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"Whatchamacolumn" by Jeb Bladine

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Jeb Bladine: First, ‘loose ends,’ then August hiatus

Nothing really special today — just a few “loose ends.” That seems appropriate, this being a last column before my first-ever hiatus from this space. More on that below ... meanwhile: A ...

Bladine: Feds on brink of stimulus decisions

Congress dawdled as this week’s expiration of federal unemployment benefits loomed. Closed-door deliberations brought them to the brink of that July 25 deadline, and at press time major proposals ...

Jeb Bladine: Journey from the wrong side of history Compilation of a 3-part series on racism

Editor’s Note: This article is a compilation of three Whatchamacolumns that were published on July 3, 10 and 27, 2020, with limited editing for transition and content. By Jeb BladineNews-Register I ...

Jeb Bladine: Race series ends with introspection

Part III of a Series: “I don’t think I’m a racist.” As you can see, two chapters in, I’ve moved from “I am not” to “I don’t think I am.” We’ve ...

Jeb Bladine: Searching the past for roots of racism

Part II of a Series: “I am not a racist.” Last week’s column considered whether its self-proclaimed “nonracist” writer has the self-awareness needed to be “antiracist.” ...

Jeb Bladine: ‘Nonracism’ begins a series of columns

Part I of a Series: “I am not a racist.” That thought was self-soothing after the eight-minute suffocation of George Floyd; it deflected feelings of personal guilt during demonstrations against ...

Jeb Bladine: A rollercoaster of COVID-19 numbers

Oregon has relatively small numbers of COVID-19 virus cases and deaths, but enough to create financial devastation for many citizens, private businesses, nonprofit organizations and public bodies. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Businesses focus on 5 P’s of the 3 P’s

One of my favorite acronyms is “The 5 P’s” — Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. The maxim takes on extra importance for businesses dealing with “The 3 P’s” ...

Jeb Bladine: Iconic images are propelling change

Indelible photographs and videos can launch movements and transform lives: the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima; a man on the moon; the Saigon execution; the wailing student at Kent State; the tank man ...

Jeb Bladine: Pandemic creates partnership needs

Some sentiments deserve repeating; here’s one from 19 weeks ago in this space: “Today, almost all newspapers have financial challenges. But so do many retail and service providers … ...

Jeb Bladine: Fewer candidates on Oregon ballots

Locally, the 2020 primary election featured high drama; statewide, it was ho-hum. To some extent, the Yamhill County theatrics help explain the statewide political boredom. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Leaders silenced by a political pandemic

People should be fuming over the pandemic in Salem. A mysterious political virus has silenced the voices of state leaders, and for unknown reasons, Oregonians have been sheep-like in response. Whatchamacolumn Jeb ...

Jeb Bladine: Future may depend on May-June events

Imagine staring at your smoldering house while firefighters pack up their equipment and prepare to leave. You feel grateful for their quick response that saved much of the structure. But then the chief ...

Jeb Bladine: COVID-19 exposes excessive secrecy

Privacy is king in Oregon. Confidentiality is the catchword. The COVID-19 virus may lock us in our homes and threaten our financial stability, but at least we won’t risk anyone learning the deep, ...

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