“Enriching Library Services during the Pandemic and Beyond” is the City Club of Eugene program noon to 1:15 pm Friday, June 3, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street. Speakers are Will O’Hearn, Eugene Public Library director, and Angela Ocaña, library community services manager. No lunch. Live streaming is an option.
• Gun buyers short on cash are able to pay in installments through third party financing, just like buying a new pair of sneakers, according to a May 27 article in Bloomberg written by Max Reyes and former EW intern Michael Tobin. The reporters looked at firearms sold by Daniel Defense and same-day purchase installment plans through Credova that help people buy AR-15 style guns that start in price at around $2,000. With no end in sight to our gun violence epidemic, the last thing we need is making weapons easier to buy.
• It’s time to pick our team for the NBA title playoffs. Some of us are still with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, but some like the Boston Celtics partly because Payton Pritchard, former Oregon Duck, is on their roster. This best-of-seven series starts June 2, with the second game on Sunday, June 5. It’s nice to sink into watching great basketball when the other news is so depressing.
• What we’re reading: Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein, published in 2022 by Henry Holt and Co. Any reader interested in journalism and government will find this well-written book fascinating, beginning with Bernstein’s first job as a copyboy for the Washington Evening Star. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin writes of the memoir: “The reader marvels as Bernstein, equipped with infinite curiosity and grit, goes from copyboy to newsman, from chasing history to making it.”
• If you are as frantic as we are to do something about guns in America, check out VoteMamaFoundation.org, a foundation designed to help mothers with children at home who want to dive into politics. Maybe mamas will be better on background checks and other reasonable gun control laws than the papas have.