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Chamber of Commerce out to buy elections

Xue Lor’s Facebook post about his City Council candidacy caught my eye. “My opponent is getting $6,000 from the Salem Chamber of Commerce. If the private sector is able to buy seats in local government, how can [we] expect democracy […]

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DON’T VOTE FOR SIGN ORDINANCE SCOFFLAWS

Would you vote for someone running for office in a local or state election who willfully and publicly violated our Salem city ordinances? I wouldn’t, either. So I hope you

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Save lives. Wear a purple sticker

“Why should I care?” Great question. About so many causes that clamor for our attention, time, money, commitment. Every day I get many emails from groups warning that if

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Women’s health matters

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon continues to fight politicians who are seemingly obsessed with banning or chipping away at a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about

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Slow down for strangeness

To some, calling our city “Snailem” is a putdown. But there’s a lot to like about slowing down. This lets us sense the sweet strangeness of existence that often

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Immigration and hope

I was amazed at all the local support shown to the six year old Oregon girl who was being sent to Mexico to live with her father.  Even

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Explore these Salem Blogs

I encourage you to discover a largely hidden side of Salem: its blogosphere. Out in cyberspace, Salem bloggers urge us to wake up to what our city can become;

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Central Location Good For New Police Facility

The recent effort by the City of Salem to explore conceptual plans for a new police facility has provided our community with a great opportunity to share their

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The Taxpayer Funded War Against Predators

A recent poll by TrapFreeOregon found that almost half of Oregonians think trapping is illegal in Oregon. It’s not. Few people know that a federal agency uses both cruel

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From No Way! to Better Way -Strange Up Salem

Salemians who stopped last year’s poorly thought-out Boise Cascade redevelopment plan, pat yourselves on the back (or wherever you like to be patted). Saying No Way! to a land

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