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Why do people say 'after dark' when what they mean is 'during dark'? After dark would be when it's light again, right? * There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who read binary, and those who don't. * I'm rethinking the whole brown rice thing. What if it's just more white liberal self-hatred? Whole wheat, honey, unbleached flour. All better. Sez who? * Eugene should be HQ for White People for Diversity. We'll fight for diversity to be included in books, which is where we know to look for it. * Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a man a pillow, and he'll dream of steak. * What can you say about a state that puts the town of North Bend 225 miles southwest of Bend? We rely on visitors for entertainment.

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Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'

Round Numbers Make Bad Public Policy

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Round numbers convey a casual attitude about money that is unbecoming when mixed with police powers. The biggest difference between “$20” and “$19.99” is not the penny — it’s the attitude.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Psycho · Pure Pol · Upper-Left-Edge · You-gene

Overcloud Economy May Explain Political Campaign

November 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments

This better than anything else may explain why Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart has agreed to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Ron Wyden. Nobody expects Stewart to beat Oregon’s senior senator, but that may not be the goal.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Pure Pol · Upper-Left-Edge

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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Tags: arr-gee thumbnails · Chamber · Civic · Simple · Upper-Left-Edge

Bottle Returns Can Help Our Homeless

August 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Remember those barn-red newspaper recycling boxes that used to be on every street corner, supporting the Eugene Mission? Redemption rates for newsprint plummeted, so the Mission abandoned the program a few years ago, but we can recycle their blueprint for do-goodery.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Simple · Upper-Left-Edge

Eastern Oregon: Our Nearby Nowhere

June 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment

If you drive east from here, you don’t have to go very far until you are in the middle of nowhere. No cell phone signal, no lights visible in any direction, no sign of anyone anywhere. That’s not only possible in eastern Oregon; it’s almost unavoidable.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Pure Pol · Upper-Left-Edge

Filibuster Talk Won’t Work Unless Senators Listen

February 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

As anyone who watches C-SPAN closely can attest, the Senate floor fills for votes and empties for speeches. But the rule requiring senators to be in attendance is still on the books and can be invoked by any senator at any time.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · DC · Pure Pol · Upper-Left-Edge

Draining Traditional Distinctions Creates Modern Perils

February 20th, 2015 · 5 Comments

Marriage doesn’t really matter, until it really does. We keep throwing out the bathwater of distinctions, figuring the babies can fend for themselves.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · Upper-Left-Edge

Celebrate a Tiny Treasure on Friday the 13th

February 13th, 2015 · 5 Comments

It’s invisible but not unseen. It makes very little noise itself, but its sounds are familiar to many. Its mission focuses on children, yet only our senior citizens witnessed its birth.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Media · Upper-Left-Edge · You-gene

Found on my Rooftop: Naughty and Nice List

December 26th, 2014 · 6 Comments

I sprang from my bed to see what was wrong, but on the roof remained only sleigh tracks and hoof marks. I was glad I bought reindeer-safe, organic roof moss retardant. Then I saw something had been left behind. It was a list. Here it is.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Grins · Quips · Upper-Left-Edge · You-gene

We’re in GMOvertime

December 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Measure 92 advocates reduced their margin of not-yet-defeat from thousands to hundreds. It may very well alter the trajectory into the future. Even if they’ve lost, they’ve not been defeated.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Pure Pol · Upper-Left-Edge