I can smell the fresh air already
The Sierra Club has joined the Salem anti-coal train movement by sending an organizer here. Lucy Sedgwick is working locally now as part of the Sierra Club’s ‘Beyond Coal’ campaign. The group wants to stop Wyoming coal shipments on open-car trains through Oregon (including Salem) and to halt seagoing transport of coal from our shores to Asia.
2012 Election Factoids
* Donations from individuals to 2012 presidential candidates; 53% of Democratic donations are under $200. For Republicans, 22% are under $200.
* For Democrats, 45% of donations are between $201 and $2,500 (the maximum allowed) . For Republicans, the figure is 78%.
WHO DID GOOD TODAY?
We’re delighted when people work to make a better Salem. Maps’ award for solutions to teen homelessness is great! Downtown Partnership’s Good Idea Fund is a powerfully good idea!
We add to the list the effort Jodi Kerr (disclosure: she’s previously written for Salem Weekly,) who wants to draw attention to those who make life better for the rest of us.
Kerr and twelve Salem businesses have launched a means of highlighting ‘do-gooders.’
“The goal is to find people, volunteers, corporations and businesses who make a difference,” Kerr says. Her vehicle is Whodidgoodtoday.com, a website and Facebook page that illustrates small heroes by posting their stories on various web and social media sites. People and companies are nominated by anyone who simply scans the QR code on a Whodidgoodtoday.com poster, or goes to the Web site or fills out a nomination slip at one of the twelve local companies.
They are: AmeriTitle, Salon 554, Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital, Breakpoint Coffee Company, Maps Credit Union, Great Harvest Bread Company, Dr. McDonald Orthodontics, Indigo Wellness Center, Venti’s Café and Tap House, Wilson House, Northern Lights Theatre Pub and Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Kerr says she selected the twelve because “they were recognized as being community minded. And they were all happy to say yes!”
When we consider all the people who serve on committees, who volunteer to pick up garbage, who tutor at-risk youth – we know they don’t do it for recognition.
The impulse seems to come from a civilized and altruistic place deep inside. And that, for us, makes it all the more reason to submit their name!