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FDR, 2nd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1937

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Middle East friendship chart

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California topples a tyrant

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Corporations enriching shareholders

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Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike. 

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"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere"

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr.


The GOP - Not One of US.

Wall Street, our new criminal class...       

   Business in the USA is sitting on $2 trillion dollars refusing to invest their own funds in expanding and hiring workers.  

   When one adds to this the reserves that banks, equity firms and hedge funds have - the picture is clear - "capitalism in the USA is on strike." 

   The engine of our economy - the spirit of entrepreneurship is not in evidence today.  So much for business being dynamic and risk taking. 

   They hire K- Street lobbyists and their ilk at the state level because they are averse to risk taking - pleading for tax breaks, tax credits and endless loopholes. 

   The "business of business" in America today is not about job creation, it's about wealth hoarding and redistribution from the middle class to the top 1%. 

   So for those who claim government doesn't create jobs, my response is that business doesn't either until given "corporate welfare" by government.  The fact is that the private and public sector are highly integrated, something the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party types don't understand. 

   Job creation requires public/private partnerships but the benefits of such collaboration should go to the 99% not just the 1%.  

 

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Oregon's Motto: 

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Hard Times in Oregon: 

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The Oregon story - the rich get richer, the poor and middle class lose ground.  Check this front page Oregonian article out. 

Oregon wage gap widens

Homelessness in Oregon - a call to action

Chuck Currie The crisis of homelessness


  

      Oregon's coming 34th out of 41 states in the Obama "Race to the Top" illustrates the failure of leadership from Governor Kitzhaber and his predecessors as they have built an educational bridge to nowhere called high stakes testing.

   Instead of being in a race to the top we seem to be dumpster diving to the bottom despite doing education reform since 1991.  Insanity is termed doing the same thing over and over again.  When can we put a fork in this stupidity? 

   To confuse matters more the Oregonian's editorial board has pontificated that this was a lost opportunity to get federal funding for innovation.  How firing principals and teachers equals innovation is a mystery to me.   

   The way to reform schools is to reduce class sizes, to encourage teacher collaboration and to support their continued education.  High stakes testing and performance based assessment of teachers are NOT the answer!    

   If you want students to succeed you first have to resolve the issues they confront before they come to school.  Children who face poverty, hunger, homelessness, health care issues and family instability require wrap around services for them and their families, 24/7.   

   Every child needs a safe home of their own and parents who know how to be good parents.   

There is only one way to address this impending crisis.  Schools must have a stable source of funding. Until that happens - we will limp from crisis to crisis.   

 

Steve Duin Schools get the blame 

School Reform/slate.com 



    

    Why does the richest nation in the world have the moral blight of homeless people?

Invisible People

http://www.npr.org


 Homelessness

    Connecting the dots between homelessness, hunger & health care disparities in Oregon and Washington County: 

Homelessness:  

•    The faces of the homeless are families with children, single men and women, vets, and many who are impaired. It is estimated that in Washington County up to 56% of homelessness occurs to families.

Hunger:

•    Hunger is highest among single mother households (10%) and poor families (15%) as well as renters, unemployed workers and minority households. 

Heath Care Disparities: 

•    Adults in Oregon without insurance represent 22.3% of the state’s population compared to 19.7% of the nation.  In Washington County approximately 


A RAD rhetorical question - Were Madison & Marx "Marxists"?  

 

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments."   

- James Madison

 

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point is, however, to change it. 

- Karl Marx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obamacare is working in Oregon!

Oregon's uninsurance rate cut more than half following federal health reforms

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"There are men who believe that democracy... is limited or measured by a kind of mystical and artificial fate [and that] tyranny and slavery have become the surging wave of the future..." 

