Commentary – Page 254 – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Can’t they see the conflict?

Written October 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s official state government website,, has a page devoted to “First Lady Cylvia Hayes” along with a description of a program she runs for the state, the Oregon Prosperity Agenda. It also includes her “full biography,” but as Oregon has found out in the last few days, the official version is anything but full.

The good news on fuel

Written October 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

At about $3.30 a gallon for regular, as at this station in Central Point on Monday, gas in Oregon is quite a bit less expensive than it was during much of the summer. That’s good news, right? Not according to a story in the paper the other day, which said that the sinking price of […]

What a bike trail should be

Written October 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Benton County we’re at least several years away from completing the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, so in order to visualize the thing we have to ride other paths, such as SART, the Santa Ana River Trail in California’s Orange County.

Nerves of steel and real traffic

Written October 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When the freeway is congested and traffic a little sluggish, it’s an advantage to ride a motorcycle and have nerves of steel. Or at least enough skill to run on the lane markers and pass between vehicles right and left without hitting anything. I don’t suppose it’s legal, what this guy and the one below were doing […]

M90 is a threat to party hacks

Written October 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

We have heard little about Oregon’s Ballot Measure 90 in the general election. Maybe that’s because the proposal makes too much sense. It provides for open or “top two” primary elections, which are so much fairer than the system we have that debate seems pointless.

How to get cleaner streets

Written October 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Once a month or so in Albany, a truck comes around to sweep the streets and especially the gutters. But it can’t do its job thoroughly because parked cars are in the way. So, slalom-like, the truck weaves in and out of the parking lane, leaving debris where cars are parked. […]

Be glad for our storage dams

Written October 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Looking at California’s drought makes the traveler — at least this one — doubly grateful for the 13 dams in the Willamette River Basin. Even in relatively dry years, these storage and flow-regulating dams store enough water to keep the tributaries and the main river at levels high enough to assure an adequate supply, especially […]

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