Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Alabama’s lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, 2002.
AP Photo/Dave Martin
In Oregon and Washington, the costs of seeking and administering the death penalty have increased significantly since the 1980s.
Opponents of Ballot Measure 9 gather in Portland on Oct. 19, 2000.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western US.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Like much federal land in the US West, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has a long history tied to Native Americans’ plight and conflicts between settlers and the federal government.
Cliven and Ammon Bundy.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
The violent American militias of the 1990s faded from view long ago – but have they begun coming back in a new form?
A vigil for the victims of a mass shooting in Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
President Barack Obama has praised gun laws in Australia and the UK. How did they work?
The new governor of Oregon: Kate Brown
Oregon has been a pioneer state for LGBTQ elected officials – against a background of fierce ideological battles.
Prop 91 - just one of three ballot initiatives on marijuana decriminalization
Editor’s note: There were 146 state-wide ballot measures up for consideration by voters in this week’s midterm elections, covering all manner of controversial issues – from abortion and guns to minimum…