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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Prison terms need reform

Written December 20th, 2012 by

Oregon could do a better job managing how it sentences criminals to prison, and if it did, it would save tons of money. In a nutshell that’s the finding of the Governor’s Commission on Public Safety, one of whose members was state Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany. The commission’s report, delivered to the governor on Dec. […]


Passenger rail: The solution

Written December 18th, 2012 by

In regard to passenger rail in the Willamette Valley, the meetings continue. Whether they will accomplish anything, though, is open to grave doubt. As previous studies have estimated, improving either the main line of the Union Pacific or the old Oregon Electric to carry more and faster passenger trains is going to cost around $2 […]


The Nike session — and an idea

Written December 17th, 2012 by

So what was the real point of the one-day special session of the Oregon legislature last Friday? The lawmakers passed one bill with, by the way, the support of all the members representing parts of Linn County as well as Corvallis. But when you read the bill, the need for a special session to act […]


Accessible spaces, continued

Written December 13th, 2012 by

Albany city officials say that federal law requires parking lots to have at least one space accessible to the disabled per 25 spaces. The city requires a permit if those spaces are going to be restriped once the paint has worn out, and in response to business complaints the council has just lowered the permit […]


50 years for two murders?

Written December 12th, 2012 by

  Fifty years in prison. Is that too much or too little — or just right — for having snuffed out the lives of a young woman and her one-year-old son? I don’t know, but I do know that 50 years is a very, very long time, and I can’t imagine being imprisoned for that […]


The Nike deal: A quest for certainty

Written December 11th, 2012 by

When Nike says jump, Oregon jumps. That used to apply mainly to the University of Oregon athletic department. Now it applies to state government as a whole. The governor called a special session for Dec. 14 to give him the authority to negotiate a deal with the Beaverton-based apparel company. The deal is that Oregon […]


Saving Nauru? Or we could try…

Written December 11th, 2012 by

Reporting from Doha in Qatar, where the latest U.N. conference on global warming just ended, the Reuters news agency quoted the foreign minister of Nauru. “Much more is needed if we are to save this process from being simply a process for the sake of process…,” the foreign minister said, “a process that locks in […]

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An idea for fuel producers

Written December 8th, 2012 by

My editorial reaction, exaggerated as usual, to Oregon state government’s continuing push to regulate fuel and drive up its price.


Rail study: Bypass Albany?

Written December 8th, 2012 by

Some years ago Albany Station was renovated and expanded at considerable public expense, more than $10 million if memory serves, and it’s been getting steady use. Now there’s a chance it might be sidetracked in the planning for improved passenger rail service between Portland and Eugene. The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council meets in Salem […]


Alb-Cor path: Worth the effort

Written December 7th, 2012 by

It’s taking a lot of time and money to carry out plans for a bike path between Albany and Corvallis. Is it worth all this effort and public cash? That depends on your point of view. As for me, I wish it was not costing as much and could get done more quickly and simply, […]


 
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