You-gene Archive

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.

Rent-Seeking May Be What Pot Entrepreneurs Are (Really) Seeking

If government officials in Eugene or Creswell are uncomfortable giving commercial protections to private enterprises, here’s a way they can shape how commerce grows without such a heavy hand.

Are You in the Path of Total Eclipse Hype?

The Aztecs may have taken an eclipse as a bad omen, but we can’t be anything but grateful for even a small modicum of normality or predictability in the world around us.

Paid Parking Can Make People Feel Free

Eliminate every possible confusion with improved signage. Parking garages are elaborately ramped circles, so people naturally feel spun around.

Rickies Return, Older and, Well, Older

Whenever I hear about ‘micro-aggressions,’ I get confused. If they’re micro-anything, you shouldn’t be able to see them without special equipment. How hard can it be to get over anything that’s so small that it’s called micro?

Fandom Sets Eugene Apart

We don’t do sport differently than other towns. Each sport follows rules that standardize competition across locations. What Eugene does differently is fandom. Our reputation has grown in sports where our style of fandom can make a

How We Look Shapes What We See

The boss won’t see the bugs or the birds or the straw — but he will see that one tree, standing alone in the tract he paid you to clear.

Downtown Solutions Disappoint; Here’s What Will Work

The report’s suggested solutions ... are wholly unoriginal — a paint-by-numbers picture of a bright and cheery downtown in Anyplace, USA.

Empathy, Not Information Will Solve Downtown Safety Issue

I learned under those stars what it meant to be a public servant, as opposed to an elected official. Everyone has their own unique calling that they need to follow. I found mine that night, 20 years