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December 9, 2015 05:55 PM

Interesting story in The Washington Post this week about what happens to low-income people when their food stamps run out at the end of the month.

December 8, 2015 12:50 PM

New video from the Union of Concerned Scientists on how we can reform our unhealthy food system.

December 7, 2015 11:45 AM

Interestng analysis of the U.S. "war on terror" this week in Reader Supported News.

December 7, 2015 04:31 PM

Sen. Jeff Merkley comments on Donald Trump's call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

December 5, 2015 11:23 AM

A Nov. 27 notice mailed out by the U.S. Postal Service warns that if a "mailpiece" contains ads for marijuana it is "nonmailable."


This has some Oregon newspapers that accept legal pot ads concerned, particularly rural papers that are primarily mailed. According to The Oregonian, "It's not clear what prompted the warning, which was hand-delivered Monday by a Washington postal official to the Chinook Observer, a Long Beach, Wash., newspaper. The newspaper and the Daily Astorian distribute a weekly tab called Coast Weekend, which runs advertisements from a Long Beach dispensary and Oregon Coast dispensaries."

Members of Oregon's congressional delegation responded in a letter to the Postmaster, asking, among other things, if the policy is being enforced in all 50 states and what discretion a regional postmaster has, what authority does the Postal Service have to regulate the advertising of legal marijuana, if the ads aren't promising to mail any marijuana? How will the Postal Service enforce the rule when Congress prohibited the U.S. Department of Justice from spending any money prosecuting federal marijuana crimes in states that have legalized weed?

Finally, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer ask if the Postal Service cooperateed “with anyone at DEA or DOJ in establishing this policy?" and if it did the “please detail the nature of the cooperation."

December 3, 2015 05:34 PM
Mayor Kitty Piercy sent out a statement on her health today. According to the news release, the mayor found a small, non-invasive cancer through a routine breast self-examination. 
Following the discovery of a lump in her breast and a subsequent mammogram and biopsy, Mayor Piercy’s doctor has diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ. Her understanding is that this is a very common cancer that is small, non-invasive and low grade. Next week, Mayor Piercy will meet with a surgeon and make arrangements for surgery soon.
Mayor Piercy said, “I am grateful that this was discovered through routine breast self-examination. It is a reminder to us all to do those examinations regularly. Throughout this process I have been impressed with the kind, efficient and very professional care I have received. I expect to need a little time to recover from surgery, but other than that to continue with my usual full schedule.”
December 2, 2015 11:13 AM

This just in from the Roseburg VA:

The Roseburg VA Medical Center will soon open its new Health Care Center at 3355 Chad Drive in Eugene on Monday, Jan. 25.  VA staff, city leaders and veterans’ groups will mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 am.  Tours of the new clinic will be provided prior to the ceremony during the month of January. The public is welcome and all veterans are encouraged to come see the facility.

The new Health Care Center will replace the Eugene Community Based Outpatient Clinic on River Road and River Avenue.  The new 120 thousand-square-foot facility will provide primary care, mental health, women’s health, audiology, physical, speech and occupational therapy as well as an onsite dispensing pharmacy. In addition to expanding the existing services offered in Eugene, new services planned for this clinic include:

• Ambulatory Surgery   

• Laboratory

• Imaging

• Speech Pathology

• Ophthalmology

• Prosthetics      

• Cardiopulmonary

• Orthopedics

• Gastroenterology                           

• Dental

• Podiatry

• Urology

Following the ceremony the Eugene Health Care Center will begin seeing Veterans starting at 1 pm. To schedule a tour or for general questions please email shawn.clark3@va.gov.


December 2, 2015 01:14 PM

One way to track the Paris Climate Talks is througj the website for the Union of Concerned Scientists.