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The American economy is a wonderful engine of prosperity left to its own devices, and on Tuesday it proved this again with another surge in equity prices that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 30,000 for the first time. Stock prices rise and fall, but this symbolic milestone of o…

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Two days from the 2020 presidential election, the United States finds itself in almost the opposite predicament from four years ago: Far from ignoring foreign interference, we’re in danger of imagining more of it than exists — and that in itself could cause big problems.

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How’s this for anticlimactic? The Supreme Court had an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans for three weeks. State law unambiguously says that mail-in votes are due at 8 p.m. on Election Day. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court pushed that deadline back to Nov. 6, even if the ballot lacks any…

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The global coronavirus pandemic “has fueled a crisis for democracy across the world,” according to a bracing report, “Democracy under Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Struggle for Freedom,” from the nonpartisan watchdog Freedom House.

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The COVID-19 virus outbreak put unexpected pressure on an array of state and federal agencies and in at least one case, the compression created leaks that sprouted into wide fissures.

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People who contend that our country is a "Christian" nation are correct only in a limited sense. Many Americans are Christian, and many of those who built this country were Christian. But in a more basic sense, the American system is not Christian, and is, in fact, drastically opposed to bib…

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What is a short-faced bear? What does a Columbian mammoth look like? How big was the ancient giant beaver? Were they all in Douglas County? How did they get here? Answers to this and more playing at your Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History over spring break.

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In his Feb. 16 editorial warning against the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness, Tom Kress stated incorrectly that the 2002 Biscuit Fire destroyed the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and ultimately consumed 500,000 acres. The perimeter of the Biscuit Fire was 500,000 acres, but the fire did not burn 500,…

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Oregon lawmakers are being asked to set a goal for Oregon State Police. Senate Bill 1545 would require the state police to have at least 15 patrol troopers per 100,000 Oregonians. Today, there are just eight troopers per 100,000 residents.

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If you’re still adjusting to the time change that kicked in Sunday, you’re not alone. Americans have griped about it for years — while consoling themselves with the “extra hour of sleep” that comes with the fall-back return to Standard Time.

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It’s hard to know which would be uglier. Is it worse that Gov. Kate Brown and her chief of staff didn’t know the governor’s attorneys were trying to control state Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall, who is supposed to operate independently?

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If Oregonians were expecting to see problems in the state’s foster care system disappear overnight, they’re in for a disappointment. As the Department of Human Services’ July report on child welfare demonstrates, some things are improving; others, not so much.

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The Oregon Republican Party has a problem with how Gov. Kate Brown is doing her job. That’s no surprise, considering that she’s a Democrat and has pursued priorities that conflict head-on with the values of social and fiscal conservatives.

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If you traveled to Southern Oregon last summer, you might have caught a glimpse of what the new normal will look like across the U.S. West: In Ashland, where smoke from wildfires forced the cancellation of more than two dozen performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it was common to …

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Apparently with nothing better to do, a group of Oregon lawmakers has decided to take on the state’s nonprofit hospitals. The hospitals, they contend, don’t behave the way good charities should, and the state should step in and correct the situation.

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We suppose we should be grateful that the Oregon Legislature has even acknowledged the slow-motion crisis that is the Public Employees Retirement System. The problem is that the action the Legislature is primed to take this session — in the form of Senate Bill 1049 — is basically the same st…

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Residents of the Skyline West neighborhood in northwest Corvallis spent some of their Saturday in an unusual exercise: They practiced how they’d evacuate their neighborhood in the event of a fire or other emergency.

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Time and again, the leaders of Oregon’s Department of Human Services vow to do better to protect children in foster care. After news articles or lawsuits reveal abuse, deplorable living conditions or deaths of foster children, DHS’ top managers appear before legislators assuring them they’ll…

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With about two months remaining in the legislative session, we’ve reached the point at which the focus is narrowing onto the biggest and most contentious issues in the Capitol — and at least some Democrats are starting to sense that, despite their super-majorities in both chambers, they may …