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Oregon should regain its maximum minimum wage

October 2nd, 2015 1 Comment

We want our minimum to be above any line labeled as poverty, so let’s add 10 percent to declare a non-poor minimum wage of $12.82 for 2015. That’s not a bumper sticker number; it’s a “we did our homework” number.

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(How to) Make Oregon a Hot Spot

September 11th, 2015 4 Comments

What would companies charge for up to 4 million customers, on one bill? Probably less per person than you and I are paying right now.

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Shame, Blame and Guilt

July 10th, 2015 12 Comments

Call it grief, or post-traumatic stress, or a ghost, if you like — our memories shape our identity and our identity shapes our actions. We’re always coping with the past and the present at once.

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Saving Civic’s Spirit

July 3rd, 2015 7 Comments

Here’s a question I find myself asking: Is now the time, and is 2077 Willamette Street the place, to build an indoor track and field complex?

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Wall Street Has Met Eugene’s Main Street

March 13th, 2015 2 Comments

If the city of Eugene walked under a ladder or crossed the path of a black cat, this Friday the 13th would be the time to admit our bad luck, and then hope for the best. Investment bankers have come to towns like ours to turn a quick buck, and it’s starting to affect our […]


Eugene Can’t Raise its Mandatory Minimum Wage, But…

January 3rd, 2014 2 Comments

Instead of increasing the mandatory minimum wage, how about raising the voluntary minimum wage? Here’s how it could work.

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Lane Metro Partnership Can Now Switch Gears

October 1st, 2013 1 Comment

Small business owner-operators — people ready to hire a dozen people with specific skills if they can find the right location — should get more of our attention.

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Group Think in Eugene

January 5th, 2008 No Comments

Here’s a quandary for our news media’s editors to consider: What constitutes a group? Affiliation with a group gives an individual extra stature, but what if the group is an invention? If your poker club agrees the train tracks through downtown should be buried, can you be a group? If you called yourselves Citizens for […]


Traveling Light

November 5th, 2007 No Comments

Oregon commissioned a surprisingly prescient economic development study in the 1980s. Extraction and harvesting of natural resources was beginning to look “over.”. The manufacturing industry offered the best wages with the most stability. But what should we be manufacturing? The report offered a myriad of answers, but among them was one little nugget that now […]


Work-Play is the New Hunt-Gather

September 5th, 2007 No Comments

Look around town. Which building project is the most prescient, the most futuristic, the most forward-thinking? It’s not the new Federal Courthouse, or any of the other LEED-certified sustainable projects, or the lifestyle shopping destination contemplated for downtown, or the cluster housing popping up in surprising places around town. It’s not even the $75 million […]