December 28, 2023

What Swedish mechanics remind us about labor justice

When Swedish mechanics working for Tesla walked off the job in late October, their action may not have seemed consequential to most Americans. But, by way of contrast, these workers now powerfully remind us not only of some of the most glaring defects of American labor relations, but also of pathways that can return the U.S. to a greater measure of economic equality and labor justice.

December 21, 2023

Trump’s anti-immigrant stance is deeply anti-American

After a rather peaceful respite from Donald Trump’s hate-filled “rallies,” our former president is back on the campaign trail again, spewing his vile, anti-immigrant rhetoric and riling up the masses of Republican voters.

December 21, 2023

What did Westerners care about in 2023?

This past year, Writers on the Range, an independent opinion service based in western Colorado, sent out 52 weekly opinion columns. They were provided free of charge to more than 200 subscribing editors of publications large and small, each of whom republished dozens of the columns.

December 21, 2023

Gun violence is a reflection of us all

In the streets of Bogalusa, Louisiana, a sadly familiar scene unfolds — the mournful wail of sirens, the piercing flash of blue lights, and another community shaken by the harsh crack of gunfire. This is a recurring nightmare echoing across Louisiana, reflecting a national crisis that grips the heart of America.

December 14, 2023

Humanity’s bombs are aimed at evolution

In most media coverage of war — including the hell in the Middle East, where World War III looms —the unexamined assumption is that we, the readers, are spectators, looking on as the missiles fly and Good dukes it out with Evil yet again.

December 7, 2023

Despite union gains in 2023, millions of workers still facing challenges

American workers made great strides in 2023. Autoworkers, UPS drivers, Kaiser health workers, screenwriters and actors all scored significant gains in earnings and benefits as a result of their respective unions taking tough, assertive stances in strikes and other forms of workplace activism. The agreements emerging from these actions will mean substantial improvements in the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers and their families.

December 7, 2023

We must listen to, learn from COVID long-haulers

In an article that appears in this week’s Post-Record, the editor of a new anthology of writings by COVID “long-haulers” notes that “long COVID” — the cluster of often debilitating, post-acute infection health issues that have plagued tens of millions of Americans over the past four years is not something we should wish on our friends, family, neighbors or selves.

November 30, 2023

Clean indoor air key to keeping students safe

One of the phrases Camas School District voters may hear more of as the district goes out for replacement levies in the February 2024 special election, is “Safe, Warm and Dry.”

November 30, 2023

What really affects hunting in the West?

A disgruntled hunter wrote a Writers on the Range opinion recently about Westerners getting fed up with the many out-of-staters coming in and buying up draw licenses to shoot bull elk, deer, bear and other big game animals.

November 23, 2023

Officials want to ‘help’ homeless? Offer proven, housing-first solutions

Though we normally reserve this week’s editorial space for reflecting on gratitude, thankfulness and, sometimes, the importance of keeping holiday shopping dollars as local as possible, recent comments made by Camas officials during Monday night’s Camas City Council meeting made us reconsider that tradition.