Tom Dwyer Automotive http://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:17:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tom’s Tidbits- Can we solve ANY problems anymore? http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/can-we-solve-any-problems/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/can-we-solve-any-problems/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:53 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16366 Greetings! In last month’s newsletter, on the heels of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, we offered several articles on abuses in the justice system.   Since then Ferguson has faded from the headlines but the issues it brought out remain.   Each … Continue reading

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In last month’s newsletter, on the heels of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, we offered several articles on abuses in the justice system.   Since then Ferguson has faded from the headlines but the issues it brought out remain.   Each day brings ghastly new stories of people being robbed, beaten, tasered, shot, abused, threatened, or killed by police and screwed by a court system sworn to protect them.  I can’t seem to let this go… It is an indictment of our larger society and our ability to solve ANY problems…

The wrongs resulting from the apparent collapse of our justice system should not be a situation where consensus is difficult to achieve.  I think virtually all of us could agree that with egregious wrongs like “asset forfeiture” (pronounced “State-sponsored-piracy”) as an example, something needs to be done; a corrupt justice system affects each of us individually.  The news is full of instances of injustices foist upon innocent citizens; these are not isolated or unknown incidents.   Unlike some other problems, we have solutions to this and we should have the power to implement them.  We may not yet be able to cure Ebola, or bring peace to the Middle East, or end racism, but we should be able to fix these types of problems; excessive police militarization, asset forfeiture, unnecessary police violence. This mission creep has been going on a long time, we’re all aware of it, and it’s getting progressively worse.  Yet nothing is being done to correct it.  Nothing changes.  Are we incapable as a nation to make needed change happen at this point? When we all agree on something yet nothing changes has the tanker become so large and unstable that it can no longer be steered or stopped? Meanwhile people’s lives continue to be destroyed by obvious injustices.

If we can’t solve these types of problems, problems we all agree on need to be fixed, what is the prospect for fixing other problems facing our country?

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Get Ready For Winter http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/get-ready-for-winter/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/get-ready-for-winter/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:46 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16368 Two Critical Areas Of Concern For Winter Driving (Originally appeared December, 2011) No one wants to be left on the side of the road in winter weather. It makes a great story for future holiday get-togethers, but it’s a miserable … Continue reading

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(Originally appeared December, 2011)

No one wants to be left on the side of the road in winter weather. It makes a great story for future holiday get-togethers, but it’s a miserable experience everyone would rather avoid.  Many of our clients worry about tough winter driving and call us asking how to be ready.  This month we thought we’d talk about two critical areas of concern for any Winterization Service:  your vehicle’s engine cooling system and the battery/starter/charging systems…RestOfNewsletter

What is engine coolant (antifreeze)?

Some people may not know that coolant is the same thing as antifreeze. It’s made of ethylene glycol (to prevent freezing or boiling) mixed with various other additives.  Some of those additives provide “reserve alkalinity” to neutralize internal corrosion before it can start.

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When should you change the coolant?

New antifreeze is alkaline, usually between 8.0 and 9.0 pH (where 7.0pH is neutral).  Antifreeze protects your engine as long as it stays above 7.0pH, but when it drops below 7.0 it starts to eat away your engine from the inside.  Most new car maintenance schedules call for changes every three years or 60,000 miles, some professionals recommend every two years or 24,000 miles, and others think later model vehicles with bi metal engines should have yearly changes.  Rather than using mileage or time menus, we think the best way to know if the coolant needs to be changed is to test it, determine the pH, and replace it if needed.  As long as antifreeze is changed before the reserve alkalinity is depleted the cooling system should be no worse for wear.  If you wait too long, however, you could have expensive internal corrosion in the radiator, water pump, hoses, heater core and engine.

When should you check your coolant system?

