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Opinion: More fires, less staffing and low pay are taking a steep toll on wildland firefighters

Opinion: More fires, less staffing and low pay are taking a steep toll on wildland firefighters

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Ben ElkindElkind is a smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service based out of Redmond.I would almost do it for free. The feeling of complete focus and calm after jumping out of the airplane is hard to find elsewhere these days. But the chaos from life and the fire below are making me rethink my career, and that’s a big problem for Oregonians.I’ve been a smokejumper for the US Forest Service for eight years and worked on the Mt. Hood Hotshot Fire Crew before that. I grew up in Oregon and can’t stand to see the wildfires ravaging our public lands and communities,...

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An Infantilized Generation is the Dream of Tyrannical Governments

An Infantilized Generation is the Dream of Tyrannical Governments

Subscribe now to get the most relevant take on the news: The problem is that in the infantilized society, all adults believe that their fantasies are real and feel entitled to force others to believe them as well. []By Angelica Benítez O’FarrelYoung children are particularly interesting because they are convinced they’re the center of the universe. They assume that absolutely all human beings live to satisfy their needs and desires while the adults around them seem to confirm this by treating them with special attention and fascination.As we grow up, we mature and understand that we are not...

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Opinion: Portland Police’s culture won’t change from the inside. My experience shows that.

Opinion: Portland Police’s culture won’t change from the inside. My experience shows that.

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Liani ReynaReyna, a former sergeant for Portland police, retired in 2019. She now lives in Naples, Florida.Portland, like cities across the country, is grappling with how to change the culture of its police force and drive out racism embedded in its ranks and practices. As a recently retired Portland police sergeant, and as a woman of color who challenged the bureau over discriminatory actions, I can attest that the need for change is long overdue. Systemic racism in the police bureau is real and thrives in the current lack of accountability that has been...

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Opinion: Measure 108’s vaping tax neither smart nor humane

Opinion: Measure 108’s vaping tax neither smart nor humane

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Jacob GrierGrier is a freelance writer in Portland and the author of The Rediscovery of Tobacco: Smoking, Vaping, and the Creative Destruction of the Cigarette.If there were a measure on the Oregon ballot to raise taxes on products that help people quit smoking, such as nicotine patches and gums, there would be no doubt that this would be bad for public health. Oregon’s Measure 108, which would impose substantial new taxes on vaping products, is misguided for precisely the same reason. By raising the cost of the most effective smoking cessation devices ever...

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Opinion: A ‘yes’ on Measure 110 will ensure Oregon treats addiction as the health care issue it is

Opinion: A ‘yes’ on Measure 110 will ensure Oregon treats addiction as the health care issue it is

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Robert A. Lowe and Ray G. StangelandLowe, M.D., M.P.H., served as a clinician and teacher of emergency medicine at OHSU from 2001 to 2017. He is now retired and lives in Portland. Stangeland, M.D., is a board certified emergency physician. He retired in 2019 after working in the Portland area for the past 35 years.Oregon is in the midst of a drug addiction crisis; one to two people in Oregon die from a drug overdose every day. As career emergency physicians, we have been on the front lines of this epidemic. We have seen how addiction wreaks havoc on the...

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Opinion: Oregon is burning amid a firestorm of hate

Opinion: Oregon is burning amid a firestorm of hate

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Naseem RakhaRakha, an author, is currently evacuated from her home in Silverton.On Labor Day, a caravan of people in pick-up trucks laden with U.S. and Trump flags made its way south from Clackamas County to Salem. Strapped with semi-automatic weapons, the group of about 100 people rallied on the steps of our state capitol, cheering as a man with a bullhorn called for Democratic lawmakers to be shot in the street, and Black Lives Matter supporters were chased down and then struck by bats and maced.Oregon is burning, forests are exploding, and people’s tempers...

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