Upper-Left-Edge Archive

Please Take Us Back, China! Please.

We’ll do anything. We’ll sort everything ourselves. We’ll go back to open receptacles. We’ll wash everything by hand. We’ll flatten our cardboard completely. We’ll cut out the bottoms of our cans and flatten those too. We’ll even

Recalling Some of Oregon’s Unluckiest Days

It’s hard to think of events in our own lifetimes as part of our heritage, but when those events are as large and spectacular as these, the shadows of history are cast quickly. After watching the miniseries,

Putting the Dime on Oregon’s Bottle Recyclers

So where does the dime go after you pay the deposit at the store? It goes to the OBRC, which is effectively privately owned by beverage distributors.

There’s a Big Opportunity Coming

In the case of a societal upheaval, which the next CSZ earthquake could produce, those residual benefits could add up to make a significant societal difference.

The Big One is Coming

If preparing for an unavoidable disaster is what it takes for us to get to know our neighbors and understand how to help one another, so be it. With proper planning and just a little bit of

Collide With Your Daily Newspaper

You may have seen this quote from an executive in Tuesday’s paper this week: “Politicians should not use taxpayer dollars to impose ideological litmus tests and punish organizations that express views that politicians dislike.” Or maybe you

Invite Amazon to Build Near the Eugene Airport

The airport’s best path forward may not be more incremental growth. If we want an airport hotel and reliable public transportation to and from the airport, a sudden boost would make those amenities necessary and sustainable.

Affordable Housing Strategy: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

If we haven’t passed the tipping point, we’re fast approaching it. Soon, most of us will know somebody who has been unhoused in Oregon, at least for a little while. Something will change when it feels to

It’s Time for the West Coast to Unite

A unified front against Daylight Saving Time would expose the silliness for what it is. Think of the move as secession-lite.

Reflections at the Electoral Equinox

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