

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Enemy of the People

Is the press the Enemy of the People? According to Goebbels, Lenin, and Stalin. But does that sort of rhetoric have a place in a democracy? Newspapers around the country collected their voices this week to stand up to President Trump’s accusations of “fake news” and more.

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One Little Question: Are You A Citizen?

Census data provides clues to our ancestral searches, but a 1952 rule prevents the release of individual data for 72 years. So why are immigrant communities so uneasy about the Trump administration adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census? You need only look to the internment of the Japanese to find the answer.

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Bettie Denny