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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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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An Albany issue: What kind of majority?

Written December 21st, 2012 by

Albany faces a possible complication with a voter initiative coming up for an election in three months. The issue could be explosive, but it need not be if handled with common sense. The initiative, one of two launched by North Albany resident Tom Cordier, attempts to limit the city government’s debt to the amount that […]


Prison terms need reform

Written December 20th, 2012 by

Oregon could do a better job managing how it sentences criminals to prison, and if it did, it would save tons of money. In a nutshell that’s the finding of the Governor’s Commission on Public Safety, one of whose members was state Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany. The commission’s report, delivered to the governor on Dec. […]


Passenger rail: The solution

Written December 18th, 2012 by

In regard to passenger rail in the Willamette Valley, the meetings continue. Whether they will accomplish anything, though, is open to grave doubt. As previous studies have estimated, improving either the main line of the Union Pacific or the old Oregon Electric to carry more and faster passenger trains is going to cost around $2 […]


The Nike session — and an idea

Written December 17th, 2012 by

So what was the real point of the one-day special session of the Oregon legislature last Friday? The lawmakers passed one bill with, by the way, the support of all the members representing parts of Linn County as well as Corvallis. But when you read the bill, the need for a special session to act […]


Accessible spaces, continued

Written December 13th, 2012 by

Albany city officials say that federal law requires parking lots to have at least one space accessible to the disabled per 25 spaces. The city requires a permit if those spaces are going to be restriped once the paint has worn out, and in response to business complaints the council has just lowered the permit […]


50 years for two murders?

Written December 12th, 2012 by

  Fifty years in prison. Is that too much or too little — or just right — for having snuffed out the lives of a young woman and her one-year-old son? I don’t know, but I do know that 50 years is a very, very long time, and I can’t imagine being imprisoned for that […]


 
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