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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Obama fails to persuade

Written February 4th, 2013 by

A reader’s strong reaction is below. Obama would be more believable in his quest for more gun control if he made some sort of sense. In Minneapolis on Monday, he once again said he wanted to prevent another Newtown and the way to do this was to require “universal background checks” and to ban “assault […]

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Making cigarettes illegal?

Written January 31st, 2013 by

  Just what we need — another illegal drug. That’s what state Rep. Mitch Greenlick apparently wants. The Portland Democrat has introduced a bill, House Bill 2077, that would make possession of nicotine a crime. We are talking about cigarettes here, or really any kind of tobacco. The bill says it would create the crime […]


Immigration reform: Not so fast

Written January 31st, 2013 by

President Obama says now’s the time for immigration reform. Easier said than done, obviously. One question: If we have lived with illegal immigration and its consequences for 40 or 50 years, what makes dealing with it so urgent now? But let’s look at the details. An estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are believed to be […]


The goal: Higher property taxes

Written January 30th, 2013 by

Don’t look now, but they want to increase your property taxes. By “they,” I mean the majority of those senators who were on the state Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue. They have introduced a constitutional amendment that would remove the property tax limits where local option tax levies are concerned. This has been […]


Good news news for Albany ratepayers — unless

Written January 29th, 2013 by

There’s good news for customers of the Albany city water system, assuming that voters don’t erase part of it with the initiative election that ends March 12. The good news: Last year, when the price of water was raised 3 percent, Albany’s public works department projected the price would have to rise 4 percent in […]


Book report: Try Ian Rankin’s crime novels

Written January 28th, 2013 by

Here’s a recommendation for readers of detective fiction: The John Rebus novels by Ian Rankin take you into the Lothian and Borders Police, which covers Edinburgh and environs. Read them before it’s too late. Lothian and Borders Police will become part of the new Police Service of Scotland on April 1.


Rail route: Keep it simple

Written January 25th, 2013 by

A state committee working on plans for improved passenger rail between Eugene and Portland has been looking at different possibilities for a route that the trains of the future might take. You can’t  say that they have not been thorough. It looks as as though they considered every possibility that somebody suggested. Keep in mind […]


 
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