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.
Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'
November 27th, 2015 · No Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.