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Isaac Laquedem
Portland, Oregon
I'm a longtime Portlander who keeps an eye on the passing political scene, and I can occasionally be seen at its edges, where the light fades nto shadow. That might be me in the back of the Council chambers, or whispering in the ear of a bureau head. In this blog I try to be accurate, but I make no claim to be fair, impartial, or unbiased.
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I enjoy reading the descriptions of natural history that condense the life of the universe into the scale of a single year, sometimes called the Cosmic Calendar, so that if the Big Bang happened on January 1, the solar system... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
In January, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed eliminating the corporate income tax. As president-elect, Donald Trump wanted to lower the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. They may wish to review the history of how the nation's tax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
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On this day in 1919, when Tom Moyer was born in an upstairs bedroom of this unassuming building in Sellwood, his father, who had boxed as "Silk Hat" Harry Moyer, might have imagined that Tom would himself become a boxer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
I was not the first, or the second, or even the six hundredth person to be surprised by Amanda Fritz's decision to close her City Hall office and travel to Arizona with six of her senior staff to attend a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
The title of the link is misleading: the 9th Circuit declined to lift the stay that Judge James Robart placed on President Trump's immigration order. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/09/appeals-court-to-issue-decision-on-trump-travel-ban-later-today.html Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
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Comedian Irwin Corey billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority." Authority on what? Anything you might wish him to talk about, if you were willing to overlook how he could spiral from coherent and professorial English into a whirlpool of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Hidden within Donald Trump's executive order on immigration is this little gem, section 9: Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
A year ago I'd written about Richard See and Paul Gold, who dominated downtown real estate for decades and whose exploits included acquiring and assembling the block where the Georgia-Pacific Building (now the Standard Insurance Center) became downtown's first modern... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Today Donald Trump ordered that citizens of seven specified and predominantly Muslim nations, including those with green cards, be excluded from the United States for 90 days unless admitted on a case-by-case evaluation. Mr. Trump based his order on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
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Stores around Pioneer Square are boarding up their windows now in their reasonable belief that this afternoon's protests of our new president will turn destructive. I saw workers in action by 7:00 this morning. There's something sardonically appropriate in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Among the anniversaries that passed unnoticed this year was one on November 21, the 75th anniversary of the 1941 death of a Portland city commissioner of the 1920s and 1930s. You think you don't know his name, but you do,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
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When he speaks, sometimes Donald Trump gets closer to the truth than he realizes. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
. . . giving money to state and local candidates who finish second. I committed a lot of it this year. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
Come January America will still have its energetic and inventive people and the products of their hands and minds: its farms, its factories, its universities, its cities, its natural resources, its trading partners, and its constitution. The nation survived Franklin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
Once upon a time the United Hotel Company needed to hire a new president. It narrowed more than a dozen applicants down to two and called them in for a final interview. "What's your experience in the industry?" they asked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
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Today the staff and orchestra of the Oregon Symphony picked up a possible explanation for why they never see Carlos Kalmar (the Symphony's music director) and Charles Calmer (the Symphony's artistic administrator) in the same room. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
Portland Public Schools, the state's largest school district by enrollment, currently serves 49,000 students. The district proudly states that it's enjoyed seven straight years of enrollment growth, which it has. It's not so forthcoming about its decades of enrollment shrinkage;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
To a survivor of Auschwitz, the rest of life's challenges must seem easy. In September 2008 I wrote about one such survivor, a Portland resident who that day celebrated his 90th birthday, something that must have seemed impossible for him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
In a conversation with a fellow political aficionado about the upcoming presidential election, a thought occurred to me on how, if Donald Trump appears to win a narrow majority of the electors, the Republican party establishment might nevertheless elect a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
Donald Trump calls his opponent "Crooked Hillary." Based on his half-century of research, John T. Molloy says that Mr. Trump is not only unmannered but making a political mistake. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
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In matters of gambling, Oregon has two personalities. The law prohibits casinos and commercial gambling, even as the state itself operates two lotteries and other games of chance. ORS 167.117 permits Oregonians to engage in social games, such as the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem
Saying that both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump are terrible prospective presidents is like saying that two drivers are both irresponsible because one of them has had a series of hit-and-run accidents, a few DUI convictions, and a reckless driving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Isaac Laquedem