What's Tony Thinking

State of Emergency? Guess Not

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July 12, 2024 — The Democratic Party has long been telling us that a possible Trump Restoration constitutes a State of Emergency. But I guess they don’t really mean that. It was, apparently, mostly just talk. At least the D’s don’t seem to be acting as if a potential Trump triumph in November, along with down-ballot losses in the... Read More

Playing It Safe Is the Wrong Play

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July 7, 2024 — As the ancient Chinese curse goes, “May you live in interesting times.” In that usage, “interesting” means times of disruption and chaos, wished upon an enemy. Being stuck with two candidates, neither of whom should be President — albeit for quite different reasons — is our present curse. I will say this for President Biden.... Read More

Adventures in Barth

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July 3, 2024 — Perhaps some of you have been tuning into the current Crackers and Grape Juice study, “Adventures in Barth”? I am part of the panel, or “posse,” discussing the reading. We began with the Barmen Declaration, which just marked its 90th Anniversary. Written largely by Karl Barth, it was the protest against Hitler, National Socialism and... Read More

The Debate: Dean Phillips Was Right

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June 28, 2024 — This is a piece of mine that was published at Post Alley this morning as part of roundtable of contributions from Post Alley writers on the Presidential debate. I’ve edited the original, written last night, lightly. Dean Phillips Was Right Dean who? Dean Phillips is the Minnesota congressman who had gall to mount a quixotic... Read More

The Rural Riddle

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June 26, 2024 — Here’s a riddle. How can you have lots of building going on, so much so that its near impossible to get a contractor, and yet there is a housing shortage, such that the County hospital can’t get needed employees because there is no place for them to live? For years we’ve heard about the virtues... Read More

My June 23 Sermon, “Who Is This?”

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June 22, 2024 — Who Is This? Mark 4: 35 -41 June 23, 2024  Joseph United Methodist Church It’s so good to be back in Wallowa County, and so good to be back at Joseph United Methodist Church. We were here to open up the old family cabin around Memorial Day and were in church that Sunday. What a... Read More

Karma and Grace

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June 20, 2024 — We’re happy to be back in the Wallowa Mountains where there are lots of grace notes. One is the return, after five years, of a pair of mating Red-Shafted Flickers to their hollowed out nest in the old stump near our cabin. The 12′ foot stump is actually one huge bird-feeder which attracts Pileated Woodpeckers,... Read More

How To Take on Trump

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June 13, 2024 — How to take on Trump? A question for which few have had a good, or at least productive, answer. But I liked what Josh Shapiro, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, had to say in a recent interview. “We’re producing more energy than ever before in this nation. We have the strongest economy in the world,... Read More

Being Mortal

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June 12, 2024 — Our book group had a wrap-up session on our “Aging and Mortality” series last night. We invited everyone to share their own take-aways from our six books. What did you learn? What was comforting? Challenging? How might this effect your planning and decision-making? Before I share my own take-aways from the series, I would note... Read More

A Happy Time of the Year . . . But Not for Everyone

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June 9, 2024 — Yesterday there were two year-end granddaughter dance recitals for us to attend and enjoy. En route to the recitals, we ran into a pile of traffic which made no sense until we realized it was graduation day at the University of Washington. It is that time of the year: graduations, year-end concerts and recitals, class... Read More