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  • It’s enough to make the most ardent patriot a cynic. Our national politics are in a constant, chaotic roil and rank hypocrisy and double standards are the coin of the realm.
  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech...
  • The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are fading into history, though the echoes of that terrible day continue to reverberate through our lives.
  • Two presidential candidates did a very bad thing last weekend:
  • Anyone who attends a music festival in Sisters, or goes shopping in a big-box store in Bend, or maybe goes out for an evening downtown might pause in the wake of the past week’s events and consider that they might just be a target.
  • The House Judiciary Committee indulged in some bizarre (and lame) theatrics in bringing Watergate co-conspirator-turned-star-witness John Dean to “testify” on the “historical context” of the Mueller Report earlier this month.
  • The Sisters school athletic community was roiled last week when the Sisters School District sent out notice that it has “received a complaint and tort claim notice about the coaching staff for our girls high school basketball team. The allegation is that the coaching staff has verbally and emotionally abused some members of the team this past season…”

    As of last week, no legal action had been filed.
  • One of the main takeaways from the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s “Russia investigation” is that the national media — especially the cable TV news networks — are not serving the Republic well.

     
  • With all eyes focused on the November 2020 presidential election, it’s easy to overlook a small off-year election for local offices.

    Yet, the offices filled in those elections are the ones that most directly affect our lives.
  • Republicans, especially those who style themselves Constitutional Conservatives, should stand up in full-throated opposition to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to secure funding for a border wall.
  • When I was in sixth grade, I brought Hunter S. Thompson's "Hell's Angels" to "free reading day" at school. It did not go well. My teacher thought it was an inappropriate book for a 12-year-old (which it was) and she called my mom.

    My mother, who suffered a lifetime of inappropriate reading choices from both of her sons, agreed that a gonzo plunge into late-'60s Bay Area motorcycle mayhem was an unfortunate choice of school day reading materials - but she insisted that I be left alone to read it.
  • A little over a week ago, the Internet lost its collective mind over a pseudo-event.
  • Soon, the art installation will be in place in the Barclay Roundabout, completing the westwork of the grand cathedral that is Central Oregon. And the pilgrims will come in their thousands, as they always do. A great proportion of this host will long to make this place their home - just as almost all of us did at some point along our life's trail. Some will find a way.

    Sisters will grow. Sisters will change.
  • There are a lot of people out in the woods these days. Some are hiking; some are riding mountain bikes; some are riding horseback; some are running off-road vehicles; some are target-shooting. In winter, some are cross-country skiing; others are snowshoeing or simply playing in the snow; some are riding snowmobiles.

    With recreation on the Deschutes National Forest increasing 15 to 20 percent over the past three years, the traffic is getting heavy - and the potential for conflict rises.
  • The temperatures are cooling down and the air is growing crisp - but the political season is heating up and the atmosphere is growing heavy and hot.
  • Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves at the spectacle of the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Right?

    Actually, probably not.
  • Last week The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed by a "senior official in the Trump administration" entitled, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration."
  • A letter to the editor last week defended "political correctness" as "basically another term for respect, consideration, kindness, and generosity towards others despite their race, ethnicity, gender, or disability."
  • Most of us who live in Sisters Country would say that we choose to be here because of the natural beauty and the sense of community that is becoming increasingly hard to sustain in modern American life.
  • The French philosopher Voltaire noted that "common sense is not so common" in the 18th century. He found agreement from American philosophers from Mark Twain to Will Rogers. And his observation seems to be confirmed and reconfirmed every day in America culture and politics.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019