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EW tackles homeless problem; epic fail

The Eugene Weekly’s cover story this week takes on the ever-present homeless problem with predictable Alan Pittman results. In other words, illogical and pudding-headed. To be fair, most of the article isn’t that bad; Pittman does a fair job of trying to cover Eugene’s typically FUBAR politics, but one paragraph in particular makes me die a little inside:

If Eugeneans are stuck with the bill [of homeless programs], a more palatable approach could be a graduated income tax based on the ability to pay. That could garner more money from the rich Ebenezers while protecting the poor from having to pay more taxes through high rents they already struggle to afford.

Oh sure, obviously. A graduated income tax makes perfect sense because there is a direct correlation between a rise in income level and personal responsibility for homelessness. Brilliant. Second of all, “rich Ebenezers”? Last time I checked, Eugene wasn’t exactly brimming with railroad tycoons, steel magnates and Dickensian plutocrats. Maybe Pittman is just bitter about the stagnating wages of alternative newspaper special investigators. Third, the phrase “graduated income tax based on the ability to pay” is completely redundant. Jesus Christ, I’m going to have an aneuryism.

  1. Ossie says:

    That just upsets me. They shouldn’t be secretly feeding us that stuff, they should be proud to serve Millrace nutria. Here is my favorite recipe.

  2. Vincent. says:


    My only advice to you is: don’t eat any of the “sushi” they serve at the EMU Essentials.

  3. Ossie says:

    Here’s another notable article in this weeks EW. Someone complained to Frohnmayer that staff at the Urban Farm (behind Muchas Gracias near the Millrace) is trapping and killing nutria. Only in Eugene does a campaign to save the nutria occur.

  4. Vincent says:

    Indeed we do.

  5. Timothy says:

    Who keeps the martians under wraps, who keeps Atlantis off the maps?
    We do. We do.

  6. Vincent. says:

    Last time I checked, Eugene wasn

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