IP 28 can revive localism, which is what we’ve lost in Hill’s mechanized, centralized, efficient-but-tasteless world.
Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'
May 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment
May 6th, 2016 · No Comments
The first question debated inside the Pennsylvania State House was whether its 55 participants should consider themselves delegates or trustees. Some believed themselves to be trustees, bound by honor to vote in every matter as the majority of their constituents would vote. John Adams in particular insisted this was not only unworkable, but also dishonorable.
April 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments
Could Oregon export a small army of buskers to key precincts in swing states, where voting might require standing around for hours? We couldn’t make their lines move faster, but we could make the wait more enjoyable! What if clowns could make those long lines into impromptu street parties?
March 25th, 2016 · No Comments
As a doctor-turned-politician, he may have been the first to accurately diagnose the fever that has been rampaging through our body politic. Maybe that fever is about to break.
January 22nd, 2016 · No Comments
There are not two Oregons. There’s only one Oregon. It contains urban and rural and very little in between. Other places allow them to melt from one to the other, separated by the shapeless liquid of suburbia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.