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Breeding more

In Southern California during a traffic stop, the driver of the stopped car pulled out a rifle and started shooting. The policeman on the scene was killed, later two others were wounded. The shooter fired indiscriminately at other motorists. The car...

 

More shootings

Last week in a 24 hour period, 31 innocent people were shot and killed in two mass shootings. Nearly 40 additional people were injured. The massacres occurred in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. Sadly, the shootings were predictable, not as to time...

 

Here we go again

A privately funded report on the Snake River Dams has just been released. The report recommends that the dams be taken out and the river be restored to natural flow. The study is called the Snake River Dams: Economic Tradeoffs of Removal. It will be...

 

Diverting our gaze

Last week, the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon was celebrated. Since that famous flight, much of the public interest rapidly ebbed, even though America completed six missions to the moon in quick succession. Despite 50 years having...

 

Why can't we?

In 1961, President John F Kennedy proclaimed that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. That promise came to pass. The Eagle, NASA’s lunar lander, touched down on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, fifty years ago, in...

 

More consequential than 1992

Ross Perot died this week. He was 89. Perot is best known for his independent run for president in 1992. He garnered 19 percent of the popular vote. He, it has been claimed, cost incumbent George H.W. Bush his reelection and put Bill Clinton in...

 

Fill out the survey

“Failure to complete survey by July 31st may result in termination of water services.” This short message was printed on a bright orange slip of paper which was included with a letter and survey mailed by the City of Colfax to residents. The...

 
 By Gordon Forgey    Opinion    June 6, 2019

A lesson from D-Day

The D-Day landings took place in Normandy France, June 6, 1944. That was 75 years ago during World War II. The landings were a great gamble. They were a do or die situation intended to gain a foothold in Europe for the United States and its allies...

 

Our duty

Memorial Day has passed. It is the nation’s time to reflect on those we have lost. The focus of the holiday is on the many who serve this country in time of conflict, particularly those who died in combat. It also honors those who stood ready to...

 

A grand gift

Student debt is a national problem. Students find themselves leaving college with massive loans and the daunting challenge of how to pursue career goals and pay off those loans. A college degree remains important for future earnings and choice of...

 

The knock out punch?

The deepest solo ocean dive ever made was to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It was made in a titanium-hulled submersible on May 1. The depth of the dive was more than 35,800 feet. Four new deep sea species were discovered. Als...

 
 By Gordon Forgey    Editorial    May 9, 2019

One-two punch

More than one million species of plants and animals are facing imminent extinction. This is the crux of a just released United Nations report on biodiversity. Climate change has a part to play in this alarming prediction, but the real reason, the...

 
 By Gordon Forgey    Editorial    May 2, 2019

20 candidates

Twenty Democrats have declared their candidacy for the presidency of the United States. It is the largest field of candidates for one party in history. All are seeking their party’s nomination. The diversity of the candidates is impressive. Age,...

 

Not smart enough?

Despite the calendar, tax season is not over. Bernie Sanders has released his returns. Much to his embarrassment and the embarrassment of some of his supporters, he is a millionaire. He has spent much of his career railing against millionaires....

 

Climate change: Inslee could help boost awareness

Governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency of the United States. He is one of the now 20 candidates from the Democratic party seeking the job. So far, his candidacy is lost in the crowd of other hopefuls. His main reason for running for the...

 

It is not over yet

The investigation into the Trump campaign and presidency was concluded last week by special counsel Robert Mueller. A brief summary of this investigation has been released. The full report has not. The White House claims total vindication of the...

 

Identification or art?

There was a time when a total of 50 different license plates adorned cars in America. That was one for each of the 50 states. Many a family trip was saved by the kids in the back seat trying to find as many different ones as they could on long road...

 

Big money scam

A scam affecting some elite universities has revealed how far the rich will go to get their children in prestigious schools. Apparently, those with money have been working with a so-called charity to phoney up student admission applications. It is...

 

Free speech?

President Donald Trump has vowed he will soon release an executive order on free speech. Ostensively, the mandate would, among other things, deny federal funding to institutions deemed in violation of it. It has not yet been released, but reportedly...

 

National service versus the military draft

The draft has had a tumultuous history ever since the draft riots during the Civil War. More recently, draft riots rocked the nation during the Vietnam War. Although the Selective Service mechanism for drafting citizens into the military has...

 

The state of Liberty

Through out the country’s history, states have faced efforts to divide them up. A current movement is to split California into three states. Arizona, Maine and Michigan are just a few that have faced similar efforts in the past. Our own state,...

 

Another shutdown?

It is still up in the air. The long awaited compromise to avoid another government shutdown is in the works. It is being cautiously called an agreement “in principle.” A tentative agreement may be a better description. As of this writing,...

 

State of the Union

After threats and counter threats, invitations and disinvitations, the State of the Union Address finally occurred. President Trump gave his speech from the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Behind him, Nancy Pelosi sat listening, sometimes...

 

Measles

Measles were officially eradicated in 2000 in the United States. The viral disease was a scourge for young kids, killing thousands. Since the concerted effort to vaccinate children, the disease in the states was eliminated, although it remained a vir...

 

Optics

The Gazette received a call last week from a local Federal agency. It was to inform us that its small bill could not be paid until the government shutdown ended. The office was closed, the heat turned down and few had access to the building. The...

 

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