Items by Rich Wandschneider

As the housing market improves, have we learned to live more modestly?
As the housing market improves, have we learned to live more modestly?
The trouble with dream houses is that dreams tend to change over time.
A novel solution to the drug problem
A novel solution to the drug problem
A police officer suggests that all drugs should be legalized and regulated, except for meth – and that meth dealers ought to be punished unmercifully.
A poet whom readers won't let go
A poet whom readers won't let go
The late Northwestern poet William Stafford has friends and admirers all over the world today.
This land was once their land
This land was once their land
The Northwest is still haunted by the tragic history of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians.
Hard to believe, but it's my 50th high school reunion
Hard to believe, but it's my 50th high school reunion
Rich Wandschneider recalls the naivete, the anti-Vietnam war protests, and the racism of a half-century ago -- and looks to the future.
Without big government, where would we be?
Without big government, where would we be?
It's easy to get nostalgic about American life 100 years ago -- unless you think about what life was like back then, especially for women.
Parenting again, though not by choice
Parenting again, though not by choice
When a father falls ill, his father ends up caring for the kids.
The only thing we have to fear …
The only thing we have to fear …
Refusing to despair despite the impacts of the economic downturn on a small Oregon town.
The way it looks in rural Oregon in this shaky economic world
Boom and bust cycles remind us that we're not as smart as we think we are.
Idealism wakes up in America
Rich Wandshneider fully understands why former Peace Corps volunteers like himself are flocking to the idealistic banner of Barack Obama.
Scandal and war fracture conservative coalition
The war in Vietnam destroyed a long-lasting liberal coalition; now, political scandals and the war in Iraq are threatening the conservative coalition that took its place
It’s déjà vu all over again in Iraq
The writer, who came of age during the war in Vietnam, foresees the end of the conservative coalition that runs the country
An open letter to Andy Kerr in rural Oregon
Oregon writer muses on how Andy Kerr will fit into his new community.