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Time for a Sustainability Commission

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Opinion | 0 comments

As the United States urbanized during the twentieth century, communities around the country recognized that building and servicing the...

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Mayor to citizens: shut up about trees

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Opinion | 2 comments

Salem’s Mayor, Anna Peterson, has revealed her disdain for clean government, transparent decision-making, and citizen involvement. Here’s...

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Salem’s New Band-Aid Streetlight Fee -Salem Weekly Editorial

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Opinion | 0 comments

On March 9 the Salem City Council voted 8-1 to impose a new Streetlight Fee on residents.  Using the single-family residence as the base...

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Mayor, say yes to intoxication

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Opinion | 1 comment

Get wasted more. Scheme less. Salem would be much better off if our city officials — Mayor, City Manager, city councilors — took this...

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Clearing the Air on the 3rd Bridge -Salem Weekly Editorial

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Opinion | 0 comments

On February 19, 2015, Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano and Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope authored the following guest opinion...

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Stay weird. Stay different.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Opinion | 0 comments

Graham Moore’s acceptance speech at the 2015 Academy Awards touched me. The loud applause that greeted his words showed I wasn’t alone. He...

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Raise the Minimum Wage -Salem Weekly Editorial

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Opinion | 1 comment

The minimum wage issue has appeared with regularity in national, regional and now even local debates.  Among experts, there is growing...

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Salem needs a visionary City Manager

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Opinion | 1 comment

So… how enthused are you about what the folks at City Hall have done for Salem lately? Anything come to mind? Something that made you...

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Make Child Care a Top Priority in Salem -Salem Weekly Editorial

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in Opinion | 1 comment

High quality, affordable child care is one of the most important building blocks of a great community. A child’s experiences during the...

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