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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

Last update: February 4th, 2016 at 08:25 pm

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

I don't hear "You're a dick!" very often. Maybe never. But my citizen activism leads to me being called other derogatory names, like bombthrower. I've made that into a term of endearment. Here's what I said in a 2014 post:...

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OK, let's get this straight right off the bat: I'm pretty much clueless about betting. So if I make some dumb-ass mistake about odds and what-not in this post, that's because I'm a betting dumb-ass. (I'd say there's at least...

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Way back when, I thought I'd be more excited tonight, what with the Iowa caucuses finally kicking off voting that will culminate in November 2016 with a new president of the United States. Problem is, it feels to me like...

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Who knew? The social media Powers That Be at the City of Salem don't allow external links in Facebook comments. Well, except their own, apparently. I learned this after leaving a comment on a recent City of Salem post about...

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Like so many other people in Oregon, I've been avidly following developments over in Harney County, where a bunch of wacko right-wing militants have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for bizarre reasons only their twisted minds have a...

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Citizens of Salem, Oregon, listen up! I have great news. Our city can become as cool as Des Moines, Iowa! Ah, I sense your lack of enthusiasm. Des Moines? That's our urban model? I'll pass on that. No, wait. Don't...

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This morning I went to City Hall and picked up a CD that contained public record documents I'd requested. It was a citizen activist pleasure to pay $24.43 to learn how much the City of Salem is paying the DLR...

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Salem Community Vision has analyzed the four sites that were selected by a City Council subcommittee last month as the best possible locations for a new police facility. One by one, they posted "reviews" of each site on the Salem...

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Being a proud progressive, I'm committed to rationality, fairness, sound arguments, and fealty to facts. (Which makes me much different from most right-wing conservatives these days.) So I've been pondering whether I'm justified in being outraged at what the militants...

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Nobody likes to peek at their investment portfolio after a day like today: a 390 point drop in the Dow (-2.4%), with the S&P 500 not much better at -2.2%. But even though I toyed with the idea of brewing...

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Salemians, the people who are trying to save historic Howard Hall from being demolished by Salem Hospital may need your help. Meaning, some of your money. Cash isn't needed now. Just an indication of your commitment to donate to a...

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Yesterday I griped about how a nearby Oregon town, Silverton, is kicking Salem's butt when it comes to being bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Today, here's a positive to-do list about how to change things, courtesy of the Salem Breakfast on...

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Salem sucks when it comes to the sort of bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure Gil Penalosa and other proponents of so-called "alternative" transportation say is sorely needed in every city. Check out 8-80 Cities. (That word, alternative, assumes that cars are the normal...

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As noted in a previous post, I liked Kasia Quillinan's remarks at a meeting of the task force that is charged with advising on the location and cost of a new Salem (Oregon) police facility. Quillinan is a former City...

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Last night I got to watch The Health Care Movie in a marvelous way. In a living room on a big screen TV. For free. With the filmmakers, Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg -- who now reside right here in...

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Yeah, I'm showing my age with a power to the people mention. But given the mostly gray hair in evidence among the dozens of people who showed up to express their opposition to a vastly over-priced, poorly planned $80 million...

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We humans are social creatures. With long memories. When we interact with someone we've known for a while, each person brings with them the entire history of that relationship. As every couple knows, a simple present-moment utterance, "You forgot to...

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Below you can read what I just emailed off to T.J. Sullivan, chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Police Facility established by Mayor Anna Peterson. If you're not familiar with this issue, check out one of my...

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Recently the Salem Statesman Journal newspaper wimped out on taking part in the worldwide fight for freedom of expression, "Je suis Charlie," that followed the despicable murders of satirists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices by Islamic fundamentalists. Yes, a...

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Tear it down! Aside from one building, that's what City of Salem and state government officials are moving toward on the historic North Campus of the Oregon State Hospital. But Traverse City, Michigan has shown there's another way. Salem, Oregon...

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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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