Voters have received the Voters pamphlet and will get their ballots in the next few days. One of the biggest issues facing voters on May 21, 2013 is the issue of fluoridating water. Measure 26-151-ask voters ”Shall Portlanders fluoridate its drinking water supply”. Both sides of this debate were invited to participate in this conversation, unfortunately the pro-side didn’t respond. I will talk with Kellie Barnes, a local small business owner and a volunteer with Clean Water Portland on the No on 26-151 campaign. Have you decided? What questions do you have about fluoridation? Is it safe for food and pets? What questions do you have for the pro side? Let us know your thoughts! Join Kellie and I tomorrow morning from 8:30AM-9:00AM and join the conversation on Voices from the Edge.
The name doesn't quite do it justice. It's not just for Portland, is it?
Everyone can stand to be a little more prepared in the event of an emergency. Emergencies are everywhere, after all. There are floods and fires and storms a'pleanty in the region and Portland is just one city in the middle of it all. We do have a couple of things going for us, though. We have KBOO and we have the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. Teaming together, the PBEM will utilize KBOO to inform the citizens of the region in the event of any emergencies or 'Events of Note' that you should be aware of.
The Pacific Northwest has long been an area stricken by earthquakes and tectonic forces. The problem is... no one thought to Google that information as they were building cities along the entire West coast, 200 years ago. Then earthquakes started to level the cities of California in the 1800's and, in the early 1950's, Portland learned that we were also in the same boat.
It's no longer a case of 'if' it will happen, but 'when' and now that we know that, what we choose to do about our own personal preparedness can determine how well we will fare in the days after the next 'event of note'.
Yastel Yamada: The Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima
Yastel Yamada: The Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima They are willing to work on fuel removal in the most dangerous areas of Fukushima Daiichi to protect younger workers from high radiation doses.
They said they are elders, were no longer having children and might die of natural causes before some of the long latency cancers would make them seriously ill.
Now 700 plus members strong, they are retired workers from Fukushima, and engineers and technicians from other branches of industry. They made this extraordinary offer only four weeks after the Fukushima disaster.
However 14 months later TEPCO has not yet given them permission to work.