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Salem, Oregon
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Well, notwithstanding the title of this blog post, actually Salem Bridge Solutions should think more than twice about the wisdom of attempting to recall the six progressive members of the City Council who voted to kill the Salem River Crossing project last Monday. I'll describe the more-than-two reasons below. First,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Salem Political Snark
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Let's be clear: By "bridge building" I don't mean constructing a Third Bridge in Salem across the Willamette River. That project died last Monday night when the City Council voted 6-3 to kill it. What I'm talking about in the title of this blog post is what happens next in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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After I watched the Salem City Council kill the Salem River Crossing or Third Bridge project last night, my first reaction was to feel deeply thankful toward the six councilors who did the right thing by saving Salem from this Billion Dollar Boondoggle. But with a bit more reflection, my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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Anyone who doubts that the City Council did the right thing by killing the Third Bridge on a 6-3 vote last night should spend 10 minutes and watch Councilor Tom Andersen's eloquent explanation of why the Salem River Crossing project deserved to die. This video starts (hopefully) at the beginning... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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If City Councilors want more reasons to vote NO at their meeting tonight on whether to keep the Salem River Crossing (Third Bridge) project alive, here's disturbing information on missing dirt from the area where the west bridgehead would be located. This morning I received this "dirt on the missing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Salem Political Snark
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Obviously we can't be certain that the Salem River Crossing (or Third Bridge) project will die a well-deserved death tomorrow at the February 11 City Council meeting. But since the six progressives on the nine-member Council all were elected after promising to fight what I like to call the Billion... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Salem Political Snark
Good points, Sharon. You're right about social media. And when it came to news, there was the nightly news and a daily newspaper, plus weeklies like TIME and Life. The times were much different back then, for sure. I remember when I got my first transistor radio sometime in high school. It seemed like a miracle, to be able to walk around with a radio playing. Now I'm sounding old... because I am.
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Yesterday I walked around downtown Salem before and after my 6 pm Tai Chi class. On Court Street I saw several people lying on sidewalk benches, completely covered in gray blankets that I assume had been given out in anticipation of the next round of cold, snowy weather. On Commercial... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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I've never skipped a State of the Union address, but this year it crossed my mind. Well, just a few seconds of Trump's overly long and mostly boring speech made me glad that I watched it live. Nancy Pelosi's closed-eyes smirk of condescension, which was preceded by some eloquent eye-rolling,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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Below you'll find a opinion piece about Salem's downtown homeless problem written by Carole Smith. She and Eric Kittleson live downtown and lease space to several Court Street businesses. So they have an up-close and personal perspective on how homeless people are impacting Salem's urban core. Smith submitted the piece... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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Last night the City Council held a work session on the Salem River Crossing project, often termed the Third Bridge. Or, the Billion Dollar Boondoggle. I watched some of the work session via a Facebook feed. My impression of what transpired fits with the headline of a Statesman Journal story,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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If Howard Schultz, the ex-CEO of Starbucks, runs for president as an independent, there's too high a risk that he will siphon off enough votes to enable Donald Trump to win a second term in 2020. So here's how to tell Schultz, "Don't run for president." There's a Contact Us... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Me, thanks for the compliment. Actually the Breakfast on Bikes blogger knows a lot more about the intricacies of transportation and land use planning than I do. I'm super impressed with his ability to analyze complex issues in a mostly-readable fashion. I readily admit that I chose excerpts from his posts that were less technical and more comprehensible to the general reader, though.
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It's unfortunate that in advance of next Wednesday's City Council work session on the Salem River Crossing project, a.k.a. the Third Bridge, councilors and the public are being fed a bunch of pseudo-facts that run the gamut from clearly false to questionable. As noted in a recent post of mine,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Carol, I'd go to this Help page under your account: https://help.statesmanjournal.com I've found that the chat function on the left side works well. That gives you a written record of what you and the other person said during your chat function. There's also a phone number, but it sounds like you've already tried phoning 1-800-556-3975 Another idea: cancel your subscription, then restart as a new subscriber, if you're still interested in getting the Statesman Journal. New subscribers pay considerably less than existing subscribers. I did this myself via a chat session, which I shared in this blog post: https://hinessight.blogs.com/salempoliticalsnark/2017/11/cancel-your-statesman-journal-subscription-for-30-days-to-save-500-a-year.html
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It doesn't give me pleasure to write about the further decline of Salem, Oregon's one and only daily newspaper, the Statesman Journal. I'll end this post with a poignant anecdote from a New Yorker story about the death of newspapers. It isn't pleasant to watch the demise of someone that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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I like David and Goliath stories. I always root for David, the little guy or gal. That's why I'm hoping Salem's small 35-student Heritage School gets treated fairly by City officials and the City Council regarding its concerns about what the large, rich, and powerful Mountain West Investment Corporation wants... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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This is a great example of bottom-up creativity here in Salem. As far as I know, the City of Salem had no intention of buying the 45-acre property that formerly housed the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility until Salem activist Mark Wigg proposed this, and I shared Wigg's ideas in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
Skyline, I don't feel bad about taking advantage of a senior discount. Many places do this, such as movie theaters. However, I get what you're saying about young people often having less money than seniors. And actually I didn't have a mention of the discount in my blog post until I read it to my wife and she mentioned this as another reason to shop at LifeSource, since the 10% discount lowers prices to a level that's closer to the prices at major stores that offer organic/natural foods.
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I'm not a fan of the whole deep state thing when Trump supporters use the term to denigrate career federal employees who are simply trying to do their job as best they can. But rightly or wrongly, deep state has become a sort of shorthand for government officials hanging on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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Today the Wall Street Journal reported that the Gannett Corporation, which owns the Statesman Journal, is ripe for a takeover. Since the company that would make a bid for Gannett is notorious for cutting costs at newspapers it owns, I'm sure employees of the Statesman Journal aren't thrilled with this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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Jim Scheppke, book lover and former Librarian for the State of Oregon, has done a great job at stimulating citizens to speak out about the Salem Public Library's misguided effort to purge tens of thousands of books from its core collection. Here's Scheppke's report about last night's Library Advisory Board... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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For someone who had a book ghostwritten for him called "The Art of the Deal," Donald Trump is a notably shitty dealmaker. So far in his presidency he's noted for breaking deals -- Paris climate change agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Iran nuclear agreement -- rather than making them. Which figures. Blowing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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This is a classic -- and oh, so Salem -- development story with David and Goliath overtones. On one side we have a charming 35-student private school, the Heritage School, which set up shop on the old Fairview Training Center property in 2004, when the vision for the property's 275... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Salem Political Snark
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Read on to learn why those in Salem who support gay rights and same-sex marriage should join in the boycott of the Broadway Commons and the Broadway Coffee House. I submitted what follows as a guest opinion in the Statesman Journal about three weeks ago. Recently I inquired about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Salem Political Snark