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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Price of gas, too, hinges on election

Written October 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

We haven’t heard much about real issues in this Oregon election campaign, at least not from the ads. One point that has been mostly ignored is that Democrats plan to increase the price of motor fuel in the interest of arresting global warming, and the Republican candidates don’t.


Transparent state? Not so much!

Written October 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

One thing the Kitzhaber-Hayes story shows is that the governor’s judgment in running his office leaves something to be desired. Now it also illustrates that Oregon’s claim to run a completely transparent government is a sham.


Take a look at police building ideas

Written October 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The combined costs of Albany’s proposed new police headquarters and main fire station would range from a low of $21.3 million to a high of $25.6 million, according to the preliminary designs and cost estimates presented by five companies.


Why we need the mileage tax

Written October 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to launch a road-user tax that charges for the miles vehicles are driven on public roads within the state. The program won’t begin until next July 1, it is not allowed to involve more than 5,000 vehicle owners, those 5,000 must be volunteers, and yet a backlash is already beginning […]


Campaign waste: Voting’s partly over

Written October 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Two problems with our prolonged election period in Oregon are that it adds to the cost of campaigns and that much of the money spent is wasted. Wasted how? By paying for campaign propaganda that has absolutely no chance of working because it arrives after ballots have been cast.


Guardrail ends: Don’t hit them!

Written October 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

We’ve all seen them, those yellow and black end pieces of highway guardrails. And you may have wondered, as I have, why they are so blunt and what would happen if a car veered off the pavement and hit one. Now we know, sort of. They are built that way to make collisions less catastrophic than they […]


Belmont Avenue, almost done

Written October 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s project to replace two old culverts on Belmont Avenue S.W. looks like it’s almost finished. The road-closure signs were in some disarray on Sunday, perhaps shoved around by high winds. (And it wasn’t completely clear why the street was still closed to traffic as the pavement on the new crossing looked complete.)


 
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