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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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. […]


Pick up those plastic bags!

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

Hey, if you don’t want the next Oregon legislature to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, quit throwing them around the countryside. Far too often we see plastic bags dangling in the bushes or being blown into ditches. This provides a handy argument for those who want the bags banned. The last legislature narrowly […]

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Weekend quick point: Love the library

Written December 2nd, 2012 by

(The noise in the background is a leaf blower in action on this Saturday afternoon. Brooms and rakes would make hardly any noise. Just pointing that out.)

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A long case, for a reason

Written November 30th, 2012 by

I was idly looking at my bookshelf Thursday when my eyes lit on “Fatal Justice.” Whatever happened to Jeffrey MacDonald, I wondered. He’s the former Army doctor whose pregnant wife and two young daughters were murdered in their house on base at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1970. MacDonald was badly injured in the same attack. […]


Charter school: Worth the risk

Written November 29th, 2012 by

Ideally, school boards ought to jump at the chance of sponsoring charter schools. But as expected, the Albany School Board turned down a request to allow one. Why is that? As the Albany Democrat-Herald’s Jennifer Moody reported on Tuesday (Nov. 27), members of the Albany board felt that the proposed school would offer pay levels […]


Rising sea level: Where?

Written November 26th, 2012 by

We are supposed to be worried about the rise in sea levels brought on by global warming. But should we be — worried, that is? How much of a threat is that in reality? Most of the scientists writing about this say the oceans are rising because the great ice sheets on land continue melting, […]


 
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