Civic Archive

Plastics Could Be The End of the Future

Now the collection is “streamlined” — which sounds good, unless you’re the stream for which it’s bound.

Rainy Day Funds Should Be Protected

Elected officials might think twice about balancing their budget by dipping into the “Political Cowardice Fund.”

Majority Rules is Not Enough

Politics is not like sport, or shouldn’t be. If winning is all that matters, then losers have nothing to do except wait for their turn to be winners.

Envision a Party for Eugene’s Growth Boundary Decision

“Giving ground” to the other side can be in fact what’s necessary to release the interwoven tensions that trap both sides inside a controversy.

Mystery Around Conductor’s Firing Hurts Everyone

When how much we care outstrips how much we know, we find ways to match the two. Rumors and innuendo fill the gap. Conspiracy theories breed in the darkness of not knowing.

Rent-Seeking May Be What Pot Entrepreneurs Are (Really) Seeking

If government officials in Eugene or Creswell are uncomfortable giving commercial protections to private enterprises, here’s a way they can shape how commerce grows without such a heavy hand.

Paid Parking Can Make People Feel Free

Eliminate every possible confusion with improved signage. Parking garages are elaborately ramped circles, so people naturally feel spun around.

Rickies Return, Older and, Well, Older

Whenever I hear about ‘micro-aggressions,’ I get confused. If they’re micro-anything, you shouldn’t be able to see them without special equipment. How hard can it be to get over anything that’s so small that it’s called micro?

Curiosity Could Grow With Gap Year Popularity

Spend an hour in the Safeway near campus on a Friday evening and you’ll see that giving students plenty of choices doesn’t necessarily give them the skill to choose between them. In fact, it’s often the reverse.

Fandom Sets Eugene Apart

We don’t do sport differently than other towns. Each sport follows rules that standardize competition across locations. What Eugene does differently is fandom. Our reputation has grown in sports where our style of fandom can make a