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Ray Kopczynski - City Council Ward II

Measure 92: Lots of airy assertions

Balloting will start in mid-October on candidates and initiatives including M92.

Balloting will start in mid-October on candidates and initiatives including M92.

There ought to be a law against ballot initiatives involving scientific fields -- such a genetic engineering -- which only one in a thousand voters knows anything about. Oregon Measure 92 is one such proposal, and on Nov. 4 it will have been decided  based on emotion alone. That can't be a good thing. Continue reading

Campaigns: What candor would sound like

Sen. Jeff Merkley in one of his TV ads for re-election.

Sen. Jeff Merkley in one of his TV ads for re-election.

It takes self-control these days not to yell at the TV, or to keep from throwing things. The politicians have showered the stations with money to run their campaign ads. The ads are all pretty bad -- ranging from shallow to just plain dumb -- but the one that gets me today is one by Jeff Merkley. Continue reading

Life lessons from the sheriff’s log

Sixth in Corvallis: Who you're gonna believe, your eyes or your GPS?.

Sixth Street in Corvallis: Who you're gonna believe, your eyes or your GPS?.

If you want to be reminded of simple rules for staying out of trouble, just take a casual glance at the summarized activity log of the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Continue reading