Dr. Know: Portland’s Better Mousetraps

Does Portland lay claim to any big inventions?


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I recall that when I lived in Baltimore, there used to be a poster in City Hall that listed all the things that originated there (the refrigerator, the Ouija board, the dredger, Bromo-Seltzer, e   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: For the Greater Good

Why don’t the police arrest drivers with dark-tinted side windows?


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Recent studies have shown that over 93 percent of drivers with dark-tinted side windows are either drug dealers, pedophiles or repeat sex offenders. Why don’t the police arrest these deviants    More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Appreciation Deprecation

Can property tax assessments be appealed?


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I got my property tax assessment, and it’s gone way up—even though I’ve made no improvements to the property! It’s nice that my house is worth more, but I feel gouged. Can these assessme   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Curbing Car Use

Are restaurant Street Seats legal?


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Recently, restaurants have begun expanding their dining areas by annexing public, on-street parking spaces to build little outdoor decks for tables and seats. Will you please comment on the lega   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mane Street

Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets?


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Can you legally ride horses on Portland’s streets? And water them at Skidmore Fountain? Should I build a paddock in my driveway? —Carl It’s funny you should bring this up, Carl. As it turns    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?


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Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pusher Potential

What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?


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Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Gratuitous Advice

What’s the tipping etiquette for counter service?


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Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping eti   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Communi-Posting

Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?


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I live in a 10-unit apartment complex. Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes. Shouldn’t we get   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Weakly by the Willamette

Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?


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Portland has a “weak mayor” system of governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other major cities   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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