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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The Nike deal: A quest for certainty

Written December 11th, 2012 by

When Nike says jump, Oregon jumps. That used to apply mainly to the University of Oregon athletic department. Now it applies to state government as a whole. The governor called a special session for Dec. 14 to give him the authority to negotiate a deal with the Beaverton-based apparel company. The deal is that Oregon […]


Saving Nauru? Or we could try…

Written December 11th, 2012 by

Reporting from Doha in Qatar, where the latest U.N. conference on global warming just ended, the Reuters news agency quoted the foreign minister of Nauru. “Much more is needed if we are to save this process from being simply a process for the sake of process…,” the foreign minister said, “a process that locks in […]

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An idea for fuel producers

Written December 8th, 2012 by

My editorial reaction, exaggerated as usual, to Oregon state government’s continuing push to regulate fuel and drive up its price.


Rail study: Bypass Albany?

Written December 8th, 2012 by

Some years ago Albany Station was renovated and expanded at considerable public expense, more than $10 million if memory serves, and it’s been getting steady use. Now there’s a chance it might be sidetracked in the planning for improved passenger rail service between Portland and Eugene. The Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council meets in Salem […]


Alb-Cor path: Worth the effort

Written December 7th, 2012 by

It’s taking a lot of time and money to carry out plans for a bike path between Albany and Corvallis. Is it worth all this effort and public cash? That depends on your point of view. As for me, I wish it was not costing as much and could get done more quickly and simply, […]


Outside IP’s shuttered Albany Mill

Written December 7th, 2012 by

Three years after it was shut down, the work of dismantling the former Albany Mill of International Paper continues, albeit slowly, judging from a cursory look from outside the site on Salem Road on an uncharacteristically sunny December afternoon.


Alert: Tax limit under attack

Written December 4th, 2012 by

Watch out, Oregon homeowners. When the legislature meets starting in February, cities and some school districts will try to persuade lawmakers to refer a change in the property tax system to the voters, and this could cost you. Local governments want to weaken the property tax limits that voters approved in 1990 as Measure 5. […]


 
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