HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Closed meetings and the “media”

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

Oregon’s public meetings law, adopted 40 years ago, allows some meetings of public bodies to be closed to the public. But it has a weird provision requiring that news media representatives must be allowed in, with only two exceptions. The law does not, however, say what it means by news media. Forty years ago the […]


No gun grabbers these

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

It took a while — a month, actually — but Congressman Kurt Schrader has given me a response to questions about what kind of gun control measures he would support. In short, he seems to agree with Congressman Peter DeFazio, who said in a letter in February he doubted the U.S. House would consider bans on […]


Fixing urban renewal’s levy grab (amended)

Written March 21st, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown renewal advisory board Wednesday heard about a bill which, in the interest of truth in taxation, ought to be passed. But first, it ought to be amended to apply right away. The measure is House Bill 2632, sponsored by Rep. Margaret Doherty, a Democrat from the Portland area. It would allow all the […]


Low carbon fuel: You may pay more

Written March 19th, 2013 by

At stake in the legislature now, in the form of Senate Bill 488: Possibly higher fuel prices for years to come. In 2009 the legislature authorized an attempt to lower the amount of carbon emitted from transportation fuels in Oregon. The goal was to reduce the amount of carbon emissions from conventional gasoline and diesel […]


Next Albany chief may be local

Written March 19th, 2013 by

If the other two candidates for Albany police chief are as good as Dan Hendrickson, the city will be in good shape no matter which of the three finalists eventually gets the job. Albany announced the finalists Monday. Hendricksen is a captain with the Corvallis police department. He has led National Guard troops from Oregon […]


No stars at night: Too much light

Written March 18th, 2013 by

Ever wish you could see the stars at night without having to travel into the wilderness? Especially the Milky Way, in all its awe-inspiring splendor? In most of our towns, you can’t do that even when it’s not overcast because the night is not really dark. There is light all over the place — from […]


Pocket knives on planes, continued

Written March 16th, 2013 by

It’s hard to believe some of the nervous nellies in the airline business. They are pressuring the Transportation Security Administration to reverse its decision to let passengers keep their small pocket knives starting April 25. From the start of civil aviation until shortly after 9/11, passengers could carry all the knives they wanted and no […]

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