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Christine Flowers: I’m a conservative and the RNC was a horror

As Heidi Cruz left Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena after her husband, Ted, gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. Apparently, people in the audience were annoyed that Cruz hadn’t endorsed Donald “I Call Him Lyin’ Ted” Trump. They couldn’t believe that the Texan actually gave his national audience permission to vote their conscience. They were in shock he didn’t bring gold, frankincense and myrrh with him to the podium as a gift.

The Tragic Death of Mary La Casse — July 1906

Life in the early day logging camps of Grays Harbor was not only hard on the men who risked injury and death on a daily basis to bring down the big trees but on the resilient and adventurous women who found work in the camps as well. One of these was Mary La Casse, a 36-year old Oregon native, who toiled with her husband in the kitchen at Coates logging camp, only to lose her life in a completely accidental, but entirely avoidable, shooting. It truly was a tragedy for all involved and serves as a stark reminder to all to make absolutely sure you know what you are shooting at before you pull the trigger.

Justice in Motion: Civility — lest we forget?

Last month’s column was about courtroom decorum, however recently, it seems a broader discussion about civility in general may be worth exploring. One impetus to the decline of civility may be due to our communication styles being dramatically abbreviated by texting, emails and all aspects of instant gratification technology. As a result, the most basic levels of treating each other with respect, kindness, generosity and empathy doesn’t fit within 140 characters. I suspect many think civility is over-rated, though where might we be if everyone was a bit more civil to each other in every day interactions?

Rekha Basu: Why it’s tricky to count on Pence as Trump’s ‘good cop’

Conventional wisdom has it that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will offer a needed balance to Donald Trump — be the yang to Trump’s yin, the good cop to Trump’s officer-gone-rogue. As the thinking goes, Pence will give the Republican ticket diplomacy and political experience, calming the nerves of jittery voters imagining the combative New Yorker’s finger hovering over the nuclear trigger.

Doyle McManus — After Nice, it’s official: The campaign’s about fear

Last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, after similar tragedies in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul, made two things painfully clear. Western societies, including the United States, have failed to blunt the growing threat of Islamist terrorism. And that means the 2016 presidential campaign will be fought under a shadow of fear. There will be more attacks between now and November; the only questions are when and where.

Christine Flowers: Ryan offers hope for future of once-great Grand Old Party

I watched Paul Ryan’s town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight (OK, significant) crush on the House speaker. He is a decade younger than I am, and more geek chic than GQ, but I still have a button that says, “I Heart Paul” from his ill-fated run as Mitt Romney’s vice president, which I wear when I want to annoy the liberals at Starbucks.

Jay Ambrose: Stopping the war on cops

There’s a virtual war on cops. It has been ginned up by grotesquely distorted accusations of anti-black police racism, and the tragic irony is that a thoroughly denounced, less proactively aggressive police force has resulted in more murderous misery in already beaten-up black neighborhoods.

After Dallas, tribal politics as usual

A white cop shoots and kills an unthreatening black man at point-blank range during a traffic stop, and liberal activists demonize law enforcement. A black sniper executes five officers from one of the most reform-minded police departments in the country, and conservative commentators demonize the Black Lives Matter movement.
 

Gina Barreca: I’m not giving students ‘trigger warnings’

The day I’m forced to offer “trigger warnings” before teaching is the day I stop teaching. To insist that I, or any other teacher, warn students that the material in a class might upset them defeats the purpose of education. Colleges and universities must remain institutions that inflame curiosity and, by their very existence, disturb those who enter their gates.

Keeping Quinault language alive

Someone once asked me why the Quinault Indian Nation and other tribes across the country are intent on restoring and maintaining their culture rather than just assimilating entirely into the white culture. The same person wondered why is it important for us to dress in Native regalia and conduct tribal ceremonies. Why struggle to maintain our lifestyle as fishers, hunters and gatherers? Why build longhouses and canoes and participate in canoe journeys? Why take a strong interest in restoring our Native language? Why not just let our culture die and concentrate exclusively on adopting the ways of the dominant society?

Our ‘none of the above’ election

If prior elections were decided by soccer moms, security moms, NASCAR dads, or even “the economy, stupid,” the 2016 presidential election will be determined by the NAs — the none of the above voters who have so far refused to support either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. For them, the election isn’t about mere dissatisfaction. It’s about rejection.