What is cryptosporidium, anyway? I know it can turn up
in water, but that’s about it. I asked a friend who works in public
radio, and she said, “It’s a parasite. It eats your body.” That d
Is it legal for election authorities to disclose who has voted and who has not?
Recently, I was unnerved that a canvasser who called my
house seemed to know that my roommate hadn’t voted yet. Is it legal for
election authorities in Oregon to disclose to individual campaigns
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