Keep Oregon Historical Society budget intact

Lack of access to our state’s historical documents diminishes us. Not only writers and historians suffer, but everyone who reads, or goes to school, or needs to be informed about the world prior to us. In other words, everyone.

The Oregon Historical Society is scheduled to reopen on April 2nd with drastically curtailed hours: one to five pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. But even those hours are tenuous. The state legislature wants to cut the OHS budget funding in half, from $2.4 million to $1.4 million.

If you think that funding this century-old institution is frivolous, consider, as local historian Michael Munk pointed out recently, that the City of Portland just voted to subsidize the wealthy owner of the local soccer team. Is a professional sports team more important than our historical heritage? Is this what we’ve come to?

There is still time to lobby your state legislators to maintain funding for the Oregon Historical Society. You can also sign the petition.

Dennis Kucinich, Benson High, July 1

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the only truly progressive candidate in the 2008 race will be at Benson High School auditorium at 7:30pm on July 1. Come early if you want to sit down.

Be there or Be square.

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the only truly progressive candidate in the 2008 race will be at Portland’s Benson High School auditorium at 7:30pm on July 1. Come early if you want to sit down.

Be there or Be square.

A simple issue of fairness

Portland, Oregon

I could care less about the Rose Parade, and this year even more so with the blatant militarization of the parade, which will include 16 military units and a tank, for chrissake. So the issue of “reserving” a spot with duct tape might seem to be trivial. But I have always had a little voice that says, “this isn’t right” when I witness a basic social unfairness. It probably has to do with being bullied as a child.

Portland, Oregon

I could care less about the Rose Parade, and this year even more so with the blatant militarization of the parade, which will include 16 military units and a tank, for chrissake. So the issue of “reserving” a spot with duct tape might seem to be trivial. But I have always had a little voice that says, “this isn’t right” when I witness a basic social unfairness. It probably has to do with being bullied as a child.

No one has the right to reserve public sidewalks a week ahead of an event. I don’t care if you are a single mom with nine kids who would be “heartbroken” if they couldn’t see the parade. I have to ask, what about the kids who can’t see the parade because their parents were working too hard to go out and tape off a spot ahead of time, and now every inch of the sidewalk is “reserved”? Is that fair?

Kudos to Randy Leonard, and the young people who have decided to “clean up” the ugly tape on our public sidewalks.

Cherokees in the Portland area?

Are there any Cherokees in the Portland, Oregon area who are going to see Stacy Leeds and Raymond Vann in Oregon City on Tuesday? If so, I am looking for a ride.

Are there any Cherokees in the Portland, Oregon area who are going to see Stacy Leeds and Raymond Vann in Oregon City on Tuesday? If so, I am looking for a ride.

If you don’t know yet, tribal elections are coming up, and Stacy Leeds is running for the office of Principal Chief, and Raymond Vann as deputy chief. They are running against incumbants Chad Smith and Joe Grayson.

I really am interested in meeting the candidates, but I am dependent on public transortation, and this meeting is taking place at the Beaver Creek Telephone Co. Building, way out in the boonies. I would love to hear from you if you are going.

My phone number is 503-284-6403.

Portland warming rally good start, but…

Portland, Oregon

As I approached Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland, I was unsure of what I would encounter at the Global Warming Rally, which was one of 1300 actions around the country sponsored by a group call Step it Up. I suspected it would be one more lame event of the kind which the mainstream environmentalist organizations tend to put on: ie, lots of talk about lobbying and speeches by politicians.

I was exactly right-on in my expectations. Eric Sten talked about what a wonderful job Portland has done – presumeably under his leadership. Rep. Dingfelder urged support for several half-assed but “crucial” initiatives making their way through the state legislative chambers. I heard a lot of ra ra ra.

It would have been dispiriting if it weren’t for all of the youthful idealism in the crowd.It would have been dispiriting if it weren’t for all of the youthful idealism in the crowd. I say this metaphorically, because, even though a lot of the audience was young, there were also a kind of contagious idealism in the faces of older people as well.

But I don’t think that most of these people are even close to understanding the danger we are in, or the changes which are coming our way in the best of scenarios.

Step it Up’s goal is to get the government to agree to “80 percent reduction in carbon” by 2050. Okay, this is necessary. No argument here.

But the real problem is that we can’t wait. If we don’t do something drastic in the next few years, it could all be too late. There is mounting evidence, accumulated since the recent UN report was drafted, that polar ice is melting at ever-increasing rates which may already be irreversible. We will soon go into feedback loops which release tons of methane into the atmosphere. The science community is saying this, not me.

The machine has to stop, folks. We are looking, in this century, at die-offs, and mass migrations, and wars of survival on a scale never seen in the history of humanity.

Hyperbole? I think not. Please wake up.

Global warming rally, April 14

Website: Face It Oregon

what: rally in downtown Portland
when: 1-3 pm saturday, april 14
where: terry schrunk plaza, sw 3rd and madison, portland
why: because we are the solution

Over the past six months a veritable avalanche of information and publicity has brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of public awareness and discourse in the United States. From the covers of Vanity Fair and Time to the Oscar-awarding winning success of An Inconvenient Truth, global warming seems to be the issue that everyone is talking about. On Saturday, April 14th, a rally will be held in downtown Portland calling on Oregon’s legislators and citizens to take action on one of the most challenging issues currently facing Oregonians, global warming.

The Rally will be held from 1-3 pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza on SW 3rd and Madison in downtown Portland in conjunction with the “The National Day of Climate Action,” which will include over 1,100 demonstrations in each of the 50 states. The Face it. We are the Solution to Global Warming Rally will feature speakers ranging from politicians to community activists to young people and music from local artists. In addition to being able to join hundreds of others in a pledge to measure and reduce their global warming footprint, participants at the rally will have the opportunity to record video messages that will be delivered to Oregon policy makers.
        -from Face It Oregon website.