Major Construction Work Completed

Yes, the work noted in our previous post, nearly 25 months ago, was completed.

We even redid the work this week: upgraded the site to WordPress 3.5.1 and our main theme to Atahualpa 3.7.11.

The big question: will it be 2 more years before another post???

And, yes, we do need to tidy up the blog roll and the header image. Maybe next week.

Construction Work In Progress

We are implementing a new theme, Atahualpa 3.5.3.

Please be patient as tweaking and so forth will be going on for the next week or so.

Why Keep Public Salaries Secret?

Well, I can’t think of any good reasons. As long as these entities and their employees want to pretend that they are public servants then they need to walk the talk: transparency!

But, in today’s Eugene Register-Guard you will find this as the quoted key reason:

“I could see people being upset,” Barnhart said. “Some people don’t want their spouses to know how much they make. This is going to make it available for the world to see. I don’t know what kind of liability we have for their privacy.”

Help me with this, please!

Some people do not want their spouses to know how much they make? Where to begin??

Is Barnhart talking for himself? Are there really people still living in an age when their significant other was a chattel?

If your spouse is not sharing this basic information with you it is time to see a counselor or move on to a new partner.

As for the county’s dilemma: publish the information. Worker’s that do not like it can move to the private sector.

WordPress Upgrade

Upgraded this sites underlying blog software, WordPress, to Version 3.01 today.

The automatic upgrade capability is much easier than the already, compared to some other blogging software, easy manual upgrade process.

Has It Really Been A Year

No, just a bit over 11 months since anything has been posted here.

Here is to that changing!

What To Do With Gamboa

It is unfortunate that Ernesto Gamboa let himself be co-opted by thugs engaged in an immoral government activity but that is no excuse to provide him official asylum.

On the other hand the government has no legitimate authority to make him go anywhere. If he can find private employment, can sustain himself, then he should not be interfered with.

Of course, all the people Gamboa lied to over the years may have some interest . . . → Read More: What To Do With Gamboa

Well, Duh….

The headline in the Eugene Register-Guard* print edition on March 5 reads:

Bullying persists despite state laws

The article opens with:

Despite Oregon’s eight-year-old anti-bullying law, about one-third of Oregon teens report having been harassed according to a review released Wednesday by a coalition pushing to strengthen the law.

Did the writer really expect that a piece of legislation would eliminate bullying?

Glancing around I notice theft, fraud, murder, speeding, and so on, are . . . → Read More: Well, Duh….

Requiescat In Pace ~ Seattle PI: 1843-2009

Today marks the end of the Seattle PI‘s print edition:

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the region’s pioneer newspaper and the city’s oldest continually operating business, a newspaper that both shaped and was shaped by the community it covered, prints its last edition Tuesday — nearly a century and a half after its forebear first rolled off a hand-cranked Ramage press promising to be “the best and cheapest promulgator of all sorts of useful information.”

The above . . . → Read More: Requiescat In Pace ~ Seattle PI: 1843-2009

Dog Days In Salem

vickie walker introduced legislation to allow dogs in the state capital (as if there aren’t enough already) and, surprisingly, not everyone agrees with her: One lawmaker who told her he wouldn’t support it was Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach.

“I have three dogs and I love them, but I don’t want dogs under my seat, peeing on the wall or leaving mangy hair everywhere,” he said. “This is the Capitol. It’s not a doghouse.”

Ya . . . → Read More: Dog Days In Salem

Thieves in Eugene?

The Lane Transit Authority thinks it has a problem with riders who do not pay full fare: Drivers have estimated that 2 percent to 5 percent of riders get away with an invalid fare, although one said recently that the number can be 15 percent to 20 percent on a busy day.

Really, though, even 20% greatly understates the problem: After a recent review of operations, Lane Transit District has decided it will look into . . . → Read More: Thieves in Eugene?

Washington’s New Cell Phone Law

Washington’s new cell phone law makes it illegal to use a hand-held phone.

Right-Mind says: Yesterday, #1 son was hit on his bicycle in Moscow by a driver who was talking on his cell phone (#1 son is fine; but the bike needed to go into the shop).

Personally, I think this is great news. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a near-accident because of people talking-and-driving.

Unfortunately, the new law . . . → Read More: Washington’s New Cell Phone Law