FDR, 3rd Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1941

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A Just Peace

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SIP contract online

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Oreaviationwatch

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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

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Taking on the Pro-Israel Lobby 

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Kansas' ruinous tax cuts

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Miguel de Cervantes, from The Duke - "I accuse you of being an idealist, a bad poet and an honest man."  Cervantes' response - "Guilty as charged, I have never had the courage to believe in nothing."   from Man of La Mancha

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Intel failed to report fluoride emissions for almost 30 years   

     Why do Intel employees who are house hunting in Hillsboro, Aloha or Beaverton refer to an area within a 5 mile radius of Intel plants as "the dead zone?"  

      Do they know something we don't?  QuestionIntel.com  We couldn't trust banks "too big to fail," so why should we trust Intel?

Rediscovering Government

Is the US #1? 

 

Professor Kingfield, from the Paper Chase

   "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you." 

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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Paul Krugman 

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Democracy Now
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The Daily Kos

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Blue Oregon

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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." 

- Emilie Buchwald 

 


    "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." 

- Justice John Paul Stevens, Bush v. Gore, 2001


    The state of our union - check out the map, it's a reality check for those who can't figure out why people are so ticked off... 

americanobserver

    Here's Garrison Keillor's rap on the rightwingnuts:   

GarrisonKeillor

 

  

     Garrison Keillor - "...The Founding Fathers intended the Senate to be a fount of wisdom... but when you consider...  moon-faced Mitch McConnell, your faith in democracy is challenged severely. Any legislative body in which 41 senators from rural states that together represent 10 percent of the population can filibuster you to death is going to be flat-footed, on the verge of paralysis, no matter what. Any time 10 percent of the people can stop 90 percent, it's like driving a bus with a brake pedal for each passenger. That's why Congress has a public approval rating of [11] percent...." 


"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"

- John Adams

 

"Loyalty to country always.  Loyalty to government when it deserves it."  

- Mark Twain  

 

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  

- George Santayana 

 

"The love of one's country is a natural thing.  But why should love stop at the border?" 

- Pablo Casals

 

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." 

- William Butler Yeats  

 

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?'

But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 

- George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921)

 

"...the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society...  The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government..."

- James Madison, Federalist Papers #11


"Why … should we have government? Why not each individual take to himself the whole fruit of his labor, without having any of it taxed away?”  

The legitimate object of government, is to do for the people whatever they need to have done, but which they can not do, at all, or can not do, so well, for themselves – in their separate and individual capacities … There are many such things … roads, bridges and the like; providing for the helpless young and afflicted; common schools … the criminal and civil [justice] departments."

- Abraham Lincoln

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

"Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates, but Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole..."

- Edmund Burke 

 

“It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again, and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.  These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions.”

- Jonathan Swift

 

" Every satirist who drew breath has flung pots of ink at this parade of tooting lummoxes and here it is come round again, marching down Main Street, rallying to the cause of William McKinley, hail, hail, the gang’s all here, ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay."

- Garrison Keillor


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  

 


  

 

