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January 23rd, 2015

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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January 21st, 2015

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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January 20th, 2015

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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January 19th, 2015

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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I came across a poem, "Probability," by Lisa Purpura in the January 19, 2015 issue of The New Yorker while reading in bed before I went to sleep. I read it four times that night. More, since. I like it...

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January 18th, 2015

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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A few days ago I rediscovered a book that I'd starting reading a few years ago, David Loy's "Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy." It's one of the few writings on the subject of nonduality that doesn't make me want...

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January 16th, 2015

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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January 15th, 2015

For something completely different... and really well written... and either marvelously meaningful or completely meaningless... yet fun to read, nonetheless... Check out Rivka Weinberg's New York Times piece, "Why life is absurd." I liked it a lot. While understanding it...

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January 14th, 2015

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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January 13th, 2015

Over on my other blog today I put up a post, "Statesman Journal should put Mohammed cartoon on opinion page." It irritated me that the editorial page editor of our local newspaper, which is part of the Gannett chain, said...

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Time for an experiment with comments on my blog posts. I'm scientifically minded. I enjoy trying something different and seeing how it works out. Starting today, I'm going to be less accepting of publishing comments that include a lot of...

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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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January 12th, 2015

Like I've said before (quite a few times), and almost certainly will say again (after this time), religious beliefs shouldn't allow people to ignore laws. Where does this end, if we allow it to begin? Some Christian religious bigots believe...

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January 11th, 2015

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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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