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Located in Salem

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

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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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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