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Ray Kopczynski - City Council Ward II

What does Measure 89 change?

We may eventually learn what voting to add M89 to the constitution will mean.

We may eventually learn what voting to add M89 to the constitution will mean.

Careful voters may have noticed that the Voters' Pamphlet material on Ballot Measure 89 does not explain exactly what this initiative would change in Oregon life. The measure would amend the constitution to say that "equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged by the state of Oregon or by any political subdivision in this state on account of sex." The many supporters of this change argue that it would firmly establish the legal equality of men and women, but that has been established for a long time. Continue reading

Dead frogs on the street …

This guy didn't look too bad, but he was dead nevertheless.

This guy didn't look too bad, but he was dead nevertheless.

Frogs around the world, according to assorted studies and reports, have been dying of diverse causes such as fertilizer, fungus, depletion of the ozone layer, and -- what else -- "climate change." But the late amphibians I saw dotting the pavement on one street in North Albany's Benton Woods subdivision Thursday probably were done in by something else. Continue reading

Ballot fraud just about impossible

The ballot box at the Albany Public Library on Wednesday.

The ballot box at the Albany Public Library on Wednesday.

Colorado has adopted vote-by-mail balloting of the kind pioneered in Oregon. Now a video circulating online intends to raise suspicions of voter fraud in Colorado and, by implication, other states where voting is done mostly by mail. But all the video shows is that some left-leaning activists in Colorado were dumb, naive or crooked enough to be interested in trying to exploit the new system in nefarious ways, not that it could actually happen, let alone that it was taking place. Continue reading