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Re: “Pushing for a Pipeline

That's a cop-out frankieb. Wind and solar power could easily supply our power needs, but that won't happen unless we invest in renewable resources and building that infrastructure. Those kind of investments certainly aren't going to be made by energy companies when we give them the green light to continue to profit on fossil fuels. That's just common sense. The example in Germany is clear proof of the capabilities of alternative energy. The last grasp for more profit with these dirty choices at a time when we are facing global climate crises is despicable.

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Posted by Amaya Sita Kalki on 04/16/2015 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Pushing for a Pipeline

Human Beings now require power sources to make this thing called Energy to power i-phones, tablets, heat for your homes - as well as to power the trucks that bring you food from the farm, etc etc.
While acting like an Ostrich may seem obviously suitable to you, those Realists among us know that there still remains a several hard choices for the public to swallow, as any energy source has its' cons.
And propane remains a cleaner choice among the field of dirty choices.
When wind and solar power (which also have their negatives) can even come close to supplying 50% of our power needs, then your article might become relevant.
Till then, any article trying to convince the old 'No Nukes' hippies that nuclear power in the manner the French are doing is the perhaps the greenest of power, would be useful.

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Posted by frankieb on 04/15/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Drunk on Power?

The biggest problem I have with these kind of targeted enforcement actions against people walking at night is that it discourages safe decisions. If people feel like they are being targeted while walking it may encourage them to drive instead.

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Posted by econoline on 04/15/2015 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Pushing for a Pipeline

That graphic is kind of hilarious. Buy some new pants, hippies!

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Posted by George Hayduke on 04/15/2015 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

I don't think police reform will ever be successful until we get cops out of the 'vice" business. The idea of using police to "elevate" the lifestyles of the "unwashed masses" (poor people crammed in filthy coldwater flats in lower Manhattan) goes back to the mid-19th century when Anthony Comstock decided that this was a great idea and sure to work. No one asked the "unwashed masses" their opinion.

This was the time period when private sexual behaviors - pre-marital sex, adultery, gay sex and prostitution, publishing/mailing "obscenity" - were made into criminal offenses. You could even sue in civil court for monetary damages if someone stole your honey. (Except for the outlawing of prostitution outside a couple of Nevada counties, all of the above has been reversed). There was even an anti-sex trafficking law, The Mann Act, which forbade interstate transportation in the service of prostitution (no one has ever been prosecuted for trafficking unwilling prostitutes under the Mann Act).

The anti-vice movement was closely tied to the alcohol prohibition movement, and provided a framework and justification for drug laws that, unlike laws enforcing accurate labeling and standards of purity (such as not letting milk with pus in it be sold to the public), controlled who could purchase drugs and for what reason - restrictions that have gotten harsher and harsher since they started with the Harrison Act in 1916. Alcohol prohibition didn't last more than 13 years, but it did provide the opportunity for black market money that made organized crime organized - and wealthy - for decades after repeal.

Vice laws were used for other than their stated purposes from the start - "obscenity" laws were used to keep contraceptive devices and information away from the public. It was during alcohol prohibition that police using "traffic stops" to catch people for vice violations (mostly alcohol and prostitution). Between the time prohibition ended and the drug war got hot in the 1990s, traffic stops were a lot less dangerous for cops.

Using police to change private social behaviors that do no harm to people other than participants (if it even harms participants) has not reduced the incidence of such behavior, nor has it made our society more harmonious. But it has clearly lead to severe erosion of constitutional rights, turned sex workers into serial killer fodder, lead police and the justice system to deputize professions that should have nothing to do with law enforcement - like educators, doctors, parents - for the specific purpose of stamping out "vice". On top of that, the police pass along tons of misinformation and unsupported claims in the service of the policing of "vice" ( I once saw a handout from a precinct in SW Portland that identified the Vulcan Salute from Star Trek as a satanic ritual abuse greeting). Lying about sex and drugs is fine with a lot of people if the misinformation is scary enough to frighten people into not doing "vice", especially since the police are so willing to tell people that these vices (and not the increasingly draconian punishments) can destroy people's lives.

