Posts written by Hasso Hering

Must avoid ‘road departures’

On Dec. 22, a 16-year-old driver from Brownsville lost her life when her vehicle crossed the center line in a right-hand curve on Highway 228 in Linn County and collided with the front end of a tow truck coming the other way. It was what the Oregon State… Continue reading


Public records? OSU resists

The way reporter Bennett Hall of the Corvallis Gazette-Times told the story in Sunday’s paper, the administration of Oregon State University is proving difficult when it comes to letting go of public information. That’s not exactly in the spirit of Oregon’s claim on government transparency.


Bad law, bigger fines

Oregon has a law against talking on a cell phone while driving. Because the law has been widely ignored, the legislature raised the standard fine to $160 as of Jan. 1, up $50. And the maximum will be $500. The fine could be a thousand… Continue reading


Smooth ride: How much longer?

The drive from Southern Oregon to the mid-Willamette Valley on Interstate 5 takes little more than three hours on roughly 200 miles of smooth asphalt without so much as a single chuckhole. And while you’re cruising along, you don’t often think about how to pay for… Continue reading


The cold and dark can’t win

There’s a thickening fog as I walk to the store well after dark. This chill gray blanket has hung around all day. The sun never had a chance. It didn’t even attempt to get through, or so it seemed, during the few hours when it… Continue reading

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