From #MeToo to burning Eugene Weekly

• #MeToo. Every day more actors and politicians show their feet of clay as they are called out for sexual assault and harassment. We know it happens here. It’s happened in the Oregon Legislature; it’s happened at the University of Oregon. And we know it can be very, very hard to come forward with your story when it’s happened to you. Do you want to share your story? Contact us at Or do you just want someone to talk to? There are resources available places like Sexual Assault Support Services,

The opposite ends of the gun control debate spoke to City Club of Eugene Nov 17. Of course, we agree with State Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene, favoring more control, and disagree with State Rep. Mike Nearman of Independence, favoring less. Like Prozanski we are looking to the 2018 short session of the Oregon Legislature to again go after gun control, although Prozanski thinks most control must come from Washington, DC, and that seems unlikely right now. It was curious that the National Rifle Association and the munitions industry were not mentioned at this panel, either by speakers or questioners, and they’re the biggest players in this debate.

• Honestly, we don’t mind if you set Eugene Weekly on fire, as long as you are doing it to start a barbeque or campfire. After the last time someone got mad at us and gathered up a bunch of copies and burned them, we added a caveat to our masthead saying five free copies per person. That should be plenty for lining litter boxes. If you need more than that, feel free to drop by our offices and we will set you up with the copies that come back for recycling. And as long as we are trying to keep items out of the landfill, you can also drop by and pick up some of the sheet plastic our rag comes wrapped in; it’s great for use in your garden.

• If you’re looking for a Eugene adventure for holiday visitors, you should try the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus. You have to persevere for parking, but it is possible. Some amazing shows are up right now: the Barberini Tapestries from the 17th century beautifully hung in one gallery; propaganda posters from China’s Cultural Revolution reminding us today of the power of propaganda; and works from beloved Eugene artists Mark Clarke and Margaret Coe showing their half-century relationship with each other and art.

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