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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany’s next police chief will be…

Written May 2nd, 2013 by

Not the guy I thought it would be. When I first wrote about the May 1 appearance at a public forum of the three finalists — Corvallis Police Capt. Dan Hendrickson of Albany, Assistant Chief Mario Lattanzio of Mesa, Ariz., and Deputy Chief Jim Peterson of Pocatello, Idaho —  I thought that Hendrickson was clearly the top choice. But on […]

All about side effects

Written May 1st, 2013 by

If you read the fine print, it seems surprising that the makers of prescription drugs ever sell some of their products. After all, who wants to get sicker or even risk death? In television ads and in print, the drug makers evidently are required — to limit liability if nothing else — to spell out […]

What’s up with Senate gun bills?

Written May 1st, 2013 by

It was on April 18 that the state Senate Judiciary Committee passed four heavily watered-down bills directed at gun owners. So far, as of May 1, none of them has seen — or been scheduled for — action on the Senate floor. What’s going on here? It could be that the bills don’t have enough support […]

Driver cards: More fees for DMV

Written May 1st, 2013 by

Illegal aliens in Oregon will be allowed to obtain state driver cards starting in the fall, when Senate Bill 833 takes effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns. From a practical perspective, this is a good thing. It takes us back to the situation that existed before February 2008, when Oregon started requiring proof of […]

Common sense loses twice

Written April 29th, 2013 by

  Two federal organizations have thrown in the towel and given up on making sensible changes in their routines. Under pressure from Congress, the Postal Service decided it had to keep delivering the mail on Saturdays. And the Transportation Security Administration, under pressure from flight attendants and their union, backed off its decision to allow people […]

For a happier Oregon?

Written April 27th, 2013 by

Our Gov. John Kitzhaber and his lady are about to return from Bhutan. That’s a little kingdom of about three-quarters of a million people sandwiched between China and India. In recent years it made a name for itself with a concept it calls an index of “gross national happiness,” which purports to measure how content […]

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Speed up that new fire station

Written April 26th, 2013 by

Just last month the state came out with yet another report on the catastrophic effects the next really big earthquake will have on everybody in the Willamette Valley and on the coast. And as always, the report said this calamity is overdue. It could happen any day or night. So you would think the first […]

Are these school bills necessary?

Written April 24th, 2013 by

The Oregon House has passed three school-related bills that deserve additional comment before the Senate takes them up. House Bill 3438 allows any city in Oregon to operate speed radar in school zones. To their credit, Sara Gelser of Corvallis and Sherrie Sprenger of Scio were among the minority to vote against this bill. In […]

At the Capitol: No action on amendments

Written April 24th, 2013 by

When this session of the Oregon legislature began, some of its members had grand ideas for amendments to the state constitution. So far, though, a little more than midway through the session, none of them looks like it’s headed for the ballot. The deadline for committee action in the originating chamber of each proposed constitutional […]

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Albany issue: CARA’s surplus

Written April 23rd, 2013 by

Albany city officials should no longer ignore the effect that the city’s downtown urban renewal district, CARA, has on other governmental services in Linn County. According to a breakdown presented by urban renewal manager Kate Porsche, local governments this budget year are forced to give up $2.2 million to the downtown district. In 2013-14, it’s […]

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