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  1. DANIEL HERTZ: When integration becomes gentrification

    Saturday, Nov 22 2014 11:01 PM

    Within recent memory, the neighborhoods north of downtown Portland, Ore., were among the most segregated in the Pacific Northwest. By 1970, violence and discrimination helped create large areas where African-Americans made up as much as 84 percent of the population.

    As of 2010, however, those same neighborhoods were no more than about 30 percent black -- a change that reflects Portland's current place as one of the least segregated cities in the country.

    Since "most segregated" is an award most places aren't eager to win, you might think local media would be celebrating. But Denis Theriault, writing for the Portland Mercury, described the changes as "sobering" and lamented the "futility of even trying to reverse it" -- that is, of...

  2. KERRY McGILL: Don't bring down the 1 percent; instead, build up the bottom 99

    Let's tax the rich. Wait. What? Why? Oh, that's right, because they are making too much money or because they have too much wealth. They are the top 1 percent and they can afford it. That's a good reason. Better yet, what do they need all...

  3. CHRIS MOONEY: Winter weather doesn't refute global warming

    If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week -- an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths -- and the Weather Channel says...

  4. ROMESH PONNURU: Liberals not sure exactly why they like Obama's amnesty

    President Barack Obama is planning to rewrite immigration law in the guise of exercising "prosecutorial discretion." In other words, he's going to ask federal agencies not to enforce the laws on the books and hand work permits to millions...

  5. JOHN PRYOR: Cybersecurity needs action, but there is a bigger threat

    Everything The Washington Post recommends ("Cyberthreats: Act now and shut the door," Nov. 17) for government, business, and individuals do to protect individual personal and confidential data is correct. However, their recommendation...

  6. JEFF HEINLE: When we needed to speak up, so many of us remained silent

    Recently my son came to my wife and me to initiate a discussion on a topic he clearly considered serious. Was he on drugs? Were we about to be grandparents? I looked at my wife with the sort of telepathic stare that only intimate married...

  7. KELLY KULZER-REYES: Pass ABLE Act and help families whose children have disabilities

    There is nothing a mother wants more for her children than for them to reach their potential. Right now, it is difficult for me to prepare a strong foundation for my daughter's future. My 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, has Down syndrome,...

  8. BENJAMIN COOK: The Dust Bowl really was that bad

    On April 15, 1935, one of the largest dust storms in history smothered Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in a cloud thick enough to nearly blot out the noonday sun. It was this day, which would become known as "Black Sunday," that produced...

  9. NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: 5 myths about Valerie Jarrett

    Valerie Jarrett is the most talked-about White House aide in Washington -- and that's not always a good thing. Jarrett has come under attack after the midterm elections, with critics charging that she wields too much influence over her...

  10. ANDRES MARTINEZ: English will grow as the most popular language

    A Russian, a Korean, and a Mexican walk into a bar. How do they communicate? In English, if at all, even though it's not anyone's native language. Swap out a bar for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China this week,...

  11. PAUL EISMAN: Facts about our refinery's future in Bakersfield

    The Nov. 9 article "Alon backs off plan to reopen refinery" certainly came as a surprise to many people, not the least of whom were myself and my colleagues in Bakersfield. Frankly, we are disappointed that facts from our recent quarterly...

  12. BRET LANE: Energy summit highlights how natural gas could fuel the future

    Kern County is the perfect location to talk about the future of energy. It's been a traditional energy hub for California and the entire nation, and now it is becoming a new center for renewable energy. This week at the Kern County Energy...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: FBI undermines core principle of free press

    Americans of every stripe should echo The Associated Press' recent demand that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never present its agents as journalists again. This appeal comes after the FBI acknowledged two weeks ago that one of its...

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