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Dr. Know: Primary Education

Is “Mischief Voting” Illegal?

Dr. Know
Can I change my party preference to Republican just so I can vote in the primary, and change back before the general election? Is it legal? I can’t stand to see Republicans having all the fun.&n   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Burning (Saint) Question

Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst?

Dr. Know
Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc. —Koan of Arc   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Down-Low on Downspouts

Is it safe to reconnect my downspouts?

Dr. Know
Like lots of folks, I disconnected my gutter downspouts from the storm-drain system to save the river. Now that the “Big Pipe” is finished, though, can I reconnect them? It’s a swamp over he   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Christmas Tree Composting

Can I dump my Christmas tree into the compost bin?

Dr. Know
Now that we’ve got weekly compost/yard debris pickup, I figure I should be able to dump my 100 percent-organic Christmas tree into the compost bin and not get charged for tree disposal. Can I?&n   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Renter’s Burden

Don’t renters pay property tax (indirectly) through rent?

Dr. Know
In your column on 911 services [“Dr. Know,” WW, Dec. 14, 2011], you say renters don’t pay property taxes. I’m sure you realize those taxes are passed on to renters in the form of rent. Tho   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Foam for the Holidays

Any way to get rid of all that Christmas-morning packaging?

Dr. Know
So far, biweekly trash pick-up is working for me. But the holidays are coming, and I’m pretty sure the Styrofoam from an Xbox would fill my whole trash bin. Is there any way to get rid of all th   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: 911-a-holics?

How much do the rest of us pay for chronic 911 callers?

Dr. Know
My building gets eight to 10 emergency visits from Portland Fire & Rescue each week, usually for the same three or four residents. How much do the rest of us pay for that care? Do 911 caller   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Contrail-ian

How the hell can people miss chemtrails?

Dr. Know
On a sunny day, look up and you may see a contrail, which is a normal vapor trail that dissipates as quickly as a jet passes. Then there are chemtrails, which hang up there all day and spread ou   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: LED Astray?

Will my incandescent Christmas lights destroy the planet?

Dr. Know
Like a good Portlander, I’ve replaced my old, power-sucking incandescent bulbs with modern CFLs. My Christmas lights, however, are still incandescent. Do I care? How hard am I raping the plane   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Dark, Scary Attic

What the hell goes on in Pioneer Courthouse?

Dr. Know
If Pioneer Courthouse Square is “Portland’s living room,” the old Pioneer Courthouse itself seems more like the dark, scary attic that no one ever goes into. It’s a striking building, but what   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH
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