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Paid sick leave common sense, smart business

Despite the 24-hour nonstop work ethic of this digital age, employees aren’t machines. They have families, children, unexpected life events and sometimes they get sick. Unfortunately, too many in our workforce are unable to take a day or two away from work — without being financially burdened by a loss in wages or worse — to get well.

It’s an obstacle to real health care, the kind of care that rewards immediate, preventative actions that can deter the spread of illnesses; the kind that ensures a healthier and more productive workforce for the long-term. The kind that is humane.

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Dr. David Labby: How to approach health care, homelessness and housing

Earlier this month, the City Club of Portland released a report – based on a thorough review of academic research, media reports and interviews with stakeholders – concluding what homeless advocates have been saying for more than 20 years: housing is health care.

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Ending homelessness starts with human rights

A common misnomer in many communities, including Portland, is that when you offer services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty, you attract more people experiencing homelessness. We call it the magnet myth.

The reality is this kind of thinking doesn’t translate to the realities local communities face throughout the country. More times than not, it leads to elected officials and communities working to manage the problem of homelessness instead of trying to build the political means to actually tackle the problem.

Paid sick leave common sense, smart business

Despite the 24-hour nonstop work ethic of this digital age, employees aren’t machines. They have families, children, unexpected life events and sometimes they get sick. Unfortunately, too many in our workforce are unable to take a day or two away from work — without being financially burdened by a loss in wages or worse — to get well.

It’s an obstacle to real health care, the kind of care that rewards immediate, preventative actions that can deter the spread of illnesses; the kind that ensures a healthier and more productive workforce for the long-term. The kind that is humane.

Dizzy Dan’s Hologram: Part I — ER

Dan Newth is a Street Roots vendor and periodic writer. This is the first of three columns, told through his perception of events surrounding his recent attempted suicide and recovery.

Diarrhea dribbled down my leg. I fell onto the toilet with my underwear still on. The 50-60 sleeping pills I had taken were making me lose control of my muscles and bowels. I stunk.

I felt peace.

Children of the core; Jesse Hagopian discusses his new book on the drawbacks of standardized testing

If you’re not in some way involved with public schools, you may not be aware of the explosion of standardized testing in schools over the past 10 years. Preparing for and taking these tests has significantly affected teaching and learning on all levels in classrooms across the country.

Mult. Co. Sheriff to preserve in-person visitations

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says he will continue in-person, “through the glass” visiting for visitors to Multnomah County jails, bowing to pressure from public concerns over replacing all visits with video kiosks.
 

January Archives

Dr. David Labby: How to approach health care, homelessness and housing

Vendor Profile: Robert Egan

Mexico City to launch new street paper

Black healing power; new book examines the Black Panthers' fight against medical discrimination

Oregonian series an opportunity to seize the moment

County should preserve in-person visitation

Technical difficulty: Sheriff Staton’s move to replace in-person visits at Multnomah County jails with video visiting raises questions

How understanding the neurobiology of trauma helps Portland police work with domestic violence survivors

Our newest, not-so-new police directive: Just walk away

Ritchie Young: A conversation with the organizer of the ensemble Loch Lomond

Turiya Autry: The Portland performer on her one-woman show about a young black woman’s search for identity

Historical memory and place: Reflecting on police shootings in Portland

Let your voice be heard in support of $15 an hour

So-called ‘recovery’ costing all of us in services

The kids from the hall: Oregon Youth Authority rethinks how it manages troubled youths

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