Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

February 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] I try to take good care of my car. Every 3,000 miles or so I have the oil changed. I used to do it myself, but I find crawling under a car is less inviting ...

Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

A few years ago, I invented a new health care system that would be far superior to Obamacare, Medicare and all the other forms of care we taxpayers are now forced to finance. With Donald Trump’s election as the next ...

History lessons: We need some education and accountability

December 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on History lessons: We need some education and accountability

If you’re under 60 years old, don’t read this column. You won’t understand it. I remember growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. They were not the “good old days,” as some people describe them, but they were different in ...

Air shows: Action and awe are the real deal

September 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Air shows: Action and awe are the real deal

By Carl Sampson I am standing on a patch of grass watching a man named Brad Wursten defy gravity. He is in a tiny airplane called an MXS-R, which is hanging by its propellor a couple thousand feet in the air. ...

A Grin at the End: Parklandia – Driving 1-5 or 1-205 can cause you to swear

October 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Parklandia – Driving 1-5 or 1-205 can cause you to swear

My wife and I were heading for the airport, on our way to pick up one of kids. Oh, did we get I-205ed. To the ultimate max. It took us an hour and a half to get from Clackamas to the airport, ...

A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

By Carl Sampson It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done. Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing ...

Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

By Carl Sampson If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another. I would remind ...

A Grin at the End: Things I wish hadn’t been invented …

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Things I wish hadn’t been invented …

By Carl Sampson As a society, we are spoiled. We are surrounded by gadgets and gizmos that are supposed to make our lives easier and, by inference, better. The fact of the matter is, some have done that, and others haven’t. Some examples: We ...

A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

By Carl Sampson For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year. Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — ...

Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

By Madeline Lau Marin-Foucher There are many times in life when people will annoyingly tell you, “you won’t understand until you’ve been through it yourself” but motherhood is one heck of a great example. When you are a child, you have no ...