Category: Commentary

Plant more dandelions?

This Albany photo, taken Thursday, makes you wish there was a use for dandelions. As it turns out, there are many. A website maintained by the University of Maryland (the first one that popped up when I googled dandelions) says this weed is full of… Continue reading


Two official languages?

When I saw this sign at South Medford High School the other day, my first thought was that we ought to be giving Spanish speakers a little more credit. Do the people responsible for that sign really believe that students who grew up speaking Spanish… Continue reading


Sheriff’s report: ID theft hits IRS

While it cleans up its act regarding the targeting of conservative groups, a recent Benton County sheriff’s report suggests that the IRS has another urgent task. That is to fix its record-keeping system in order to thwart identity thieves. This last filing season, taxpayers were urged to… Continue reading


Our smallest towns: Any future?

A week or two ago, I stopped and got off my bike in Crabtree. Since then I’ve been wondering if there’s a way towns like this can ever be revived. According to the last census, the unincorporated community had 391 people with a median age of… Continue reading


School debate: Money and more money

The Oregon Senate on Monday failed to approve a record increase in the state school fund. The opponents, all 14 Republicans plus Democrat Chris Edwards of Eugene, said it wasn’t enough and the state could do better. The bill, Senate Bill 5519, proposed to set… Continue reading

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