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Has Salem Health lost its way?

While many have been focused on saving Oregon’s historic Howard Hall: under the radar, Salem Health, with the cooperation of the City of Salem, has received permission to remove 9 mature White Oak trees from the School For The Blind property. Actually, they have received permission for about 30 trees to be removed. See the image from the variance officially approved by the Planning Administrator of the City of Salem on June 26, on page 27 (labeled “A2”) to identify trees approved for removal. Of note, this variance also shows a new street imposed upon the flow of traffic...

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The Glorious Fourth

Not to diss traditional July 4th activities: we all love a backyard barbeque and fire crackers, accompanied by our favorite beverage.  But, if you are so inclined, the Salem Weekly is happy to suggest some slightly out-of-the-box, dare we say “alternative, “events for your consideration. On Independence Day, you might consider attending a reenactment of the most serious threat our democracy has ever faced:  the Civil War Reenactment takes place at Willamette Mission State Park, Friday, July 4, beginning at 9:00 am, and goes through Sunday, July 6, ending at 4:00 pm.   Like the elite of Washington, DC...

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Serotonin

Jared Sheridan has been a local D.I.Y. music producer here in Salem for 18 years. The way he talks about pre-planning and the music subculture is that of an experienced performer and advocate. Perhaps he even has a dash of addiction to the fruit of live performance itself and the 5-Hydroxytryptomine levels it releases in both artist’s and audience’s mind. Jared owned and operated the Wasteland music venue on Front Street just north of downtown Salem and continued producing music events and after its demise, continued producing musical events at the A-Frame. He is still going strong and the...

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Third in a series about poets born in 1914

1914 (#3)   Focusing on other poets born the same year as William Stafford, let us next consider Randall Jarrell of Nashville, where he attended Vanderbilt University, receiving an advanced degree in psychology in 1938.  From 1942-1946 he served as a pilot instructor in World War II, which left a profound imprint on his imagination.  War and its indifferent aftermath became one of his major themes, along with childhood and literature.  His five-line poem “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” has taken its place as one of the most famous anti-war poems in English.  After his service, Jarrell...

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Let’s shop in Salem Catalog of Dreams

Dreams are free. And fun. So let’s bust out of the mind-prison that prevents Salemians from freely envisioning how our city could be, breaking the bars of “never could happen,” “costs too much,” “wouldn’t fly politically.” Local attorney John Gear has called for a Salem Catalog of Dreams. Great notion. Everybody in this town has a favorite vision of what would make Salem a better place. I’m enamored with making downtown streets two way with two lanes, surrounded with beautiful vegetation, wonderfully bikeable and walkable. That’s one of my dreams. Others share it. Plans for a downtown streetscape have...

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