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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Good job on voting rights

Written June 25th, 2013 by

As soon as the Supreme Court came out with its ruling striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, President Obama and others complained. They made it sound as though voting rights were in grave danger. But the critics are completely off base. Citizens can find out what the court actually […]


Education chief for one year

Written June 25th, 2013 by

After about a year on his $280,000-a-year job, Rudy Crew is leaving to become a college president in New York City. Last year Governor Kitzhaber hired him as Oregon’s first chief education officer to oversee what the governor and others see as a program to improve public education from kindergarten through graduate school. He signed […]


Still fuzzy on racial preferences

Written June 24th, 2013 by

The latest Supreme Court opinion on racial discrimination shows that we’re still a long, long way from putting that problem behind us. The basic principle is that under the Constitution, it’s wrong for the government to treat people differently because of their race. But the court has made exceptions in the area of admissions to […]


Albany’s CARA poised to restart

Written June 23rd, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal program is about to restart with a sharper focus on encouraging job creation and increasing the taxable value of the revitalization district known as CARA. For the past year, the program has been on hold while urban renewal manager Kate Porsche led the 14-member CARA advisory committee in monthly discussions of […]


What to read

Written June 23rd, 2013 by

The advice on this reader board is sound, even if you’re not a Clover Ridge pupil out for the summer and wondering what to do with your time. (Never mind that “every day” should be two words. It’s the thought that counts.) The usual question is “What? What should I read?” And the answer is […]

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A four-day paper in Portland

Written June 22nd, 2013 by

There’s a good deal of online moaning about the decision by the Portland Oregonian to cut back its printed newspaper and concentrate on what it hopes will be its digital future. But let’s be practical. The decline of daily newspapers has been happening for some time, and it isn’t anyone’s fault. With changing technology, the public’s habits […]

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Plant more dandelions?

Written June 21st, 2013 by

This Albany photo, taken Thursday, makes you wish there was a use for dandelions. As it turns out, there are many. A website maintained by the University of Maryland (the first one that popped up when I googled dandelions) says this weed is full of vitamins A, B, C and D as well as iron, […]

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