JEERS to longstanding and wanton institutional neglect of sexual assault survivors at Oregon State University – we at The Advocate first reported as much back in 2017, here, here, and here. This week’s fecklessness from the trustees, simply putting Alexander on probation, didn’t surprise us one bit.
CHEERS to Jeff Blaine for being the dude selected by the City of Corvallis to prevent things like deadly crosswalks, or in govern-y parlance, the Director of Public Works. Blaine’s CV looks cool, and he takes over July 2.
JEERS because we know what you click on, and even though we love you, we know you don’t click on enough wildfire stories – and you REALLY NEED to know about wildfires because they are your future. CHEERS to OSU Extension for their Wildfire Wednesdays webinar series, which is free. We‘re also really likingthe excuse to nag you about this again…
CHEERS to the city council for dispatching $369,000 in federal CARES Act money at their March 15 meeting. It primarily went to non-profits serving area homeless, with about $58,000 going to agencies serving area children. JEERS as our nation cheaps out on economic justice and prevention, and decides that homelessness is, generally, a local problem. But at least they sent us a few pandemic shekels– so we guess we’re supposed to cheer, which we’ve just done... Yep, cheer, cheer, yay… thanks.
PLOT TWIST, Mayor Biff Traber reports the managed homeless camp envisioned to neighbor the men’s shelter and BMX track is permanently scuttled – it couldn’t manage to find an insurer.
CHEERS for the Oregon Senate passing a resolution declaring healthcare a human right – the matter now moves to the House, and if it’s successful there, it’ll be coming to a ballot near you during the next general election. The amendment theoretically obligates the state to ensure cost effective healthcare for all Oregonians, but doesn‘t spell out how the state would do that. Republican lawmakers argue against, saying things like “big taxes,” no specifics from Democrats, and lazy policymaking. Democrats are all, like, healthcare for everyone because it’s the human thing to do.
WE WAIT WITH BATED BREATHasmultiple forest pesticides were found in Oregon’s coastal waters. What appears to be happening is that single herbicide applications for various timber harvest areas leech on down to the coastand intermingle, which creates a brew that may be impacting wildlife reproduction. Sooo, Oregon Department of Forestry Public Affairs Specialist NickHennemann said in an email that the study by Portland State University Researchers indicates a need for more research, and possibly new regulations.