Category: Commentary

Grocery takes right approach

In the great plastic-bag debate, one supermarket chain is following the right approach. It is making a change as a business decision, without asking the state or local government to cover its back by passing a law. The change was announced by C&K Market, a… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

U.S. violence is down, far down

Here’s something worth pointing out amid all the talk about violence and calls for more gun control: The United States keeps getting more peaceful even as gun ownership goes up. Time magazine reports that there’s nearly one gun in the U.S. for every American. That… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Mileage fee: A rational approach

Since 2001, the Oregon Road User Fee Task Force has worked on finding a way to collect money from owners of four-wheeled vehicles that don’t burn fuel, or don’t burn much. In 2011 the group proposed legislation, and it was rejected. Now, in 2013, it… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

That crazy coin trick

Just how nutty our economic situation has become is shown by the idea of the trillion-dollar coin. Nobody with any sense except a few columnists — and they are paid to write nutty stuff sometimes — gave this notion any credence. But then on Monday… Continue reading




 
 
 
 

Tobacco banned — again

Since the first of the year, the governor’s smoking ban has been in effect in most of Oregon state government. Wait a minute, you say. Wasn’t smoking banned already? Yes, it has been, for many years. State law bans it in any work place, including… Continue reading




 
 
 
 
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