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Oregon should regain its maximum minimum wage

October 2nd, 2015 1 Comment

We want our minimum to be above any line labeled as poverty, so let’s add 10 percent to declare a non-poor minimum wage of $12.82 for 2015. That’s not a bumper sticker number; it’s a “we did our homework” number.

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(How to) Make Oregon a Hot Spot

September 11th, 2015 4 Comments

What would companies charge for up to 4 million customers, on one bill? Probably less per person than you and I are paying right now.

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College Football is Big Business (Duh!)

September 4th, 2015 No Comments

… calling it what it is — an expensive and profitable business venture, an economic stimulus for the school and the region, and a source of immense civic pride.

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Eastern Oregon: Our Nearby Nowhere

June 12th, 2015 1 Comment

If you drive east from here, you don’t have to go very far until you are in the middle of nowhere. No cell phone signal, no lights visible in any direction, no sign of anyone anywhere. That’s not only possible in eastern Oregon; it’s almost unavoidable.

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Tax Pot at Zero Percent, Just in Case

October 17th, 2014 No Comments

Springfield looks likely to adopt a pot tax and Lane County has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday. Charging a nickel for grocery bags seemed silly to them, but they may double down with a tax on dime-bags.

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Excellence Matters; Success Doesn’t

March 14th, 2014 2 Comments

Between Ken Kesey Square at the heart of downtown Eugene and all of the University of Oregon buildings that bear Phil Knight’s imprimatur, it’s easy to overlook the legacy of Bill Bowerman and the culture of excellence he attempted to instill here.

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Oregonians Already “Pay It Forward”

August 23rd, 2013 1 Comment

Here’s how we can do Merkley’s concept one better, and fund our children’s higher education in a more self-reliant way.

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Looking for Eugene Under Every Boulder

June 28th, 2013 No Comments

Boulder’s total population is 99,000, giving it double Eugene’s density of university students. By that measure, Boulder is twice the “college town” as Eugene.

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Eugene Cultivates, Reno Extracts

June 14th, 2013 1 Comment

The two cities’ currencies have different colors. Reno trades in glistening gold. Eugene settles its accounts with green — literally.

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Earth Day Gets Personal

April 19th, 2013 1 Comment

I cannot describe the mixture of fear and comfort I felt in that tree trunk.

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