We have a choice—a choice about what we want our state to be, about who we want to be, as Oregonians and as fellow human beings. It is a choice to put understanding before reaction; to put collaboration before conflict; to put reconciliation before recrimination. Reconciliation begins with each of us; it begins in the heart of each individual, fueled by a desire and choice to make our community better; to repair the fabric of our society and of this place we call Oregon.
A Conversation About Capital Punishment
Last night I attended a viewing of the new documentary film “In the Executioner’s Shadow” at the Grand Theater in Salem, sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Following the film, I joined a discussion panel with former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz; Jeffrey Ellis, the director of the Oregon […]
Remarks to Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
John A. Kitzhaber Ron Steiner asked me to join you tonight and share my own personal experience with the death penalty here in Oregon. I am glad to do that, but I also want to talk a bit about the prevention side … how we take steps, not just to find alternatives to the death […]
Finding Common Ground
Have you noticed how often, when there is a political dispute – say over forest management or tax policy – both sides produce “expert witnesses” or “research” to support their political position. You can see this playing out today in Congress over the Affordable Care Act, global climate change and how best to address the […]