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Sep052006

PUTTING A FACE ON HOMELESSNESS, ACT IV

    Editor's Note:  Over 50 residents of Washington County representing an ecumenical spectrum of the faith community 126524-459920-thumbnail.jpg
Homeless Advocate with a #12 Button
attended today's September 5th, 2006 morning session of the Washington County Commission to hear testimonials about homelessness and witness a check of $7200 collected from the Bridging the Gap campaign given to the 4 county shelter directors.  This is the latest evolution of a county wide faith-based grassroots movement to address the issues of homelessness and housing insecurity.
    Below is the full text of RAD's testimony:  
    We come before you today as a group of concerned citizens of faith, organized to address the devastating problem of homelessness experienced in this community every day by families and by children in this community.
    We wear the number “12” to alert all that the estimated age of a homeless person in this County is 12 years old. The face of homelessness in Washington County is the face of our young people, not the stereotypical derelict on the streets.      Last May a small group of Washington County residents from the faith community organized a town hall - "Putting a Face on Homelessness".  The meeting attended by over 90 county residents took place May 13 on a sunny spring Saturday morning on the campus of Pacific University.   
    Directors of the 4 homeless shelters shared information on homelessness in Washington County and the importance of passing the upcoming Public Safety levy in November that includes support for shelters.  We also heard moving testimonials from those who had been helped by the shelters in their journey out of homelessness.  
    As a result of this town hall meeting, we formed an action committee, name-by-name and church-by-church; to put our concerns to work realizing that addressing the needs of the homeless will take a community-wide response.
    We began by committing to help the shelters restore a portion of the $90,000 in program cuts they took voluntarily July 1, 2006 to allow them to stay open until the vote on the public safety levy.
    To that end, we launched the “Bridging the Gap” campaign, a church-based county wide ecumenical “offering” in the faith community to raise funds for the shelters.
    We have also been fortunate to have the chance to share what we have learned about the reality of homelessness with local newspapers, our friends and neighbors across the county.  
    We partnered with the Community Housing Fund as our fiscal agent for donations. Today we are proud to present to the 4 shelters the first installment of the donations that have come from our campaign. We are optimistic that there will be more, and we thank all those who have responded to this call.
    But there is much more to be done.  In that sense while our current focus is on homelessness, persons of goodwill in the faith community and beyond must address the larger of housing insecurity in our county.
    We have learned that homelessness is a serious problem in Washington County.  Existing shelters have a 110-bed capacity. Results from   the 2006 homeless count in January found more than 1100 homeless individuals in the county, including 346 children. 
Homelessness in Washington County
•    As said above - the face of the homeless is a 12 year old child not the stereotypical male derelict on the street;
•    Results from the 2006 homeless count in January found more than 1100 homeless individuals in Washington County, including 346 children;
•    1 in 10 Oregonians live in poverty - in Washington County this means @ 45,000 of our neighbors are one catastrophic illness or lost job away from the streets;
•    Since the 4 homeless shelters have only 110 beds, only one out of ten of the homeless (1000) will be served.
    As said above, homelessness is increasingly a family experience.  If you are homeless in Washington County you have only a 1 in 10 chance of getting into a shelter that provides transitional, not permanent housing.  The most haunting statistic is that the estimated age of a homeless person is 12.  
