A Speech Celebrating International Workers' Day 2016

I have deep appreciation for unions -you know, the people that brought us weekends, worker safety, better wages, healthcare and a voice at the table. Over generations we may read about the struggle -but we often sadly forget that the hard fought-for gains have often been paid for in life, blood and sacrifice from our parents, grandparents and past generations.

Starting with the Reagan presidency -and his vicious attack on the air traffic controllers union -PATCO -unions have been under siege.

Prescription Drug Costs and HR 4784 -Schrader, Bilirakis Introduce Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act

Schrader, Bilirakis Introduce Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act

Bill Will Speed Approval of Generics

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced legislation today to lower drug prices through increased competition in the pharmaceutical market. The Lower Drug Costs through Competition Act (HR 4784) will speed up FDA approval of generic drugs where there is no competition, and will create incentives for competitors to come to the market.

Standing on Principle

Standing on Principle by Steve Crandall

By 1970 troop unrest in Vietnam had grown to an all-time high. Peace signs were openly displaced and the military establishment was trying to figure out what to do about it. The unrest made it easy for just a few of us to start a revolution that would grow to encompass many more. But would there be a cost to our revolution?

Response to Attack on SB1532 (Raising the Minimum Wage)

Respect for Local Workers in Lincoln County

Upon reading the above Viewpoint submitted by Lincoln City Mayor and Subway Franchisee Don Williams I was filled with disgust. Mr. Williams wrote about his priority upon taking the helm as Mayor as economic development for Lincoln City (although I seem to recall his first priority was attempting to reintroduce prayer into City Council meetings –perhaps for his workers making minimum wage).

Bernie or Hillary?

When I do talk to many (but not all of those that are feeling the Bern) -all too often there is narrow focus on the Presidency. If a political revolution is necessary (of the non-violent variety) -there must be significant effort on all levels of government from school boards and other local bodies through state legislature, Congress and the Executive branch. 

Honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-

When I reflect upon the life of Dr. King Jr. I believe we need to understand our past, appreciate where we have made progress, analyze where we have regressed -and unite as a society for the long march ahead to fully embrace and realize the dream of brother and sisterhood shared by Dr. King Jr.

We must acknowledge that we do not live in a post-race society. We've lost too many youth of color to violence in our streets, war, prison and poverty to "declare victory".

We must acknowledge our past, right our wrongs as a nation and move forward, together.

I'm Proud to be a Liberal

As we move rapidly toward another crucial election cycle I wanted to reflect and share why I’m a proud liberal. There are many attempts to intentionally misrepresent what liberal means and I reject such dishonest attacks upon the liberal community by people working to mischaracterize me. I do believe that the generosity of most Americans during national disasters and tragedies is clearly indicative of a strong, resilient and caring liberal America.