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Entries Tagged as 'Civic'

Is There a Plan B for the Lane County Courthouse?

May 18th, 2019 No Comments

Leaders try to keep things clear for voters — up or down, yes or no. That may be smart politically, but it’s not how any of us make real choices in life. Politics seldom resembles real life, but both might be better if it did.

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Privacy Protections Will Lead to More Surveillance

May 18th, 2019 No Comments

Do you feel safer? Enjoy it while it lasts…. Is this the future we see for ourselves in Oregon? The Oregon Supreme Court has set us on that path.

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Duck Women Dominate 3×3 Basketball

May 10th, 2019 No Comments

There’s nothing to watch except the score. No coach planning match-ups or resting players. Players can’t foul out. The clock doesn’t matter, unless the game approaches the 10-minute mark. Every fan gets a great view, because it’s played on a half court.

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Housing Affordability Plans Won’t Work; Focus Instead on Civic Pride

May 10th, 2019 No Comments

Participatory budgeting projects can create wonderfully unique points of neighborhood pride. Gentrification slows. Neighborhoods become more resilient.

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Alley Valkyrie: Where is She Now?

May 5th, 2019 No Comments

After three weeks in the forest, she came into town and stumbled on Saturday Market. She immediately knew two things, but only one of them consciously.

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Individual Exceptionalism Imperils Us All

May 3rd, 2019 1 Comment

Humanity is falling behind, because humans are not sticking together. Instead, we’re racing in the opposite direction.

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Brexit Needs STAR Voting

April 26th, 2019 No Comments

Binary voting makes simpletons of us all, but it has especially enfeebled democracy’s leaders.

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Oregonians Are Sturdy

April 26th, 2019 No Comments

After the recent snowstorms felled thousands of trees, forest officials came up with a brilliant plan to clear out a good bit of that deadwood. They doubled the amount of permitted firewood Oregonians are allowed for forage from the forest floor.

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Happiness: We’ve Swapped Eudemonia For Bliss

April 26th, 2019 No Comments

Happiness started as an elegant encapsulation of the democratic ideal. But democracy didn’t give us rapid economic growth. Capitalism did. So “happiness” was taken over and redefined by the mercantile class, to sell its goods.

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Eugene Should Recruit a WNBA Team

April 26th, 2019 No Comments

Some of the most successful WNBA franchises are not in major cities. If you’ve never heard of Uncasville, Connecticut, then you probably don’t know the name Geno Auriemma either.

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