    Homelessness is not reserved to individual men on the margins of society we often think of when that term is used.  Homelessness casts its shadow on families in crisis when the family bread winner(s) is/are at risk of losing a job or suffering a catastrophic health crisis.  
    Homelessness is the most obvious example of our housing insecurity crisis. But the shelter funding crisis underscores the need for more affordable rental housing for those who earn 50% or less of medium family income @ $33,000 per year for a family of 4.  
    Currently, there are over 5000 people on the Housing Authority’s wait list. These folks face a 3-year wait to get into Section 8 or Low Rent Public Housing.  If you can’t get off the waiting list – you end up spending more than 30% of your monthly income on housing, cutting back on health care, clothing and/or food. And you are a major illness or job loss away from being on the streets.
    With the rapidly increasing population of our county – these statistics will only get bleaker for the most vulnerable among us – the working poor, single parent families, the elderly, persons with disabilities and/or migrant farm workers.  
     While our current focus is on the homeless, the larger issue in the most affluent county in Oregon is housing insecurity among the families of the invisible poor, 1 in 10 Oregonians. At the current rate of adding 300 units of low income rental housing per year, assuming no growth in population, it will take us over 30 years to meet the current need!  
    To address the long term need will require people of goodwill in our county to work with existing county leaders, the Housing Authority and non-profit developers to leverage local, state and federal resources to build more affordable low income rental housing.   
•    The initial focus of our interfaith committee is the Bridging the Gap campaign - a church based “offering” campaign to raise bridge financing for the 4 shelters who faced a $90 thousand dollar shortfall in their projected 2006 budget; 
•    Our other goal is to actively support the passage of the Public Safety Levy which includes funding for the 4 shelters which assist victims of domestic abuse as well as needed support for our county corrections and justice systems; 
    Based upon the momentum of the Bridging the Gap campaign this effort will go on through December.  So today’s check is the first installment, not the last. 
•    Additionally, we would like the County to appoint a citizens committee on Homelessness & Housing Insecurity to assess the challenges we face and make recommendations for future action;
•    We support the efforts of the County and others to make good use of surplus lands for affordable housing and wish to encourage exploring other options such as land banking and local funding options to encourage investing in low income housing;
•    We will continue expanding our faith based network as well as asking the corporate community to assist us in the Bridging the Gap campaign and developing other long term initiatives; 
•    We will be looking to collaborate with other groups in the state to encourage the legislature to put more funds into Oregon's Housing Trust Fund as well as supporting other sources of local, state, federal and corporate giving to address the housing insecurity crisis in our state. 
    Our belief is that individuals, children and families cannot pursue the American Dream unless they have a safe place in which to live.  A safe and decent home is the linchpin of success in school, job security and ultimately family and community stability.  
    Without a place of one’s own, be it rental housing or home ownership, it’s hard to imagine how one can claim one’s birthright as an American – the pursuit of happiness.
    While the numbers of the homeless in our county is a small percentage of Washington County’s population, we need to recognize that even a small percentage of homeless people and those at risk of being homeless compromise the quality of life for us all.  
    People who lack the basic necessities of life are less able to participate in our common life.  More importantly, homelessness and housing insecurity reflect a failure to care for the most vulnerable among us.  That erodes the moral and spiritual health of our community.  
    Our faith-based committee is committed to putting the American Dream in the grasp of all among us – here at home in Washington County and Oregon.  

