• 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.
  • Tariffs on newsprint are threatening the existence of community newspapers across the country. Thanks to the support of the Sisters community and our advertisers, The Nugget remains a healthy and vibrant publication - but we're not sheltered from national trends.
  • "The small community of Camp Sherman located on the slopes of the Cascades in Central Oregon, is experiencing growth pains. Once the site of a handful of homesteads, the U.S. Forest Service estimates approximately 250,000 visitors to the Camp Sherman Store each year, with more than 200,000 vehicles going to and from Camp Sherman annually and an average daily count of more than 1,000 vehicles during the summer season."

    That's from a report by Eric Belden in the July 2 edition of The Nugget... from 1980.
  • Sisters voters should support the Sisters Park & Recreation District local option levy, Measure 9-120.
  • In a national climate that is ever more divided and divisive, where more and more people feel completely disconnected from the institutions that purport to serve them, it's nice to be able to make a decision that makes sense regardless of where you stand along the cultural/political divide, a decision whose positive results can be seen every day in classrooms right here in Sisters.
  • When my daughter was in middle school, she would take umbrage when I said that politicians or others engaged in public discourse were "acting like middle schoolers."

    "Dad," she would say, "we don't act like that."
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