Jayne: Laws, even when they confound, are indispensable

By Greg Jayne March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

So much for my vacation plans.

Jayne: Science is scary but not believing evidence is scarier

By Greg Jayne February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

OK, OK, I get it. Science can be scary. Science can be obtuse. Science can be overwhelming, and to a non-scientist such as myself, science can be confusing.

Jayne: Wreckage left by Kitzhaber affects Clark County, too

By Greg Jayne February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

There are questions. Of course there are questions. A governor doesn't resign amid scandal without leaving behind questions that will take months or years to answer.

Jayne: Seahawks' ill-fated pass heralded precious rite of passage

By Greg Jayne February 8, 2015 6 a.m.

It was a rite of passage.

Jayne: Councilors leave us without a prayer for good governing

By Greg Jayne February 1, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Personally, I prefer "E Pluribus Unum," but that's just me.

Jayne: Tim Eyman hopes that this year his initiatives pay off

By Greg Jayne January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

On a certain level, Tim Eyman is quite likable.

Jayne: Herrera Beutler smashes a lob out of reach to local GOP

By Greg Jayne January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

It was like a tennis match. A hopelessly one-sided tennis match, with Jaime Herrera Beutler playing the role of Serena Williams and the Clark County Republican Party looking like a weekend recreational player.

Jayne: We can do better — can our elected representatives?

By Greg Jayne January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

As the 114th Congress opens up shop, I am struck by one overwhelming thought: We can do better.

Jayne: Oil terminal proponents' argument is a tough sell

By Greg Jayne January 4, 2015 6:01 a.m.

I'm not sure I buy it.

Jayne: Insouciance of youth can inspire wisdom in adulthood

By Greg Jayne December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Sometimes, inexplicably, you find yourself at the intersection of dumb and clever, of foolish and inspired, of gutsy but harmless. Sometimes you arrive at a moment that will create a memorable story for years to come.

Jayne: Slogans might sound great, but they're not solutions

By Greg Jayne December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

In many ways, slogans are the candy canes of politics. They're sweet, and nearly everybody likes them, and they can make your mouth water. But, in the end, they are empty calories that rot your teeth.

Jayne: Who's having bad week? Just look at editorial cartoons

By Greg Jayne December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

I can always tell who is having a bad week.

Jayne: Electing not to vote makes a statement, but about what?

By Greg Jayne November 30, 2014 6:01 a.m.

One of the oft-stated truisms of the American political system is that citizens can express an opinion by choosing to not vote.

Jayne: Climate change 'debate': Hot air overshadows science

By Greg Jayne November 23, 2014 6 a.m.

If only there were more Sundays in the week.

Jayne: A grasp of basketball could have been handy for C-Tran

By Greg Jayne November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

If only the C-Tran board members knew a little more about basketball.

Jayne: Kimsey latest Republican to lose local party's favor

By Greg Jayne November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

As noted philosopher Yogi Berra is credited with saying, it's like déjà vu all over again.

Jayne: Much talk, seemingly little thought, as election nears

By Greg Jayne November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

So many issues, so little time.

Jayne: Tossing congressional incumbents doesn't get our vote

By Greg Jayne October 26, 2014 6 a.m.

I don't think Jaime Herrera Beutler is part of the problem — which likely means that I am part of the problem.

Jayne: Shooting the breeze with the state's attorney general

By Greg Jayne October 19, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I should have been a lawyer.

Jayne: Looking to the past to inform future of charter debate

By Greg Jayne October 12, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The arguments against a proposed Clark County charter sound familiar and well-rehearsed.

Jayne: The case for endorsements in a season full of candidates

By Greg Jayne October 5, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Election season has arrived. This might not sound as exciting as Christmas season or football season or Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," but for many of us it's kind of a big deal.

Jayne: In Portland, what's right, wrong in immigration debate

By Greg Jayne September 28, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The pastor? He's on solid ground. He is embracing his duty to be loving. To be compassionate. To judge not, lest he be judged.

Jayne: Analysis of waterfront project smacks of propaganda

By Greg Jayne September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Phew! I'm glad we cleared that up. I'm glad we answered that question. I'm happy there are no lingering doubts about the impact a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver would have on a proposed waterfront development nearby.

Jayne: Too many women missing moral of Rice controversy

By Greg Jayne September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

I come today not to speak about Ray Rice. Many words have been expended by minds much brighter than mine on Rice and domestic violence and the indefensible inaction of the National Football League.

Jayne: Is Amboy tax scofflaw 'sovereign citizen' or hypocrite?

By Greg Jayne September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

David Darby, the best evidence suggests, is a true believer. A rebel with a cause. A 69-year-old scofflaw whose ideology is so entrenched that he will travel down the most arcane of legal avenues in pursuit of his goal.

