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Quips, queries, and querulous quibbles from the quirky mind of Don Kahle

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'

Oregon Could Revive Localism With IP 28

May 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

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

Do We Elect Trustees or Delegates?

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.

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

Pranking the Polls

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?

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

Does Kitzhaber Like Trump’s Approach?

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.

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

Explaining Oregon

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.

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

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