But is Portland - or any American community - going to get the police out of the vice-busting business? Or are they going to do some community policing photo ops?

Posted by TrishR on 04/15/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Your Ride's Here

Boo hoo cab companies! Guess you better call the whaa-mbulance. TNCs don't have an obligation to staff drivers who have wheelchair access because they aren't providing the transportation, they are simply connecting people who have rides with people who need them. Cab companies maintain entire fleets of vehicles and are easily in position to step up the number of handicap access vehicles and meet the obvious demand for such fares. I think they better embrace this sector of the market before the TNCs put them put of business for good. As long as Uber and Lyft drivers are accountable for their whereabouts and conduct, I personally cheer this new stage of the communication age. It is nothing more or less than the future of carpooling. It provides income to drivers and fair prices for riders.

Posted by Aurelius141 on 04/13/2015 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Claim Dumpers

If the cops damage your property to apprehend a suspect, they don't have to pay for it. But they might thank you for your public service.

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Posted by Demondog on 04/12/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Claim Dumpers

I looked and looked for the paperwork online, where to send a claim, what information is needed to complete the claim...It's not there, surprise, surprise. The application can probably be found in public employee break rooms all over this city, and nowhere else.

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Posted by Palmolita on 04/12/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Claim Dumpers

If the city hasn't paid out "fair and moral" claims in forever, then how did she get recompensed for her windows?

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Posted by Mick Orlosky on 04/10/2015 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

I would like to see more civic involvement. They should have volunteer police squads. We can be intermediaries between the regular cops and the people, making sure both sides play by the rules. A representative should be assigned to every felonious arrest case as a third party overseeing official. Let the people who know the streets most and have true street cred clean them up while simultaneously help undermine the corrupt evil doers and minions in sheep's cloth who execute excessive force upon innocent folk. It's called Operation: Wet Blanket. A proven philosophy. I know it sounds kinda like Police Academy: Citizens on Patrol, but hey, that was an awesome movie. Was it not?

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Posted by Bullnose on 04/10/2015 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Claim Dumpers

I once had a fence kicked down because they thought a suspect had entered my backyard, although he didn't. They never paid for damages.

I was also living in an apt complaex where a fellow tenant called 911 for a med emergency. The paramedics had to pop the downstairs doorlock to access the upstairs tenant rooms. Door knob still works, someone opened it from inside before they fully destroyed it, just cosmetic damage. So I'm more mad at the tenant in this case. It was a 19 yo freaking out b/c he ate to much special brownies I believe and was too dumb to go outside when all the sirens were out there.

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Posted by Bullnose on 04/10/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted

just arm everybody. what could go wrong?

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Posted by Bullnose on 04/04/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted

Its too easy to get a restraining order against anybody for any reason.
And, its too hard to enforce all these restraining orders.

so maybe.....

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Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 04/02/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted

Shocking that only 10% or so of TRO violations are even investigated when 40% of violent crimes are DV related! It seems to me these should be very high priorities, on the level just below a violent crime in action, as a TRO violation is often a prelude to a violent attack. It's about time this got more attention, but we should be investigating 100% of these, not 10%!

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Posted by Steve McCrea on 04/02/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted

Finally someone is doing something to intervene before it happens ...Now if the domestic violence probation department would start sending their offenders to the only program in Portland that doesn't require victims to pay for the batterers program fees(Teras Interventions and Counseling)-we will start to have a truly coordinated community response!

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Posted by Phil Broyles on 04/02/2015 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Hall Monitor

I pitch any poor slob who will listen, that anyone who has subsisted on about six grand per year or less of reportable income, for the past two consecutive years, and is a US citizen or permanent resident, is likely eligible for around twenty grand per year in student financial aid, which provides funds intended for food, rent, clothing, and transportation, as well as tuition, books, and fees. Nobody ever does it, however.

Posted by Churchill Ladd on 03/30/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

How sad it is to see so many uneducated people. I can't dislike them however, I used to be one of those that did not know the reality until a kind and gentle homeless man changed my mind. I choose to love and not hate. If my mind can be changed anyone's can. The predatory homeless and the housed who get kicks out of "bum beating" are not what would live in this area. Only those who truly want to make their lives better and become good citizens. Most people are a paycheck from homelessness. I will pray for the homeless as well as those who choose to continue to be uneducated.

