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Our Oregon public librarians, statewide, have a plan for this! Here is what they have shared with our library community so far (as of June 22, 2020):

Bottom line: “Results show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine.”

See more about the REALM Project, Phase 1:

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The owls and the tree huggers weren’t to blame after all (surprise, surprise):

“Big Money Bought Oregon’s Forests. Small Timber Communities Are Paying The Price,” by Tony Schick, The Oregonian and Lylla Younes, ProPublica, and OPB, June 11, 2020:

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Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s “A Declaration of Conscience”  is as relevant and moving today as it was back in Senator Smith’s and McCarthy’s day:

From a senate dot gov history of the U.S. Senate:

June 1, 1950

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Oregon Supreme Court Tosses Non-Unanimous Jury Conviction,” by Conrad Wilson, OPB June 5, 2020. Link to the Oregon Supreme Court website.

Read the U.S. Supreme Court opinion:
Ramos v. Louisiana, No. 18–5924. Argued October 7, 2019—Decided April 20, 2020. You can read the slip opinion at the U.S. Supreme Court’s website.

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A few civic and religious leaders joined their people protesting abuse, discrimination, police violence: Camden and Newark (NJ), Flint (MI), Fargo (ND), Coral Gables (FL), Kansas City (MO), Santa Cruz (CA), and others.

Tweeters reported on their own civic leaders joining protesters. I saw this Forbes article the Sunday morning:

“In Some Cities, Police Officers Joined Protesters Marching Against Brutality,” Lisette Voytko, Forbes, May 31, 2020

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Yes, even New Zealand has its contrarians. The “good guys” don’t always get everything right either and besides, we barely know who Covid-19 is, let alone if we want to be left alone in a room with it:

From New Zealand, “A modest defence of the coronavirus contrarians,” by Danyl Mclauchlan, May 12th 2020, The Spinoff.

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On April 1 Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order  20-13 “ordering a moratorium on certain terminations of residential rental agreements and non-residential leases[.]” This expands her March 22 restriction on residential evictions.

See The Oregonian article Gov. Kate Brown issues 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for more.

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Did you know that the two trillion (and counting) dollar coronavirus (Covid-19) law started out as a January 24, 2019, revenue bill out of the House of Representatives? (HR 748, 116th Congress, 2019-2020)?

For the record, the 880 page enrolled bill (version passed by both Chambers) was signed by the President on March 27, 2020. [The P.L. number is 116-136.]

So, my question to colleagues was:

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