Council eyes potential pot limits

Assistant City Attorney points to hard-to-see map showing potential cannabis store zones.

Assistant City Attorney Sean Kidd points to a hard-to-see map showing potential cannabis store zones if certain regulations are changed or adopted.

Don't count on being able to buy recreational marijuana at many places in Albany if it becomes legal in the city at all. Maps prepared for the city council suggest there may be few if any locations where sales would be allowed. Continue reading

Why this widening? Because …

Benton County road crew at work this morning on Robinhood Lane in North Albany.

Benton County road crew at work on the Robin Hood Lane widening project on May 23.

On Saturday a couple of readers asked the Answer Man why Benton County was widening Robinhood Lane in North Albany. The Answer Man asked people who know, and now their replies are at hand. Continue reading

Climate change doubts? Burn ’em!

If some fanatics had their way, climate skeptics might end up being rounded up like these hapless sheep.

If some fanatics had their way, climate skeptics might end up being rounded up like these hapless sheep.

Although no one mentioned this, it seems to me that the Portland schools now face a problem: What to do with books and other material doubting that mankind's use of fossil fuels is mainly responsible for climate change. I suggest a solution in the spirit of the Portland School Board's decision last week to ban such material from the schools: Have students pile up the offending books in a great big heap and set them on fire. Continue reading

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