Eunice Edna Gordhamer Ekman, was born in Manston Township near Rothsay, Minn., on Aug. 11, 1920, to Otis and Melvina Gordhamer. She passed away in Aberdeen, Wash., on Sept. 6, 2014, surrounded by family. She was 94. Eunice grew up in a farming family in western Minn., graduating from Barnsville High School in 1939. During World War II, she moved to Washington where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Boeing aircraft for the war effort.
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Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.”
Here’s the nightmare scenario that kept Obama administration officials awake at night this summer as they watched the black-masked guerrillas of Islamic State sweep across Iraq: First, the insurgents could invade Baghdad, toppling Iraq’s government and forcing a Saigon-style evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. Then they could move into Jordan, a close U.S. ally that has maintained a peaceful border with Israel for a generation. From there, they could even threaten Saudi Arabia, the linchpin of the world’s oil markets.
By recently voicing full-hearted approval of a bill eviscerating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, Senate Democrats showed themselves to be among the most extreme, irresponsible, self-serving and historically ignorant establishment politicians of this era. If they should actually get their way — and they conceivably could short of voter outrage — we could someday see a once strapping American spirit hopelessly hobbled when imperiousness comes its way.
I’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, but I’ve loved people who have been. I say “people” because some of the victims have been men, despite the general “Burning Bed” stereotype of the muscled brute beating the living daylights out of the 100-pound female. Violence is violence, victims are victims and abusers are abusers regardless of gender, color, religion, and affluence. This is an equal opportunity horror.
I have been optimistically viewing the State of Washington’s education process. Unfortunately, our tuition rates for higher education have been increasing. The funding process does not meet constitutional standards. The Washington State Supreme Court has now indicated in recent cases that the State of Washington has failed to meet the funding mandate.
Religion has always been an issue in this nation. Some see it as good, some see it as bad. I am a Jesus freak — yes I said it, but I have a few words for the flock that follows the cross, “Quit biting each other!”
Five years ago, a federal immigration judge refused to grant political asylum to a Guatemalan woman who had fled to America after years of severe battery by her husband. The judge didn’t doubt her story, but said she couldn’t claim membership in a particular social group that had a well-founded fear of persecution in her homeland, as asylum claims require. The judge deemed the ongoing abuse of Aminta Cifuentes to be arbitrary criminal acts by her husband.
The House Republican leadership appears to have forestalled for now any threat by the party’s often fractious tea party forces to force a government shutdown to get their way on issues from immigration to the Export-Import Bank.
Why should you get a discount?
Now that President Barack Obama has finally laid out a strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State, there are only two (very big) questions that matter:
There are few things more disturbing than seeing a man viciously strike a woman.
Often, when I write something that is in the vaguest of terms controversial (as in, we shouldn’t change the names of our local train stations) I’ll get at least a few emails telling me to consider another “career.” There is the presumption that I’m a journalist, and not a very good one at that. One recent reader took umbrage at a column I wrote on immigration and sent me a not-so-veiled threat. Others have used every four letter word in their rich vocabularies to tell me how much I’m appreciated.
Let’s contemplate good government/bad government.
Last year I ruined my summer vacation — a two-week idyll at my wife’s family cabin on a lake in northern Ontario — by bringing along a modern convenience that was too convenient for my own good: the demon iPad.