Dave Lister

Dave Lister is a small-business owner who served on Portland's Small Business Advisory Council.

Gun Limits Off Target

Gun Limits Off Target

Originally published in the Portland Tribune, March 14, 2013 – Anti-gun legislation would create more problems than it solves – Even though state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), the chief sponsor of the Ceasefire Oregon-inspired gun control measure known as House Bill 3200, has admitted the proposal is dead on arrival, law-abiding Oregon gun owners have […]

Feinstein’s Folly

Feinstein’s Folly

It makes no sense to ban guns based on how they look – I own two rifles.  The first is a British Lee-Enfield, manufactured in Australia in 1943.  I bought it over thirty years ago in an antique shop.  The second is a Ruger Mini-14 ranch rifle.  I bought it new from a gun dealer […]

Cuban Missiles, JFK and Wiener Wraps

Cuban Missiles, JFK and Wiener Wraps

(Editor’s note.   Fifty years after the Cuban missile crisis, the Castro brothers have decided that Cuban citizens, at least some of them, will be allowed to venture off the island without approval from Cuban authorities.  It is good news for those held captive all these years, but a reminder of the human costs of tyranny.  […]

Ryan Takes the National Stage

Ryan Takes the National Stage

In what for many would be his first impression, Congressman Paul Ryan’s debut on the national stage was a stunning success.  While convention-watchers waited to see if the name “Obama” would ever be heard, let alone the President be criticized, Ryan was preparing to deliver a speech that would do both.   In an affable, sometimes […]

Democrats Go After Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Democrats Go After Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Originally published in The Oregonian — April 12, 2012 – Generous backers dwarf community funding as Mary Nolan takes on Amanda Fritz for Portland City Council – It seems clear that the Democratic Party establishment is intent on replacing Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. They have recruited a candidate, state Rep. Mary Nolan, and have […]

For Whom Does Metro Speak?

For Whom Does Metro Speak?

Originally published in The Oregonian — 03-29-12 – Suburbanites trip up Meetro’s regional light-rail, development vision – In response to the signature-gathering in Clackamas County to refer the county’s funding of the Milwaukie light-rail line to the voters, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, who represents part of that county, was quoted as saying, “We work hard […]

Portland city auditor’s careful eye, diligence getting results

Portland city auditor’s careful eye, diligence getting results

Originally published in The Oregonian — 3/15/12 – From calling into question potential misuse of ratepayer dollars to holding up a caution sign to the city’s unsustainable borrowing and spending practices, Portland City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade and her staff continue their efforts to watchdog the taxpayers’ money with the tenacity of a pit bull. The […]

Candidate Manuel Castaneda Personifies MLK’s Dream

Candidate Manuel Castaneda Personifies MLK’s Dream

Manuel Castaneda is a different kind of candidate.  Running in the Republican primary for State Representative in Aloha’s House District 28, Castaneda hopes to eventually face five-term incumbent Democrat Jeff Barker in the general election.  Castaneda, who was named Oregon’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2008 by the U.S. Small Business Administration, […]