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This is the grave of Tom McCall. Born in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1913 to a wealthy family who also had a big ranch in central Oregon, McCall fell in love with the West and graduated from Redmond High School and then the University of Oregon. He became a journalist and got a job working for […]
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The Non-Utah Monuments

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On December 6, 2017
One of the lies that the supporters of Trump’s actions in shrinking the Utah monuments tell is that the process to create these monuments is federal tyranny. This ignores that nearly all the Obama monuments were created with significant stakeholder involvement that tried to build something like a consensus. Not everyone was happy of course, […]

Fun in the Archives

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On October 16, 2017

The good thing about doing research is finding awesome things for your writing. The bad thing is that research is kind of boring. Sometimes it’s really boring. So I amuse myself by tweeting abou

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On September 8, 2017

The reason I am based out of Oregon for the first half of my sabbatical is to work on a new book project on recent Northwest history. But the other reason is that I want to be in Oregon, my home state

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This is the grave of Charles McNary. Born on a farm north of Salem, Oregon in 1874, Charles McNary grew up relatively poor after his father died when he was 9, but he moved up quickly in Oregon society due to an older brother who had gained some prosperity, plus getting to know Herbert Hoover, […]

Small City NIMBYism

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On February 13, 2017

While I suppose democratic participation in urban planning is a good thing, in practice, it leads to a lot of situations like we are seeing in Eugene. Housing prices are skyrocketing there, yet basic

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CEO Tax

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On December 27, 2016
This is an interesting approach to grotesque CEO pay in the New Gilded Age. In Portland, Oregon, lawmakers aren’t holding their collective breath. In a move that made international headlines, Portland’s City Council voted earlier in December to approve a first-of-its-kind tax on public companies that pay their chief executive officers more 100 times their […]

Rename Lane County

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On August 11, 2016

Above: Joseph Lane From a blogging perspective, this is a really good time for me to be on a research trip with limited internet access and blogging falling down the priority list below basically my t

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