Why are there so many helicopters around the new light-rail bridge?
Lately, I have noticed an increase in helicopters
around the new light-rail bridge. The cops suggest asking the news
stations, but no big news stories correspond to the time and place. Any
If idling causes pollution, why do we have to stop at lights before entering the freeways?
On the drawbridges in Portland, there are signs telling
you not to sit with your car idling because of pollution. So why do we
have to stop at lights before entering the freeways, forcing thousand
I can’t help noticing there have been an awful lot of
sinkholes opening in the ground lately. Are we under attack from some
malevolent, subterranean menace? How long before the Earth swallows us
The nice weather got me thinking: Is
there a local upside to climate change? If the weather changes
everywhere, some places are bound to improve—why not us? I’m willing to
sacrifice a few po
If overpopulation is a concern, why have cellphone driving laws?
Recently you wrote about the lives saved by the
hands-free cellphone law. Since we’re overpopulating and running out of
resources, shouldn’t we stop trying to reduce deaths with laws like
Like you, I’m a big fan of natural disasters. I’m
especially keen on that volcanic time bomb, Mount Hood. Will it erupt?
How soon? And how many souls will I be able to harvest when it does?&nb
Does Portland really have a brown recluse spider problem?
My roommate claims Portland is full of deadly brown
recluse spiders. I say the brown recluse menace is overstated. I also
think he’s using said menace as an excuse not to clean the basement.