For a Gentile, Scott Carrier knows a lot about Mormons, having lived most of his 50-plus years in Salt Lake City. Carrier’s new book is titled Prisoner of Zion, which interestingly is something he’s perfectly willing (and happy) to be. The place does have a magnetic pull, no question about it. His book of stories […]

Portland Mayor Sam Adams is not running for re-election, but he is working hard to do the job Portlanders hired him to do. For one, Adams wants Portland to be “the scrappiest small global city in the United States.” That means exports, among other things. “Even without a coherent regional strategy or partnership, Greater Portland […]

Lawyer and Democratic state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici is competing against Republican business consultant Rob Cornilles for Oregon’s 1st Congressional district seat (vacated by sex scandal-ridden David Wu). This is what Bonamici and Cornilles look like on TV, which is where most 1st district citizens voting in the Jan. 31 special election will see them: The […]

New Seasons Market co-founder Eileen Brady is running for Mayor of Portland. She says, “Portland needs real people with real experience” in City Hall. Which means experience earned in business, not politics. According to The Oregonian, if elected Brady would give her cellphone number to city workers so they could call her directly with problems. […]

I loathe the state of TV news today. The American public is fed such a distorted view of events, filtered as they are by bought-and-paid-for pundits, not reporters. Clearly, this sad state of affairs calls for a response, and The White House, for one, has one. Since April of 2010, White House videographer Arun Chaudhary […]

“Portland is where young people go to retire.” That’s the rap laid down by Portlandia, a funny send up of life in Oregon’s biggest city. However, the issue of few jobs and low wages is not very funny for the Oregon citizens searching for their first job or in the midst of a non-elective “career […]

Last night a friend visiting from Seattle said, “We don’t really listen to music anymore.” He’s right, the emphasis today is on portability, not audio quality, and that’s one reason we don’t listen like we once did. When you’re proud of your record collection and your stereo system, you take time to experience the music. […]

Bank Simple, seeks to reinvent personal banking with modern online and mobile experiences, no surprise fees, and great customer service. In order to do that, the company is consolidating its San Francisco and New York City offices and moving staff to Portland, where they intend to hire several more people. A proud Mayor Adams says, […]

In the wake of a week of violent protests in Great Britain–spurred, as they were, by the police killing of Mark Duggan–I’m not surprised to see authorities and mainstream media cast blame in any and all directions, including in the direction of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’ve long contended that citizens’ media, […]

President Obama is an enigma. People on the right call him a socialist; yet, his critics on the left can’t believe how much ground he’s given on fundamental liberal issues. One critic on the left, Drew Westen, a professor of psychology at Emory University, author and political consultant, laid out a strong argument against Obama […]

The New York Times just introduced me to Jstor, a not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. Jstor is in the news because Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old agitator for […]

We moved from NE Portland to West Linn at the end of May and ever since we have been busy learning the area. I like to call it the South Shore, although I may be alone in that. Anyway, one of the things that stands out is the fact that West Linn and Oregon City, […]

According to The New York Times, Charles “Buddy” Roemer is exploring a possible presidential campaign from his RV, refusing any contributions over $100. His stance against corporate influence has left him with a paltry $55,000 in donations, almost half of which came out of his own pocket. It is fair to characterize him as the […]

I’ve tried to explain “the other side of Oregon” to friends from outside the state who don’t know about the economic hardships many Oregonians endure. The Beaver State’s high unemployment rate, coupled with inflation, is a misery inducer for those caught in its jaws–one in four Oregonians is under-employed and one in five is on […]

What have we learned, if anything from the near meltdown at Fukushima? The Germans learned something. They decided last week to close seven of its 17 nuclear plants. According to BBC, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that all reactors operational before 1980 would be taken offline, and safety checks carried out on the remaining plants. Then […]

New York Times columnist Frank Rich is leaving his long held post for another at New York Magazine. Rich says he wants to go long, that he no longer wants to feel the strain of shortening his thoughts to column length. Okay, but I’m more interested in what leads a man to write a column […]

Pulitzer prize-wining journalist Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He’s also the author of Death of the Liberal Class and several other books. I’ve been reading through some of his essays on TruthDig and finding that I generally agree with his assessments, but not with his recommended solutions, nor his alarmist […]

President Obama visited the Portland area on Friday. He used the opportunity to highlight an American company that’s big on innovation. He also said, “America has to out-build, and out-innovate, and out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world.” That’s the path his administration hopes will help us “win the future.” The President also made […]