Don Kahle Archive

Deregulate Mailbox Designs to Build Community

Each homeowner has the opportunity to mount a form of self-expression on the edge of the public realm. This edge — biologists call it an ecotone — between public and private is where creativity thrives.

Lariviere Receives Karma, Teaches Dharma

Circumstances are not what drive history forward; character is. Consequences and precedents can dissuade us from becoming true expressions of our unique and authentic selves, but they are always over and done with before we can act

Down Under Finds Itself On Top

Full employment was a Soviet ideal. Full aspiration is what Australia offers. Hope is any nation’s most valuable resource. America had it for a full century. But the world has now turned upside down and Down Under

Elders’ Dystopian Vision Hits Today’s Youth

Toasters don’t jump off our counters to follow it. But the fears of one generation have been visited on the next. We have designed a machine that we cannot stop.

Fripperies R Us

Why don’t meteorologists study meteors? It seems like they’re getting away with something.

NFL Should Pay Colleges For Developing Their Talent

Knowledge and passion can be blissfully bifurcated. That’s good for adult sports fans, but lousy for high school athletes.

Celebrate the Street

For four hours, a downtown street will be open to traffic but closed to cars. The commons will be taken back from automobiles and reclaimed by the people who drive them.

With 2020 Vision, the President Can Claim the Decade

Within a decade, let’s reduce the American work week to 32 hours, and bring millions back into the work force. The president’s political opponents want smaller government. Can they campaign against three-day weekends?

Eugene’s ECO-Temp Tells Us How It Is

Humans have been trying to find their place in the world ever since. Maybe the Heat Index helps. Does it really matter how the world is? Can’t we just talk about how it feels to us?

Thuggery Created the D.C. Crisis

We knew the Tea Partiers were extremists and ideologues, but we learned something new when drool stains pooled beneath some of them as calamity loomed.