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Posted by Trena Sutton on 03/30/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Private security guards routinely violate people's civil rights and the police sanction it. Police shoot citizens for the most minor infractions in reaction to the citizens' response of contempt for cop. This creates a lingering resentment, which has already resulted in the execution of passive police officers sitting in their squad car. Homeland Security through the Joint Terrorism Task Force escalates preconditions for a pending civil war, by militarizing local police, which subverts local municipalities and undermines state governors authority. Just as Hitler turned public sentiment against the Jews, then the Socialists, trade unionists, and Catholics were eliminated one by one. The PatRIOT act ostensibly replacing freedom with security, results in neither, but plays into the hands of Russia, which awaits the opportunity of a weak enough US to be attacked.

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Posted by Churchill Ladd on 03/30/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Hall Monitor

President Ronald Reagan rightfully noted that there was rampant abuse of patients in state mental wards, but his draconian solution to cut funding for them, resulted in the first wave of mass homelessness which occurred immediately thereafter.

Today, the government cooks the books and the controlled media spins the facts, hiding the reality that the World is currently in a deep recession. While about half the poor sleeping outside are mentally disabled, many of which self medicate, the other half are victims of a down economy.

There is a nation wide, concerted agenda to sweep the homeless under the rug, by criminalizing their survival, so that the majority of the population does not wise up yet, that they soon will be next.

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Posted by Churchill Ladd on 03/30/2015 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Hall Monitor

Alright I was homeless three years and about to be again. Look at you people and think real hard about what you are actually saying. First of all I used to go to R2D2 A LOT.....they DO NOT under any circumstances allow drugs there at all. They even do pocket checks when you go in. NOT all of these people chose to be this way...yet I will agree that some might have made the choice purposely.....but in the constitution of the United States of America it clearly states that ALL MEN were created equal. I believe that I would have to agree with ms. trena sutton. I am for homeless rights all the way. We are people too and while you ignorant thinking money hungry tax payers care only about your selfish selves and NOT about other people...think about could be YOU one day!!!!!!!!!! I am not going to sit here and reread the negativity that people place on homeless...its not right we are human just like everyone else....if the junkies want to be junkies and screw up their life...thats their issues. NOT EVERY single homeless individual is like that. People need to quit being so stereo typical that just because they have their own views and oppinions, they dont need to create judgemental slander for those that have to deal with a crooked system with a crooked society that we live in day in and day out homeless or not. I am one to breath for these people because I was there and I was in that state, about to be again because why....half the landowners to apartments have to be ran by the friggin taliban....if you know what I mean....not to sound racist or judgemental but come on....WHERE is the Affordable Care Act that was coming into play months ago? Have they moved further with that. I am working myself with Cascadia Behavioral Healths IHOP team which is a homeless outreach program for mental health individuals to seek housing opportunities for homeless individuals with mental health issues. My fiance and I both suffer from mental health disabilites, we are working with the actual Director of the program Alisa Fowler as our caseworker. Shes great!!!! Except like most other agencies they develop too little staffing and funding for such programs. Especially that of the mental health aspect as too many homeless individuals with mental health problems are wondering the streets more and more. This creates more of an issue, as people with those issues might have anger problems or problems with socialization or even caring for themselves.....Portland needs to excuse the expresssion, get their heads outta their asses and step up to the plate for these individuals especially as that could cause more violence and Police contact and law interfearences themselves that could take the law away from more serious problems. PLEASE PEOPLE stop discriminating the homelesss just because you think we all chose to be this way. Stop take a moment the next time you are downtown in this great city we all call home and see that WE ARE PEOPLE TOO!!!! Just stop and take the time to listen once in awhile. :) As for all of us homeless we need to STAND STEADFAST in our rights and beliefs that we have just like everyone else in this country!!!! GOD BLESS THE USA!!!! Remember as always "Keep Portland Wierd and...wierder!!!!" LOL :D

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Posted by Angela Holmes on 03/30/2015 at 4:55 AM

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