Monthly Archives: October 2011

Getting Squishy on Crime

June Buck, with her curly grey hair and thin, gentle voice looks and sounds like the retired Medford school teacher that she is. When she speaks, though, she pushes a lie: Oregon has failed to invest in schools. Buck spoke briefly at the second hearing of the Commission on Public Safety.  She suggested that schools […]

Dancing at the Revolution

If you’re going to do something radical, wear Brooks Brothers. You won’t just stop traffic, you’ll confound the status quo. Occupy Portland and the hundreds of other variations on New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest, need more ordinary middle-class employees. Many of them wear suits and are just as worried about America’s future. The men […]

Haugen’s Media Super Bowl

Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t on Death Row, so he had to take matters into his own hands. No attorneys, no media circus. Just a gun and a suicide note entitled “Football Season Is Over.” Thompson’s last words: “No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is […]

Deep in the Heart of Oregon

Have you ever been the victim of a crime? Was an arrest made? Could you even get the police to take a report? These are not questions that concern the Commission on Public Safety. What they want to know is: How can they persuade ordinary citizens in Oregon that crime is all in their heads? […]