Posts Tagged ‘Portland’

I Might be the Next Accused

I have been giving a lot of thought about my last two blog entries:  One being the story of a state that wants to put GPS tracking in my vehicle in the interest of taxing me bu how far I drive and where, and the other the story of an overzealous police department that questions […]

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Presumed Guilty on 82nd Avenue

According to a recent news story in the Oregonian, a 36-year-old PCC writing instructor, Ann Marie Selby, was detained by police for suspicion of prostitution.  She has claimed that she was on the street, well known as a place to pick up a street walker, because she was catching a bus.  She was booked by […]

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More Fees By the Mile

It is happening again in the Oregon Legislature. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski wants more than anything to start a system of automobile taxation that is based upon the number of miles driven. The latest version of this idea is designed only for motorists in the Portland area, but it is a glimpse of what is […]

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The P-I: Attachment to Institutions

It has taken me a couple of days to get the courage up to write this. The day that the Seattle P-I published it’s final newsprint edition forever on Tuesday, I admittedly had a fairly emotional reaction to the whole thing.  In fact, it took me until the next day to actually open it up […]

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Customer Service: The Choice is Clear

I am interested in all things Internet, and was interested when a new company on the scene, Clearwire, began in January to offer a new WiMax service in the Portland area.  (It has existed in the Seattle-area for about a year now.)  WiMax is an over-the-air Internet connection serviced via microwave antennas located around the […]

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Towing Companies in the News

Portland, as well as other cities throughout the region, has had an ongoing problem with predatory tow truck operators.  Ostensibly, they are providing a service to private parking lot owners in enforcing parking restrictions within the parking lots of businesses and apartment complexes. The main problem with this situation is that the individual drivers are […]

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The Plight of Sam Adams

In the US, we are fascinated with the private lives of our elected officials.  It is probably healthy that we have a curiosity in such matters.  When this curiosity becomes the means with which we try to drive those officials out of office, it becomes a serious problem.  This problem has come up again, this […]

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The Sorry State of Radio

As long as we have been talking about snow and floods and other recent weather phenomenon in Cascadia, I think we could take a moment to look at how we are getting our news about it.  After all, if there is really a weather emergency, or simply a week’s worth of snow on the ground […]

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The Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner Trucks have been produced in the Portland area since 1947.  So when I heard that the company would be naming their latest truck model the “Cascadia” I was thinking about just how appropriate that was.  A great new model of truck, named after the great region where it is produced.  This recently came back […]

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Complain, Or Do Something About It

Throughout our region, newspaper articles and blogs have been talking about the government’s response to our storm.  Yes, we are all frustrated by trying to get from place to place, whether it is by driving or on public transportation.  In Oregon and Washington, none of our city, county, or state entities really have the resources […]

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