Category Archives: Democracy

Better Than Fireworks

This past Friday, the last day of June, I was watching a report on the White House request for voter information. A map of the USA showed which states were refusing to comply, and Oregon wasn’t one of them. Why … Continue reading

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Whoa…Before You Sign That Petition

Petitions are delivered to my email inbox every day. The organizations that send them my way know I’m a Democrat, a liberal, and in my own moderate way, an activist. I usually agree with and care about the issue(s) these … Continue reading

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“Fired” by Kim Stafford

You’re fired up now—now that the alpha boss is Boss of the world. You’re on fire to testify for fact, ready to stand before the bulldozer plowing sacred ground, thrilled to call every congressional father, mother, daughter, son to witness … Continue reading

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The Secret Chord

Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon is sitting at a grand piano, in a white jacket. Those of us who have tuned in tonight see her as Hillary, because we’ve been watching McKinnon and Alec Baldwin skew Hillary and Trump for … Continue reading

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Let me echo that…

Michael Moore made the rounds of TV talk shows last week, promoting “Trumpland,” his new movie. It turns out that Trumpland is not about Trump. It is, Mr. Moore said, about Hillary. He was for Bernie, now he’s for Hillary, … Continue reading

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Carol: The Price of Salt

There is an undeniable aura about Carol, an elegance and mystery that wafts around her like the perfume she wears. Sitting in a darkened movie house, watching Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird, I was never able to inhale the fragrance … Continue reading

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ZERO TO FIFTY: Once Was A Wall

There are so many stories today, of how we went from zero to fifty, of how we became a nation where marriage equality is the law of the land. There are so many people to thank and acknowledge — all … Continue reading

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Be Subversive: Smarten Up

Rick Steves came to Corvallis last week to advocate for Measure 91, which, if it passes, will legalize marijuana in Oregon. He packed the house—the spacious main meeting room of the Unitarian Church—with people of all ages. Though some in … Continue reading

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Ten Years in the Shadows

In this month of June, designated as Gay Pride month in many countries around the world and here in America, I am incredibly aware of the sea change that has happened since the first Gay Pride Parade in June 1970. … Continue reading

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Filing, Time Travel, and Net Neutrality

Last week I invested one whole day in the routine task of filing, and discovered that filing is a unique form of time travel. By sorting through my accumulation of notes, articles, research, ideas and drafts, I clarified the present … Continue reading

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