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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

Last night I attended a meeting of a group that has been discussing parking problems in downtown Salem, Oregon. I don't know if it has an official name, so I'll call it the Parking Group. From what I could tell...

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Like I've blogged about before, my wife and I -- both 65 years old -- are having trouble figuring out what we want to do when we grow up. More precisely, where we want to live. Do we keep on...

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When I heard that plans are afoot (love that phrase) to remove more large, beautiful trees in Salem's downtown historic district, my interest was aroused. After all, I followed the 2013 U.S. Bank tree removal debacle extremely closely. Eventually I...

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Likely executives at our one and only community newspaper, the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal, will try to put a positive spin on today's announcement that Gannett is spinning off its newspaper holdings and USA Today -- separating them from its...

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"You don't sound as compassionate as the other people." That was my wife's reaction when she read yesterday's Salem Statesman Journal Rapid Response piece, which featured short responses from newspaper subscribers who have signed up to answer editorial queries. Download...

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Hey, so maybe the title of this blog post sounds self-centered to you. What do you expect, dude? The author, moi, is a 65 year-old baby boomer. I'm proudly part of the Me Generation. So naturally I see everything as...

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Mayor Peterson, City Manager Norris, and other City of Salem officials just can't seem to please anybody these days. When they tried to take over part of public Riverfront Park for a private access road, they were slammed by park...

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Tonight I watched another shameful performance by the Mayor and City Council of Salem (Oregon), who voted unanimously to approve the destruction of Howard Hall, a building that the Historic Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to preserve. Interesting, to say the...

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Next Monday, July 28, the Salem City Council will continue with a public hearing about Howard Hall, a historic landmark that is the last building remaining from the now-closed School for the Blind. The Historic Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to...

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Today the Salem Statesman Journal has a story about how a candidate for the state legislature, Chuck Lee, seems to be buying Facebook likes. Download Did House candidate Chuck Lee buy Facebook likes? Naturally that got me curious about where...

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It's easy to show why the Salem Chamber of Commerce's poll about a proposed third bridge across the Willamette River is as crappy as the whole idea of this unneeded, unwanted, and unpaid-for boondoggle. Here's a quick question for you:...

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Previously I've blogged about the Children's Room at the Salem library being held hostage to an ill-advised notion of converting the entire building into a police facility. (See here and here.) Today I attended a two hour meeting of the...

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What's not to like about next Wednesday's rally against the unneeded, unwanted, and unpaid for $400 million Third Bridge that special interests want to foist on Salemians? Us ordinary people, of course, would be expected to pay for it. Somehow...

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A week ago a humble local blogger -- ME! ME! -- revealed that City of Salem officials were holding a much-needed remodeling of the library's Children's Room hostage... to a possible conversion of the Salem Public Library into a police...

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"You're crazy." When people say that to me, or when I say it to myself, I realize that we're not talking about clinical craziness. I'm in touch with reality. I can relate to people appropriately. I don't hear voices inside...

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It was an interesting juxtaposition of truth-telling and fear-mongering. Sunday night my wife and I watched the most recent Cosmos episode, which was about global climate change. Scary scientific conclusions, as recapped by the LA Times. Here's the thing: Nature...

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When you read the title of this blog post, what do you think "giddily" meant? Probably something like happy, right? Joyful, maybe. This indeed is one definition of "giddy." As in, he was giddy with delight. Almost certainly you weren't...

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This should be a crime: holding remodeling of the Salem Public Library's Children's Room hostage to a crazy plan to convert the entire library into a police facility while putting the library... somewhere else. Or maybe City officals will conclude...

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Today the Salem Statesman Journal editorial page did what it does best: parrot Chamber of Commerce and City of Salem talking points without bothering about the facts of an important policy decision. Here's what editorial page editor Dick Hughes, most...

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A few days ago I talked with someone in-the-know about how the Salem (Oregon) City Manager, Linda Norris, ended up controlling on her own $215,000 in Economic Improvement District funds paid by downtown businesses. It was a lengthy conversation. This...

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OK, blog post title philosophical nit-pickers, the emotional core I want to get in touch with for my Stories from the Dark Side bit isn't exactly existential angst. But it's close. I'm thrilled to be part of the next Stories...

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I don't know exactly when it was I decided that having a land line in these cellular days is akin to listening to music on an 8-track tape player. It might have been -- and, now that I think about...

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The City of Salem is seriously considering converting the Public Library at the Civic Center into a police facility. The library would be moved to some other location in the downtown area. Pretty big news. It'll be interesting to see...

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Salemians, it's worth your time -- really. To spend 24 minutes listening to my interview with Ken Adam's on our community radio station, KMUZ. I talked about my report, "Outrage," an expose of the completely unnecessary killing of five beautiful...

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Let's get this straight before I launch into my main point: community newspapers like the Salem Statesman Journal shouldn't make election endorsements. I'm not a big fan of the Statesman Journal editorial page. To put it mildly. You can read...

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I heartily enjoyed David Engen's letter to the editor in today's Statesman Journal. Well, aside from his use of the term "marginal." I don't consider the 2014 Salem City Council candidates who weren't endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and...

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Over on my Strange Up Salem Facebook page (give it a Like by a click at the top of this blog's right sidebar), today I posted a paean to a local blog -- The Upright Cyclist -- I hadn't known...

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Even without looking at a calendar it's easy to tell that we're getting close to Oregon primary election day: Tuesday, May 20. That's when ballots will be counted and the results of Salem City Council races announced. Among many other...

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Thanks to Salem Weekly, we now know more about Daniel Benjamin's assault arrest. Before considering voting for Ward 6 candidate Benjamin, be sure to check out the updated SW online story, "City Council Candidate Misrepresents HIs Troubled Past, Gets Statesman...

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If you live in Salem's Ward 6, vote for City Council candidate Xue Lor. Unless you want to be represented by someone who isn't embarassed that he was arrested for domestic violence. Which would be Daniel Benjamin, who has been...

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