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October 18, 2015


Brian, this is Salem, NOT Portland!
Thank heavens for that!!
There is not one single thing that I like about Portland, other than a bunch of friends that live there and they hate Portland worse than me.
For one thing; I can't remember the last time Portland had a real mayor.
We on the other hand, have Awesome Anna and Terrific Taylor before.
I may not always agree with everything our mayor does or says, but surely would not trade her for that cockamamie clown act in portlandia.
Salem, like all other unique cities, (like Silverton, Stayton, Ashland, Hood river, etc...) IS an island unto it's self.
This is Salem, NOT Portland!
Lets keep Salem, Salem-like and if anything more Salemish!
I am not going to say, "Salem. love it or leave it". I am not going to say, "Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out to Portland". I'm not going to even bring those things up because that would be rude and insensitive.
And that goes for all of your fine blog readers as well.
Saying, "Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out to Portland", or "Salem. love it or leave it" would be totally out of line, so I won't even suggest it!
This is Salem, NOT PORTLAND!!!

I agree Brian. If our neighboring cities were lame, like say Oklahoma City and Tulsa, that would be one thing. But Portland and Eugene, as well as Corvallis and Bend, frequently are listed as some of the most livable cities in the US. So there is a lot to learn from them, and we should. Regarding our substandard transit service, we are not only far below the norm for Portland and Eugene. We are below the norm for many Oregon cities: Corvallis (with free bus service), Hillsboro, Beaverton, Gresham, Tigard, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, West Linn (all served by Tri-Met). There's no excuse for it. It's a major embarrassment. And only someone who's firmly stuck in the 20th Century car culture mindset will think it's okay.

Brian - who drained Ankeny Wildlife Refuge lake?? It is bone dry. Dead fish, displaced birds...wth happened??? I know cities are going to pull water from rural areas now, but I thought that this did not include wildlife refuges. Now that they have destroyed this, guess they will put in houses??? Parasites.

Jayne, your comment is welcome, though it doesn't pertain to this post. Laurel and I don't know for sure what happened to the seasonal lake/pond at the refuge. It's been an unusually dry year, so that might be part of it.

Also, we've heard that every few years the lake/pond is drained completely to kill the weeds in it. So that might be what has happened. You could contact the manager of the refuge and get a solid answer.

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