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HinesSight

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Located in Salem

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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

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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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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