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More guns, fewer gun murders

Written May 9th, 2013 by

  Here’s something you may not have suspected until you read about in the papers or heard it on TV: The number of gun homicides in the United States has fallen sharply over the last 20 years even while the number of guns in civilian hands has grown. From the public buzz lately, you would think […]


The wye? The answer!

Written May 8th, 2013 by

How about a special passenger train carrying Portland-area fans to a Civil War football game in Corvallis? It’s just an idea, and here’s how it came up. On April 21, I posted a video wondering whether the Albany wye would be forever lost. That’s the Y-shaped rail junction on the Union Pacific mainline near Sixth […]


Let the gun bills die

Written May 7th, 2013 by

Four bills aimed at gun owners are stuck in the Senate, as I mentioned last week. Jeff Mapes of the Oregonian reports that Senate President Peter Courtney has sent them to the Rules Committee because they don’t have the 16 votes needed to pass. Courtney hopes that negotiations can still save the bills. But saving […]


The Benghazi story continues

Written May 7th, 2013 by

The Benghazi affair would have been over by now if President Obama and his officials had fully explained what did and did not happen. Instead, they first misled the public about the motive for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American mission there, blaming it on an obscure anti-Muslim video even though they knew it was a […]

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Road user fee: An update

Written May 6th, 2013 by

Our legislators continue to labor over a proposal to get some road tax money from the owners of vehicles that use little or no fuel. We’re talking here about House Bill 2453, the result of more than a decade of work by the Road User Fee Task Force in the Department of Transportation. The bill […]


How DO they survive?

Written May 5th, 2013 by

Finally I’ve spotted them: three little eggs laid in a gravel nest by the side of a road south of Albany. On my bike rides through the countryside this spring, every once in a while I’ve noticed a killdeer flying away from the shoulder as I approached. I assumed these maneuvers were intended to lead this […]


What? A traffic jam here?

Written May 4th, 2013 by

One of the many reasons many of us live in the mid-Willamette Valley and stay here is that we seldom get stuck in traffic. So it was with some surprise that driving into Albany on Friday night, it was stop-and-go on Highway 20 headed for the Ellsworth Street Bridge. Now I know that if congestion […]


It’s legal, but is it smart?

Written May 3rd, 2013 by

Now and then the activity log of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office contains an item that makes you wonder what your fellow citizens are thinking. I ran across an item like that when I reviewed the log for the last week or two. The incident happened on April 27, a Saturday, just before 3 in […]


Keeping us going: Highway work

Written May 3rd, 2013 by

Ever notice our Oregon state highways? No, of course you don’t, because you and all of the rest of us take them for granted. We take them for granted because they cause us no trouble. And the reason they work as well as they do most of the time is that the highway division of […]


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 […]


 
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