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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

Last update: May 19th, 2016 at 09:30 pm

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

It's a no-brainer is an overused phrase. But it sure fits when it comes to vote by mail. In 1998, Oregon, where I live, became the first state in the country to conduct all elections by mailed ballots. Since, Washington...

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Well, I can chalk up another soul crushing moment: a third consecutive rejection of my TEDx Salem speaker application -- which I described in "Free will isn't. Existence is" My hoped-for TEDx Salem talk. The rejection letter reminded me of...

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I'm finding my progressive views being challenged by Thomas Frank's new book, "Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?" He's the author of "What's the Matter With Kansas?" which took shots at Republicans. Now he's...

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Lots of people are talking about what Donald Trump's triumph -- he looks certain to be the G.O.P. presidential nominee -- means for the future of the Republican Party, America, and the world. To me that stuff is interesting. But...

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Like I noted a few months ago in "Is Statesman Journal Best of Mid-Valley contest really about 'best'," the only guaranteed winner in this annual event is... the Statesman Journal. The biggest winner in the Best of the Mid-Valley contest...

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On Earth Day 2016, April 22, I asked 30 civic leaders in Salem three questions about climate change. These were candidates running for Mayor and City Council in the May election (9 people); City councilors not running in this election...

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Yesterday CB Two architect Dylan Chavez gave a fascinating Salem City Club talk about Influence in Design, "the nature and significance of architecture in our community." His slide presentation included interesting observations about what's good and bad in Salem's built...

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Some of the 2016 presidential candidates -- notably Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders -- make it sound like global trade is a bad thing. They talk about bringing jobs back to America and even forcing manufacturers like Apple to make...

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I love Tom Huth's paean to the benefits of daily marijuana smoking in his New York Times piece, "How Getting High Made Me a Better Caregiver." I've ordered his soon-to-be-released book: Forty Years Stoned: A Journalist's Romance. Huth clearly is...

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Usually a question mark in a blog post title or newspaper headline means the answer is "No." But sometimes it is "Yes." That's why question marks are so marvelously mysterious! Check out today's post on my Salem Political Snark blog,...

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For a long time I've written about local Salem, Oregon political issues on this blog. Recently I started a new blog, Salem Political Snark. That's where new posts about Salem politics can be found. If you're a Facebook user, give...

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A few days ago, Laurel, the family canine (ZuZu), and I headed off to a place here in Oregon we'd never been to before -- Drift Creek Falls. It's not far, about 90 minutes from Salem, where we live. And...

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For a while I'll continue to plug my Salem Political Snark posts here on HinesSight, where I've done my political ranting until recently. Eventually I hope that HinesSight readers interested in local politics get into the habit of making Salem...

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I've written quite a bit about the quandary my wife and I have -- or will have one day -- about leaving our house on ten non-easy-care acres in rural south Salem, Oregon. (See here, here, here, here, and here.)...

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Last night I spent 3 1/2 hours of my increasingly short senior citizen life at one of the most irritatingly unproductive government meetings I've ever seen -- a Salem City Council meeting (or maybe a work session) on plans for...

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Oh, man. I got so involved with writing on my new Salem Political Snark blog about what happened today at a highly emotional Chamber of Commerce news conference, I almost forgot to share the post on HinesSight. I'm really proud...

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Over on my new Salem Political Snark blog I've put up a post about two complaints that have been filed with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against Warren Bednarz, a city councilor. Check out "City Councilor Warren Bednarz hit with...

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One brief near-encounter with a clueless driver spoke volumes to me about what needs to change if downtown Salem -- and the rest of this town -- is to become friendly to walkers and cyclists. I'd left my Tai Chi...

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Another day, another post on my new Salem Political Snark blog: "City of Salem officials acting stupid on earthquake safety." It starts out with... Gosh, maybe this is too radical an idea for Salem's Mayor and City Council, but it...

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Political junkie that I am, the notion of having a purely political blog has rattled around in my old-man mind for a while. When the name Salem Political Snark joined the rattling mental clutter, I thought DAMN, GOT TO DO...

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The title of this post captures a core theme of the conversation I had yesterday with John Southgate, a Portland consultant highly knowledgeable about downtown revitalization. Along with Public Affairs Counsel staff, Southgate did most of the writing and research...

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The City of Salem has put up a Survey Monkey poll about the proposed $80 million, 150,000 square foot police facility -- which is vastly overpriced, threatens the vitalization of downtown, and has sucked up money needed to make the...

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So, fellow citizens of Salem, do you agree with me about this? Making downtown more attractive, people-friendly, and economically vibrant is a way better use for $20 million in urban renewal funds than using that money to subsidize a supersized,...

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What needs to be done to make downtown Salem (Oregon) more vibrant? Great question. Yesterday I learned about a rather mysterious "Salem 2025" report prepared by John Southgate Consulting and Public Affairs Counsel, a Salem-based government affairs firm headed by...

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A lot of Democrats/progressives in Oregon consider the just-completed 2016 legislative session to have been a success. But in my view the passage of HB 4040, which aligns our state with science-denying, anti-environment right-wing extremism that I'd hoped would be...

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When I started to get involved in City of Salem issues back in 2013, I was immediately struck by how top City officials didn't care about what citizens had to say. Their disdain for public participation in policy-making was obvious....

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I have a new citizen activist obsession: Doing everything I can, from now until it happens, to convince Salem's Mayor, City Manager, city councilors, and general citizenry that making the Civic Center buildings earthquake-ready is a moral necessity. For several...

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I just got home from a fund-raiser for Cara Kaser that was held at the south Salem McMenamins. I'm flying high on visions of what a great city councilor she will be -- and that's not the Terminator Stout talking...

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Here's the post I put up a little while ago on my Strange Up Salem Facebook page while I sat in the City Council chambers and listened to a lot of people testifying about the City of Salem's proposal for...

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Having lived in our non-easy-care rural south Salem house for 26 years, and having reached the semi-geezerish age of 67, I'm heavy into a love/hate relationship with where we are. (See here, here, here, here, and here.) But then there's...

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