Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fiscal cliff debate is about political priorities, not economics

November 30, 2012
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Fiscal cliff debate is about political priorities, not economics

By Robin Hahnel, Contributing Columnist We just had an election which repudiated the Republican economic agenda for America. So what begins the morning after? The only economic subject talked about is “the fiscal cliff” — the Republican economic agenda! The fiscal cliff is the latest version of the same trap the wealthy, the military industrial…

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Oregon’s affordable housing on the edge of the fiscal cliff

November 30, 2012
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Oregon’s affordable housing on the edge of the fiscal cliff

By Jake Thomas, Staff Writer Sequestration. It sounds like an invasive medical procedure. In a way it is, and it’s about to be performed on the entire country unless Congress acts fast. In Portland, sequestration — a wonky term for general cuts in government spending — could result in less affordable housing and leave some…

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Content Management Systems: Is Your Wish List Realistic?

November 30, 2012
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The lure of having a content management system on your website is enticing. You can keep your website up-to-date yourself. Nothing could be easier, right? On the surface it’s like buying a turnkey business. You turn the key, open the … Related posts: The DIY Dilemma: Why a Do-it-yourself Website May be a Bad Idea:…

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Why We Need Handrails

November 29, 2012
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I used to fly up and down the stairs all the time. Lately I have discovered myself holding on to handrails. There are reasons for handrails; if you don’t know, you will quickly discover them on the way down. Imagine going down a steep flight of stairs that has no handrail; you slip and proceed…

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Top 10 Flooring Questions

November 29, 2012
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With such a variety in floor covering options available today and the consumer’s need to find a floor that is right for them, there are a number of questions that need to be addressed to begin the buying process. Knowing whom one should buy from, who should install it, in what part of the home…

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Dear City Council: A prescription for healthy streets

November 29, 2012
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Dear City Council: A prescription for healthy streets

By Rob Sadowsky, Contributing Columnist I write this letter to the Portland City Council as it seats two new members: Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick. As you sit down over the next few months building new relationships, making new appointments, swapping bureaus and considering new directions. I offer this prescription for healthy streets:…

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The health care debate isn’t over: Let your voice be heard

November 29, 2012
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The health care debate isn’t over: Let your voice be heard

By Sam Metz, Contributing Columnist Does the specter of your family going bankrupt from a disease not covered by your health insurance keep you staring sleeplessly at the ceiling? Have you lost hope that our country will ever get the health care system we need? There is a solution, and you can make it happen.…

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Add Functionality to your WordPress Website with Plugins

November 29, 2012
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Does your WordPress website need additional functionality, such as a photo gallery, or a social sharing plugin, for instance? WordPress has a neat and nifty feature in the admin that allows you to install plugins quickly and easily. This article is geared toward clients, as a simple guide for searching and installing plugins via the…

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The Rise of Sharing Communities

November 28, 2012
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The Rise of Sharing Communities

Tweet Photo Credits:  Lobkovs http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/11/28-5 As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. These groups focus on education, action and community-building, and advocate for a cultural shift toward…

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The Galley Kitchen, Redefined

November 28, 2012
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With their “shotgun” arrangement of space along two walls, galley kitchens are often narrow and can feel cut off from the rest of the house, but thoughtful design connects people and living spaces in the Beaumont-Wilshire kitchen of Rose and Eric Brooks. The Brookses had all the usual reasons motivating their decision to remodel the…

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