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Bottle Returns Can Help Our Homeless

August 7th, 2015 1 Comment

Remember those barn-red newspaper recycling boxes that used to be on every street corner, supporting the Eugene Mission? Redemption rates for newsprint plummeted, so the Mission abandoned the program a few years ago, but we can recycle their blueprint for do-goodery.

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Inside a Grand Jury

December 16th, 2014 4 Comments

Every day, we got a steady stream of indictments for our consideration. We got to know all the assistant district attorneys and their individual styles. We saw many of the same policemen over and over. We witnessed the camaraderie between law enforcement professionals.

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Has Lane County Finally Solved Its Paradox of Plenty?

September 26th, 2014 3 Comments

When your wealth is in the ground, “dig deeper” is not a moral metaphor. It’s an economic strategy.

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Hunger is a Small Part of Food Insecurity

January 17th, 2014 1 Comment

Long before the body feels any physical effects of calorie deprivation, the mind encounters a host of fears.

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Lawn Sign Democracy

November 8th, 2013 1 Comment

It’s time to admit that voting in America has become a quaint formality, like kissing Grandma after Thanksgiving dinner. You have to do it, and you have to look like you mean it, at least to her.

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Lane Metro Partnership Can Now Switch Gears

October 1st, 2013 1 Comment

Small business owner-operators — people ready to hire a dozen people with specific skills if they can find the right location — should get more of our attention.

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Five is Too Few County Commissioners

March 5th, 2012 No Comments

If we had nine commissioners, three like-minded politicians — or even four — could gather without having a quorum at a non-public meeting.

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Elders’ Dystopian Vision Hits Today’s Youth

October 6th, 2011 2 Comments

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.

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