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Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up


Dr. Know
When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?


Dr. Know
Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there any real lumberjacks left in Oregon?


Dr. Know
I’ve been in Portland a long time, and the fake lumberjack style (beard, flannel, work boots, knit cap, etc.) has gotten a little overwhelming. And anyway, with advances in logging automatio   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How does the city decide when a new building is just too ugly to be built?


Dr. Know
Who approves building designs? Specifically, who approved the hideous “Zipper” building at Northeast 28th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard? Were any of the neighbors consulted? How does the city   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do Portlanders like waiting in line so much?


Dr. Know
On the freeway, when you see a sign that says, “Left Lane Ends, 1 Mile,” when should you merge right? I say “in 1 mile,” but most people change lanes immediately, and think I’m a che   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcasting noise with speakers in public?


Dr. Know
Portland’s street musicians are usually just annoying, but with the addition of amplification they become intolerable. Doesn’t Portland have an ordinance forbidding people from broadcastin   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are Portland's walk and transit scores so low on Walkscore.com?


Dr. Know
Portland has a large and beefy bike score on Walkscore.com. But I was stunned by our walk and transit scores. We’re below Seattle, and even Los Angeles! What gives? —Troy I realize we’ve   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast?


Dr. Know
What’s up with the erupting volcano off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island? Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants to plant th   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers?


Dr. Know
We can euthanize animals—even elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving firing squ   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If right-wingers question Obama's eligibility for the presidency, how can they support Ted Cruz?


Dr. Know
The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban f   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTY SMITH
 

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