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Isaac Laquedem

Occasional comments about business and politics in Portland, Oregon, mixed in with stories from our city's colorful if not always compliant past, retold by the world's 142nd foremost authority.

Published: 2018-01-10T08:12:18-08:00


The three careers of Dennis Buchanan (1932-2017), and how chicken salad for lunch could have derailed MAX


Fifty-five years ago Dennis Buchanan left his job at the Chicago Tribune to come to Portland, where he took a job as an investigative reporter for the Oregon Journal. He got the public’s attention with a story on the December...

Venerable Mom's credit was not good enough for Macy's, but it satisfies her bank


Six years ago Macy's turned down Venerable Mom's application for a credit card, despite her good credit history and enviable financial status. I wrote about it here. This week VM received an invitation to apply for a Platinum Visa card...

A very special wish for a happy 99th birthday


In 2008, I wrote: Some years ago, here in Portland, two businessmen had a disagreement. One said to the other, "If you don't settle this dispute on my terms, I will sic my lawyers on you and they will tie...

T.T. "Saki" Tzantarmas (1936-2017), the New Copper Penny, and the American Dream


The unlikely life of Theodosios T. Tzantarmas began in 1936 in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece and one with a lively reputation for challenging the government: it was the locus of the original Young Turks, who started the revolution...

The Fourth Circuit still knows what the Constitution stands for


A challenge to President Trump's executive order to bar citizens of certain Muslim-dominant nations from visiting the United States came before the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, which issued its opinion today blocking the president's travel...

Donald Trump pivots to China


At least, that's how I interpret the juxtaposition of Mr. Trump firing James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the same time that his son-in-law's sister is selling real estate investments and visas to the Chinese.

Sprint says the new iPhone can reach people no other phone can call


My cell phone carrier texts me today: "This Mother's Day, call your mom (on THIS NEW iPhone - and save)," with a link to the advertisement. The carrier has hit on a compelling sales pitch. I would pay well for...

The Federal income tax (second in a series) and the Laquedem Cosmic Federal Budget Workweek


I enjoy reading the descriptions of natural history that condense the life of the universe into the scale of a single year, sometimes called the Cosmic Calendar, so that if the Big Bang happened on January 1, the solar system...

Federal Income Tax Policy (first in a series)


In January, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed eliminating the corporate income tax. As president-elect, Donald Trump wanted to lower the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. They may wish to review the history of how the nation's tax...

Portland's parting gift to a generous citizen


On this day in 1919, when Tom Moyer was born in an upstairs bedroom of this unassuming building in Sellwood, his father, who had boxed as "Silk Hat" Harry Moyer, might have imagined that Tom would himself become a boxer...