HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Happy new year: Here’s how

Written December 31st, 2012 by

A friend emailed me a text that that may be helpful as 2012 comes to an end and we are forced, whether we like it or not, to start 2013. She quoted the “Recipe for a Happy Year” by Katharina Elisabeth Goethe. Here’s my attempt at a translation of these particular instructions: Take 12 months, thoroughly […]


Corvallis bag ban: Bossing shoppers around

Written December 30th, 2012 by

As of the first of the year, Corvallis is joining the cities that don’t trust their residents to use their best judgment when shopping. A few months ago, the city council voted to ban plastic shopping bags. Now the first part of the ban is taking effect at stores with more than 50 employees. Smaller […]


Update: Chain saws versus blackouts

Written December 28th, 2012 by

Since before Christmas, the tree trimmers have been busy on the county road in front of our house. They’ve been chainsawing branches above and near power lines. It has to be an expensive operation. There are two trucks with buckets at the end of long booms, each one trailing a chipper that chews up the […]


Park & Ride: Take a look

Written December 27th, 2012 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a glance at the new North Albany Park & Ride lot, which the Albany Transit System and the Linn-Benton Loop will start using on Jan. 2, 2013. The lot  at North Albany Road and Hickory Street features a paved loop to allow buses to turn around along with 33 parking spaces and extensive landscaping. The overall cost […]

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Park & Ride: Take a look

Written December 27th, 2012 by

Here’s a glance at the new North Albany Park & Ride lot, which the Albany Transit System and the Linn-Benton Loop will start using on Jan. 2, 2013. The lot  at North Albany Road and Hickory Street features a paved loop to allow buses to turn around along with 33 parking spaces and extensive landscaping. The overall cost […]

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Science at work: The effect of AC

Written December 26th, 2012 by

I see in the paper that scientists have made another breakthrough. They have studied the issue long and hard and discovered that since the advent of air conditioning, deaths from high heat in the United States have declined. At least that’s the conclusion the Washington Post reported in a story that made local papers on […]


And now — Merry Christmas!

Written December 24th, 2012 by

For weeks now people have been wishing each other “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or some such thing. The phrase has become as common a “Have a nice day” and sounds about as sincere. I realize that people mouthing the words mean well, or at least they don’t mean to be a nuisance. Still, you’d […]

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