"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Tis the season


Picking up a tree, or trees/Linda Watkins

You can tell it’s the season in the Willamette Valley when . . . the helicopters swoop in to pick up Christmas trees from the tree farms.

Grow a lot of them around here. More than anywhere else in the country.

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