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Oregon votes on pot

Written October 30th, 2012 by

Here the general electon is just around the corner and you have heard almost nothing about Ballot Measure 80. That’s the initiative that would legalize marijuana in Oregon — and try to regulate and tax it. Nobody is spending any money for or against its passage. You may have seen an occasional newspaper editorial about […]

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The blame for Benghazi

Written October 26th, 2012 by

The Obama administration keeps excusing its conduct after the September attack on our consulate in Benghazi on the grounds that it was clueless and helpless. That’s a pitiful response in light of what we spend on intelligence and the military. First was the implication by the State Department and the president that the attack was […]

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OSU and The Liberty

Written October 25th, 2012 by

Oregon State University said this week it was “reviewing its options” after a federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit by The Liberty, a right-leaning student paper. Here’s one option for the university to consider in the interest of avoiding further legal delays and expense. It could apologize to the student paper and reimburse it for […]

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On passing cyclists

Written October 25th, 2012 by

For people who ride bikes, there’s bad news from California. The governor, Jerry Brown, has vetoed a bill that would make it unlawful for drivers to pass bicyclists closer than three feet. According to a report in Bycycling magazine, the governor said he was worried about a provision allowing drivers to cross the double center¬†line […]


Barb’s Book

Written October 24th, 2012 by

Barbara Roberts was our governor in Oregon from 1991 until early 1995. Before that she was a state representative¬† and the secretary of state. She has also held other offices, and now she’s on the board of metro, the regional government in Portland. People may know all that. Not long ago, an audience in Lebanon […]


A bike ride before it got cold

Written October 24th, 2012 by
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It doesn’t feel warmer

Written October 23rd, 2012 by

A cold weather front was whipping through the mid-valley on Tuesday afternoon, just as the public television program Frontline was preparing to broadcast a program on global warming titled “Climate of Doubt.” The reason there is a climate of doubt on this issue is not propaganda. It’s not the activities of various skeptics, who for […]


Remembering a cyclists’ friend

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

All of us bike riders in Oregon owe a debt of gratitude to former state legislator from Jackson County, the late Donald L. Stathos. I’m reminded of this every time I ride my bike from Jacksonville the four miles or so to Medford. That’s because long ago the road authorities put up a commemorative sign, […]

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