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I-5 Bridge Still #1 Priority of Clark County Residents

Despite the noise and fury around light rail and the now-fading Columbia River Crossing idea–and, yes, Commissioner Madore’s out-of-left-field idea to link the booming metropolises of Camas and Troutdale, the majority of respondents to a poll in the Columbian still say that fixing the I-5 Bridge is the key Clark County transportation challenge.

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Income Inequality in USA Neither Inevitable nor Desirable

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141) In the conclusion of a series on the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us in the US, economist Joseph Stiglitz lays out the case that this is the result of […]

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Senate Transportation bill a DUD, not a THUD

Going by the unfortunate acronym of THUD, the Senate “Transportation and Housing and Urban Development” legislation brings us more of the same old thinking that typified the previous transportation funding bills such as SAFETEA-LU and numerous stopgap funding measures of the past few years. It seems that the Congress has abandoned the idea that a […]

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“You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have a scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues. This requires a level, a base level of science literacy that I don’t think we have achieved yet.”–NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON , Moyer and Company, 1/19/2014
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Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!

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