Commentary – Page 254 – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Bond issue: The facts are enough

Written March 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Poetic license is helpful sometimes, but we should avoid it when we can easily rely on facts alone. And no, don’t call the election police to warn them that ineligible voters plan to cast ballots for the Albany bond issue in the election that will end May 19.

NA Village: dialysis but groceries not yet

Written March 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

One day soon it may be easier for North Albany residents with kidney disease to get their blood cleansed than to shop for groceries close to home. Ray’s Food Store in the North Albany Village shopping center closed in January 2014, and still there is no imminent prospect for a replacement supermarket. But across the parking lot […]

Oregon, elephants and mammoths

Written March 30th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

So why do some Oregon legislators want to ban the selling of mammoth ivory even though all the mammoths are long dead? Because they believe that it’s too hard to tell the difference between ivory from extinct mammoths and ivory from elephants facing extincton now.

A greenway people can use, and do

Written March 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Riding my bike along the Bear Creek Greenway, I’m wondering once again why Jackson County has managed to complete such a magnificent transportation and recreation asset while we in the mid-valley are still floundering around with similar ideas.

Green fuel, the costly alternative

Written March 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If you want a demonstration of how much you’re getting hosed by the push for green fuel, check the stickers on new cars or trucks. They’ll tell you, among other things, how inefficient and thus wasteful ethanol really is.

Bike bills then and now

Written March 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Keeping track of bicycle-related bills in the legislature put me in mind of Oregon’s pioneer in bike legislation. I’m talking, of course, of the late Donald L. Stathos, a Republican from Jacksonville who served in the House from 1969 through 1972.

On the riverfront: Site for sale

Written March 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The riverfront is my beat, as I may have mentioned from time to time, and the other day I could not help but notice that plans for an “upper-scale” apartment complex near Bowman Park seem to have fallen through. The vacant property of nearly 6 acres at 595 Geary St. N.E. is for sale.

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