We have just held our elections, and our elected representatives are preparing to govern us. All Oregonians wish to have “good government.” What is “good government?” What do we wish our government to do? What are the criteria by which we are to judge our elected government officials? How do we determine if our elected representatives are providing good government?
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” —“I Have a Dream Speech," Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)
Today we celebrate the life of America’s greatest civil right’s leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King lived at a time when “separate, but equal” (which in reality was unequal) was accepted by many Americans.
New Year is a time of reflection, a time to look at past successes and failures, a time to consider your goals for the upcoming year.
A rainy fall has returned to our Oregon, and we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Most trace America’s Thanksgiving to the harvest celebrations of early Pilgrim and Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts colony. President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide celebration of Thanksgiving in America “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”