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Our Political Dysfunction (Easily) Explained

In our checks-and-balance system, the checks maintain balance. Each branch keeps other branches from grabbing too much power. But this is a different problem. One branch has collapsed, so the other branches lean in and step up

UO Should Freeze Tuition to Raise Retention Rates

A four-year fixed fee would give President Schill significant leverage to graduate more students within four years. It would reward students who stay focused and serious about their studies.

Eugene Loves Its Grandstands (But Not Its Grandstanders)

In the face of tragedy, the Eugene Civic Alliance could have folded their lack of a tent. Instead, they steeled —“timbered” — their resolve and raised a wooden boatload of money to rebuild the site from scratch.

Gerrymandering Can Be Fixed With Local Solutions

Borderline demonstrates how easy it is to manipulate district lines to give an advantage to one party over the other. The databases are not to be used for commercial purposes, but why not? What if the same

Put Kesey Square in the Center of the Universe

In a way that the Merry Pranksters would appreciate, the brass circles would encourage exploratory wandering, forcing the daily bustle to slow down a bit.

A New Approach to Gun Control: Give Every American One

Here’s my modest proposal. Give every American, when they register to vote, a gun. Each American can keep it or give it back, but that’s it. If America is going to keep a militia, let it be

Gifts Are Becoming More Immaterial

Why did Phil Knight decide to sell shoes? Why did Jeff Bezos start his empire with eBooks? How did Steve Jobs reinvent how music is played? Each had the same insight.

It’s Time for the West Coast to Unite

A unified front against Daylight Saving Time would expose the silliness for what it is. Think of the move as secession-lite.

Rainy Day Funds Should Be Protected

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

We May Need the Beast to Escape the PERS Hole

It’s deeper than anyone thought, because PERS retirees are being paid their defined benefits for longer than the actuaries estimated.