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March 15, 2012 02:43 PM

This anonymous poem was posted March 12 on the listserv of homeless-action@yahoogroups.com

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Don't look for me downtown,
It's too cra-zy —
An there ain't no trees —
It ain't my stomping ground!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Can't stand this noisy street,
Those cars won't stop,
If I fall asleep — the cops will criminal-ize me!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Just shoo the flies away.
The birds and bees do as they please,
And I can read a book all day!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where frogs come out at night,
It's freezing cold--but the moon is full,
Tickle-me spiders run — away from my flashlight!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
The dragon-flies are friend-ly,
The shade is nice — my cats eat mice,
And snakes can watch me pee!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
There's dung beetles in my poo,
If it's all the same — I'll take the blame,
Because my tarp is blue!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where It's raining ducks and geese,
My tent is soaked,
And I think this oak — is going to fall on me!
--
Submitted by msdrswriter@yahoo.com

March 14, 2012 10:21 AM

The Eugene Peace Choir has been singing about peace, the environment and social justice since 1984. This video was taken at a February 2012 multi-choir event at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The song "Grace of God" was written by group member Larry Dobberstein. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and is looking for new members.The choir's website is http://eugenepeacechoir.com/about.html

March 13, 2012 01:48 PM

March 7, 2012 12:12 PM

Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Ecoomics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition," will be in Corvallis and Eugene for a series of public lectures and workshops. He will speak at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 112 Kearney Hall at OSU. Donations at the door suggested $5-$20.

He will speak from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, March 10, at Columbia 150 on the UO campus, and from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, March 11, at an all-day workshop at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.unifyingcascadia.info

Here is part of an interview with Eisenstein for Katie Teague's documentary, "Money & Life."

March 7, 2012 04:03 PM

Kieran Walsh, a candidate for Lane County commissioner running against incumbent Pete Sorenson, has announced a news conference for 10 am Thursday at the Lane County Elections office, 275 W. 10th Ave. in Eugene. He says he will have “an announcement concerning his campaign.”

Joining Walsh will join with another candidate in the same race, Andy Stahl, along with a number of local legislators to discuss the importance of the county commission race.

“All of us in attendance tomorrow have a common goal,” he says in his announcement, “to restore integrity and openness to the County Commission as we work through these difficult times. … My announcement tomorrow will ensure that a single strong voice for Lane County will be on the ballot opposing Commissioner Sorenson.”

“This press conference promises to be one of the most dynamic election press conference seen in Lane County in recent memory,” he wrote. “You do not want to be scooped on this!”

Stahl has not given any indication that he is dropping out, so we assume Walsh is withdrawing.

March 1, 2012 02:25 PM

In our paper this week we published the wrong time for Richard Heinberg's talk at the Green Neighbors Faire. Heinberg will be speaking at 10 am, an hour before the event begins. Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg’s talk. He will speak on “Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment.

The Green Neighbors Faire is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability and will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair.

February 28, 2012 02:52 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham has decided to not resign early from the board and says he will stay through the end of 2012, when his four-year term ends, according to EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson today (Feb. 28). Cunningham had earlier announced that he was resigning in early March because he was moving to a home outside of Ward 6, one of the two city wards that he represents. He says he will not be moving out of Ward 6, which he was elected to in 2008.

Cunningham has indicated that he would not run for re-election this year to serve another four-year term. He was elected in May 2011 to the Bethel School Board, and has been serving on both elected boards for the past eight months.

February 16, 2012 04:28 PM

February 9, 2012 04:51 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham plans to resign from the position he has held for the past three years, effective March 9, according to EWEB today (Feb. 9). He was not intending to run for re-election in the May primary.

Cunningham, who represents Wards 6 and 7, says he and his family are moving to a home in Ward 8, which is currently represented by Commissioner Joann Ernst.

The remaining four commissioners are expected to appoint a replacement to serve out the remaining months of Cunningham’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

February 3, 2012 03:57 PM

Eugene's new boutique hotel, Inn at the Fifth, will be open for business Monday, Feb. 6, after numerous delays. The opening Monday is by invitation only, but a public open house and community celebration is being planned for March 2.

The inn is the first new hotel to open in Eugene in 28 years, according to a press release. It has 70 rooms.

February 2, 2012 04:51 PM

UO senior instructor Pam Birrell spoke to an Opal Network Forum Jan. 31. Look for more on this topic at Hugh Massengill's youtube channel called "HughLondon."

January 31, 2012 04:50 PM

State Rep. Terry Beyer of Springfield announced today (Jan. 31) her decision not to seek re-election to House District 12. She says she supports former Springfield Mayor John Lively to fill the seat.

January 31, 2012 06:10 PM

January 19, 2012 05:55 PM

We the People-Eugene announced today (Thursday) that weather has caused the relocation of Friday's Occupy the Courts rally from the U.S. Courthouse to the First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St.

The event marks the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision which has generated a flood of corporate political spending. Speakers include Paul Cienguegos (at about 3 pm), and many other speakers working on local grassroots citizen initiatives, musicians, performers and wrapping up with an open mic.

A mock trial of “Mr. Big & the Supremes” will begin with the arraignment of the defendants at noon. Gordon Lafer will speak on “Unions & Citizens United at 2:10 pm, followed by Karly Loveling’s music at 12:30, Roy Keene on “Who Owns Lane County” at 12:40 and a speaker from Occupy Eugene at 12:40.

Day Own of the Pitchfork Rebellion will speak at 1:10, Pam Driscoll of Friends of Parvin Butte will speak at 1:20. John Davidson will speak on “Corporations and the Constitution” at 1:30 and Occupy Eugene will do street theater at 1:45.

Defendants will be indicted at 2 pm and Julian Harrison will speak on Occupy Wall Street at 2:05, followed by Sabrina Siegel, Paul Cienfuegos, Stan Taylor, David Rogers (music), Frost (Park Street Theater), the sentencing of the defendants, and an open mic.

The schedule is subject to change. Call 937-3034 for updates.