The best time to inspect the overall integrity of the system hardware is when you change the coolant.  Our procedure checks belts and hoses for cracks and wear, makes a visual inspection for leaks, pressure tests the radiator and cap, and checks the operation of your heater and defroster.  The thermostat regulates the engine coolant temperature and should be changed if the system has been allowed to corrode, it is over 10 years old, it has been causing trouble, or the engine has been overheated.  Replacements should be good quality units with the same temperature rating as the original.  This is extremely important on late model vehicles with computerized engine controls, where fuel, ignition and emission functions are all affected by coolant temperature.

What’s involved in a coolant flush?

When the coolant is changed the whole system should be pressure tested for leaks first, then reverse flushed and refilled.  It makes no sense to service a leaking system!  The pressure test ensures the hoses and water pump are in good shape and there are no leaks in the system.  Once the system is leak proof, we flush and refill the coolant.  Chemical cooling system cleaners usually aren’t necessary, and we prefer not to use one unless the system has been badly neglected and is full of lime deposits.  Once the old coolant is removed completely, the system should be refilled with a 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze and clean water. This provides freezing protection down to -34°F and boil-over protection to 265°F.

How does your charging system work?

Many people think a vehicle’s electrical power comes from the battery, but as long as the engine is running all of the power for the accessories is delivered by the alternator.  The alternator is the heart of the charging system, converting the mechanical energy of the engine into DC electricity to power all the electrical accessories and maintain the battery.  Batteries are actually loads on the charging system, and only supply power when starting the vehicle, when the accessory load (defroster, AC, headlights, etc.) exceeds the alternator capacity, or when the engine is at a very low idle.  When alternators fail, vehicles switches to battery power and continue until the battery is dead.

Alternators are designed to maintain the charge of a functional battery, not to recharge a failing one.  The quickest way to kill an alternator is to put it to work struggling to maintain a failing battery.  It not only damages the alternator, but can also cause damage to the starter motor and starter contacts.  When alternators are replaced it is critical to make sure the existing battery is in good shape or it can cause the replacement alternator to fail.

When should you replace your battery?

Sometimes vehicles won’t start with a failed alternator and low battery, but other times the vehicle starts fine and then fails on the road when the battery finally dies.  If you are not sure how old your battery is, have it tested.  You should consider replacing batteries over 5 or 6 years old even if it tests OK now.  Most new vehicle batteries are rated for 36 months, and while a small number fail within this period, most will make it 4 or 5 years.  It’s rare for original equipment batteries to survive more than 5 years.  Preventative replacement is important for batteries, because extremely hot or cold weather will reveal marginal batteries at the most inconvenient times.

What’s involved in battery and alternator service?

Maintenance and service of the electrical system should always start with a careful visual inspection of belts and pulleys, belt tensioners and idlers, battery exterior condition, the battery hold down, and the battery cable connections.  Most of these defects would need to be corrected before deeper testing can be done.  For example, a discharged battery can’t be tested properly and would require several hours of charging to test it.  With a visual inspection performed and problems corrected, actual testing of the electrical system can begin.  Complete electrical testing should include:

    • Testing the battery for resting voltage
    • Testing the battery for capacity and reserve
    • Testing alternator output and diode condition
    • Testing the starter for excessive draw and electrical signature
    • Testing the resistance of ground circuits
    • Voltage drop testing

It is much better to replace a questionable battery than to risk the consequences, but all batteries are not created equal and cheap batteries are not a value.  We have tested many brands in the almost 30 years we have been servicing vehicles.  We only stock high quality batteries like Interstate and AC Delco for most of the vehicles we service.

What can you do by yourself?

We’ve seen major and avoidable expense caused by battery acid on electrical harnesses and other sensitive electronics near the battery.  Battery acid is highly corrosive and can cause major damage to the battery tray, battery cables and power feeds, fuse and circuit breaker holders, battery hold downs, and anything else exposed to it.  If you see fuzzy acid crystals growing on or near your battery, clean and neutralize everything that has come in contact with the acid.  And, unfortunately, you’ll probably need to replace the battery as well.

