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Entries Tagged as 'Econ'

Climate Hardships Fall Unevenly

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

The rain (or lack thereof) does not fall equally on the just and the unjust. The dismay Kristen feels is not distributed equally across the political spectrum.

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How To Make Utility Bills More Fair

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

No one disputes that conservation should be encouraged. Pricing structures shape public behavior. Habits are harder to change than rates. As things stand, the champions of conservation pay nearly double the per-unit rate as those who use their full allotment of EWEB’s first-tier power.

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We Need a Rural WeWork Model

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

WeWork’s success relies on the serendipity of meeting others using adjoining workspaces. Can some of the benefits of proximity be replicated in a digital world? What would bring rural neighbors together around shared economic benefits?

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Housing Solutions Must Include Ownership Opportunities

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

Given the choice between a subsidized rental or a small space that includes ownership, how many would choose the latter? We don’t know, because it’s not available.

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LTD Should Use Windfall to Build Ridership

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

If the University of Oregon followed Oregon State’s lead, or if residents were willing to pay a TOF, we could have a free system. But there are smaller steps LTD could take in that direction.

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More Car Shopping Thoughts

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

In the end, I bought a car from a local fellow who advertised in the newspaper and probably nowhere else. I can’t be sure that I got the best deal, but he also can’t be sure he found the best buyer. At least in that way, he and I came out even.

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Car Shopping Has Become Very Complicated

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

There are so many places to look, no one is seeing everything any more. We were all on the same page — back when we had pages and not screens.

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North Korea Talks Won’t Be What We Think

May 18th, 2018 No Comments

If a summit leads to a truce, which leads to unification of the island, Korea could become a regional powerhouse that dwarfs Japan and serves China. The United States will have no economic leverage.

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Putting the Dime on Oregon’s Bottle Recyclers

April 6th, 2018 No Comments

So where does the dime go after you pay the deposit at the store? It goes to the OBRC, which is effectively privately owned by beverage distributors.

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America’s Two Revolutions Are Intersecting

March 19th, 2018 No Comments

Is the person viewing that advertisement as a citizen or as a consumer? If being a good American involves shopping, why not buy the ultimate tool of personal empowerment?

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