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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Crash: A chance to test NA detour

Written May 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

As you can see above, Pacific Power crew members worked Saturday afternoon to replace a power pole on North Albany Road. The road had been closed since Saturday morning. A worker manning the roadblock at the south end of the work zone told me that a trailer had come loose and slammed into the pole by the […]


Lawmakers labor over weed; why?

Written May 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Nobody asked them, but Oregon legislators nevertheless want to change the law on marijuana. Mainly they want to construct an elaborate system of regulation and control. Apparently that would be on top of the regulations and tax system Measure 91 obliges the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to set up.


Ivory bill: Let’s create another crime

Written May 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon ivory bill, you will not be surprised to learn, is alive and well and on its way to becoming law. It’s an example of the majority party’s tendency to create new crimes out of transactions that until now are legal under Oregon law because they do Oregon no harm.


Want to relax? Watch this …

Written May 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Click on the video and you’ll see a whole fleet of not-so-little ducklings in what looks like a feeding frenzy at Albany’s Talking Water Gardens. Why show this? In case you need something totally mundane and unexciting to watch.


Albany asks that trains be funded

Written May 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Whether letters to legislators get results probably depends on whether legislators are inclined to do in the first place what the letters request. So Albany’s plea to fully fund Amtrak’s Cascade passenger trains may do no good, but it can’t hurt.


No end in Millersburg power battle

Written May 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The fight over Millersburg’s proposed forced takeover of Pacific Power’s electric business in town will continue for at least the next several months. Council members Darrin Lane, Jim Lepin and Clayton Wood, the longtime mayor, on Tuesday voted to put the power takeover before the voters.


What’s liberty when safety tops all?

Written May 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Gov. Kate Brown has signed SB 941, which infringes on a part of the Bill of Rights in the name of public safety. It doesn’t infringe much more than existing law on criminal background checks for firearms transfers already does. But still, how long before we cut back on rights that are much more dangerous […]


 
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