Category: Commentary

Immigration reform: Not so fast

President Obama says now’s the time for immigration reform. Easier said than done, obviously. One question: If we have lived with illegal immigration and its consequences for 40 or 50 years, what makes dealing with it so urgent now? But let’s look at the details.… Continue reading




The goal: Higher property taxes

Don’t look now, but they want to increase your property taxes. By “they,” I mean the majority of those senators who were on the state Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue. They have introduced a constitutional amendment that would remove the property tax limits… Continue reading




Good news news for Albany ratepayers — unless

There’s good news for customers of the Albany city water system, assuming that voters don’t erase part of it with the initiative election that ends March 12. The good news: Last year, when the price of water was raised 3 percent, Albany’s public works department… Continue reading




Book report: Try Ian Rankin’s crime novels

Here’s a recommendation for readers of detective fiction: The John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin take you into the Lothian and Borders Police, which covers Edinburgh and environs. Read them before it’s too late. Lothian and Borders Police will become part of the new Police… Continue reading




Rail route: Keep it simple

A state committee working on plans for improved passenger rail between Eugene and Portland has been looking at different possibilities for a route that the trains of the future might take. You can’t  say that they have not been thorough. It looks as as though… Continue reading




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