Jayne: Talking points, sound bites don't provide answers

By Greg Jayne August 31, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Admittedly, it can't be easy being a politician. All of that legislating and lawmaking and representing can wear on a person. And when you aren't making laws, you're campaigning so you can stay in office and make more laws.

Jayne: Cute quips from expensive-to-raise children: priceless

By Greg Jayne August 24, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Ahhh, this is the life.

Jayne: Mental illness knows no social, economic boundaries

By Greg Jayne August 17, 2014 6:01 a.m.

What about Jennifer Huston?

Jayne: 3rd-party candidates face uphill battles in Washington

By Greg Jayne August 10, 2014 6:01 a.m.

On Thursday, two days after the primary, Chris Rockhold was literally picking up the remnants of his campaign.

Jayne: 52 Sundays: Chance to write about what's important

By Greg Jayne August 3, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I promise, there won't be any mention about how time flies when you're having fun.

Jayne: Teachers need more chutzpah, administrators less

By Greg Jayne July 27, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I knew there was a reason I didn't become a school district administrator.

Jayne: Another Reagan? Today's GOP wouldn't welcome him

By Greg Jayne July 20, 2014 6:01 a.m.

It always is inspiring.

Jayne: White-men-only diversity quest makes Portland a joke

By Greg Jayne July 13, 2014 6:01 a.m.

My guess is that they were too busy laughing. That’s just a hunch, but I think it’s a solid one. After all, that was my reaction.

Jayne: Moxie key ingredient in 'earnest business' of politics

By Greg Jayne July 6, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I wouldn't do it, that's for sure. I don't have the guts or the moxie or the commitment. I don't have the dedication or the ego or the sense of self-righteousness.

Jayne: Euronization of America may be World Cup's real goal

By Greg Jayne June 29, 2014 6:01 a.m.

What in the name of the Eiffel Tower is going on around here? There was Ikea. And then there was health care. And now … now we have … soccer? Why, it's the Euronization of America, and that is downright, er, um, it's downright un-American.

Jayne: Political polarization isn't cool for future of our nation

By Greg Jayne June 22, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Guess what: I might be wrong.

Jayne: A deep-rooted problem requires many steps to solve

By Greg Jayne June 15, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The letter to the editor was thought-provoking and to the point: "After the knee-jerk editorial … perhaps The Columbian editorial board could explain what in heaven's name the Troutdale high school shooting has to do with background checks?"

Jayne: Grade inflation is symptom of societal mediocrity

By Greg Jayne June 8, 2014 6 a.m.

There's a brilliant moment in the brilliant Pixar movie "The Incredibles" in which the villain, Syndrome, talks about how the weapons he concocted have given him powers equal to that of any superhero.

Jayne: Being principal for day good lesson in public education

By Greg Jayne June 1, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I didn't even get to suspend anybody.

Jayne: Gay marriage hasn't affected my traditional union

By Greg Jayne May 25, 2014 6:01 a.m.

For me, personally, it hasn't made a bit of difference.

Jayne: Witty retorts not enough to unseat a House incumbent

By Greg Jayne May 18, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Michael Delavar had a snappy retort.

Jayne: Controversies show we're too tolerant of intolerance

By Greg Jayne May 11, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I'm not sure we're getting this whole tolerance thing. You know, the one defined as "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own."

Jayne: Congressional inaction fuels immigration falsehoods

By Greg Jayne May 4, 2014 6 a.m.

The voice mail was thought-provoking, the kind that makes you go “Hmmm” in between cringes.

Jayne: Republicans have made political rhetoric into art form

By Greg Jayne April 27, 2014 6:01 a.m.

The rhetoric is better in this part of the newspaper. More powerful. More articulate. More insightful and yet often more insipid.

Jayne: State gambling with county's well-being in casino plan

By Greg Jayne April 20, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I was sad. I was sullen. I was morose and gloomy and glum. Why, you might even say I was saturnine — if you happened to have a thesaurus handy.

Jayne: Two perspectives on how state can raise more money

By Greg Jayne April 13, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I don't have the answers.

Jayne: Since the beginning, Obamacare is failure of politics

By Greg Jayne April 6, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Phew! I'm glad that's over.

Jayne: Modern parenting might be too much of a good thing

By Greg Jayne March 30, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Childhood, it would seem, is different than it used to be. I know, I know, this conclusion doesn’t involve incredibly perceptive powers of parental observation; it simply requires contact with modern kids and an exceptionally long memory that reaches back to your own childhood.

Jayne: Problem with commissioners isn't how many, it's who

By Greg Jayne March 23, 2014 6:01 a.m.

I'm no statistician, but I'm not sure the numbers add up when we talk about remaking the Clark County Board of Commissioners.