Social Responsibility

Vendor profile: Volunteering keeps vendor connected

December 4, 2012
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Vendor profile: Volunteering keeps vendor connected

By Cole Merkel, Staff Writer Every Thursday, Street Roots vendor William Adams helps make bologna and cheese sandwiches for Operation Nightwatch, a hospitality center he has been a community member of for more than three years. He began making the sandwiches five months ago. “I walked into it,” William says. One afternoon there was a…

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A room with a view: One year on in housing

December 4, 2012
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A room with a view: One year on in housing

By Leo Rhodes, Contributing Columnist Dec. 7, 1941, is a day that will live infamy, as President Roosevelt put it. Coming from Arizona, this day was and still is a big date as the USS Arizona became the first ship to sink into Pearl Harbor that December morning. In the Northeast corner of Arizona is…

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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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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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‘Sounding the deeps of his nature’ — Remembering Ted Jack

November 26, 2012
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‘Sounding the deeps of his nature’ —  Remembering Ted Jack

By Israel Bayer, Staff Writer Ted Jack was a simple man. He lived a very complex and hard life. Born on a boat off the Alaskan coast into a youth spent in orphanages, Ted ran away from a world he would never speak about. He was all of eight years old. Learning how to look…

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Incarceration is not health care; police are not physicians

November 23, 2012
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Incarceration is not health care; police are not physicians

By Gustav Cappaert, Contributing Writer In May 2010, someone called the Portland police to report a man talking to himself and spitting on cars in Old Town. When a police officer arrived, he found the man unwilling to be handcuffed. The officer hit the man with pepper spray and four Taser blasts. The man had…

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The Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard talks about giving back to the community

November 22, 2012
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The Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard talks about giving back to the community

By Israel Bayer, Staff Writer Damian Lillard is the real deal. Having grown up in Oakland, Calif. and going to college at Weber State in Utah, Lillard has flown under the radar for many basketball fans. Lillard was a first-round draft pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. On Nov. 3, Lillard joined Oscar Robertson as…

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The Judah blues explosion

November 22, 2012
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The Judah blues explosion

Judah Bauer (far right) with his Jon Spencer Blues Explosion band mates, Russel Simins (left) and Jon Spencer (center). By Sue Zalokar, Staff Writer When The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion formed in New York City in the early ‘90s, it was like they threw a bomb in the middle of the indie-rock and blues-punk scene…

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