Category: Commentary

Albany: Timber Street tract land in default

About 75 acres of undeveloped land surrounding Albany’s Timber Ridge School is about to come into city ownership because the owners have made no payments on assessments for the street and utility lines there. Now it’s just a question of how the transaction is done, the city… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Keeping up with our bridges

The collapse of a bridge on Interstate 5 north of Seattle once again reminds us that our bridges need constant attention, maintenance and occasional repairs. I can’t say whether we’re doing enough on that score in Oregon, but ODOT is certainly doing a lot. A… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Keep our enemies out

In the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate, all of the attention is on amnesty for some 11.5  million illegal aliens, and on whether and how this could be conditioned on having secured the southern border. As a writer in the Wall Street Journal pointed… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Open meetings: Let’s keep them so

  By and large, Oregon’s public meetings law works pretty well. So there’s no big reason to try to fix it. The House Rules Committee, though, is holding a public hearing on Wednesday (May 22) on House Bill 3513, which attempts to refine the definition… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Blind spots in traffic

Ever notice that street and traffic planners expect us to be able to see through objects and around corners? That’s the feeling you get driving around Albany and, I think, many other small towns with mostly narrow streets. Here’s an example of some kind of big… Continue reading




 
 
 
 
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