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Entries Tagged as 'Upper-Left-Edge'

Capitol Christmas Tree Viewing

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

Pay a $5 permit fee, and you can cut down whichever tree becomes your favorite and take it on its own ceremonial tour, ending in your living room. Even better, take along a fourth-grader.

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Rebooting STAR Voting

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

Any populist reform can succeed only if its deep structure appeals to those with a shallow understanding. People like what seems simple, even if it’s not.

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Keep EWEB Building Publicly Owned (But Not As City Hall)

December 17th, 2018 No Comments

These two buildings must stay publicly owned. But the offices shouldn’t be renovated to house city staff….

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Our Political Dysfunction (Easily) Explained

September 14th, 2018 No Comments

In our checks-and-balance system, the checks maintain balance. Each branch keeps other branches from grabbing too much power. But this is a different problem. One branch has collapsed, so the other branches lean in and step up to maintain balance.

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Climate Hardships Fall Unevenly

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

The rain (or lack thereof) does not fall equally on the just and the unjust. The dismay Kristen feels is not distributed equally across the political spectrum.

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How To Make Utility Bills More Fair

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

No one disputes that conservation should be encouraged. Pricing structures shape public behavior. Habits are harder to change than rates. As things stand, the champions of conservation pay nearly double the per-unit rate as those who use their full allotment of EWEB’s first-tier power.

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We Need a Rural WeWork Model

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

WeWork’s success relies on the serendipity of meeting others using adjoining workspaces. Can some of the benefits of proximity be replicated in a digital world? What would bring rural neighbors together around shared economic benefits?

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Keep Eugene Weird

September 11th, 2018 No Comments

Now more than ever, we must preserve and protect those things about us that make absolutely no sense. We have to support outdoor tuba concerts, mausoleum tours, nude beaches for middle-aged bathers, and our S.L.U.G. Queen pageant.

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Murphy’s Law and the American Midwest

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

The stories we tell animate the world around us, and many people in the heartland have gotten used to shading their stories in darker tones.

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Searching for the Sweet Spot Between Monarchy and Anarchy

July 30th, 2018 No Comments

The Hammonds have claimed to be “victims of government overreach,” but the facts presented at trial show a case of “government reach.” For decades, they flouted federal grazing statutes and required range management practices. Each reprimand they received resulted in little more than a slap on the hand.

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