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Shattered, a Salem must-see

“The terrible reality is that the evils of WWII are not unique to Germany, Poland or France,” says Rabbi Eli Herb of Salem’s Temple Beth Sholom. “In the immense tragedy of the Shoah (the Holocaust), there are lessons for all of humanity to learn about what happens when we ignore our own humanity and that of others.” Herb is discussing the reasons the film documentary, Shattered tells a universal story that impacts all Salem people. The film will be presented with live comments by Salem’s Britta Franz, the subject of film, at Temple Beth Shalom in January. Shattered concerns Franz’s family and how it interacted with history. Her parents owned the Appelrath Cuepper store in Aachen, Germany, which in 1937 was a well-established, substantial company, known for quality clothing. But with the rise of Nazism, the Lions lost their beloved home, Britta and her sister were deprived of schooling and the store was sold off to another German family – all without compensation or apology, because the Lions were Jewish. The Lion family escaped Germany with very few possessions and journeyed to America to start over. At the same time, the Wehmeyer family took over the store under conditions that remain cloudy. Walter Wehmeyer, the director of the film, is the grandson of the man who assumed ownership of Appelrath Cuepper. The film – personal and universal, professional, nuanced...

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COVANTA MARION INCINERATOR POLLUTES MORE, COSTS MORE

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released information on November 1st on greenhouse gas emissions from all Oregon facilities with an air quality permit. It shows that the Covanta Marion garbage incinerator just north of Salem is in the top twenty for GHG pollution in Oregon and #1, by far, in Marion County. In 2016, the garbage burner emitted 160,517 metric tons of GHG pollution, presumably CO2, making it #18 on the list of Oregon polluters. The only other solid waste disposal facility that emits more GHG pollution than Covanta Marion is the giant Waste Management Disposal Services landfill in Gilliam County, which is where garbage from the entire Portland metro area and elsewhere goes. There are 13 GHG polluters on the DEQ list in Marion County and Covanta Marion is by far the biggest polluter. In fact, it emits more than twice as much pollution than the other 12 combined. Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reported to DEQ In Marion County in 2016 (metric tons) Covanta Marion, Inc. 160,517 Kettle Foods, Inc. 8,491 Bruce Packing Company  8,152 Oregon State Penitentiary 7,127 Norpac Foods, Inc. 6,659 Salem Health (Healthcare Facility)  6,363 City of Salem 5,921 CPM Development Corp. 3,750 Willamette University 3,669 Salem Health (Hospitals) 3,024 Norpac Foods 2,976 Boise Packaging and Newsprint n2,765 Tree Top, Inc. 2,637 Interestingly, the Coffin Butte landfill, operated by Valley Landfills, Inc., also makes the DEQ...

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ZOMBIE 3RD BRIDGE PLANNING PROJECT WON’T DIE DESPITE LUBA DECISION

On November 28th the Oregon Department of Transportation updated their Salem River Crossing website to show their latest schedule for planning the 3rd Bridge in Salem. This is just the latest of many revisions to the schedule since the planning project began in 2006. The latest revision pushes out project completion until July of next year with a final Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration. The last version of the schedule showed completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement coming at the end of 2017, but the new schedule pushes that out until May of 2018. The new schedule doesn’t appear to take into account the decision of the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals last August. LUBA ruled in favor of a group of Salem-area citizens who found fault with the land use actions taken by the Salem City Council in December, 2016. The LUBA decision essentially voided the actions to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate the footprint of the 3rd Bridge and to add plans for the 3rd Bridge to the Salem Transportation System Plan and Comprehensive Plan. Without the land use actions the Final Environmental Impact statement cannot move forward. The new schedule shows the “Local Land Use Analysis and Amendment/Adoption Process” happening now. But it is not happening. That is because in 2017 four new Salem City Councilors who oppose...

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IMMIGRANT JUSTICE/SANCTUARY FUNDRAISER

A benefit concert featuring Peter Bergel and the Atomic Medicine Show will be held Saturday, January 27, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS), 5090 Center St. NE. Suggested donation is $ 10 at the door.   Proceeds will go to renovate a room at UUCS to meet fire codes so that overnight guests, such as an undocumented resident seeking sanctuary, can get out safely in the event of a fire. UUCS members voted May 21 in their annual congregational meeting to become a sanctuary congregation. The Sanctuary Team, a subcommittee of the UUCS Social Justice in Action Team, has been taking the necessary steps to ready the building and the congregation for their first guest. Local performers at the concert include Ayala’s Band, a local Latino family group, the Aztec Dancers, Mark Babson and Company, Loraine Stuart and Ted Cory as well as Peter Bergel and The Atomic Medicine Show.   Peter Bergel is a lifelong social change activist and song leader. UUCS’ Rev. Richard R. Davis will offer reflections. Various readings will be made throughout the concert on the history of immigration and racial intolerance in Oregon and our country. The gathering will allow people to enjoy performances from our local community, and further the awareness of today’s climate of racial intolerance and the need for sanctuary. Special focus will be given to...

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Can Salem Weekly and other Local Alt-Weeklies Survive The Tides of Change?

Last August when the new owner of The Village Voice, New York City’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, announced the paper was quitting print and going digital it rang like a death knell and ramped up the debate over the future of print alt-weeklies, like Salem’s own, Salem Weekly. The question is, what’s at stake when local ownership and community-driven news uploads into the digital world? If we can’t pick up, leaf through and mull over local issues in our free community-based newspaper, what will we lose? To reassure New York City’s Village Voice readers that the change from print  to...

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