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Ray Kopczynski - City Council Ward II

M86: A question of more debt

It's may be hard to think about debt on a glorious October afternoon, but somebody's got to do it.

It's may be hard to think about debt on a glorious October afternoon, but somebody's got to do it.

On Ballot Measure 86, the proposed state endowment to help Oregon students pay for post-secondary education, the Voters' Pamphlet is better than nothing, but not by much. It explains the basics of the measure, but important questions are left unanswered. Continue reading

When you’re stuck at a signal …

No sweat reaching this button if the light refuses to change.

No sweat reaching this button if the light refuses to change.

Next time the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is looking for some project, it might want to consider the fact that many modern traffic signals ignore people on bikes. Some communities have solved the problem with gizmos like the one in the photo, a bike-crossing button similar to those routinely provided for people on foot. Continue reading

Finally, a useful campaign ad

On a desk buried by campaign ads, this one has a helpful reminder.

On a desk buried by campaign ads, the one on top contains a helpful reminder.

Much of the campaign propaganda raining down on us now is based on distortion and falsehood. Now and then there's a useful exception. A newly arrived mail piece, for  example, has just reminded us that, unfortunately, one mid-valley candidate favors a state program to make motor fuel more expensive. Continue reading