Just saw a news item entitled “Squirrel knocks out power for 7,400 Southeast Portland PGE
customers.” This demands an insta-response from Dr. Know: How does one squirrel take down a power statio
Is cycling worse for the environment than driving?
Is cycling worse for the environment than driving? The
theory I’ve heard is that cycling requires energy from food, which needs
to be grown, transported and cooked, and doing all that is worse t
Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at
lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like
Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping
Portland is the land of the coffee hound, but it’s also
the home of zealous locavores. Coffee won’t grow anywhere near Oregon,
so it’s hard to be both of those things at the same time. Is th
Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?
I live in a 10-unit apartment complex.
Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster
is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes.
Shouldn’t we get
Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?
Portland has a “weak mayor” system of
governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took
me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other
What's with the pile of rock and broken cement at Southeast Water Avenue?
I drive the Marquam Bridge daily, and on the east end
by Southeast Water Avenue is a pile of rock and broken cement that
neither grows nor gets smaller, even though giant backhoes are active
Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?
Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have
to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through
town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t