Sooner or later, it had to happen. A terrorist attack would take place on President Obama's watch, and the wingnuts would bleat about his response to the End of the World as We Know It. As it happens, the attack consisted of a kid trying -- unsuccessfully -- to set his underpants on fire. Confronted with the reality of terrorism, the president -- appropriately -- responded cooly and logically.
Unfortunately, the Right seems to believe that his response to terrorism should be, well, terror. Rather than keeping his head, apparently the American people would be better served by Obama the Angry Father.
Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67
On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake.
A look at the best and worst of the year and decade in Portland
A look back at the best and the worst of the year and decade.
A 12-year-old girl shot by police with a beanbag, failed attempt to recall the mayor, new community journalism, solving Portland's gang problem, race and recession...these are just some of the issues Voices from the Edge covered during 2009. This week well be taking a look back the lows and highs in the Rose City the last 12 months as well as memorable moments earlier in the decade: remember Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mayor Katz's River Renaissance, or Columbia Villa?
In 2007 LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner stunned his collegues when he came out as transgender and began living his life as Christine Daniels. The story gained international attention and turned Christine into a bit of a celebrity. But less than a year later Daniels' byline was quietly replaced by Penner's.
Fourteen Oregonians died last month in five murder-suicides and one attempted murder suicide. Why this sudden outbreak now of men using guns to murder their spouses, ex-spouses and themselves when domestic violence homicides in Oregon have been on the decline? In 1997, 22 domestic violence homicides took place in Multnomah County alone. In recent years, the state average has been eight murder-suicides a year. Is it the economic climate, a lack of social services, or deep-rooted cultural issues?
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Jennifer Warren, LCSW, a counselor with Portland's Men's Resource Center/Women's Counseling Center since 1998. She specializes in domestic violence intervention and recovery, and has worked extensively with men and women arrested for domestic violence. Join us in this discussion about what's behind domestic violence murder-suicides, how the problem is being addressed and what needs to be done to stop the violence.