We confess to missing the Saturday Register-Guard in our box after all these years. A daily newspaper should be on the street every day. Right? Maybe Gannett will decide to bring Saturday back when advertising sales are better? We aren’t so sure it’s time to give up a print day in a town that loves getting the paper. Also worrying is the cutting back of letters to the editor. Newspapers provide a valuable and informed forum, different from the misinformation more easily spread on social media. As disgruntled as we are, we still aren’t giving up on the RG. Several EW staffers, and the office itself, get the print edition as well as digital.
• April is National Poetry Month, and if you call 503-928-7008 you will hear poems from Oregon’s poet laureates, via Oregon’s Daily Tele-Pomes Telephone Line. The daily poetry is a project of the state’s current poet laureate, Anis Mojgani, and supported by Oregon Humanities, Oregon Cultural Trust and the Academy of American Poets.
• Watch the new PBS documentary “Great Performances: The Conductor” about Marin Alsop, who became the first female music director of a major American symphony in 2007 when she led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The documentary includes archival footage of her with her mentor Leonard Bernstein and is set to a soundtrack of her performances. Although it is not mentioned enough in stories about her, she was director of the Eugene Symphony from 1989 to 1996, and remains much loved in this community.
• A couple of EW folks had breakfast at the Glenwood on Alder Street on April 3, the venerable restaurant’s last day at that location. The food and coffee was good as always and, as we left, we saw staffers and Glenwood owner Jacqui Willey tearing up, and we got a little choked up, too.
• “The Great Resignation and the Great Awakening: What Workers Want and Need Today” is the City Club of Eugene topic for noon Friday, April 8. The only speaker is Sarita Gupta, vice president for U.S. programs of the Ford Foundation and the 2022 UO Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics. The in-person meeting is at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street; the meeting is also live streamed. No lunch.
• With the World Athletics Championships, aka Oregon22, in Eugene this summer, organizers should take a look at Alto, a rideshare service that employs its drivers, W2 and all. The service, not yet available in Eugene, is about four years old and already competing with Uber and Lyft in Los Angeles and other big cities. It’s known for treating both drivers and passengers better. Buckle up. July is going to be a wild time in Lane County when the fans hit town.