Monday
Sep042006

MAUI NO KA OI

images-1.jpg    RAD just returned from 12 days on Maui.  My concentration was on that little white ball on the courses at Kapalua - the Bay, the Village and the Plantation courses; on the scenery from our lanai on the 13th fairway on the Bay course which features the course, the Pacific ocean and Moloka'i; and on pursuring the culinary pleasures of Maui.  Except for one brief morning listening to local radio about a 3500 acre brush fire south of Lahaina on the West Maui Mountain area, RAD didn't read a newspaper, watch TV, listen to radio news nor surf the net.  Sadly in the time away from the news cycle, Iraq's devolution into civil war doesn't seem to have changed and Oregon is still faced with two faustian choices for governor. But Tiger won two more tournaments, 5 in a row and 7 in all, the UW beat San Jose State and the Ms won 4 of 6 at home!  Keep hope alive! 
Monday
Sep042006

A SLIPPERY SLOPE

By Russell Sadler
    An announcement to readers. I am banning the word “moderate” from this column as a noun or an adjective.
    Journalism is, by necessity, an exercise in writing shorthand. We don’t have the space to write out complex descriptions, so journalists label lots of things, especially in politics. But as time passes, the labels often lose their original meaning.
    The noun “liberal” no longer means what it did 20-30 years ago, largely because of a concerted campaign by conservatives to change the meaning of “liberal” in the public mind. And today’s “conservatives” are certainly not the conservatives of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon or even Barry Goldwater.
    Arguably, the most abused word in the political lexicon is  “moderate” used as an adjective or noun. Moderate is supposed to describe a politician who is in the center between the supposed right and left poles of our political spectrum. In practice, the word “moderate” is now being used to describe politicians just slightly to the center of the most extreme people on the political poles. “Moderate” is also being used to mischaracterize the few genuine political mavericks still around.
    I have been uncomfortable with the term “moderate” for more than a year. I avoid “left-leaning” and “right-leaning” because it perpetuates the carefully cultivated myth that the right and left are the only positions in American politics and anyone in between must be a “moderate” or “centrist.” Sen. Joe Leiberman, (D-Conn.) is an ornery maverick, not a centrist.
    This issue was brought to a head by the following communication from a former editor and respected friend.
    “I'm sorry to see you join in the rightward shift of the word "moderate."  If moderation is where Ron Saxton is, god help us.  This is along the lines of the Oregonian's puff piece on Gordon Smith the other day, which falls all over itself painting him as a moderate, while quoting him uncritically as saying that ‘the Democratic Party are socialists.’”
    “Hint:  in current political discourse, moderate means ‘very conservative,’ conservative means ‘extreme reactionary,’ right-wing means holding political views that should not be possible for a bipedal creature possessing frontal lobes.”
    I’ll leave it to you to agree or disagree with my friend’s  interpretation of the political lexicon, but he is indisputably correct that neither Ron Saxton nor Sen. Gordon Smith are “moderates.”
    Saxton is the most business-oriented candidate that Republican voters have offered Oregonians since Vic Atiyeh, a popular and reasonably effective governor during the recession of the 1980s. But Saxton’s continuing attacks on public employee unions places him far to the right of Atiyeh, if you believe that the quality of working class life remains a left-right issue.
    Smith has cultivated the image of “another Mark Hatfield.” I covered nearly all of Sen. Hatfield’s distinguished political career and Smith is no Mark Hatfield.
    Hatfield was neither liberal, nor conservative. Hatfield was not a “centrist.” Hatfield was a genuine maverick, much like the late Oregon Sen. Wayne Morse. By maverick, I mean a politician who is not an ideologue and who votes unpredictably.
    Hatfield was probably the most pious elected politician in Oregon’s post- World War II history -- he was a devout Baptist -- but he was never a reliable vote for the Christian Republicans and would not accept the political dogma of the Southern Baptist Convention which was becoming the unofficial established religion of government.
    Hatfield married a Greek Orthodox woman and the couple was shunned by both families for years for marrying outside their religions. It was a soul-searing lesson in religious intolerance and Hatfield never forgot it.
    Smith has been a reliable vote for Christian Republicans and Christian nationalists whose theocratic dogma was relegated to the “lunatic fringe” in the not-so-distant past.
    The political “center” doesn’t move with the extremes of any political party. Polls show that more than half those polled believe “the country is moving in the wrong direction.” The implication is that the country is moving too far to the left or the right and needs to move back toward the center.
    I suspect many of those poll respondents do not accept that interpretation. I suspect they believe the country is marching in a  totally wrong direction, back to the 19th century instead of toward the 21st. These citizens -- they are probably not “voters” any more -- are frustrated and angry at the way politicians are obsessed by the partisan confrontations in Washington, D.C. at the expense of the real problems in their everyday lives at home.
    If I am right, then the word “moderate” no longer has any useful political meaning to such people, many of whom I number among readers of this column. From now on, I will try to find some shorthand to describe politicians who understand that our problems are not of the left or the right, but rather that a wholly new direction is required. Any suggestions from readers would be welcome.

Editor's Note:  As one who entered the professorship career as a political theorist only to be morphed over the years into an American government and politics guru RAD shares RS jaundiced view of the debasement of terms like liberal, conservative and "moderate."  The former two seminal terms have a long history dating back to the 18th or 19th century in works by such luminaries as John Stewart Mill (on the liberal side) and Edmund Burke (on the conservative side).  In more current times, Bill Clinton and his friends at the DLC managed to remove much of what was FDR/LBJ New Deal/Great Society liberalism from the Democrat's lexicon and Ronald Reagan took the GOP back to the Gilded Age of the 19th century Victorians or the Roaring 20s in the USA.  As Richard Nixon once said, "watch what we do, not what we say."  Good advice!  As they say in war there are no atheists in fox holes, in government there are no moderates when they vote.  

Monday
Sep042006

DUBYA'S AMERICA, TED"S OREGON

    Tomorrow, September 5th at 10 a.m. an interfaith group of Washington County residents will present a check to our county commissioners to help bridge the funding gap for our 4 county homeless shelters.  If you want to join us, come to the county commission meeting in Hillsboro in the public services buidling, across from the old court house.  Here are some very sobering statistics on homelessness in the USA and Oregon: 

