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Dr. Know: What does a “Managed Service Point” sign on a mailbox mean?


Dr. Know
A little “Managed Service Point” sign was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work? ��   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't TriMet schedule the MAX trains so that I don't just miss my connecting train?


Dr. Know
My commute entails changing MAX trains at the Rose Quarter. Nearly every time, I arrive just in time to see the connecting train leaving. Why can’t TriMet use Transit Tracker data to adjust    More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Can I break my lease if the bakery next door affects my gluten-free lifestyle?


Dr. Know
I moved to Portland partly because of its friendliness to my gluten-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, my new apartment is near a bakery, and now that it’s windows-open season, the wheat vapors ar   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: If I disconnected my downspouts, why am I getting charged for stormwater?


Dr. Know
In 2006, I took the $52 incentive to disconnect my downspouts. Nine years later, I’m still getting charged $29 for “stormwater.” Apparently I was supposed to fill out a special form in 2   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?


Dr. Know
A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?


Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What's the low-down on LED streetlights?


Dr. Know
Our street just got LED streetlights. I love the bright white light! Do they last longer than yellow sodium lights? How much power do they save? How long before we switch out all the old lights?   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?


Dr. Know
Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why is the Fields Park off-leash area in the Pearl so small?


Dr. Know
WOOF, ARF, WOOF… (Hi, Doc! Who is the misdogynist who designed the Fields Park in the Pearl? Crikey, dogs are only allowed inside a small double-fenced pen worthy of Hannibal Lecter. Please    More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Is the Kitzhaber-Hayes Scandal Oregon's Most Embarrassing?


Dr. Know
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first girlfriend Cylvia Hayes: embarrassing scandal, or most embarrassing scandal ever? —Appalled How the mighty have fallen—just last August, a U.S. Departmen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH
 

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