Dear City of Portland, Thank you City of Portland for making rental cars business noncompetitive in down town Portland.

I go a rude awakening when I saw a deal for a rental car, for $44.00 at Enterprise Rental down town Portland, where Washington counties locations the summer rate was $70.00 a day for full size car. This is the high demand summer rates, which fluctuate due to demand. I booked a car downtown for $42.00 but got a surprise when the actual rate was $50.50.  This was due to City of Portland adding a 17% rental tax, where Washington County does not.  I bet this is also why it is hard for me find a weekend rental in Beaverton; the lot is often empty around 2:00pm.  What I theorize is people staying in downtown Portland are driving up to Beaverton to pick up a rental to avoid the 17% tax. I will be canceling my reservation and use zip car instead and a long bus ride to church on Sunday. I rather deal with the inconvenience than be soaked by the Peoples Republic of Portland.

My rental booking experience shows how unnecessary taxes hurt consumers and business.

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Just a thought

America was not founded  on  Judeo-Christian values; it more like cultural appropriation of Judaism and Christianity. The founding fathers took the ideas they like and left the Gospel.

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Happy Birthday America

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Letter attributed to John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration
Yes he said God, Guns
and Illuminations I am looking at you city government of Vancouver.

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Gen X-ers Millennials or Siblings

In a recent article they attempt to define a micro generation of those born between 1977 and 1983.  The article is deeply flawed and is part of a greater issue what I call hyper generationalism. This is the mistake of defining the span of generations too short to even where one generation can have children declared as two different generations.  In addition, there is the problem of collectivism over generalizing the experiences of a generation.   It should not matter how fast things have changed, all the events and tendencies become that generation’s experiences.  In this case, if you parents are boomers you are Generation X and your children are Millennials. I felt the same micro generation mistake was applied to me born in 1960 when a writer tired to name us Generation Jones.

Now I do believe there is a phenomenon at the end  of every generation, that every generation  has a sibling group  where the members did not create the culture but had it  handed down to them.   Being born in 1960, I do not feel attached  to the Boomers but it is like when  the older sibling went to college, Vietnam, or the commune we were the ones who got the room, old clothes, magazines, and records, i.e. the Boomer culture  hand me downs.

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