  • “More than 10,500 Oregonians are homeless at anytime and of those, 37 percent are children.”Governor Ted Kulongoski, April, 4, 2006, announcing an executive order to create a statewide council to eliminate homelessness.
  • “The average number of homeless or at risk of homelessness persons seeking shelter assistance on any given night during the last year (2000), was 8,840. 37% or 3,236 of those were children age 17 and under. Of the 3,236 children age 17 and under, 67% were age 11 and under.” 2001 Report to the Emergency Board, Oregon Housing & Community Services 
  • “Today, 35.2% of persons living in poverty are children; in fact, the 2004 poverty rate of 17.8% for children under 18 years old is significantly higher than the poverty rate for any other age group (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2005)” June, 2006, National Coalition for the Homeless, “Homeless Families with Children” report 
  • “In 2003, children under the age of 18 accounted for 39% of the homeless population; 42% of these children were under the age of five (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2004).” June, 2006, National Coalition for the Homeless, “Who is Homeless?” report 
  • “The poll revealed that almost half of the voting public believes that single men are more likely to be homeless than families and that only 25 percent of the homeless population is made up of families with children. In reality, over the course of the year almost 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness, and 50 percent of the homeless population is made up of people who live in families.” Findings of a National Alliance to End Homelessness and Freddie Mac poll in May, 2006
  • “In 2004, 168,094 Oregon children lived with low-income married-parent families; 167,931 Oregon children lived with low-income single-parent families.” January, 2006, The National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University 
  • 2002 Oregon County statistics: Washington County: 12,076 (rate worse than previous year). April, 2005, Children First for Oregon Policy Brief, Strategies for Fighting Child Poverty in Oregon
  • “On January, 26, 2005, 1,020 persons who requested shelters were unable to be accommodated, which is a 54 percent increase from March 15, 2004. On the same night, families with 800 members requested shelter and were unable to be accommodated, which is a 60 percent increase from 2004.” December, 2005, The United States Conference of Mayors, “Hunger and Homelessness Survey: Portland” 
  • “Since more than half of all homeless children are under the age of 6 and not yet in school, a minimum of 800,000 children can be presumed to be homeless.” The National Center on Family Homelessness, “Homeless Children: America’s New Outcasts, 2006
  • “The average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 9 years old.” Macomb County Intermediate School District, Michigan (2000 data from Homes for the Homeless, The Institute for Children and Poverty, and The Better Homes Fund), 2006
  • The Oregon Food Bank distributed 4.3 million pounds of food during the past year to more than 90 non-profit agencies in Washington County, 2005 The Oregon Food Bank, Washington County Services
  • “Washington County is the second largest and the fastest growing urban county in Oregon. Washington County residents are the youngest, most affluent and most educated in Oregon.” Washington County, Oregon @ Everything2.com
  • Portland’s poverty rate increased from 16.6% in 1999 to 26.6% in 2004. August, 2006, The Brookings Institute, “Kids in the City: Indicators of Child Well-Being in Large Cities from the 2004 American Community Survey". 
Monday
Aug212006

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

485451.jpeg     FSN-NW aired its pre-season PAC 10 football preview tonight. It looks like a good year for Cal, the Ducks and maybe the Trojans (boo).  Clearly the UW head coach Tyrone Willingham has a high road to climb to put the Huskies back on track of being a premier football program in the conference, let alone in the nation.  However, watching his interview tonight, RAD [a big Husky fan] couldn't help see a similarity in Willingham's approach which demands excellence and raises the bar of high expectations to that Tiger Woods.  Now don't get me wrong sports fans, I doubt the UW will win more than 4 games this season.  But like Tiger who has gone through three swing changes in his brief but brilliant 10 year pro career - success depends on hard work and high expectations.  Now if only the hapless Seattle Mariners could get a bit of the Tiger spirit.  But that would require a change at the top - with GM Bill Bavasi exiting - fat chance of that. That's akin to asking Dubya to recant everything he's ever said about the war on terrorism.  Anyone who heard the press conference today knows that ain't going to happen.  So, while the Ms and Sonics seem to be headed down the road of the culture of mediocrity like the Blazers - RAD hopes the UW program is turned around and we Northwest fans will have 4 top notch programs to watch in the fall - and not be forced to root for SC.  Argh...  I have no idea, nor care about the Seahawks.  Pro football is a circus act, not a sport.