Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Outlook columnist Sharon Nesbit sends a message of support to the person at the top.


NOTE: This column was published on Friday, Aug. 27, before Hurricane Ida made landfall.

Dear Joe:

I am holed up here in Troutdale, Oregon. You may never have heard of it. Small town near the Columbia River Gorge.

I am hooked to one end of a 50-foot tube feeding oxygen into my nose because despite doing everything Dr. Anthony Fauci said, I ended up with a break-through case of COVID-19 (the delta variant variety). I am trying to make my lungs work again.

Not that I am blaming the nation's doctor. I  blame the nitwits who disputed him and made political hay scorning vaccination and masks. 

If there is blame, let it rest on the heads of those who argue against such simple health measures, encouraging the disease to spread. 

I watched you on TV the other day, with a whole list: trying to get us out of the mess in Kabul, while keeping an eye on a hurricane (climate change anyone?) headed for the East Coast and coping with a nation suffering from a worldwide pandemic. I thought, you poor guy, you need a few good words.

I do not know of a time that could be worse to be president. And when I saw even National Public Radio ganged up on you for not handling the flight from Kabul in a more orderly manner, I wanted to ask: what did they expect, ushers? 

A country we have propped up for two decades failed. Its president fled. For Pete's sake, they delivered a baby on the tarmac.

Orderly people from an orderly world have no idea what happens when your government bails out and leaves you to face pickup loads of scary guys with guns. What part of fleeing don't you get?

And the bellies of those great planes are delivering these refugees to places where we can sort them out and process them.

Today, the newspapers say more than 82,000 were flown out of Kabul. That's bigger than the size of my town. We must find a way to make them at home. 

The last few guys in your chair didn't get it done. And your enemies, who sit in their own states in the middle of a health crisis and argue about mask mandates, seem all to quick to criticize. There are some issues that do not deserve the taint of party politics. I am keeping a list of the names of those who have forgotten that.

Right now we have both hands full and our pants to hold up, as my stepfather used to say. You have an awful job and I admire that you continue to push ahead.

And while I am at it, I am sorry your dog died.


Sharon Nesbit can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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