Do your electrical and coolant system need service?

A large percentage of vehicles broken down on the side of the road are there because of electrical or cooling system related failures, but these are some of the most basic things you can do to prevent major problems with your vehicle.  Checking these systems are standard parts of our comprehensive and seasonal inspections, so if you’ve seen us for either of those services then you’re ready to go.   If you’re not sure, give us a call and we’ll tell you the last time these services were done and when they’re due again.

In many cases charging and coolant system failures can be prevented or repaired before a breakdown causes major inconvenience or larger expense, but it requires a careful inspection of the systems BEFORE problems become obvious.   You don’t want to be telling stories about this winter’s unplanned breakdown… call us today and drive with confidence throughout the winter!

 

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What is a “Brownfield”? http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/what-is-a-brownfield/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/what-is-a-brownfield/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:43 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16369 How to clean up toxic eyesores in your neighborhood Ever heard of a ‘brownfield’?  You probably drove past one today and didn’t even know it.  They’re underused or abandoned properties with some kind of contamination; typically places like gas stations, … Continue reading

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Ever heard of a ‘brownfield’?  You probably drove past one today and didn’t even know it.  They’re underused or abandoned properties with some kind of contamination; typically places like gas stations, dry cleaners, industrial sites, or landfills.  Since these sites need expensive remediation they can be hard to sell and can sit idle for years as festering sores delaying the growth of surrounding areas.  One of our clients works for the Oregon Public Health Division and we were surprised when she told us that there is government assistance available to help clean up these sites and make them productive once again.   We weren’t surprised when she told us that Oregon is doing things a little differently than the rest of the country…RestOfNewsletter

What is a brownfield?

It doesn’t take much to qualify as a brownfield… a property just has to have perceived contamination and be abandoned or underutilized.  If you’ve ever tried to sell a house (or buy one) with an underground oil tank, then you know exactly why these properties can be such albatrosses.  Potential sellers may face more in cleanup than the property is worth, and few buyers want to take a risk on a property that might need expensive cleanup down the line.  The property can’t be used, can’t be sold, and investment in it makes no economic sense, so it becomes an obstacle to any other neighborhood improvements.  Brownfields can bring down values of other properties, starting a spiral that does no one any good.

When did interest in brownfields begin?

Because of the drag brownfields create on neighborhood development, efforts to clean them up started at the federal level in the 1990s.   An executive order provided resources for cleanup and redevelopment while also addressing environmental justice concerns in underrepresented communities.  Cleanup efforts vary across the country and are supported to varying degrees by local and state governments.  In Oregon, the state has brownfields programs at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Business Development Division (Business Oregon) and at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) under the Public Health Division.  Since 2010, the OHA has received funding from a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) to support community health projects related to brownfield sites. Metro and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) at the City of Portland have brownfields programs as well.

What does the Public Health have to do with brownfields?

Oregon’s involvement of Public Health partners in brownfields cleanup is unusual, but the advantage is that Public Health can help with… well, with the public health aspects of brownfields!  Public Health professionals provide expertise in toxicology, epidemiology, health data, GIS mapping, education, community engagement, and coalition building. Just as they do with other community health issues, Public Health creates coalitions of local citizens, governments, and businesses to ensure each project responds to the health and environmental needs of the community.   For instance, if a community has a nearby brownfield, could they work together to redevelop it into a grocery store that supplies fresh fruits and vegetables the residents are missing?  Or could they unite to build a community center with inter-generational, culturally adapted programs?  Or what about a community garden, or a well-lit park with playgrounds and restrooms?  All these possibilities and more can be realized with collaborative efforts from OHA, the counties, the City, community groups, DEQ and Business Oregon.

What kind of projects has Public Health has been involved in?

