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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

I love watching fireflies do their bioluminescence thing. I've just spent several days in Indiana and Kentucky. Fireflies are common there. They don't exist in Oregon, so far as I know. At least, I've never seen a firefly in my...

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I like the Salem Police Department. I don't like the City of Salem's proposed $82 million "supersized" plan for a new police facility. Likewise, I can support our armed forces and still oppose wasteful military spending. I've made an Adobe...

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Yesterday my wife and I saw what sort of new house $1,147,000 will buy in Salem. Also, what $600,000, and $875,000 will buy you. There were quite a few less expensive houses in the 2016 Salem Tour of Homes, but...

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It sounds strange to say this (even to myself), but I've already written about everything I know about my father. Physically, I only spent one hour with him, excluding unremembered baby-time. Telephonically, he started calling me when I was in...

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Oh, Bernie. This Hillary supporter wants so much for you to recognize the reality that she will be the Democratic presidential candidate, not you. And then to work hand-in-hand with Clinton and the Democratic Party to (1) defeat Donald Trump...

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I wish I had a realistic answer to stopping mass shootings in this country. I wish somebody did. But here we are again, 50 dead and 53 wounded in an attack on a gay nightclub, the worst mass shooting in...

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Today is historic. The New York Times headline says it all. Hillary Clinton Has Clinched Democratic Nomination, Survey Reports. Hillary Clinton became the first woman to capture the presidential nomination of one of the country’s major political parties on Monday...

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"If you designed a new downtown, what would it look like?" This week's Rapid Responder feature in the Statesman Journal asked a good question. The answers from people who live in Salem and some nearby towns were equally good. Below...

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Yesterday I tossed my folding Bike Friday Silk into the back of my two-door Mini Cooper (try that with a regular bike) and headed off to Englewood Park in north Salem for a Salem Bike Boulevards Advocates Slow Roll ride...

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I don't know why I didn't do this a lot sooner -- clicking on "unsubscribe" rather than merely deleting the massive amount of emails that regularly build up in my inbox from Democratic political causes, environmental groups, online businesses I...

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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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