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The Brownest Congress

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On September 12, 2011
Is the current Congress the worst ever for environmental issues? Almost certainly, though you could probably say the same thing for many issues. Worst Congress ever? There’s a lot of competition. But this one is very competitive for the title.

9/11 Thoughts

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On September 11, 2011

I hesitated to post my thoughts on September 11, both because everyone is inundated with remembrances and because so many people were affected much more directly than I was (including a good man I kne

Hot Cheetos

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On September 10, 2011

From a Times piece on the growth of food carts selling junk food outside of high schools that have cut out bad food from the school menus: “It’s not going to do much,” said Nathan Estrada, 15, a

The Longshoremen’s strike in Longview, Washington, which I have discussed before, has gone hard-core, with union members “unofficially” deciding to bust up the offending company’s property. The company, EGT, violated an agreement it made to use union labor to unload grain. The Longshoremen have supported their Longview brothers and sisters by not coming to work […]

What Should Lisa Jackson Do?

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On September 7, 2011
I’ve pondered this question ever since Obama decided to not only undercut the EPA’s new smog rules, but to do so in a very public way, clearly intended to make him seem serious on jobs and pro-business. EPA chief Lisa Jackson has not made any public statements since the announcement. Robin Bravender discusses her options. […]

Bastrop State Park

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On September 5, 2011

I love traveling. Seeing the world might mean more to me than almost any other thing I enjoy–reading, music, film, Oregon football, baseball. Maybe not good beer or bourbon, but it’s prett

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