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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

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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Great news! Tucked away in today's "Hughesisms" column by Dick Hughes is an apparent revocation of the newspaper's endorsement of Sheronne Blasi. Blasi is the special interest Chamber of Commerce candidate who recently moved into Ward 2 just so she...

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It's been two days since our alternative newspaper, Salem Weekly, embarassed our "real" newspaper, the Statesman Journal, by publishing a disturbing story of political and journalistic malfeasance: City Council candidate lies to Statesman Journal, gets their endorsement anyway. The evening...

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The LoveSalem blog has a great post today: "The Statesman-Journal's 'Eyes Wide Shut' endorsements." LoveSalem refers to the recent revelation by our alternative paper, Salem Weekly, that Ward 6 city council candidate Daniel Benjamin lied to the Statesman Journal about...

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Aside from my bad hair day, I'm pleased with this 30-minute interview about my recently-released report about how the City of Salem and U.S. Bank cut down five beautiful, healthy, large trees in downtown Salem for no good reason. I...

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Great job, Salem Weekly -- putting up an online story about how Ward 6 city council candidate Daniel Benjamin lied to the Statesman Journal about his criminal record. Benjamin claimed in his candidate questionnaire he didn't have one, but actually...

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Salemians (the only correct name for people who live in Salem, Oregon) should take a look at a new page on the Salem Community Vision website. I'm intimately familiar with the Projects page, because I put it up fairly recently....

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Read all about it in my Strange Up Salem column that's in the current Salem Weekly issue. We've got to get the word out to everybody in town! The May election has revealed the presence of... mind snatchers! Salem’s invasion...

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My intellectual interest in Jen Selter arose when I read a piece on Jezebel, "We Need to Talk About 'Butt Selfie Queen' Jen Selter." Though I noticed two photos of Selter at the top of the page, I hurried past...

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Hard to disagree with John Oliver: we do have ourselves some fucking idiots in this here state. But, hey, give us some credit. It takes a special skill of sorts to spend about $250 million on a Cover Oregon website...

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I had high hopes for the supposed newly-local freshly-designed Salem Statesman Journal web site. But my first impression of it was Ugh! Subsequent impressions haven't been any better. I've been a frequent visitor to the online Statesman Journal, even though...

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