Commentary – Page 249 – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Overhead, our not so blue skies

Written March 10th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s tempting to conclude that all that cloud-making high above us has to affect our weather in some way, such as by diminishing sunlight down here where we live. What’s puzzling is why, in a society as litigious as ours, no one has sued anyone because of it. Perhaps that because it’s hard to determine whom to […]

“Right to rest”? Wrong approach!

Written March 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Among the misguided bills pending in the Oregon legislature, SB 629 is just one. But it has drawn the attention of Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa because it could easily undo what the city has done to try to help homeless people get their lives together and themselves off the street.

Disgusting but not illegal, yet!

Written March 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Because there is, apparently, no boundary that lascivious boys and dirty old men will not cross, and because technology now gives them the means to cross more of them, the Oregon legislature is having to consider yet another law. It is House Bill 2596, sponsored of Rep. Andy Olson of Albany and others.

Albany ballot questions answered

Written March 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

So why exactly is the forthcoming Albany bond-issue ballot measure written in the form of a city charter amendment rather than simply as a question on the bond borrowing itself? I think I know the answer, and it comes from the wording of the charter section on debt the voters approved in 2013.

Look at two bills that sound good

Written March 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature does some stupid stuff, so it would be nice if once in a while, just for balance, it also did something sensible, especially something that reasonable voters request. You want a couple of examples? Read on.

Ballot hearing raises charter question

Written March 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why is it necessary to amend the Albany city charter in order for voters to approve the proposed bond issue to build a new police headquarters and main fire station? Could they not authorize the bond without amending the charter? That question was left unanswered during this morning’s hearing in Linn County Circuit Court.

Keep passenger trains rolling

Written March 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Amtrak may not make sense in dollars and cents, but I’d hate to see Albany and much of the country lose passenger train service. So I’m glad the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed HR 749, the Amtrak funding bill. As Oregon’s Congressman Peter DeFazio said on the floor of the House, without passenger trains we’d […]

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