  • OHA’s first project was in the Linnton neighborhood in far NW Portland, home to the Portland Harbor superfund site, industrial brownfield sites, and not coincidentally, a large number of people. Public Health worked with the community to explore options for brownfield redevelopment that would support community health and provide access to the river at the same time.  OHA facilitated the project over the course of a year, with monthly meetings culminating in a community photovoice project and furthering pursuits of two key brownfield sites (Kingsley Park and the former Linnton Plywood Mill).
  • OHA’s Brownfield Initiative and Environmental Health Assessment Program (EHAP) teamed up to examine the possibility of a park built on a former landfill in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. Public Health’s involvement put the community in the driver’s seat throughout the risk assessment process for the property.  Other groups used a similar model with the City of Portland Brownfields Program to assess the community garden site within Cully Park (check out the great photos on this site!).
  • OHA and other health partners are currently involved in supporting the community to develop ways to track the health benefits that will result from the park itself over time. The first phase of park development includes a community garden, a playground, a tribal gathering garden, a basketball court, a youth soccer field, a picnic area, an off-leash dog area and walking fitness trails. Parking and pedestrian access improvement efforts are also underway.

Can I get help cleaning up a brownfield?

If you have a potentially contaminated eyesore blighting your neighborhood, and you and your neighbors would like to see it cleaned up or redeveloped, then there are local (Metro, City of Portland Brownfields Programs) or state (OHA, DEQ, Business Oregon) programs to help.  It’s even easy; just email or call the contacts below…

Oregon Health Authority Brownfields Initiative:

www.healthoregon.org/ehap

Kari Christensen, kari.a.christensen@state.or.us, 971-673-1211

Karen Bishop (EHAP) karen.bishop@state.or.us, 971-673-1219 

City of Portland Brownfields Program:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/BES/35008

Jenn Bildersee, Jenn.Bildersee@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7740

 

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On time. On budget. Over 98% of the time. http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/time-budget-98-time/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/time-budget-98-time/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:33 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16370 Every time you pick up your vehicle from our shop you’ll find a pre-stamped postcard in your front seat. We encourage you to return these cards because we read every one and use your comments to improve our service to … Continue reading

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Feature- OnTargetEvery time you pick up your vehicle from our shop you’ll find a pre-stamped postcard in your front seat. We encourage you to return these cards because we read every one and use your comments to improve our service to the rest of our clients. We have collected over 14,500 cards to date, but the numbers for two particular questions caught our eye this month… we had ratings of 98.38% “On Schedule” and 98.73% “On Estimate”! And the reason these numbers caught our eye? Because our numbers on all the other questions, from “Satisfied With Your Service Experience” to “Understood The Recommended Repairs” were over 99%! Thank you all so very much, and we’re proud of all our team members who work so hard to set this high bar!RestOfNewsletter

To celebrate a little we thought we’d pass on our advice, and the advice of several other sources, about what to look for in an accurate estimates and how to ensure your repairs are delivered at the price you were promised. (And remember… we can do it over 98% of the time!)

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Click here to see the complete results from 14,754 comment cards ratings, along with some of the best comments we’ve received

“How Much Is THAT Gonna Cost?”  TomDwyer.com, July 2010

Our best advice on virtually every aspect of auto repair estimates. Describes all the types of estimates, how confident you can be in each type, how to take advantage of overlapping labor, and tells exactly how we can be so accurate with our estimates.

Consumer Reports Repair Shop Satisfaction Survey  Consumer Reports, June 2008

We’re proud of our satisfaction numbers, but should we be? Here’s how the rest of the auto repair industry rates, both independents and dealers. (Hint: We’re on solid ground.)

“Know How to Recognize an Accurate Auto Repair Estimate”   MyCheckEngineLight.net, July 2014

A quick look at some of the different ways you can get estimates, and the upsides and downsides of each.

