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Salem-News.com (Mar-19-2012 18:20)
Whisnant Refuses To Recognize Damage to State from ALEC - Process Now Nationally ExposedOp-Ed by Henry Clay Ruark Salem-News.com
Every Legislator Informed In Detail at Session Just Ended BUT NO Action Underway to End Any Reliance On ALEC-Flawed "Models"
(SEASIDE, OR) - Oregon's first annual-session Legislature --"a short-termer with many promising results" as one departing legislative leader described it-- is now firmly inscribed in both history and consequences.Read Full Article
Salem-News.com (Feb-27-2012 17:44)
ALEC-Process Prime Tool for Assault as Corporate Dollars Drown DemocracyOp-Ed by Henry Clay Ruark Salem-News.com
Sponsors, Supporters Playing Irrational Assassin-Role.
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The major measure of ALEC-process damage to our democracy is its own success in isolating and assaulting the legislative role in every state.
Salem-News.com (Feb-24-2012 15:29)
Founders Built Nation on Open, Honest Democratic Dialog, Debate, Vote-DecisionHenry Clay Ruark Salem-News.com
The American system, is in remarkably good stead now for 236 years since 1776 despite a changing world.
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This is short list of leading reference books on early American history, from working references here numbering more than thirty currently.
Salem-News.com (Feb-21-2012 16:01)
ALEC-Process Thoroughly Exposed By State-Level Con-Game as `Models`Op-Ed by Henry Clay Ruark Salem-News.com
Legislators Must Accept Reality, Refuse Further ALEC- Reliance: Continued Usage By Some Members Is Implied Insult to all.
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Britain's famed economist John Maynard Keynes once routed an opponent on the Parliament floor by stating:
Salem-News.com (Feb-16-2012 23:43)
Open, Honest, Democratic Dialog
Op-Ed by Henry Clay Ruark
What Makes You Think There Are Any Positive Change Coming?
(SEASIDE, Ore.) - Long ago I learned never to look back but simply to jam down foot and keep driving... Worked fine when I had first license, in Maine, in early 30s... and I must disclose since it soon became professional habit in all I've undertaken ever since.Read Full Article
Here’s a working list recorded so far, with others to be added shortly.
The ALEC debacle directly affecting formation of laws in every state since 1973 continues to draw heavy across-the-media attention and further investigative interest across the nation.
One must wonder where the major Oregon media have been on this one --and what will be the attention given to obvious problems when the legislators meet again.
Cycle Comes Full-Circle With “Negative Factors” - This Time Sure to Force Positive Changes.
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Anyone well acquainted with our American history will see many and essential parallels in paramount parts of our whole “American Story” from the Continental Congress on through the Gilded Age and the Civil War --and with increasing rapidity-of-incident ever since.
We’ve had our run of everything from true revolution to paltry substitutes for the true gold of tested and proven patterns, protocol and programs --and we are still continuing to learn.
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Henry Clay Ruark was one of Salem-News.com's original writers and staff members from our inception in 2004; a former newspaper reporter; educational and audio-visual media specialist; agency, institution, corporate public information officer; national trade magazine publisher and editor; and Chicago-based communications media consultant for agency, institution, individual and corporate clients.
Splitting a “very checkered” career between journalism and education, he wrote and worked for many newspapers while continuing in educational assignments. He has taught at every level from grades to graduate school, agency/institution seminars, and corporate conferences; written, edited and produced both print and visual learning media in all formats; and written for weeklies, dailies, newsletters, journals and magazines.
At 94, Hank was still writing ”on assignment” and generating a flow of articles for our editors, working for years as the Salem-News.com Op-Ed writer, as he served in this same capacity for decades with other news organizations.
Hank was registered as a Democrat, but disregarded any and all political-party disciplinary or bias for “the precious independence demanded as foundation for professional reporting”, insisting that one cannot be Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, any more than one can be four-legged and two-faced. Probing, controversial, confirmed conversation (read:”honest, open, democratic dialog”) demands writer be independent, Hank firmly believed.
His photo, taken in December 2009 in front of his son Loren's live truck in Eugene, Oregon, offers a hint of this reporter's connection to a whole generation of younger Ruarks in news today.
In March 2007, we wrote the article: Salem-News Writer is a Patriarch Among Oregon Journalists. The article in its entirety is included below:
Tim King Salem-News.com
While Henry Clay Ruark will continue to write stories for Salem-News.com from Central Oregon.
Henry Clay Ruark in the mid-40's
(SALEM) - Salem-News viewers are familiar with the name, Henry Clay Ruark, his name is known throughout Oregon in many media circles. Hank as he is more generally known to us, has been contributing opinion/editorial articles here for more than two years.
You see, at the age of 89, Hank is a patriarch among journalists in this state; his son Jeremy operates a radio newsroom in Bend, Oregon, while his other son Loren works as a main point man at Eugene's KVAL TV.
Back in the early 1990's when I was the News Director of Oregon coastal radio stations KCRF and KBCH, Jeremy was with Salem's AM station KBZY and we competed fiercely for the 1991 Oregon Associated Press Cooperation Award by providing news stories to the rest of Oregon via the AP.
Loren is Hank's son who has major mileage with the local news industry in Oregon. Today Loren shoots and sets up live shots for KVAL in Eugene. When I worked as photojournalist/reporter for Portland's ABC affiliate KATU Channel-2, Loren helped me countless times in the field on Salem stories that Portland and Eugene both covered.
Loren is the only TV news guy I've ever known who has his name painted on the side of his live truck. It reminds me of the nose art on a WWII bomber.
With almost nine decades of life under his belt, Henry Clay Ruark is living history. He is young at heart though, and he easily belies his age with an appearance and spirit of a younger man.
What impresses me the most is Hank's value system. He never became stale in his thought process, he never aged in the wrong ways, and he always places a special emphasis in getting the details right and crediting his sources.
"Op-Eds published in Salem-News are specially researched and thoroughly documented to bring you the best possible summary of realities directly affecting you, as we see them."
One interesting development is Henry's relocation to Bend, Oregon where he will reestablish the operation he has been at the wheel of for many years, Learning Management Associates.
He is joining son Jeremy --corporate news director for Combined Communications there-- in a single-level residence with office space for further LMA activities and Op-Ed reports for Salem-News.
While Hank will continue to write stories for Salem-News.com about the Oregon Legislature, he will also diversify our coverage of the state by living in Central Oregon.
His sometimes controversial "Opinion" pieces will continue, resuming next week. Watch for his next Op-Ed transmitted on Wednesday.
We miss you Henry - 'Sir - Gridley reporting