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Dean Kirkland

The Red Electric

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From 1915 to 1928, the interurban Red Electric train passed through Hillsdale, now part of Portland. The trip offered a chance for passengers to share their views. My Red Electric blog is a vehicle for web travelers to do the same.

I was born 75 years ago on this date. Two and a half months before my birth, on Dec. 8, 1941, the President of the United States declared war, and my father enlisted to fight in itHe became a flight surgeon on B-29s bombing Japanese targets is China.Among his duties was salvaging the charred re

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At his press conference on Thursday, President Trump made two assertions. I want to test both.Assertion 1 was that my fellow journalists and I are “enemies of the people.”Assertion 2 was that his administration is running like a “finely tuned machine.”If the president believ

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You can credit the President Trump for one thing: He's put us back to work...fighting him.If only we could bill the billionaire bilker and his plutocrat friends for our labors.Unfortunately, we are paying taxes to him (He-who-does-not-pay)...and them. April 15 will be

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Today I concluded that the only way we can avoid catastrophe here and abroad is to impeach Donald Trump on the grounds that he is unfit for the office of the presidency.This is not a partisan issue. Forget Trump's conflicts of interests etc.And forget your own worthy causes,

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In this time of national need, I have recently embarked on a search for sane adults in Congress.The logical place to look seemed to be among the dozens of Congressional caucuses.In particular I was looking for a few legislators devoted to adult, sane, non-partisan behavior.

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The news of the last week has been dominated by Russia and Putin’s influencing the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.The news all seems to be about Putin, Russian intelligence and collaborating pro-russian trolls.But very little has been said about Trump himself. Was Russia’s s

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One great “gift” that Donald Trump has given "We the People" forces us to break the mold on how we think about political divisions in this country.In the weeks ahead we will forget Republicans and Democrats and the seemingly rigid divide between the two, particularly in Congress.We will for

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In the introduction to Neil Postman’s classic “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” the author draws several distinctions between the dystopia of George Orwell in “1984” and that of Aldous Huxley in “Brave New World.”As Postman described it, Orwell’s vision was of an oppressive dictatorial mind con

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Given the close results of the 2016 presidential election, in which the president-elect won the electoral college but lost the popular vote, We the People desperately need an “Administration of National Unity.”President-elect Trump should appoint an administration that reflects a range of views and is

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On the eve of this frightening election, words spoken more than 350 years ago have helped me.They come from George Fox, who founded the Quakers.England was in the throes of a tumultuous, bloody civil war at the time. Fox was a young, uneducated, deeply troubled man. He was literally adrift in t

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This just in!My previous post was about how my sister, a North Carolina resident and avid Bernie Sander’s backer, was strongly considering writing in Bernie’s name on her North Carolina ballot.I offered a swap. The deal was that she’d vote in the Tar Heel State, a crucial “swing state,

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Want to defeat Trump but not vote for Clinton?Consider the deal I struck up with my sister Kate.I’m a resident of Oregon; she lives and votes in North Carolina.We were both avid Bernie Sander’s supporters during the primaries, but after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nominat

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Last Sunday in silent Quaker worship, I was obsessed by a “monkey mind” dominated by this absurdist presidential campaign. Finally, I concluded, I simply had to let go. But how?Then I realized the chaos was in my mind.What if I moved all of that “stuff” to my heart?

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A red swath of Trumpism still winds a lazy “S” curve from Idaho and Montana down across the nation’s “Heartland” to the Deep South to Georgia and South Carolina. Add in the “islands” of Alaska, Indiana and West Virginia.How could this be in light of revelations in the past few days (and, real

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Note to the Commission on Presidential Debates:When candidates talk over and interrupt each other, the whole purpose of the debate — to communicate and inform — is utterly lost.What the audience hears is verbal static. What it witnesses is rude behavior. Interrupti

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During the Vietnam War, New Yorker television critic Michael Arlen coined the phrase “Living Room War” to help readers understand television’s role in shaping the public’s “experience” and perception of the disastrous conflict.Hillary Clinton and her advisors seem unaware of Arlen’s perceptiv

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It’s pretty clear that the fate of the Republic, and perhaps the world, rests in the hands of one group of people who have yet to organize.Their main barrier is that they lack an identity, a name that conveys a conflicted message.The group, mostly Bernie Sanders supporters, is hyper-conflicte

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I have just received the following self-leaked mental health assessment for one Donald John Trump, candidate for the presidency of the United States of America.Mental Health Assessment:Patient/Client: Donald John TrumpGeneral description: Cauc

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The question facing Republicans is no longer whether or not to support Donald Trump's candidacy.Today in North Carolina, the ante was raised. Trump obliquely suggested that "Second Amendment people" might take matters into their own hands to end Hillary Clinton's presidency

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For many the most searing line in the speeches given at either political convention was delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama when she said, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”In another way, she and all of us are enslaved in this “White House” called America. We are, in

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I do not consider myself the sort of person I once imagined would be drawn to Bible Study.I am about as far away from being a “fundamentalist” and a “Bible thumper” as one can be. For starters, I’m a non-theist…but that’s another story. So I often surprise myself (and others) by m

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In the hours after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, I received e-mails from English friends who said they were in shock. My requests for them to share their feelings were rejected.Their feelings were too raw to write about, they wrote. In essence I was being insensitive to their pain

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Recently I was reading to Clara, my three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter. The book was a colorful little title from our Quaker meetinghouse’s nursery room. Clara was sitting on my lap engrossed.I was unfamiliar with book about a mean and greedy king, and the more I got into its stor

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As a Quaker, I am helped in turbulent times by considering the five Quaker “testimonies.”The testimonies are: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality. (You can remember them with the mnemonic “SPICE”)Recently I’ve weighed the three major presidential candidates against th

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This frightening political season has been rife with demagoguery and indecency.The prime demagogue has been Donald Trump but there have been examples of other much more subtle demagoguery. Much of it has been in a biased establishment press that reports a favored half of the story — the half that pleases

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Today's polls on Real Clear Politics show what I believe will be the beginning of a growing trend. If Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton in places like Ohio, and Bernie Sanders can prevail over Trump there, the Democratic Party's superdelegates gathering

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Bernie Sanders should stay in the Democratic Presidential race. He may win it yet.The media is once again creating its own myth when it predicts Clinton being nominated. The outcome of this primary season is far from set in stone as the media would have us believe.Today

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The media’s coverage of the 2016  presidential nominating campaigns is wedded to the “pathway” metaphor. Like all metaphors, this one locks us into unchallenged and misleading assumptions.Pathways are “narrow,” “wide,” “closed” or “clear of obstacles.” They promise inevitability.

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One of the most important questions a voter should ask is whether a candidate can be trusted. But as this frightening presidential primary season unfolds, in the Fall we likely will not have the opportunity to ask the question.Instead, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the ballot, the qu

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And now, in the middle of this wild political season, we are waiting for the other shoe to drop.I speak of the “Panama Papers” revelations. We are told there are more to come.And could the “more” shake up the already shaky presidential primary races?Could Donald Trump, who h

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