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A black man and an Indian voted in this 1806 election
Written by John Szozda   
Monday, 22 July 2013 07:52

A member of the famed Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery may have been the first black man to cast a vote in America, long before blacks won the right to vote with the 1869 passage of the Fifteenth Amendment.

The year was 1806 and members of the expedition had to choose a site to build winter quarters near Astoria, Oregon. The black man’s name was York. He was William Clark’s slave, but he had proven himself more than three-fifths of a man during this three-year discovery of the unchartered American west so he was granted the right to vote.

Midnight Ponderings
Written by John Szozda   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:05

Oregon schools deserve credit for taking risk on wind and solar

These were the midnight ponderings drizzling through my humidity-sopped brain as I patiently waited for the rain and heat to abate while tossing and turning, searching for a night of restorative sleep.

BAC could go from .08 to .05
Written by John Szozda   
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:31

Recommendation for change in DUI law goes too far

The State of Ohio toughened its drunk-driving laws 30 years ago this spring resulting in a steady decline of alcohol-related fatalities from 966 in 1982 to 358 in 2011, according to statistics from the United States Department of Transportation.

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