National Night Out

Visitors to Molalla’s National Night Out in August got to visit with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Posse horse “Ginger. A new statewide survey asked Oregonians questions about neighborhoods and communities.

If “politics is downstream from culture,” an observation shared by commentators on both the right and the left, then it’s worth paying more attention to the upstream experiences that shape our political views.

Cue the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center (OVBC), which recently explored how our day-to-day experiences in our neighborhoods and communities feed a cooperative civic culture that is barely visible beneath our turbulent politics.

Tim Nesbitt is a former union leader in Oregon and served as an adviser to Govs. Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber.