You-gene Archive

Keillor’s Removal Makes a Bad Plan Worse

Removing Keillor from a 30-year-old piece of art is beyond the dimly lit pale. Judas did worse, but he’s still in daVinci’s “Last Supper.”

Eugene Needs Fewer Losers — Here’s How

This is not a feel-good, trophy-for-everyone argument. Solutions that incorporate minority views are sturdier, more resilient, and often more creative.

Millrace Opportunity Abounds

Taken together, these two parties can handle the beginning and the end, leaving only the middle. Connecting those dots shouldn’t be difficult.

Flying People Belong Together

It’s not a manger scene if Mary is behind the United ticket counter, Joseph is near Delta’s gate and the baby Jesus is swaddled in Allegiant’s warning display against oversized carry-on bags.

Plastics Could Be The End of the Future

Now the collection is “streamlined” — which sounds good, unless you’re the stream for which it’s bound.

Rainy Day Funds Should Be Protected

Elected officials might think twice about balancing their budget by dipping into the “Political Cowardice Fund.”

Majority Rules is Not Enough

Politics is not like sport, or shouldn’t be. If winning is all that matters, then losers have nothing to do except wait for their turn to be winners.

Envision a Party for Eugene’s Growth Boundary Decision

“Giving ground” to the other side can be in fact what’s necessary to release the interwoven tensions that trap both sides inside a controversy.

Mystery Around Conductor’s Firing Hurts Everyone

When how much we care outstrips how much we know, we find ways to match the two. Rumors and innuendo fill the gap. Conspiracy theories breed in the darkness of not knowing.

Hats Off

Maybe I’ve seen too many video captures of bank robbery suspects wearing baseball caps, but I can feel a deep urge inside me to ask for candy or cash.