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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany projects: Details galore!

Written February 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany voters now have a chance to get all the specifics they might want on the proposed new police headquarters and main fire station, the objects of a bond election set for May 19.


Good news on the crime front

Written February 25th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Here is good news — unless you’re a crook or frequent violator of traffic laws, that is. Two recent reports to the Albany City Council show that crime is way down and the number of prosecutions in city court is up. It sounds like there’s a connection, even if it’s indirect. On Feb. 9 Police Chief […]


Linn board backs gun rights

Written February 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Not that it’s a big surprise, but the three Linn County commissioners have gone on record supporting the right of law-abiding people to keep and bear arms as the Second Amendment guarantees. Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker signed a resolution to that effect on Tuesday.


And another ballot title challenge

Written February 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now there’s a second pending challenge of the ballot title and language for the May 19 bond election on Albany’s plans for a new police headquarters and main fire station. Tom Cordier filed the first one in court Monday and followed up with an amended version Tuesday. Fellow city resident Gordon Shadle filed the second […]


Tom Cordier challenges ballot title

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Tom Cordier, a member of the citizens committee that recommended a bond issue to build a new Albany police headquarters and main fire station, has gone to court and challenged the ballot title for the measure. He contends that the ballot question is neither as concise nor as fair as the state law requires.


Santiam Canal: Two money disputes

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The good old Albany-Santiam Canal is back in the news, as it frequently is, and money is the cause. Albany plans to bill Lebanon for a share of canal maintenance costs. And in a seemingly unrelated matter, a contractor and the city of Albany are trying to settle on the final payments for a repair job […]


Honor leakers; don’t punish them

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Well, this is not a good start when it comes to transparency versus secrecy in government. The Oregonian reports that the administration of Gov. Kate Brown has launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of some some crucial Kitzhaber emails. And that’s a big mistake.


 
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