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City screws over downtown again

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

by Carole Smith So now we know: it only takes 9 months for the Salem City Council and staff to make downtown parking so miserable that...

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Salem Sunday Streets — every day!

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

Imagine this town with fewer cars and more bikes. People strolling around a fun-filled city center. Food carts, outdoor yoga, captivating...

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Can we all get along?

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

Great question, Rodney King. Police brutality isn’t the same as heated debates over how to handle downtown parking, but the unnecessary...

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My wake up call

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

by Sandy Newman As someone who sometimes keeps my distance from the ballot box, I am a little embarrassed to say that I was caught off...

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Up to the present, Salem

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Opinion | 2 comments

by Brian Hines Salem needs an anti-time machine that will let us experience what’s happening now, not the past or future. Here’s a mantra...

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Single Payer: Canada’s unions secured it for them, ours didn’t for us

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Opinion | 1 comment

by Nathaniel Quinn  I have studied healthcare policy extensively, as it forms an intersection of my major areas of study in college and...

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Embrace downtown food carts

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Opinion | 1 comment

Who’s afraid of food carts? Not me. I’m thrilled that the City Council recently approved revisions to a food cart ordinance, thanks...

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We Can Build Small Business Success, Together

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

July 1st I set out to meet with as many small business owners as possible in the month of July.  As a small business owner and the son of...

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Four recipes for instant strangeness

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Opinion | 0 comments

It’s summer. Living is easy. Who wants to work hard at making Salem stranger? Instead of laboring to cook up a stew of strangeness, here’s...

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