Oh, Frankie. You know you can't get enough. Mostly because you get to keep making that same Year of Living Dangerously joke. And I wish I was still as young as you think I am.
Denis, you missing the whole 'young reporter on the scene documenting history' thing?
Just watch "Year of Living Dangerously" over again and spare us the "occupy".
camping as a form of protest just doesn't work. march everyday, permited or not. burn efigies (sic), but to stay put in one spot for so long only stirs up trouble, giving anti-protesters and whoever else fodder against your cause. besides who the hell wants to camp out on a cold dead winter night? a brisk midday winter march on the other hand makes more sense and would be what "normal" people do. sorry for using the n word there;)
I can't wait until the next budget cuts when the pigs really get the axe.
Maybe you should work more on yourself, Nick. I'm more worried about getting my kid's school a full time art teacher.
Thanks Dennis for confirming that these kids use the money they are given to buy heroin. Did you tell them that there are in fact some programs out there? A new publicly-financed RACC center where they can take a shower and where information is given on services from a range of agencies? A shower truck that comes around? Outside In? Multiple shelters offering meals? Sisters of the Road?
But no, we aren't providing them all with free job training. God what horrible people we are.
And "Big Business" is winning its war on street kids! Next time you see these kids sitting on a sidewalk, look at what business is in front of them. Does it look like "big business" to you?
Well that is certainly some good news!
(Hopefully, they will stick to their guns.)
Wow, Hinkle just compared homeless people to dogs. Really?
I think Goracke sums it up best. This problem was created by organizations like the PBA when they closed down mental health facilities to put in high-rise condominiums (looking at you Civic on Burnside).
I'm not sure I believe that Griffin-Valade has any particular agenda, but I do agree with PDXWiz's other point.
For a very long time the City of Portland has reaped the benefits of a skewed tax structure. The County has had to make deep cuts almost every year, while the City has gotten off relatively lightly. Add to that the urban renewal system that takes money from the County and the school districts and hands it to whatever pet project the City Council feels like funding that day, and there's been a significant imbalance in the relative burdens and benefits between the two governments.
Now that the City has budget problems of its own, suddenly there's criticism of the City-County MOI --but the City ignored the issue when it was just the County and all the social services it operates taking the serious hits.
The COP thought everything was groovy when they got the advantage, so their griping rings hollow now.
Very interesting, and suspicious timing on Griffin-Valade's part.
I remember vividly that she left her elected position as County Auditor midway through her first term. I note the the County Auditor position has a current salary of $91,560.00 per annum, while the City Auditor position has a current salary of $103,524.00--a difference of $11,964, or more than 7.65% higher, a pretty substantial pay increase. While it is possible she has a larger department to direct, and more responsibilities---she's also making more than the four County Commissioners. I never heard how her performance at the County was, but I honestly don't recall that there were any suspicious audits performed under her watch.
What she has not bothered to tell you, and what you haven't mentioned, is that the Urban Renewal Districts have been giant quagmires that do not produce any tax revenue for the county, only the city, and that the URDs have been directly impacting County revenues for many years---far more than the $25 million city higher-ups have been whining about---and further, the compression that the budgets of the library levies have been forced to undergo over the last several years is well over $25 million combined as well.
If you are going to keep spreading the lies that the budget deficit are caused by the library district, think again. Contact County Auditor Steve March---he's a nice guy, and he'll give you the facts that you need to properly report on this subject.
Poor city, county and state leadership has played an important role in the lives of Portland’s homeless. With high unemployment and jobs leaving the city it would be a shame if city leadership would pull the rug out from under these poor folks to save their pet peeves.
I work with Solidarity Against Austerity Coalition. We want City Council to discuss ways we can avoid cuts and provide local stimulus by raising revenue from those who can afford it and from big corporations and banks, instead of discussing ways to best cut city programs that affect working and low income people.
We should not be pitted against each other. Tell the City Council to search for revenue-raising solutions. They can look at tax breaks instead fo telling us to fight over crumbs.
Right On Charlie !
Denis, it looks like you're aching to find something to critisize Hales for.
Hmmm, could it be that the police union is a self-serving group that
1) refuses to change
2) refuses to discipline its own
3) all while extoring healthy salary and benefits from the taxpayers
and I am pro-cop. I realize they have a very difficult job and, especially in Portland, frequently have to deal with the mentally ill.
Public unions should be abolished.
People looking for common sense laws regarding guns and gun rights in America should just call the bluff on armed guards in schools. Just say, "sure, we'll do armed guards in schools."
Most sane people don't see that as a real solution, because it's not even a solution to the problem of idiots getting guns in the first place.
BUT, if Obama, or any political figure agrees to this inane term, they can put a mandate that all armed guards be paid for by taxes on gun sales. That'll shut 'em up real quickly.
I'm not sure what right-wing people are averse to more these days? Gun control or taxes, but the intra-party wrangling from ensuing agreement would be good news for a week.
Interesting. Yeah... the punchy Lars vibe was totally crashing into the event's earnest/serious/passionate tone. But I can see Charlie licking his chops, otherwise, one-on-one, for a duel. (And you all should listen to rangerhunter. Unlike most commenters [and reporters] talking about Charlie, she actually knows what she's talking about.)
Charlie loves arguing with Lars. He thinks it's fun - particularly when they disagree.
He is, however, used to fighting it out one-on-one in the studio or over the phone. Having Lars in the office, among a bunch of other reporters, probably threw him off. Most reporters get Charlie The Polished, and not Sparring Charlie. I imagine that awkward to reconcile.
No - it shows Hale is shooting his mouth off about gun control with very little knowledge of the true facts, or nature of the problem. How in the hell can you contend the current laws aren't working, and call for changes when you *don't even know what they are*?
Larson clubbed him like a baby seal because Hales was being a showboating moron, with no concept of the true problem.
Though I wonder, is Hales staff really 'diminutive' or was it simply that Adams had a bloated staff?
I wonder how all the former mayors stack up.
That's it. I just occurs to me that fluoride must induce abortion.
Yep, here it is:
Professor A.K. Susheela, PhD., who has researched fluoride for more than 20 years and is one of the world’s leading researchers and experts on Fluoride in our water supply, says long-term studies show fluoride is a serious threat to public health.
With more than 80 scientific studies published in Western and Indian Journals to her credit, Dr. Susheela says that fluoride not only has been linked to increased rates of stillbirth and miscarriages among populations exposed to fluoride in water, but fluoride also poses a serious risk of birth abnormalities including mental retardation.
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