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 receding.
Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'
January 13th, 2017 · No Comments
December 2nd, 2016 · No Comments
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 neck. The Georgia congressman has hated Obamacare since the beginning. He may come to Oregon looking for a […]
November 4th, 2016 · No Comments
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 all performing on each other. What the experiment proves definitely will be no laughing matter. I make it […]
November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments
Will America swoon to the voice of demagoguery on Tuesday? If not, we don’t dare let it be close.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.