Category: Commentary

And now — Merry Christmas!

For weeks now people have been wishing each other “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or some such thing. The phrase has become as common a “Have a nice day” and sounds about as sincere. I realize that people mouthing the words mean well, or at… Continue reading




An Albany issue: What kind of majority?

Albany faces a possible complication with a voter initiative coming up for an election in three months. The issue could be explosive, but it need not be if handled with common sense. The initiative, one of two launched by North Albany resident Tom Cordier, attempts… Continue reading




Prison terms need reform

Oregon could do a better job managing how it sentences criminals to prison, and if it did, it would save tons of money. In a nutshell that’s the finding of the Governor’s Commission on Public Safety, one of whose members was state Rep. Andy Olson,… Continue reading




Passenger rail: The solution

In regard to passenger rail in the Willamette Valley, the meetings continue. Whether they will accomplish anything, though, is open to grave doubt. As previous studies have estimated, improving either the main line of the Union Pacific or the old Oregon Electric to carry more… Continue reading




The Nike session — and an idea

So what was the real point of the one-day special session of the Oregon legislature last Friday? The lawmakers passed one bill with, by the way, the support of all the members representing parts of Linn County as well as Corvallis. But when you read… Continue reading




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