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Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'

Oregon has Elected to be a Leader

April 24th, 2020 No Comments

Oregon was the first state to dismantle its polling places and conduct every election exclusively by mail. It was not a partisan issue. The Republican-controlled state legislature passed a bill to expand Vote By Mail in 1995, but Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber vetoed it. So, in June 1998, citizens of Oregon did what they do […]


Fixing Salem Truancies

March 14th, 2020 No Comments

No Republican incumbents could campaign if a special session is underway.


I’d Like to Get Paid for Not Working

March 8th, 2020 No Comments

Oregon lawmakers have made sure their pay cannot be interrupted, even by refusal to come to work.


Presidential Campaigns Test What Changes Minds

February 7th, 2020 1 Comment

I’ll be watching how Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg do battle, along with President Donald Trump’s responses. Each man’s campaign represents a bold departure from conventional wisdom.


Accepting Cash May Soon Be Required in Oregon

February 6th, 2020 No Comments

Oregon’s retail landscape has long resembled the land that time forgot. Prices posted and prices paid are almost always the same, thanks to Oregonians’ refusal to consider a sales tax. And soon, Oregon may be one of the only states where Amazon won’t be allowed to set up its futuristic, fully automated convenience stores. The […]


Ask Boeing About “Efficiency”

January 23rd, 2020 No Comments

Efficiency is overrated. It really doesn’t apply to human communications, and it’s dangerously irrelevant when it comes to building trust and respect. Just ask The Boeing Company. They moved their corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001. At the time, Boeing promised everyone that moving the executive team to Chicago and leaving the engineers […]


Solution From 1787 Could Save Oregon Cap-and-Trade

January 17th, 2020 No Comments

Lawmakers in Salem are struggling to rewrite Oregon’s version of a cap-and-trade program in time for their short session, which begins in two weeks. HB2020 was designed to reduce statewide emissions. Instead, it led to Republicans boycotting Salem and not returning until they were assured the bill was dead. It’s beginning to look like that […]


Eugene Should Host an Abundance Swap in 2020

December 27th, 2019 No Comments

We often hold our stuff because we can’t part with their stories. Seeing a beloved object go to a good home can add a vital sweetness to an otherwise bitter grief.


Is the Earth’s Largest Living Organism Here in Oregon? Maybe

December 26th, 2019 No Comments

I can think of a living organism that almost fits Volk’s definition, is definitely larger than our local hero mushroom, and is nearly as old.


Oregon Democrats Should Meddle More

November 27th, 2019 No Comments

Why would Democrats put ballots in people’s hands when sticker shock on their year-end tax bill is still fresh?