“11 Tips For An Accurate Vehicle Repair Estimate”  MyTwoDollars.com 2010

If you like lists, this is a pretty good one to avoid the most common pitfalls

 

 

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Drew’s Kitchen- Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and a Halloween Surprise! http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/drews-kitchen-slow-cooker-beef-pot-roast-halloween-surprise/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/drews-kitchen-slow-cooker-beef-pot-roast-halloween-surprise/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:31 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16371 BOO!  Halloween is right around the corner, and Drew has two recipes to help you with any Halloween parties you might be planning.  The Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe will help you feed an army of ghouls, and the Meat … Continue reading

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BOO!  Halloween is right around the corner, and Drew has two recipes to help you with any Halloween parties you might be planning.  The Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe will help you feed an army of ghouls, and the Meat Hand recipe will help reduce their appetite.  Happy Halloween!

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast Dinner

Ingredients: 

  • 1 boneless beef chuck shoulder pot roast or bottom round rump roast (3 to 3 ½ pounds)
  • 1 envelope Italian dressing mix
  • 2 large onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 ½” pieces
  • ½ cup ready-to-serve beef broth
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ¼” thick slices
  • 2 ½ Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  • Press dressing mix evenly onto all surfaces of beef pot roast.  Place onions and garlic in 4 ½ to 5 ½ quart slow cooker; top with pot roast.
  • Add bell peppers and broth.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours, or on LOW 8 hours.
  • Add zucchini
  • Continue cooking, covered, 30 minutes or until pot roast is fork tender.
  • Remove pot roast and vegetables.  Strain cooking liquid; skim fat.
  • Combine 2 cups cooking liquid and cornstarch mixture in medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Carve pot roast into slices; season with salt and pepper, as desired.
  • Serve with vegetables and gravy.

 And here’d the Halloween Party surprise we promised you..

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Believe it or not, this hideous thing is a meatloaf.  It’s a little complex, but if you’re looking for something unique for your party then this definitely qualifies.  Find recipes for this and other unique stunt food at “NotMartha.org”.

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Tom Dwyer Winterization Service

 Get a minor interval service, oil change, and a pre-winter inspection, all for just $50!

 Is your vehicle prepared for the cold weather?  Well-maintained vehicles are normally ready for winter, but cold weather brings different automotive challenges than summer. Our Winterization Service lets you prepare for these demands and save money while you do it.  Schedule your vehicle for service before November 28, 2014 and get…

Minor Interval Service including Oil Change 

 (up to 5 quarts conventional oil; synthetic oil is extra)

 Pre-Winter Inspection

Our 90-point Inspection with extra focus on cold weather needs.  Some items vary by vehicle, but our inspection normally includes…

  • Check Antifreeze/Coolant freeze point and pH, and fill as needed
  • Antifreeze/Coolant system pressure test (if indicated)
  • Battery and charging system test
  • Tire inspection (and rotation if needed)
  • Brake visual inspection and road test
  • Freeze-protected washer fluid
  • Windshield wiper check
  • And More!

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If a serious issue is diagnosed with your anti-freeze/coolant system, then we can offer you a discount to fix it… 

Get an 50% off labor charges for Anti-Freeze/Coolant system service  (Up to $150)

There are some restrictions… service must be scheduled by November 28, you must tell us you want this offer when you schedule your service, and you should plan to leave the vehicle with us for the day.  This offer is void after services are performed, and this offer cannot be combined with other offers.  Our salaried Service Advisors are always available at 503-230-2300 to answer any questions you might have, no matter what the season.  Please give us a call or just click here to request an appointment. We hope to see you soon!

Our Referral Reward program…

September-2014-Bee-Ad-v1Our Referral Reward program continues to be popular with our clients-  10 groups received checks this month, with several receiving checks for the second, third, and even tenth time!  That means that as of this newsletter, 127 clients have helped the groups they care about to split $4,391 in awards.  Here’s how the program works…  Every time someone comes in and says they were referred by you, we write a check to the non-profit group of your choice (up to $50).  Not only will we make that donation, but your group will be eligible for quarterly and yearly awards as well.  We hope you take this opportunity to share Tom Dwyer Automotive with someone you know, and share a little money with a group that can use it.

