HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Wrong move: Postal Service sues

Written February 23rd, 2013 by

Mail users may not believe it, but the Postal Service’s studies showed it benefited from sponsoring Lance Armstrong and his cycling team. The U.S. Justice Department has announced it is joining a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who won the Tour de France seven times but was stripped of the titles because he used […]


The gun issue: DeFazio responds

Written February 21st, 2013 by

Our two mid-valley congressmen responded very differently on an issue of current concern. I asked Reps. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District and Peter DeFazio of the 4th what they thought of the current gun control proposals. I sent each one an email via the contact addresses provided on their congressional websites. Schrader’s office replied, […]


Albany signs: Less regulation, or none?

Written February 19th, 2013 by

In Albany, a mayor’s task force has been working on lowering or removing hurdles that stand in the way of doing business and creating jobs. The group has been wrestling with, among other things, the city’s regulations affecting signs. And there the task force has set itself an almost impossible task. It has had to […]


A perfect path: Bear Creek

Written February 18th, 2013 by

Here’s a quick look at the Bear Creek Greenway in Jackson County, a paved bike and walking path that follows Bear Creek from Ashland through Medford toward Central Point. It was built on public property along the waterway and has been well maintained over the years, offering both recreation and a route for non-motorized transportation even in […]


Where have all the bullets gone?

Written February 18th, 2013 by

For a few months now, it’s been virtually impossible for the casual customer to wander into a sporting goods department and buy any of the common calibers of ammunition, such as .22 long rifle or 9 millimeter parabellum. The shelves have been bare, and stores such as Bi-Mart have begun to ration purchases when they […]

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They don’t hear you coming

Written February 17th, 2013 by

It’s no big deal yet. No big deal, that is, until some pedestrian out for a stroll and lost in his music is run down by a bike. I’m talking, of course, about the dangers inherent in the use of ear buds while wandering along those so-called multi-use paths. “Multi-use” means only two things, really: On foot […]


This fake holiday…

Written February 16th, 2013 by

There’s no school Monday, and the day is a holiday for some in other parts of the public sector too. What’s the occasion? Presidents Day. What is that anyway? When it was launched about a generation ago, it was supposed to replace Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. But if we had been serious about that, we […]


Voting delays? An easy fix!

Written February 15th, 2013 by

President Obama says he’s concerned that some citizens had to wait a long time to vote in the last election. If that’s a problem anywhere, it’s a local problem that can easily be solved without the federal government getting involved, isn’t it? During the State of the Union address, Obama cited the case of an […]


Cell phones: The urge to punish

Written February 13th, 2013 by

What is it that some members of the legislature seem to have against the people of Oregon that they want to punish us every chance they get? The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted for a bill that would increase the maximym fine for using a hand-held cell phone while driving from $250 to $1,000. […]


The exploitation of grief

Written February 13th, 2013 by

President Obama exploited the victims of gun violence and their families during his State of the Union Speech when he referred to them and repeatedly said they “deserve a vote.” What they actually deserved was some respect in their grief, instead of being turned into props for a cynical argument in favor of a bad […]


 
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