Was Portland really a mob town at some point in its history?
I keep hearing that back in the day, Portland was a mob
town full of hit men, bootleggers and women of easy virtue. Could our
currently milquetoast city really have such a colorful past? —Multno
Does goose poop represent a significant health threat?
Let’s talk goose poop: Every park and walkway near the
Willamette River is covered with the stuff. Is it any health threat to
people and pets? —Thomas C.
Before I answer, I’d like to formal
Any irony behind calling our food-stamp program the "Oregon Trail" card?
When I think “Oregon Trail,” I think of people barely
surviving on meager rations as part of a dehumanizing ordeal. That does
make the phrase an appropriate name for our food-stamp program, bu
Who can I write in for mayor that has the best chance of winning?
I can’t vote for Jefferson Smith for mayor because he
is a total fuckup. I can’t vote for Charlie Hales because he’s a lying
son of a bitch. At this point, any alternative sounds good. Who c
Does cooler autumn air affect how large we perceive the full moon?
I found myself marveling at the rising full moon over Portland last Saturday night. It certainly seemed
larger than usual. My friend says this effect is caused by light
refracting through the cool
If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year?
Oregon is a die-hard blue state—and anyway, since the
conventions, Obama’s been running away with the election. So, as a
Portlander, why should I bother voting? —Derpa the Sherpa