The Sellwood Bridge construction is critically important, but it’s putting heavy pressure our business.  So far we’ve made it through without laying anyone off, but things are getting tighter and the bridge is still two years from completion.  Please, if you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who hasn’t tried our service yet, encourage them to come in.  It will be a big help to us and take advantage of this Referral Reward Program to help someone else as well.  We also have a generous First-Time Client offer to make your referral’s first visit more affordable. If you like what you have found at Tom Dwyer Automotive, please help us continue providing the level of service and satisfaction you’ve come to expect.  And from all of us here at the shop, thank you for your support over the years and thanks in advance for sharing what you’ve found with someone you know.

In the meantime, here are the groups who have benefitted in September…

Family Dogs New Life Shelter(third)          Janus Youth Programs (second)

Multnomah Animal Control (second)          Oregon Buddhist Temple

Oregon Humane Society (eight total)          Oregon Food Bank (ten total)

Tucker-Maxon Oral School          Urban Excursions IndieGoGo project

Well Arts Institute          Willamette Riverkeeper

Your reviews and referrals matter

AskForReviewButtonWe are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

Latest Automotive Recalls

RecallListButtonAutomobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button at right will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

 

 

 

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Sellwood Bridge Update- Goodbye to the last old support http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/sellwood-bridge-update-goodbye-last-old-support/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/uncategorized/sellwood-bridge-update-goodbye-last-old-support/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:27:14 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16374 Here on the East End of the bridge, the concrete pour on Tacoma has been occupying our attention.  It’s a big jump in the project and we’re glad to see it, but another milestone was quietly reached out in the … Continue reading

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aaaBridgeUpdateButtonHere on the East End of the bridge, the concrete pour on Tacoma has been occupying our attention.  It’s a big jump in the project and we’re glad to see it, but another milestone was quietly reached out in the river.  The last concrete support from the old bridge was sliced up and barged away.  Just like the bridge move it was probably not too exciting to watch in real time, but the stop-motion video by Rich Morgan is amazing.  Just click the photo below to see it unfold….

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RestOfNewsletterAs always, Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project, www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.  If you’re looking for something that’s not on the website, you can contact Mike Pullen (mike.j.pullen@multco.us503-209-4111) or visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

 

 

 

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Two Columbus Day Discoveries

This past Monday brought the somewhat awkward celebration of Columbus Day.  In our News To Make You Furious this month we talked about a push to sanitize history and leave a panoply of heroes without flaw, at the cost of the warts-and-all truth and what it might teach us.  RestOfNewsletterOur Book Spotlight this month falls on two books by the same author, both of which shed their own light on exactly this strange tendency of modern history textbooks.  Just click the link to be taken to the Powell’s website for each book…

 

9781565841000Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong  

by James W Loewen

(from Amazon.com…)  This updated and revised edition of the American Book Award-winner and national bestseller revitalizes the truth of America’s history, explores how myths continue to be perpetrated, and includes a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War.

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.

In this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today’s climate and adds an eye-opening chapter on the lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. From the truth about Columbus’s historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.

Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country.

9781595589859Lies My Teacher Told Me about Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong

by James W Loewen

Some myths dont die, and lies are still being told about Christopher Columbus: that he “discovered” the Americas (not only was the land familiar to native inhabitants, but it had also been visited before by Europeans), that the land was sparsely populated by native people (there were fourteen million inhabitants in 1492), that those people were primitive (Europeans learned a lot and gained technology and agricultural skill from Native Americans), and that they submitted to Columbus’ “God-like” authority (they submitted to the deadly smallpox and bubonic plague that Columbus’ crew imported from Europe).

“Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus” disproves the myths about Columbus still enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from primary source material that sets the record straight. The poster and accompanying 48-page paperback book sum up the mistellings and reveal the real story in a graphically appealing and accessible format that shows the degree to which textbooks have “lied” by knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and gruesome historical evidence.

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