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Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?


Dr. Know
A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?


Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What's the low-down on LED streetlights?


Dr. Know
Our street just got LED streetlights. I love the bright white light! Do they last longer than yellow sodium lights? How much power do they save? How long before we switch out all the old lights?   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?


Dr. Know
Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is the Fields Park off-leash area in the Pearl so small?


Dr. Know
WOOF, ARF, WOOF… (Hi, Doc! Who is the misdogynist who designed the Fields Park in the Pearl? Crikey, dogs are only allowed inside a small double-fenced pen worthy of Hannibal Lecter. Please    More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Is the Kitzhaber-Hayes Scandal Oregon's Most Embarrassing?


Dr. Know
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first girlfriend Cylvia Hayes: embarrassing scandal, or most embarrassing scandal ever? —Appalled How the mighty have fallen—just last August, a U.S. Departmen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Does the city have any plans to get rid of the crows on Southwest 5th Avenue?


Dr. Know
Does the city have any plans to rid Southwest 5th Avenue of the crow health hazard? They’ve been fouling the street for two months. —Crowed Off Portland: Put one bird on it, and you’re a   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins?


Dr. Know
Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins? In my old hometown, this was considered stealing—it deprived the city of revenue for the recycl   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why don't Portland businesses run their ceiling fans in the correct direction in the winter?


Dr. Know
I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that their ceiling fans are going in the wrong direction. They all say, “It’s blowing the hot air down.” Is ignorantly suffering through    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Is the Oregon poultry flu epidemic the same as the deadly "bird flu"?


Dr. Know
Like a lot of folks, I have the flu. The news says Oregon poultry is also having a flu epidemic. I recall a fuss about deadly “bird flu” a few years ago, so I assumed that’s what I have. M   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARTY SMITH
 

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