The next year will be momentous in every sense of that word. The Rube Goldberg booby-trap at the heart of our national governance has snapped again, and it remains to be seen whether America survives as a functioning nation or whether the elevation of a complete sociopathic narcissist to head the executive branch -- with the other two branches totally dominated by rank partisans -- is the Rubicon moment for the crackup of democracy in America.
So that will dominate much of what goes on.
But in the meantime, OregonPEN is, first and foremost, about Oregon, and about ideas for making Oregon better. Better meaning more just, more successful, more resilient to challenges, and more intelligent about how it governs itself.
The Oregon Public Empowerment News (Oregon PEN), is an, all-digital weekly newspaper that focuses entirely on giving readers news and commentary that empowers and engages, providing the knowledge and insights needed for making Oregon better.
This year, OregonPEN will enter the next phase of its progress, soliciting and accepting paid legal and public notices, with the purpose of devoting the net proceeds from the revenue to continue the mission of making Oregon better. Stay tuned for announcements on that front.
But the end of the year and the upcoming change to a more commercial entity provides a good opportunity to review some of the ideas that OregonPEN will continue to advance in the year ahead, the items that make up the OregonPEN Agenda.