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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

Sadly, planning for an unneeded, unwanted, and unpaid-for Willamette River third bridge continues on in Salem. This half billion dollar boondoggle is like a zombie that's half alive, half dead, and keeps on staggering along to no particular purpose other...

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A neighbor and friend here in rural south Salem, Tim Jaskoski, has set up a web site to display and sell his creative flower art. Well worth a look. Here's a home page sample: "The Rose." I also especially liked...

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The Statesman Journal is, as the saying goes, "dead to me." After 37 years of being a loyal subscriber to Salem's community newspaper, it pains me to come to this conclusion. But for good reasons, I no longer trust the...

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Thankfully, Salem's reputation as a conservative town has been undermined further with the recent release of November 2014 election results by precinct. We now know that Salem resoundingly said Yes! to legalizing recreational marijuana via Measure 91: 53% vs. 47%....

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Yes, that's us, Brian and Laurel Hines, displayed in all our 60'ish glory (both age and decade) in a New York Post story this month: "When I'm 64. Tie-dyed-in-the-wool hippies are redefining retirement homes and end-of-life choices." Download When I'm...

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This being a halfway family-friendly blog, I'll let readers of this post mentally fill in their favorite profanities to shower on DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network after... Once #%!@#! again yesterday, I missed a U of O football game that...

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If there were any global warming deniers in the room at today's Salem City Club meeting, I don't see how they could have listened to Rear Admiral (Retired) David Titley and not been persuaded that climate change is happening; it...

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I love writing blog post titles like this one. I make myself sound so absolutely great! I spent a few milli-seconds wondering whether I should leave out the "can't-miss" and just go with "brilliant," but then I thought, To hell...

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Time for another Truth Bomb! Salem's community newspaper, the Statesman Journal, no longer cares about accuracy in its reporting and editorializing. I've got good reasons for saying this after filing several ethics complaints with both the Statesman Journal and the...

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My new Strange Up Salem column in Salem Weekly is "My dyfunctional relationship with Salem." After 37 years of living in or near Salem, I seem to be settling into a pleasantly dysfunctional relationship with this town. Like Sharon Stone’s...

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Salem is Oregon's capital, the seat of state government. But no one would call it the capital of Oregon's vaunted liberalism/progressivism. (In the 2014 midterms we were the only state that added to its Democratic majorities in the state House...

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Progressive Democratic me actually is a pretty moderate guy. I was raised by a very conservative mother. I grew up reading Bill Buckley and National Review. I have right-leaning friends. As a long-time Oregonian I fondly recall our state's Governor...

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"You should look into what Linda Norris did in Eugene, when she was City Manager there." When somebody told me this, naturally my curiosity was aroused. Currently Linda Norris is Salem's City Manager. This is an important position, arguably more...

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Almost always, the Salem City Club has highly enjoyable noon hour presentations. Last Friday's was especially interesting for a political junkie like me. Ed Dover, a professor of political science at Western Oregon University and chair of the department, spoke...

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Salem, Oregon has its own version of the infamous $320 million "Bridge to Nowhere" boondoggle -- except our unneeded bridge is estimated to cost even more, $350 to $400 million. The original Alaska bridge debacle sounds a lot like what...

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Josh Marquis is the Clatsop County District Attorney. Law-abiding guy that (one would think) he is, Marquis shouldn't have a problem with someone making public record requests to see whether he broke the law against using taxpayer dollars for a...

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Democrat Peter Courtney has been an excellent state senator in the Oregon legislature. His opponent is Republican Patti Milne, someone my wife and I, along with others in our rural south Salem neighborhood, know quite well as an elected official....

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Here's a dirty (or let's say, sawdusty) open secret: the City of Salem doesn't really care much about trees. It allows beautiful healthy trees to be cut down when they don't need to, bowing to special interests rather than the...

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Today a Facebook post clued me in to a worrisome possibility: some restaurants in downtown Salem might attempt to keep food carts from establishing a long-term "pod" in the area. Or maybe even ban temporarily positioned carts. Here's the post...

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A few days ago I Truth Bombed about how our community newspaper, the Statesman Journal is failing us. This is part of my new blogging passion, "Salem, open your eyes." It's tough to clearly see what's going on in Salem...

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Just got a nice compliment from James M. Schultz, who left this Facebook comment about my blog post Truth Bomb: "The Statesman Journal newspaper is failing Salem." A number of years back, I decided never to buy another StatesmanJournal newspaper...

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Boom! Here's the first Truth Bomb in my who-knows-how-many-parts series, described in "Salem, open your eyes." I'm out to say some things I haven't said before about what needs to change in the city I've lived in or near for...

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Rick Steves, travel guru, is coming to Oregon! Better yet, SALEM! "Travel as a Political Act - Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Oregon" He’ll be in Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford, Ashland, Bend, The Dalles, and Gresham. Tickets are free,...

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I've been called a bomb-thrower by folks at City Hall. I guess this is supposed to be an insult. I consider it a compliment. I'm proud to speak out loud and powerfully when I see stuff going on in Salem...

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Like I said in my recent Salem Weekly column, the debates over how to handle parking in downtown Salem need to come to an end. Battling via successive dueling petitions is no way to form a viable downtown parking policy....

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One of the best arguments for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana for adults, is that it will help control pot use among youths. Today the Bend Bulletin published a great opinion piece by Inge Fryklund, "Time to...

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Oh, yeah, I was ready for a slugfest of a debate when Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis got ready to settle into their respective corners -- well, seats -- at today's Salem City Club...

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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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