Upper-Left-Edge Archive

Reflections at the Electoral Equinox

If Democrats want to storm the Capitol in 2018, we’ve already seen a storm they can use.

Are You in the Path of Total Eclipse Hype?

The Aztecs may have taken an eclipse as a bad omen, but we can’t be anything but grateful for even a small modicum of normality or predictability in the world around us.

Who Needs High Crimes? We Have Misdemeanors

“High crimes and misdemeanors.” It practically rolls off the tongue these days, as the talk intensifies about ending this chapter of our political history ahead of schedule. What did the president do or say or know and

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.

Egan Shows What Eugene is Made Of

There’s time to chat during most three-hour shifts, and almost no concern that anyone will finish their turn feeling overwhelmed or dispirited. Even if only for a few hours, you can feel the tide of homeless suffering

Oregon Health Plan’s Future is Suddenly Uncertain

Does the Oregon Health Plan have a price on its head? If the incoming administration’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services is approved, the OHP may have the boot of Rep. Tom Price on its

Endorsing Endorsements

A funny thing happened to me a few weeks ago at the United States Supreme Court. I didn’t laugh out loud, but almost. And as I have reflected on it, it points to an important experiment we’re

No Safe States in 2016

Will America swoon to the voice of demagoguery on Tuesday? If not, we don’t dare let it be close.

Oregon Could Revive Localism With IP 28

IP 28 can revive localism, which is what we’ve lost in Hill’s mechanized, centralized, efficient-but-tasteless world.

Do We Elect Trustees or Delegates?

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